New works inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Since a while I've been following with admiration and esteem the work of Harold Hollingsworth  a contemporary artist from Seattle, Washington. In the last works he embellished his paintings with floral patterns,  a new consistency of the brushstroke and layers of oil and acrylic paint. He describes his work with these words: "On a simple level, I describe my work as abstraction, with cultural … [Read more...]

Final exams 2018

I post just now my students' works which were created for the final exams of the previous school year. I hope these works will be an inspiration and a wish of a good start for the students who are attending their last year of middle school and any other student and teacher interested in art topics. The projects are inspired by the art works from 1800s to the present day and they were created and … [Read more...]

A suit for Ghali

Ghali is a young Italian rapper beloved by my students. He usually wears colorful jackets, shirts and suits and we realized a collection of suits for him working on patterns. First we created in pairs some patterns, with different techniques and colors. After that we cut out the suit's shape from the photocopy of the singer in order to create a window. The picture has been pasted on the drawing … [Read more...]

Prints of animals inspired by Expressionism

The wide variety of animals has inspired us to create these prints. We studied Expressionism in art and the use of xylography (woodblock engraving) in the early 1900s, this topic has inspired us to create prints with strong marks and high contrast. Every student chose a picture of an animal and created a sketch with pencil and a thick marker. The realistic image haas been simplified and … [Read more...]

Prints inspired by Portuguese Azulejos

During my last trip to Lisbon I discovered the beauty and the infinite variety of the Azulejos , the traditional ceramic tiles you can find everywhere on the Portoguese architectures. The Azulejo is a typical Portuguese decoration which consist of a Thick ceramic tile with a glazed and decorated surface. Traditionally it is square-shaped and its size is 12cmx12cm. After talking about the notion … [Read more...]

Piero della Francesca in the style of Barry McGee

Inspired by a previous post dedicated to the artist Barry McGee, the art teacher Marcella Manco with her students of Arezzo Middle School "Piero della Francesca" , created these amazing works: they magically have brought together the contemporary artist Barry McGee with one of the most emblematic artist of Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca. The teacher explains: "to make further studies … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards 2018 from Italy

Here we are some of the Artist Trading Cards created by Italian students that now are everywhere around the world. This year the Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2018, organized as usual by our amazing friend and art teacher Nic Hahn, has involved many Italian schools from Primary to Secondary and High schools. Here below you can find the name of teachers and their students' cards. ANDREA GRECO … [Read more...]

Shoe Design

After designing chairs, table lamps and wall clocks I had the idea of designing a shoe. With my students of 8th Grade I had a lesson about the history and evolution of Design. We have looked at some Andy Warhol's shoes drawings considering the variety you can create on a simple template. Students has been inspired by their fondness for a place, an hobby, a sport, an idea, to which dedicate their … [Read more...]

Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [Read more...]

Drawing inspired by Craig-Martin: video tutorial

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a … [Read more...]