Video Tutorial: Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 steps

Here we have the video tutorial: How to create Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 easy steps: 1. Collage: front and back of the card are covered with a magazine page with written. After, you add small pictures cut from magazines. On the back of the card you affix a label with name, age and origin. 2. Painting: on the collage, on the front of the card, you paint with various colors, in a … [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...]

Art with your hands!

Nothing could be simpler than copying our hand with a pencil ... and then? We decorate our hands with shapes and free colors, but putting a word between the colors: ART. We know that in these school years we will learn so much art, to do with your hands, head and heart. students in sixth grade have customized their own designs by coloring the outline of their own hand with markers. After … [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...]

Ribbons interwoven and Zentangle

Explaining the shading, the value and the three-dimensional effect that we can create in a drawing, we have drew "ribbons" interwoven and perpendicular to each other. In every intersection we drew the shadows, thinking to which ribbon was "below," and which one was "above". The spaces between the interwoven bands are drawn with zentangle (to see other works with these decorations click on the tag … [Read more...]

Jean Dubuffet … with closed eyes!

Have you ever tried to draw with your eyes closed? The pencil moves on the sheet guided only by a mental picture, which is that the drawing we would like to draw, but when we open our eyes, our design is a surprise, and seems disconnected from our will. When drawing a face, we strive to give proper place, proportion and measure to the eyes, nose, mouth, ears ... In this exercise, in addition to … [Read more...]

Contemporary Mona Lisa

After an exciting lesson on Leonardo da Vinci we tried, like many other artists of modern and contemporary art, to play with the famous image of Mona Lisa. We wanted to create a Mona Lisa of nowadays, dressed in a trendy T-shirt, and posing in front of a background of a city. We imitated the shadows on Mona Lisa's face and hands, and the landscape that fade in the distance, as in the famous aerial … [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...]

Bicycle texturized: 20 printable worksheets

20 details of a bicycle, in pdf  file, ready to be colored, with texture, zentangle or solid colors. After you ended the decoration of the details, the worksheets can be assembled together to form a big bicycle. This is a teamwork suitable for all grades of school, which puts into play the decorative imagination of every child, and culminating in the creation of a larger picture, where everyone … [Read more...]

Create a Fantasy Character

Starting from the analysis of the human figure and its proportions, we created and drew a fantasy character. The idea came from a work about Fantasy novels, made by 7th grade students, during the literature lessons. Before we have drawn a "dummy" in a grid of 24x6cm for understanding the correct proportions of the human figure. Then we copied the outline of our mannequin at the window, on a white … [Read more...]