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...]

Perspective in space!

By analyzing the various ways of representing space, we arrived to the study of perspective. In this collage, with students in the seventh grade, we first drawn a room in central perspective, following the geometrical rules of perspective construction. Then we designed a "space" landscape with colored pencils on a black sheet, to create the fantasy setting of our perspective. The image of the room … [Read more...]

Cool landscape

On a mixed media background I've found a frozen landscape... I enjoyed to draw little houses, bridges and windows, following the colors on the background. … [Read more...]

Warm or cool in the medieval cities

How changes the atmosphere of an ancient city if its colors are predominantly warm or cool? Here are the drawings of the students of grade 7: the walls and towers of medieval cities, which are inspired by paintings and frescoes of 1300, were colored with felt-tip pens and pencils, choosing warm or cool colors. If you like to buy the 5 printable worksheets of  Medieval Cities, you can fin the pdf … [Read more...]

The “Fauves” in our streets

After studying the work of  Fauves artists and particularly the landscapes painted by André Derain, the students of 9th Grade have produced some images inspired by the style of this artist. Pupils have photographed some areas of their town (Mezzolombardo) and a photocopy in black and white was used as the basis for the interpretation of color in the landscape. The aim was to completely change the … [Read more...]