A shared experience in Omaha, Nebraska

Yesterday, I was delighted to receive a lovely email from Cynthia Vana, a Library Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She led a workshop at the Florence Branch of Omaha Public Library where the participants used white oil pastels and acrylic paint to create African patterns on brown craft paper. Her workshop, part of a February program series celebrating African American Heritage Month in the … [Read more...]

Australian Coffee

Inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art these cups of coffee reproduce some typical australian patterns and colours. We used oil pastels on wrapping paper for the drawings and patterns, then we colored with tempera colors using warm-earth colours. In the end we completed the paintings with the characteristic white dots, printing the color white with the bottom of a pencil. … [Read more...]

The Ming Vases

I’ve tried an effective technique to imitate the Ming Vases, the typical Chinese vases in white porcelain with blue decorations. We begin copying the characteristic shapes of the Chinese vases from some pictures, with narrow necks and large bellies. To succeed in draw the symmetrical shape you start by median vertical line, draw a half and then you try to complete the other side, as if in a … [Read more...]

Modigliani style with oil pastels

  Modigliani’s portraits are so characteristic that it is easy to copy them! Here is a simple technique with pencil, oil pastels and baby oil to imitate the unmistakable style of this artist.  We can start to copy the contours of the figure  with a pencil, simplifying the lines and shapes.  Modigliani’s Works of art Then we color the entire surface with a … [Read more...]

Other folders grade 8

Students of class 3A and 3B finished their folders inspired to the masterpieces of abstract art, colored with oil pastels. Here some of these! … [Read more...]

Inspired by the masterpieces of abstract art

Students of grade 8 are drawing their own folders with oil pastel on a black cardboard. These drawings are freely inpired by the works of art of Klee, Kandinsij, Delaunay and other abstract artists. composition of folders (class 3C) I ragazzi della terza C hanno decorato la loro cartelletta per i disegni con i pastelli ad olio, ispirandosi ai … [Read more...]

Secret doors

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Precious stones

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African Patterns on wrapping paper

On wrapping paper you draw simple african patterns with a white oil pastel: lines, dots, spirals, triangles, circles and stylized animals. Then you can paint with watercolors in the blanks, using only a few warm colours like brown, ocher, bordeaux and black. wrapping brown paper drawing with white oil pastel paint with … [Read more...]

Still life with oil pastels

A simple exercise to learn lights, shadow and colour shades. You draw some shapes like bottles, spheres, cups, cylinders and then you colour them with oil pastels, blending the colours with a 3D effect. Eventually you cut the shapes and paste them on a black cardboard. … [Read more...]