Texture for a folder

With pupils of the Year 7th we began to explore the world of graphic textures: how many signs, decorations, patterns can we invent with some felt-tip pen? We have created folders in cardboard where we will put our drawings throughout the school year and for the cover every pupil has designed 9 different textures placed in a grid, drawing everything freehand and using imagination. The instructions … [Read more...]

Let us be inspired by a line …

Colorful designs, mostly abstract, arising from the imagination of the pupils of the 8th year on a given line. With a first sign given as a starting sketch, each student drew a small abstract painting, guided by his own imagination. … [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...]

My name in a disc

Every year at school we have to learn new names and new faces, so, the new pupils in the Year 7 have drawn their names on a cardboard disc and then I taken the photograph of their face with the name beside. With colored markers everyone has done its unique "signature". The discs of cardboard come from a large firm of wines, probably are scraps of boxes that the company threw away, and I thought … [Read more...]

A Face Collage

How many colors, patterns, textures, shapes, objects you can find in a magazine? It’s an inexhaustible source of ideas to create whatever you want! We thought about a character with its features, its accessories and clothes ... Collage is a fantastic medium of expression!   … [Read more...]

Italian Moka!!

With the class 1B (grade 6 and 7) I repeated the exercise of the previous lesson about textures painted with tempera colours “a cup of fantasy”. I only changed the subject of the painting with an Italian Moka instead of a cup! So we now have the moka, the cup and the coffee! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture … [Read more...]

A cup of fantasy!

Funny cups painted with tempera!  This is a good exercise to learn how many textures you can paint with tempera colours, and how many ways there are to use use a paintbrush. Enjoy! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture create your own texture! use at least two colors for … [Read more...]

I wonder what will appear…

Thoughtful hat This short exercise (the lenght of it is around 10 minutes) reveals so many peculiarity of the character and the disposition of every pupil! I gave them just a scrawl and they gave me so many suggestions! Everyone started from this line, as a suggestion to create their own picture, that could be abstract or realistic. Eventually they gave a title to their work. Look at the … [Read more...]

How many pictures for a shape?

To begin with my pupils of Year7, I gave them just an empty circle and everyone filled the shape with  different textures and pictures… how many suggestion for the same shape! With this simple exercise I started to know my students, their ability and their approach to my subject. Quante immagini da un cerchio! I ragazzi delle seconde hanno messo alla prova la loro abilità ricavando … [Read more...]

Working with complementary colors

A simple exercise inspired by the shapes of Matisse to learn about complementary colors. Prepare a 5x5cm grid and then you draw freeform shapes, coloring with alternating complementary colors.   … [Read more...]