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...]

Cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

One of the tricks to represent the space is to overlap the shapes in a way such that the position of the objects is perceived as three-dimensional. Although the cupcakes are all the same size, the higher shapes appear more distant than those at the bottom. With classes of 7th grade we have drawn some muffins, coloring them with oil pastels in a fanciful way. We then cut out the shapes and glued on … [Read more...]

Abstract watercolors… follow instructions!

Talking about lyric abstractionism of Kandinsky and Paul Klee with students in grade 9, we painted a small abstract watercolor with a small guide of "instructions" to follow. Each student should draw freehand with oil pastels: - Five different lines - Three circles, some even concentric - A geometric shape - An organic form - A symbol The lines of the drawing can interbreed with each … [Read more...]

Mixed media portraits by Picasso

The style of Picasso portraits is unmistakable: the figures fall apart and are recomposed in his paintings, overturning all the canons and the proportions of the face in the style of Cubism. When students have copied the works of Picasso have not bothered to respect the proportions of the picture, but they have drawn freely, taking inspiration from the image. On a background in collage, prepared … [Read more...]

The “Fauves” in our streets

After studying the work of  Fauves artists and particularly the landscapes painted by André Derain, the students of 9th Grade have produced some images inspired by the style of this artist. Pupils have photographed some areas of their town (Mezzolombardo) and a photocopy in black and white was used as the basis for the interpretation of color in the landscape. The aim was to completely change the … [Read more...]

Flowers in complementary colors

With the students of grade 6 (11 years old) we are continuing our adventure to discover the colors. Today we worked with the complementary colors on black and white photocopies depicting flowers. To color the pictures, we used oil pastels and we cut the photocopies into three parts. Each piece of 'picture has been colored with a pair of complementary colors and then the three parts were … [Read more...]

Cakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

  Wayne Thiebaud is an American artist who worked in the '60s. He is often associated with the Pop Art because of his choice of subjects (objects symbol of consumerism such as cakes, candies, chewing gum, hot dogs, cosmetics, toys). Thiebaud, however, has always refused to be inscribed in an artistic movement. In the 8th grade class we were inspired by this American artist to draw our cakes, … [Read more...]