Monochrome photos: a color hunt!

The word MONOCHROME describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color. A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, grayscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: shading exercise

In order to comprehend the shading effects in a drawing, it's very useful working on the perception of the depth. Adding shadows on a flat drawing helps our perception in seeing the three-dimensional effects of the depth. It's a sort of "magic": we can understand the different layers just if the shadows are in the right spots. I created this drawing with students of grade 7th. We started … [Read more...]

Meeting with the artist: Albino Rossi

Having a meeting with an artist is always a special experience: we are used to appreciating the works of art, but a meeting with an artist makes us able to read his creations in a different way, with more affection and depth. This October we visited a beautiful exhibition at the Casa dei Gentili di Sanzeno (Trento) . The exhibit showed the whole artistic activity of ALBINO ROSSI, an Italian artist … [Read more...]

Still life on abstract background

In order to  understand the light and shadow on a solid we drew  the shades on a group of objects with a pencil. In this still life some students of  8° grade have also experienced shading with crossed lines (cross-hatching), showing some skill! The background was decorated with felt-tip pens, with an abstract design where everyone has expressed freely his style. This contrast between the still … [Read more...]

Vases strangely shaped

Vases and bottles with whimsical shapes have been invented by the students of the seventh grade in an interesting exercise of symmetry. Starting from a vertical line, that is our symmetry axis, we drew two ellipses, one at the top and one at the bottom of the line. Those are the opening, and the bottom of our vase. Then we drew a curved line, joining the top ellipse, with the one in the bottom. … [Read more...]

So many pipes!

With this simple drawing we put into practice the value, the theory of the shadows, and the representation of space in classes of seventh grade. The tubes are drawn with a ruler on the drawing pad. We have superimposed 4 levels of pipes, some with connecting joints on the corners. After drawing the lines with a black marker, we have colored the pipes with oil pastels, imagining a light source … [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...]

4 suggestion for a still life

In the review of our work on still life and the value, which has been very successful among my students, I would like to propose a worksheet that you can exploit in many ways. Here are four different proposals with the same subject, from which you can find many other ideas. The topics that can be treated are the still life, the position of shapes in the space, the light and shadow (form shadow and … [Read more...]

Striped bottles: 3 worksheets

Buy now Three worksheets with bottles and vases of various sizes, ready to be decorated. The images can be used in many ways: Here are four different proposals with the same subject, from which you can find other ideas. The topics that can be treated are the still life, the position of shapes in the space, the light and shadow (form shadow and cast shadow), the chiaroscuro, mixed media, color … [Read more...]

Many types of value create a word

To practice the different ways to create value scales, we used the shadowed background of a three-letter word. The positive space (words) is occupied by white letters, while the negative space (the background) is filled in pencil with three different types of value: with the pressure of the pencil, with the cross-hatch, and with the superimposition of random tangles. To "write" the brief words, … [Read more...]