Drawing a female face

With 8th grade students, we have created a pencil drawing of a woman's face, starting from a geometric model in order to have the correct proportions. This exercise made us see how the distances between the elements of the face must be more or less observed to construct a realistic face. Through the geometric structure we realized, for example, that the eyes are located about halfway between the … [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...]

Minions Avatar

Everyone knows the funny Minions, the small yellow handyman from the movie "Despicable Me." In 6th grade classes, we began to know each other by drawing our avatar Minion. Each student drew himself in the form of a "minion", with his name written below the figure and an object that characterizes his own personality and preferences. Then I photographed the drawings, along with the faces of the … [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...]

Printing in Andy Warhol style

Using the method of monoprint already experienced previously with the works of Cézanne, we made these prints inspired by Pop Art . First, we have superimposed a transparent acetate sheet on a photograph of a face in black and white, and then we have colored the various parts of the figure with felt tip pens, separating the lights from the shadows. Repeating the monoprint with different colors we … [Read more...]

Mixed media portraits by Picasso

The style of Picasso portraits is unmistakable: the figures fall apart and are recomposed in his paintings, overturning all the canons and the proportions of the face in the style of Cubism. When students have copied the works of Picasso have not bothered to respect the proportions of the picture, but they have drawn freely, taking inspiration from the image. On a background in collage, prepared … [Read more...]

Two-color prints inspired by German Expressionism

These two-color prints were made by the students of grade 9 with the Adigraf, an engraving plate soft and easily workable. First, we drew an image depicting a face, inspired by the portraits of the German Expressionists, made with the technique of woodcut. The sketch was then drawn on the adigraf plate which was later engraved with the chisels of various shapes. The students have engraved their … [Read more...]

Portrait inspired by the paintings of Erik Jones

With students of Year 9, we approached the theme of the portrait. Following a pattern drawn on a sheet of squared paper, each student drew a female face in pencil with beautiful results. To make it more creative we have completed our design with a colorful background with collage, inspired by the paintings of an American artist named Erik Jones, who surrounds his portraits of  women in  whirls of … [Read more...]

A portrait by Picasso made ​​with collage

In this exercise, one of the famous Cubist portraits painted by Picasso has been made with collage, using different kinds of paper (colored tissue paper, newspaper and magazine fragments). Each student has copied the painting by Picasso in pencil and then has glued the different types of paper on the drawing trying to follow the colors of the original painting. After completing the collage, the … [Read more...]

Painting the Mona Lisa

In the painting competition of 3rd February 2013, organized by the Italian Cultural Center of Bristol, children between 6 and 11 years have ventured into the copy of the Mona Lisa by Leonardo da Vinci and it was very interesting to watch the interpretation that every child gave of his own Mona Lisa! … [Read more...]