Buildings in one point perspective

I think teaching how to draw perspective is one of the most difficult topic. Learning the rules of perspective is a difficult task for students, and every year I need to find more effective strategies to teach this topic between art and science. I found this interesting tutorial and with 7th grade students, we have been inspired by this unusual point of view. Is as you were in the middle of a big … [Read more...]

Mixed media landscape inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is alwais intriguing for students, because of his fame, his unfortunate life and his revolution in painting. With students of 8th grade we studied the Van Gogh's life and art works, and analyzed his unique painting technique. After the observation of lots of Van Gogh's landscapes, we paint our own landscape, imitating his particular technique. This artist used oil colors with … [Read more...]

Tonal and chromatic gradations for a landscape

The tonal gradations are made by adding white or black to a color. In this way we work on light and dark shades of that color. The chromatic gradations are obtained by mixing two colors together (such as yellow and red), without the use of white or black. After understanding the difference between the two kinds of gradations, the 7th grade students have painted two sheets, each with a different … [Read more...]

Our local Impressionists

The best way to understand the Impressionist's technique is to imitate it, in front of a real natural landscape. With students of grade 8th, we compared the Impressionist's landscapes with the landscapes of our own natural enviroment. Unfortunately we can't experience the "en plain air" painting: our lessons are so short that is impossible go out in the countryside, finding the right weather and … [Read more...]

Watercolor landscapes in the style of Paul Klee

Looking at the lines in the nature and the use of the lines in the art, we of course came to consider the work of Paul Klee. His works express the evocative power of the lines: with few signs the lines, suggests to us the flow of water, an expanse of roads and fields, a big city full of palaces. I refer to some of the most famous works of the artist as " Wild water ", "Main roads and secondary … [Read more...]

Photographs inspired by Series Paintings of Monet

I asked my students to observe the paintings that Claude Monet painted in series. We tried to grasp the differences of light, shade and color, among the Rouen Cathedral Series, or among the paintings in the series of Haystacks. Then I asked them to find these differences in the environment where they live, using photography. Three works of "Rouen Cathedral Series" by Claude Monet That's the … [Read more...]

Paul Klee Collage: 5 worksheets

Five printable worksheets that reproduce some famous works by Paul Klee with one thing in common: all five paintings evoke the LANDSCAPES using the LINE as a fundamental element of the composition. In these paintings we see cities, strange forests, roads, rough water or clouds, drawn with a thin stretch. Buy now With these worksheets you can cut out and assemble parts of different pictures … [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...]

Mona Lisa: 2 worksheets

With these worksheets we can play with the famous Mona Lisa by Leonardo. The linear drawing of the most famous portrait in the world is available in two versions: one ancient, like the original, and one contemporary, revised in a modern look. Buy now How could you use these worksheets? We can color them, invent fabrics and decorations for clothes, realistic or imaginary landscapes for the … [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...]