A suit for Ghali

Ghali is a young Italian rapper beloved by my students. He usually wears colorful jackets, shirts and suits and we realized a collection of suits for him working on patterns. First we created in pairs some patterns, with different techniques and colors. After that we cut out the suit's shape from the photocopy of the singer in order to create a window. The picture has been pasted on the drawing … [Read more...]

Emotions in abstract compositions

Composing a visual image consists of arranging and placing the elements on a support or in the composing space. This means arranging the elements of the image and giving them ORDER and UNITY. A composition's order is how we chose and determine the type of relation there will be between the different elements of art. With Grade 8th students we had a lesson about COMPOSITION in the work of art, … [Read more...]

Group work: mixed media leaves

In groups of three we created this mixed media work, following the step-by step instructions. First we write our names on the back of the drawing sheet. Then we paint the drawing sheet with watercolors, all the three students of the group on the same drawing sheet. We use flat and round paintbrushes. We paint the background just with black and grey, the white areas depend on the … [Read more...]

Final Exams 2017

Paintings, stained glass, prints, drawings, mosaic, collage, plastic and wood sculptures, mixed media projects... This year for the final exams students of the 8th Grade created different kind of work. Everyone described and justified the work, explaining the techniques and the procedure and the motivations of their work of art. Here we have the works  presented during the final exams: … [Read more...]

Marbles in Mixed Media

With students of 7th grade we worked on the realistic representation of space in art. In this mixed media work, we colored the marbles with oil pastels and the background with tempera or acrylic painting. First we painted the background with three shades of gray: the rectangular area was painted with pure black, for the lateral side we used a middle gray and a light gray for the base. In that … [Read more...]

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...]