The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

Warm & cool watercolor: cities on the sea

After the lesson about warm and cool colors, we made these landscapes. This painting is useful to learn all the possibilities of creating a wide range of warm and cool colors, just mixing watercolors. To realize this painting with warm and cool colors, you need: - drawing sheet - pencil and ruler - oil pastels - watercolors and paintbrush - black cardboard - scissors and glue You … [Read more...]

Landscapes with textures inspired by Karla Gerard

When I discovered the work of Karla Gerard  I thought at once of my students and how much they would have loved this amazing artist. I showed a lot of works of Karla Gerard to my students, and they have been inspired by her shapes, her colors, her villages, her trees and textures. We used a graffito technique that you can also find in this previous post about colored Hippie Vans. We colored the … [Read more...]

Mixed media landscape inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is alwais intriguing for students, because of his fame, his unfortunate life and his revolution in painting. With students of 8th grade we studied the Van Gogh's life and art works, and analyzed his unique painting technique. After the observation of lots of Van Gogh's landscapes, we paint our own landscape, imitating his particular technique. This artist used oil colors with … [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...]

A lot of dots for a painting

With students of the sixth grade, we observed that the smallest element of visual language is the POINT. Is it possible to make a work of art made only of points? The Australian Aboriginal art confirms it, as well as the optical artist Bridget Riley, or the contemporary artist Yayoi Kusama. we have made this painting in mixed media. to make the painting you will need: - Drawing paper - … [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...]

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...]

Hippie Van in sgraffito technique

Here is the classic van of the 60s, drawn with oil pastels and decorated with the technique of sgraffito. In 6th grade classes we have experienced a new way to create a texture with oil pastels. After drawing freehand our van, we colored every part with oil pastels, making sure to use only light colors for the first layer of color. We then covered the fields of light colors with a second layer of … [Read more...]

Portrait in the style of Van Gogh

We used oil pastels on a black and white photocopy, and we imitated the unmistakable style of Van Gogh in "dashes", to create a portrait of a famous person inspired by this great artist. Van Gogh has made a large number of self-portraits and portraits, and observing his masterpieces we have tried to identify the dominant features: - Bright colors, very lively and sometimes unnatural - Swirling … [Read more...]