Sgraffito tiles: terracotta clay and white slip

This activity was done by Daniela De Luca, a restorer-potter who leads workshops at Primary Schools, Summer camps and leisure centers. These tiles were created at the Mezzocorona Primary School (Trento, Italy) , by children of Grade 5. The tiles are made of Terracotta, a red-brown porous earthenware clay. To begin, cut 1,5-2 cm –thick slabs off the bag of clay. Put the slab between two pieces of … [Read more...]

Figure’s silhouette: 22 worksheets

22 different outlines of figures in pdf, ready to be used for different activities. The topic is about the relationship between figure and background in a picture. Did you know that our brain can focus only on the positive space (figure) or on the negative space (background)? Figure and background, appear in the perception domain at the same time, however they can't be perceived meanwhile. You can … [Read more...]

Painting the background to create the figure

Is fascinating to understand the relationship between figure and background in a picture: did you know that our brain cannot perceive the figure and the background together? Our eyes can focus only on the positive space (figure) or on the negative space (background). Figure and background, appear in the perception domain at the same time, however they can't be perceived meanwhile. To experience … [Read more...]

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...]

Our silhouette in zentangle style

Here we have 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 who was lying on the ground on … [Read more...]