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...]

Skyline on color gradations

On a double chromatic gradation painted with acrylic paint, was pasted the skyline of a city cut out from a black cardboard. The color gradation was painted starting from a central yellow stripe, with a shade towards red on one half of the sheet, and with a shade towards blue on the other half of the sheet. These colors were chosen to simulate a sunset sky at the top and a surface of water below. … [Read more...]

The city in Expressionist style

In the 9th grade classes, we studied the German Expressionists, as part of the avant-garde art of the twentieth century. Noting especially the paintings by Ernst Ludwig Kirchner, we pointed out the main features of his painting. We have summarized his philosophy in some visual aspects that recur in his paintings: - Distorted perspectives and deformed reality - Use of unreal colors, pure, with … [Read more...]

Medieval Cities: 5 printable worksheet

Buy now 5 drawings of medieval cities, drawn by copying the frescoes by artists of 14th century, as Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Giotto. Ready to be colored with crayons or markers, in an imaginative way or following specific topics of theory of color (warm and cool colors, gradations, gray scales, complementary colors). The lesson of history about the Middle Ages and its artists, can be developed … [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...]

Tropical landscape inspired by Gauguin

Here we have a tropical landscape in the style of Gauguin, with stylized shapes, precise outlines, unnatural contrasting colors, and solid colors. These designs were created by the students of 9th grade, after studying the works of Paul Gauguin, especially the landscapes he had painted when he was in the South Seas. The design was copied from a photograph in black and white, simplifying the images … [Read more...]

Parallel lines to build a city

With a game of parallel lines we built our cities at night, with tall buildings that stand out on a starry sky. A simple exercise for the 6th grade classes, with which we have experienced how easy it is to create a landscape using just some set of lines. The walls of the buildings seem almost three-dimensional, for the alternation of horizontal lines, slanting and curves. The addition of some … [Read more...]

Landscapes of lines

A landscape composed only of lines: curves, straight, oblique, wavy or twisted ... Here is the experiment done in a class of 6th grade, to verify the visual power of the lines, which are able to make us evoke skies, seas, fields, waves and mountains. The landscape of a picture was drawn with colored felt pens on tracing paper, only with lines. Every student has interpreted the landscape quite … [Read more...]