Lights and shadows sharp

With the students of grade 8 (classe seconda B) we worked on the lights and shadows in the photograph. With the tracing paper and colored markers we have colored only the shadows, making these sharp and eventually using two colours. You can also paste the tracing paper on a sheet of newspaper to create a different background. … [Read more...]

Face proportions

Stelina K. Following the proportions in the figure below and my instructions on the blackboard, every student drew his own character! They didn’t copy a specific face, but they just invented a face simply following the  instructions step by step. We did this work with grade 7 and 8 (classi seconde). … [Read more...]

how to draw a figure

My son Paolo made this little video with iMovie. He did it all by himself and I thought  it might be interesting to boys of the same age! He is eleven.  Enjoy yourself! … [Read more...]

Comics page

Students of 9th grade, after the drawings with facial expressions, created a comics page. This is just a part of a story, to try out the method to make a comic-strip with balloons, characters, scenery, gestures... … [Read more...]

Facial expressions

After the lesson about the face’s proportion, my students of 9th Grade have drawn facial expressions, copying  from each other expressions or comic’s characters. I showed them this video and we discussed together how to reproduce the most common emotions, with the emphasis on eyebrows and the shape of mouth. http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=LHraznv4pHQ … [Read more...]

Puppets with dancing legs

With a photo of the face, a card and a rubber band you can make these easy and fun puppets, then you can decorate them freely, maybe even pasting buttons, ribbons or pieces of fabrics ... … [Read more...]

The faces – masks

Starting from the proportions of the face we saw in a previous lesson, the students have designed the masks and painted with tempera, alternating warm and cool colors in the mask and the background. … [Read more...]

Proportion of the face and value

The faces were drawn in pencil on a grid, following certain proportions. The second step was to add lights and shadows to the drawings, to make them more three-dimensional. volto con chiaroscuro proporzioni del volto umano … [Read more...]

Painting moving figures

   After building a dummy cardboard jointed, students of 8th grade choose a pose, a sport or movement, and drew the outline of the cardboard mannequin on a drawing sheet. After that they painted the figures with tempera or acrylic colors. The figures are in front or in profile, involved in different activities. You can fin the template of the mannequin below.    … [Read more...]

The human figure: the right proportions

Often, if we ask our kids to draw a figure, it is built according to proportions intuitive, motivated by the idea of ​​"figure" that is proposed to us as children, with the head much larger than normal and the smaller body, with the arms and legs short ... It 's always fun to bring the Canon of Polykleitos and see the faces incredulous asking: "Our head corresponds to one eighth of our body? Is … [Read more...]