Our local Impressionists

The best way to understand the Impressionist's technique is to imitate it, in front of a real natural landscape. With students of grade 8th, we compared the Impressionist's landscapes with the landscapes of our own natural enviroment. Unfortunately we can't experience the "en plain air" painting: our lessons are so short that is impossible go out in the countryside, finding the right weather and … [Read more...]

Watercolor landscapes in the style of Paul Klee

Looking at the lines in the nature and the use of the lines in the art, we of course came to consider the work of Paul Klee. His works express the evocative power of the lines: with few signs the lines, suggests to us the flow of water, an expanse of roads and fields, a big city full of palaces. I refer to some of the most famous works of the artist as " Wild water ", "Main roads and secondary … [Read more...]

The cube: worksheets and 5 suggestions

A simple cube can be the inspiration for great works of art, such as those "Op Art" by Victor Vasarely. Starting from a cube, or by a series of cubes, I propose five ideas to be carried out in the classroom. The activities are practical and quick, but effective. There is the chance to work on cubes of different sizes, with shaded or white faces. You can find the cubes ready to use in these six … [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...]

Paul Klee Collage: 5 worksheets

Five printable worksheets that reproduce some famous works by Paul Klee with one thing in common: all five paintings evoke the LANDSCAPES using the LINE as a fundamental element of the composition. In these paintings we see cities, strange forests, roads, rough water or clouds, drawn with a thin stretch. Buy now With these worksheets you can cut out and assemble parts of different pictures … [Read more...]

A post for you: Japonism & Impressionism

This post is dedicated to the art teacher Alessandra Tombesi and to her students: 3°C of the Calamandrei School, and 3°D of the Pirandello School in Florence, Italy. After studying the Impressionism, the students have been interested in the phenomenon of Japonism, namely the interest of Western artists in the late '800, towards the Japanese prints.  Some stylistic features of Japanese prints have … [Read more...]

Final exams 2015

Every year, when my students have the final examinations of middle school, I wonder what they’ll remember of all our lessons in these three years. Somebody ‘will remember some experience into the Art room, another one will remember something that has emotioned him , incuriosito, astonished or bored him. I know that knowledge at this age is led mostly by emotions, and at the end of every year, I … [Read more...]

Drawing inspired by Futurism: moving subjects

The Futurists, in the earliest Twentieth century, considered the dynamism and movement as new criteria of universal beauty. With students of eighth-grade we have made these "futurists" drawings, starting from photos of an object or a moving figure. The subject has been traced in its main contour lines with the help of a tracing paper, and then was copied on a sheet of drawing paper. The contour … [Read more...]

Collage inspired by Guernica

With students of the eighth grade we studied cubism and its main exponents. He could not miss the most famous work by Picasso, Guernica, reminiscent of the bombing of the Spanish city in 1937, and has become a symbol against the atrocities of all wars. That is the task given to the students for this design in mixed media inspired by Guernica: 1. Preparation of the background with a collage of … [Read more...]

“Expressionist” printing on different paper

Studying Expressionism inspired us in the creation of these prints. In these days there is an important exhibition in Genova about German Expressionists, and we thought to do some works inspired by them. Using the matrixes made of a special gum called Adigraf, we have lanced the "expressionist" faces, imitating the woodblock prints of German artists of the early decades of the century. The newness … [Read more...]