So many pipes!

With this simple drawing we put into practice the value, the theory of the shadows, and the representation of space in classes of seventh grade. The tubes are drawn with a ruler on the drawing pad. We have superimposed 4 levels of pipes, some with connecting joints on the corners. After drawing the lines with a black marker, we have colored the pipes with oil pastels, imagining a light source … [Read more...]

Many types of value create a word

To practice the different ways to create value scales, we used the shadowed background of a three-letter word. The positive space (words) is occupied by white letters, while the negative space (the background) is filled in pencil with three different types of value: with the pressure of the pencil, with the cross-hatch, and with the superimposition of random tangles. To "write" the brief words, … [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...]

Three solid to shade: worksheet

In this worksheet you have three simple solid figures: a cylinder, a cube and a sphere. Starting from this linear drawing, you can deal with various topics at the same time: theory of the shadows, drawing techniques for shading, relationship between positive and negative space. For this work are required only a soft pencil and a felt tip pen, but the variants may be many, such as colored shadows … [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...]

Skyline on color gradations

On a double chromatic gradation painted with acrylic paint, was pasted the skyline of a city cut out from a black cardboard. The color gradation was painted starting from a central yellow stripe, with a shade towards red on one half of the sheet, and with a shade towards blue on the other half of the sheet. These colors were chosen to simulate a sunset sky at the top and a surface of water below. … [Read more...]

A post for you: our silhouette in zentangle!

For the new section "A post for you", here is the extraordinary idea of Fabiana Collotto, art teacher at the Middle School "Querini" in Mestre (Venice). As he told me in various mails that we exchanged, the work that we share here was made during a laboratory, where students from 5th grade and 6th grade have collaborated together. Groups of 5/6 students drew the outline of one of their classmates … [Read more...]

Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Monsters

After the lesson on bilateral symmetry, we created these symmetrical monsters. With a piece of cardboard folded in half, scissors, glue, markers and a bit of imagination, each student have created his monster, and have decorated the silhouette with a black marker. The background was drawn with contour lines repeated around the figure. Each student, finally, gave a name to his monster, because … [Read more...]