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...]

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...]

Landscape textured with hot air balloon

We have experienced on other occasions the use of acrylic paint for the realization of textured surfaces, with the shoe, the cup, the Italian coffee maker. This time we chose to paint a landscape with a hot air balloon in the sky, with unnaturally colored and textured surfaces. The paintings were made in the 6th grade classes, where the students began to use painting and brushes. First we learned … [Read more...]

Texture T-shirt

We have created many graphic textures to decorate a small T-shirt made of paper! Here are the custom shirts made by students of grade 6th, exhibited as if they were hung in a colorful shop! The designs are made with colored felt pens, and from the same sheet of paper was cut the hanger. That it was then glued behind the collar of the T-shirt for expose it. … [Read more...]

Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]