Fashion design with Textures: worksheets and 5 activities

The drawings for these activities are inspired by Scott Nylund’s work, an american illustrator and fashion designer . I really like his clean and graceful style and I found it suitable for working on the textures. The templates should be printed on paper or white cardboard, and then you can cut out the model’s dress with a cutter. In that way you create an empty space that you can fill up in … [Read more...]

Take a picture of one-point and two-points perspective

How many times we look at a landscape in perfect one point perspective, without realizing it? After studying the geometrical rules of this spatial techniques, we realized that we are surrounded by images in one or two points perspective. This way to represent the space is not easy to understand, but with a camera can be easy to comprehend the rules of the perspective: you can identify the … [Read more...]

Futurist photographs

The Futurist artists argue that true Beauty Is in the dynamism of things because nothing is still, everything moves. After observing some Futurist paintings like those by Giacomo Balla and chronophotograph by Thomas Eakins, the eighth grade students have experienced the representation of forms in motion through photography. These shots were made with mobile phone trying to capture a … [Read more...]

Prints in radial symmetry with styrofoam

Small prints made with styrofoam matrices to experience the radial symmetry. This type of symmetry is based on the principle of rotation of an element, respect to a central point. To realize the printing plate we cut out of small squares (8x8 cm) from styrofoam food trays. Now we need a small square of paper, the same size of the printing plate, to plan the design to be engraved. The square of … [Read more...]

Photographs inspired by Series Paintings of Monet

I asked my students to observe the paintings that Claude Monet painted in series. We tried to grasp the differences of light, shade and color, among the Rouen Cathedral Series, or among the paintings in the series of Haystacks. Then I asked them to find these differences in the environment where they live, using photography. Three works of "Rouen Cathedral Series" by Claude Monet That's the … [Read more...]

Art Bloggers at Affordable Art Fair in Milan

The photographer Elena Datrino offered me a unique opportunity: to participate in a photo shooting during the 'Affordable Art Fair in Milan, on 20 March 2015. This fair was conceived by Will Ramsay, an art dealer in London, to make contemporary art accessible and affordable to all. The aim is to show that anyone can appreciate art, can buy a work of art or become a small collector. The event was … [Read more...]

Pictures of a still life

After talking of "still life" in art, I asked students to 7th grade, to take a picture of inanimate objects, giving them some quick instructions on how to take the picture: - Taking pictures of one or more items placed on a plane surface, with one shot from side - Prepare a background horizontal and vertical of a uniform color with a sheet, a blanket, a pillow, a white wall, an empty table, a … [Read more...]

Pattern with radial drawings

In Architecture and Design, a Pattern is a decorative design, as for wallpapers, made up of elements in a regular arrangement. Using the drawings in radial symmetry, made in a previous lesson by 7th grade students, we created some amazing patterns with a program of photo collage (but it is also possible with a page of Power Point or Word). The results are astonishing!  We had fun then playing with … [Read more...]

Photography: “home life”

After referring about the advent of photography and its influence on impressionist painting, the eighth-grade students have took photos of normal moments at home, following a few guidelines: - Images should have a unusual shot (from above, from below, oblique ...) - Images should have a original photographic cut (people "cut", details of individual body parts, people seen from behind ....) - … [Read more...]

Editing a photo in Andy Warhol’s style

As we have seen in previous posts dedicated to the program GIMP 2, there are many ways to draw up and edit a photograph. With students in Grade 9, we concluded the program of art history with the Pop Art of Andy Warhol. Inspired by this artist we changed the colors of a portrait in black and white. With the program GIMP 2, we have reduced the image in a limited gray scale, and then we colored the … [Read more...]