Artist Trading Cards global swap!

The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. In this video, that we looked at together in class, Nic explains what are the "Artist Trading Cards". They are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [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...]

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...]

Custom placemarks in the class

Again we are talking about names to learn, and faces to remember ... These cards with names can be personalized with a symbol or a small drawing that identifies the interests or character of the person who wrote and colored the card. The design should be done in the middle of the fold and then cut out in the upper half, so that when the card is bent, the decorations remain erected above the name … [Read more...]

Happy Easter Cards!

An idea for Easter Cards by a wonderful teacher of Cherry Garden School, just to wish you all a happy Easter! Colored cardboards, painted with spring colours and gold painting, decorated with ribbons, wrapping paper for letters and sticks. … [Read more...]

Pop-up Colosseum

I thought about an ancient (or modern ) architecture realized in 3D with pop-up cardboard: was a challenge for me understand how to realize a complicated architecture as the Colosseum in Rome, but is a geometrical and mathematical problem that we can solve even with student of grade 9. This pop-up needs an accurate project, so could be interesting to take up the challenge to create some famous … [Read more...]

Christmas cards on scraps of map

Inspired by the works of Rachel Ann Austin, I realized some Christmas cards drawing on pieces of maps (white cardboard sizes 10x20cm, map scrap size 6x6cm). To create a matte background I used Acrilyc Gesso applied with a spatula in a thin layer. The map should appear through the layer of plaster. When the plaster is dry I drew simple Christmas subjects with black ink (you can do it even with a … [Read more...]

Jazz band Pop-Up

A simple Pop-Up that is possible to make with children: the “Jazz band” is a stair cut from an  old score, you just follow the instructions  drawn on the  sheet of squared paper, and glue some black silhouette (musicians, dancers, singers…) to have your personal concert!    … [Read more...]

Christmas cards

Here in the UK it is very common to exchange greeting cards for Christmas, and since each of my children has at least 25 classmates, we recycled all of the cards we had at home (advertising, brochures, maps ...), and with very poor material we made simple Christmas cards for all ... A very handmade product! pronti per essere consegnati! … [Read more...]

Pop-up greeting cards

Just a little 'of colored cardboard, scissors, glue and some felt-tip pens to send a special message to someone special! … [Read more...]