A “tunnel” in tonal gradation

We continue the exercises to learn how to create the perfect tonal gradations! This time with the classes of sixth grade we paint a mysterious hallway that is lost to infinity, populated by strange characters. First we prepare the geometric drawing of the tunnel, tracing the square's diagonals. The sheet is divided into concentric frames of the width of 1.5 cm. We begin to paint starting from … [Read more...]

Silhouette on tonal gradations

A simple exercise that has always a great success, is the painting of a silhouette that stands out against a background painted in gradation. In this case we have created a tonal gradation with acrylic paint, starting from white color and gradually adding small amounts of another color. The painting of the background is done quickly with a flat brush, before the colors dry. In this way you can mix … [Read more...]

Collaborative project: the book ‘s cover

In collaboration with the literature teacher, a 7th grade class, has worked in small groups to create the covers of some short stories. The stories, of the fantasy genre, have been written by the students followed by the literature teacher Tatiana Marzani. They have invented the story according to the specific canons of the fantasy genre. In the Art class then the five groups have worked to … [Read more...]

Skyline on color gradations

On a double chromatic gradation painted with acrylic paint, was pasted the skyline of a city cut out from a black cardboard. The color gradation was painted starting from a central yellow stripe, with a shade towards red on one half of the sheet, and with a shade towards blue on the other half of the sheet. These colors were chosen to simulate a sunset sky at the top and a surface of water below. … [Read more...]

Vases in pencil on painted background

To develop the theme of still life and value, in the classes of 8th grade, we made these works in mixed media. The bottles are drawn on a separate sheet of paper with a pencil, and the shading is made in strips to facilitate the drawing of the gradations. The background is painted in acrylic paint, by using three colors mixed together in broad brushstrokes. White space of the background is used to … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Zentangle circles and gradations

Another exercise carried out about tonal gradations in 8th grade classes. As in the previous exercise about shades of gray "Collaborative project in monochrome mixed media", here we have used the quarter circle to create parts of an image to be assembled in circle. The tonal gradations have been painted with acrylic paint (or also tempera painting is suitable) starting from the lightest color to … [Read more...]

Desert landscapes in tonal gradations

Mysterious dunes enlightened by the moon, or lonely mountains in a hot desert? The landscapes painted by the students of Grade 6 are almost abstract and silent. The exercise of the gradations has been used to create a desert landscape, where the warm and cool colors are alternated in the dunes or in the sky. The gradation always starts from the light color (white), and it darkens adding the darker … [Read more...]

Tonal gradation with circles

A tonal gradation is defined as value steps going from light to dark. In this exercise the students of Grade 7, have painted the tonal gradation of a color of their choice, showing the steps in strips of colors. This instructional painting was made less boring with a little trick: we cut out two circle from the painting and then we pasted them on a black cardboard, leaving a small strip of black … [Read more...]

Rainbow banners

This exercise is carrying on the project about the color theory. The painting is based on the color's wheel and the complementary colors. With students of grade 6-7 we painted these rainbow flags: the stripes have been painted with the twelve colors of the color wheel in sequence as a rainbow, and the writtens have been cut out from the same stripes, but glued on the complementary color … [Read more...]