Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]

Collaborative project: design a book cover

In collaboration with literature teachers we have worked on a multidisciplinary project.  Students of 7th Grade worked in small groups to create and write a fantasy or crime short story, according to the criteria set by the literary genre analyzed. Once the stories and titles were created, the students realized the cover of their books, working in groups on the same image. First of all there … [Read more...]

Artists Trading Cards 2017 from the world

Here we are the Artists Trading Cards we received in March 2017 from the global swap. My students were so excited to discover where them were from, which were the schools and the students who create them. They decided to choose two or three cards each and to keep them as a beautiful reminder of their experience in creating and swapping the cards. Does somebody from the world recognize their own … [Read more...]

A post for you: an experience of Active Art

This post is dedicated to the interesting work of the art teacher Giovanni Perdicchia and to his 9th grade students. The classes involved are the 3 B of Presicce-Acquarica Middle School and 3 C of  Middle School Polo 2 Casarano, in Italy. You can contact Giovanni on Twitter Giovanni Perdicchia @gioart79 , or see his works of art here. The aim of the project is to mainly engage students in the … [Read more...]

Monochrome photos: a color hunt!

The word MONOCHROME describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color. A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, grayscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single … [Read more...]

Drawings, Music, Emotions: collaborative project

Matching drawings, music, and emotions is a fascinating experience, which helps to express yourself and your own feeling. Is not possible to fail or to make mistakes, and the experience has always a liberating effect. With Grade 8th students we experienced how the music can create emotions that we can turn out in drawings. We worked in groups of four on a large drawing sheet, sharing the same … [Read more...]

Nativity in the style of Romero Britto

For this Christmas we decided to participate in a contest of cribs that takes place in our town. With the students of 6th grade, in the class C, we made a Nativity scene, inspired by the Brazilian artist Romero Britto.We thought about this artist especially for the joy expressed by his works and his colors. The space at our disposal for the preparation of the crib is quite large, so we thought to … [Read more...]

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...]

Mushrooms in imaginative textures

As the previous Autumn, with the 6th grade classes, we have collaborated on a science project on knowledge of fungi. In science lessons pupils have studied the characteristics of mushrooms from scientific point of view, while in our art lesson we observed only the shape of mushrooms, to draw them in a realistic way. The decoration was then made ​​freely. The outlines drawn have been filled in an … [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...]