Prints inspired by the German Expressionist group “Die Brücke”

With pupils in Year 9 (classe 3) we made some lovely prints inspired by the German Expressionist group "Die Brücke". We have carved small plates of Adigraf (a special soft linoleum) with engraving tools and we printed the matrices on paper, with printing inks. We started with a sketch on paper which was then redesigned over the adigraf and then engraved with various gouges. Printing was done … [Read more...]

Painting the Mona Lisa

In the painting competition of 3rd February 2013, organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Bristol, children between 6 and 11 years have ventured into the copy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and it was very interesting to watch the interpretation that every child gave of his own Mona Lisa! … [Read more...]

A Face Collage

How many colors, patterns, textures, shapes, objects you can find in a magazine? It’s an inexhaustible source of ideas to create whatever you want! We thought about a character with its features, its accessories and clothes ... Collage is a fantastic medium of expression!   … [Read more...]

Modigliani style with oil pastels

  Modigliani’s portraits are so characteristic that it is easy to copy them! Here is a simple technique with pencil, oil pastels and baby oil to imitate the unmistakable style of this artist.  We can start to copy the contours of the figure  with a pencil, simplifying the lines and shapes.  Modigliani’s Works of art Then we color the entire surface with a … [Read more...]

A Rainbow Umbrella!

With the Year 6-7 (Classi Prime) we continued our work on color theory, painting this “Rainbow Umbrella”. As in the color wheel we used acrylic or tempera colours, using only the three primary colours, Yellow, Magenta and Cyan. Draw a circle with a compass, draw the gores with a ruler and paint three gores with primary colours Mix the primary colors to obtain … [Read more...]

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...]