Watercolor landscapes in the style of Paul Klee

Looking at the lines in the nature and the use of the lines in the art, we of course came to consider the work of Paul Klee. His works express the evocative power of the lines: with few signs the lines, suggests to us the flow of water, an expanse of roads and fields, a big city full of palaces. I refer to some of the most famous works of the artist as " Wild water ", "Main roads and secondary … [Read more...]

So many goldfish! Prints with styrofoam

To create this shoal of goldfish, immersed in a blue lake, we made some prints by matrices in Styrofoam (polystyrene for foodstuffs). What better way to recycle plastic trays, used as a container for fruit and vegetables in our supermarkets! After collecting a lot of these trays, the students of the seventh grade have cut out the flat surface from the trays, in order to use it as a matrix for … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 steps

Here we have the video tutorial: How to create Mixed Media Artist Trading Cards in 5 easy steps: 1. Collage: front and back of the card are covered with a magazine page with written. After, you add small pictures cut from magazines. On the back of the card you affix a label with name, age and origin. 2. Painting: on the collage, on the front of the card, you paint with various colors, in a … [Read more...]

Abstract painting inspired by Gerard Richter

Gerhard Richter is one of the most outstanding living artists of our time. After a long discussion in class about the role of art, and about the developments of modern and contemporary art, I showed the students the works of Richter, from the most figurative, to the most abstract. We talked about how the abstract painting is a matter for the artist's choices, and certainly not the skills. Another … [Read more...]

A post for you: Japonism & Impressionism

This post is dedicated to the art teacher Alessandra Tombesi and to her students: 3°C of the Calamandrei School, and 3°D of the Pirandello School in Florence, Italy. After studying the Impressionism, the students have been interested in the phenomenon of Japonism, namely the interest of Western artists in the late '800, towards the Japanese prints.  Some stylistic features of Japanese prints have … [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...]

Citrus fruits in complementary colors

In order to experience the variety of complementary colors we thought to the shape of a lemon cut in half: for each segment, a different shade of color. Even the background checkered became a pretext to try many variations of the same color. First we drew it freehand, half of the fruit, drawing a circle with the segments and the seeds, deliberately irregular. Each student chose a pair of … [Read more...]

Silhouette on tonal gradations

A simple exercise that has always a great success, is the painting of a silhouette that stands out against a background painted in gradation. In this case we have created a tonal gradation with acrylic paint, starting from white color and gradually adding small amounts of another color. The painting of the background is done quickly with a flat brush, before the colors dry. In this way you can mix … [Read more...]

Sun and Moon in warm and cool colors

I thought of a imagine to match the feelings of "temperature" given from warm and cool colors. The idea has brought of this work, with a sun and a moon. The sun evokes the heat, the fire, and the range of warm colors, while the moon evokes the cold and the night with the range of cool colors. We divided a drawing sheet in half horizontally, and we drew a circle in the middle. On the left of the … [Read more...]

A post for you: The Egyptian deities on plaster

A new post dedicated to the work of other excellent teachers! Today we publish the experience of Alessandra Tombesi, an italian Art teacher in the Middle Schools of Calamandrei and Pirandello in Florence. Alessandra offers us an original task suitable for 6th grade classes, or other classes of Primary School, who study the topic of Ancient Egypt. Materials required: - Plastic dishes, plaster … [Read more...]