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...]

3-D Geometric Paper Shapes with Patterns

After doing a lesson about Shapes and Forms as elements of art my colleague Francesca Dallago created these 3-D solids with Grade 7th students. They traced the lines on a white cardboard (220 gr/sq meter) and cut out the templates. Then they decorated the templates with black & white different patterns, one on every face of the solid. After that they folded and glue the paper to create the … [Read more...]

New works inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Since a while I've been following with admiration and esteem the work of Harold Hollingsworth  a contemporary artist from Seattle, Washington. In the last works he embellished his paintings with floral patterns,  a new consistency of the brushstroke and layers of oil and acrylic paint. He describes his work with these words: "On a simple level, I describe my work as abstraction, with cultural … [Read more...]

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...]

Piero della Francesca in the style of Barry McGee

Inspired by a previous post dedicated to the artist Barry McGee, the art teacher Marcella Manco with her students of Arezzo Middle School "Piero della Francesca" , created these amazing works: they magically have brought together the contemporary artist Barry McGee with one of the most emblematic artist of Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca. The teacher explains: "to make further studies … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a big collage

This group work is simple but really effective. You can create a big color wheel with colored pieces of paper, ripped from magazines and old books. The whole class works to complete all the colors of this big color wheel, creating a poster to hang in the classroom. The big circle is divided in 12 slices. Every couple of students take a slice and choose a color of the color wheel. We need lots of … [Read more...]

Romanesque pop-up Cathedral

A new and interesting idea from the art teacher Giovanni Perdicchia, who has already published on this website an activity about art works and photography. These Romanesque pop-up Cathedrals have been created by his 7th grade students. The schools involved are the Middle School of  di Racale, and the Middle School of Alliste, in the province of Lecce, in Italy. After studying the Romanesque and … [Read more...]

Drawing a face with a single line

Students of grade 6th  have drawn some very original faces. As you can see these faces are made with a single line , without lifting the hand from the paper. This activity is similar to the portrait inspired by Dubuffet, made with our eyes closed. In this work our eyes were opened because the aim of this work is to create a face with a single line overcoming the stereotype that art is connected … [Read more...]

SELFIE Artist Trading cards 2018

This year for the third edition of Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2018, we thought to focus our work on ourselves, infact the topic is our SELFIE! We collected all our selfie from mobile phones and then we worked on them with colors, in the style of Matisse and Expressionist artists. The swap project is created by Nic Hahn of Minimatisse website, and the aim is to bring Artist trading cards … [Read more...]

Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]