Create a Table Lamp

In a lesson about Art Nouveau in the 9th grade classes, we explored the theme of design and fashion. We discussed about the function of everyday objects and how the designer renews the image of the object, trying to find a balance between shape, function and technology. After these reflections it has been proposed to design a lamp with new and original shapes. Following a series of quick sketches, … [Read more...]

Pattern with radial drawings

In Architecture and Design, a Pattern is a decorative design, as for wallpapers, made up of elements in a regular arrangement. Using the drawings in radial symmetry, made in a previous lesson by 7th grade students, we created some amazing patterns with a program of photo collage (but it is also possible with a page of Power Point or Word). The results are astonishing!  We had fun then playing with … [Read more...]

Editing a photo in Andy Warhol’s style

As we have seen in previous posts dedicated to the program GIMP 2, there are many ways to draw up and edit a photograph. With students in Grade 9, we concluded the program of art history with the Pop Art of Andy Warhol. Inspired by this artist we changed the colors of a portrait in black and white. With the program GIMP 2, we have reduced the image in a limited gray scale, and then we colored the … [Read more...]

Design a chair

Our Lesson on Art Nouveau was comprehensive of a research on the meaning of design: change the shape of an object while maintaining its function. After we spoke about of born and developing of design in the 19th Century into the Art Nouveau Style and we designed a chair. Every student of grade 9 (13 year-old) has designed his own chair in his personal style with unique and original features, … [Read more...]

Gradations and silhouettes with Gimp

After the lesson of the landscape in gradation designed with the open source program Gimp2, we have developed a more elaborate landscape, using gradients of color and inserting a silhouette in front of the landscape. The silhouette has been selected from an image, copied and pasted as a new layer over the background. … [Read more...]

Little book printed with Craft Foam

Craft foam in English language,  Moosgummi in German, Gomma Crepla in Italian: it is a gummy material that we can find in stationery and it can be etched, cut, shaped, glued, colored, printed. With this material we made a little book of prints inspired by the flowers, but everyone can create their own little "story" illustrated, with simple materials. The color for printing is acrylic paint … [Read more...]

Landscapes in gradation with Gimp2

In classes of Grade 8th we are learning to use "Gimp", an open source program for creating and editing digital images. This is a photo editing program free of charge and can be downloaded from the website www.gimp.org . The first images we created are small colorful landscapes with a range of tonal gradations: for being the first experiment is well done!     … [Read more...]

Create animated banners with Presenter

Presenter is a simple online program for creating presentations or animated banners ... It is very interesting and easy to use, so much so that I took the opportunity to create the presentation of a book very dear to me (my sister is the author of this fantasy novel that unfortunately right now is only in Italian!). You can suggest to students to create an animated banner about themselves or … [Read more...]

Stage designs for a Cinderella

The last work carried with the children of Cherry Garden Primary School in Bristol has been the realization of the scenery for the play of a modern Cinderella in love with a rock star. The two scenes had to represent a country road and the kitchen of Cinderella and were painted by the kids 11 years old with acrylics on fabric. Here we can see the phases of design, with the grid of the image, … [Read more...]

The banners for the School

After a year in Bristol I'm going back to Italy. I have worked with pleasure at Cherry Garden Primary School and, as a goodbye gift, I have drawn the banners with the key words that recall the values ​​taught daily in the school. In English schools there is a special education on the values, ​​and every day children are reminded of the words that focus on human growth, on respect, on learning to … [Read more...]