Contemporary Mona Lisa

After an exciting lesson on Leonardo da Vinci we tried, like many other artists of modern and contemporary art, to play with the famous image of Mona Lisa. We wanted to create a Mona Lisa of nowadays, dressed in a trendy T-shirt, and posing in front of a background of a city. We imitated the shadows on Mona Lisa's face and hands, and the landscape that fade in the distance, as in the famous aerial … [Read more...]

“Expressionist” printing on different paper

Studying Expressionism inspired us in the creation of these prints. In these days there is an important exhibition in Genova about German Expressionists, and we thought to do some works inspired by them. Using the matrixes made of a special gum called Adigraf, we have lanced the "expressionist" faces, imitating the woodblock prints of German artists of the early decades of the century. The newness … [Read more...]

Portrait in the style of Van Gogh

We used oil pastels on a black and white photocopy, and we imitated the unmistakable style of Van Gogh in "dashes", to create a portrait of a famous person inspired by this great artist. Van Gogh has made a large number of self-portraits and portraits, and observing his masterpieces we have tried to identify the dominant features: - Bright colors, very lively and sometimes unnatural - Swirling … [Read more...]

4 printable worksheets about Gustav Klimt: second set

Buy now The last 4 pdf printable worksheets with details of the drawings of famous works of Gustav Klimt, as "The Kiss" and "The Tree of Life". You can propose to your students to colour them with pencils or felt tip pens, and complete them with pieces of gold paper in the style of Klimt. A useful art lesson for students of Primary and Secondary School. In this lesson , as we shown in the … [Read more...]

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...]