Van Gogh at my place

8th Grade students studied Van Gogh’s art works and his specific painting technique. We specifically examined The Starry Night, one of the most famous painting of Van Gogh.   First every student took a picture of his road, house or view from the house window. The picture has been printed in black and white and cut out along the skyline. On a drawing paper we drew and painted the sky … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Van Gogh at My Place

Here's another effective video tutorial from THEARTPROJECT of Chad Brown. In the video you can find all the steps and clear explanations about how to create these mixed media paintings inspired by the famous Starry Night of Van Gogh. Enjoy! … [Read more...]

Floating Forms

In the 7th Grade classes we spoke about Shape and Forms, Light and Shadows and Value, Chiaroscuro and Lighting in Art. The main topic was about creating the sense of volume and depth on a 2-dimensional surface. We analyzed the topic of shadows with the light source, the cast and the form shadow and how to draw three different kinds of Chiaroscuro. All these topics were summarized in a mixed media … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Value Cubes Project

Another great video tutorial inspired by an idea of arteascuola, realized by Chad Brown. Following the video you can paint these cubes in value scales. Every step is explained and shown in a very clear way and the final result is amazing. After a lesson about Value as one of the  Element of Art, we painted these cubes with 7th Grade students . We used a template to draw the cubes on a … [Read more...]

Value Cubes

After a lesson about Value as one of the  Element of Art, we painted these cubes with 7th Grade students . We used a template to draw the cubes on a drawing paper, tracing them from the worksheet with three cubes, and repeating the drawing until all the paper was full of cubes. We didn't care about the slope of the cubes, so every painting has a different incline of the whole … [Read more...]

Mixed Media Landscape

Working in pairs students Students of Grade 6th created these mixed media landscape. First  we measure the drawing paper with a ruler and draw 6 columns, 5 column are 6 cm wide and the last one is just 3 cm wide. Second, we paint the drawing paper with watercolors, painting every stripe with a different range of colors: - Light green for the grass, - Dark green for the hill, - Grey for the … [Read more...]

Final exams 2018

I post just now my students' works which were created for the final exams of the previous school year. I hope these works will be an inspiration and a wish of a good start for the students who are attending their last year of middle school and any other student and teacher interested in art topics. The projects are inspired by the art works from 1800s to the present day and they were created and … [Read more...]

Words in complementary colors

In order to better understand the complementary colors we created a drawing to paint with different shades of complementary colors. We chose a three-letters word to draw in bold type on a squared grid, on a square drawing sheet. The aim is to create at least 8 variation of every chosen color. For example we consider the couple of complementary colors blue and orange: we can create many … [Read more...]

Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [Read more...]

Cats on the fence

Here we have an idea to try and use the primary colours and the neutral colours with tempera paint. First we draw the fence (high 11 cm, wide 24 cm, divided in 12 planks, each one 2 cm wide) with a pencil. Then we draw three or more cats, with simple lines and stylised shapes. After that we retrace the lines with a black permanent marker. We can use the 12 planks as if they were the 12 wedges of … [Read more...]