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...]

Mosaics 2014

Here are the latest creations of the mosaic course. The course involved some students aged 11-14 years. After doing a preparatory drawing, life size, pupils have cut the tiles, prepared and pasted the pieces with great skill and results have been excellent! … [Read more...]

Desert landscapes in tonal gradations

Mysterious dunes enlightened by the moon, or lonely mountains in a hot desert? The landscapes painted by the students of Grade 6 are almost abstract and silent. The exercise of the gradations has been used to create a desert landscape, where the warm and cool colors are alternated in the dunes or in the sky. The gradation always starts from the light color (white), and it darkens adding the darker … [Read more...]

The magical worlds of Paul Klee

Copying freehand an artwork of Paul Klee is a joyful experience, detached from any worry of resemblance to reality. What we experience is the playful sense of childlike drawing, free from a rational draft. Each student, in a class of Grade 6, have copied an artwork of Paul Klee, drawing the main lines without bothering to copy them faithfully, but interpreting the drawing freely. Even the … [Read more...]

My name in 2-point perspective

In the class of Grade 8, after experiencing the central perspective, we have worked on the perspective with two vanishing points, imagining a huge architecture built with our name. Following the rules of 2-point perspective, we designed the three-dimensional letters and then we colored them with crayons and pencils. To make the words like huge architectures, we have added a horizon, a gradient sky … [Read more...]