Copying a portrait using the Grid Method

We created these photographic portrait copies using the grid method and learned a fairly simple way to zoom and reproduce an image. The portrait is one of the most difficult things to copy but with … [Read more...]

Still life on package paper with video tutorial

To create these monochrome drawings on brown package paper, my 7th-grade students used three pencils: one white, one brown, and one black. In the video tutorial below you can follow every step of … [Read more...]

Collage inspired by Degas with video tutorial

Inspired by the famous Degas' Dancers these collages are made with brown package paper and magazine paper. To copy the main lines of the dancer we used a photocopy of a Degas' Dancer and copied it on … [Read more...]

Oil pastels: many ideas for a sphere

How many spherical objects do surround us? For this drawing activity, I asked my students to choose an image of a spherical object to copy. These drawings are made entirely with oil pastels with … [Read more...]

Forms on watercolor background

Similar to a previous activity you can find here, we created this mixed media work, with shaded forms on a watercolor background. The bright colors make the shaded forms stand out, creating a sense of … [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 … [Read more...]

Value Cut Out

In these abstract drawings, we practiced different techniques of value: shading, crosshatching, and scumbling. Practicing value on white paper we created some free shapes. After filling two or three … [Read more...]

Video tutorial: one-point perspective winter landscape

In this difficult moment due to isolation for the coronavirus, we and our students must stay safe at home. As teachers, we can just suggest some simple tasks with basic art supplies through online … [Read more...]

Shading Forms

How can you shade different forms and solids with different kinds of surfaces? We observed that the strength of the shadow’s edges are determined by the object you are drawing. Something with sharp … [Read more...]

Intertwined ribbons on abstract watercolor

With 7th Grade students, we faced a difficult task that has been more challenging than expected. The topic is intertwined ribbons, they were drawn with the same shading technique you can find in this … [Read more...]