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...]

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...]

Positive and negative space: silhouettes in mixed media

It 's very easy to identify the positive space of an image (that occupied by the subject), and at the same time identify the negative space (the one occupied by the background). But what happens if we try to get a positive space by painting the negative space? With the students of a class in Grade 8 we have prepared a collage colored surface and from this background we have "extracted" the figure, … [Read more...]

A wall with graffiti

An interesting experience with mixed media has been realized by students of grade 8. We studied the contrast between light and shadow and we drew a picture with sharp shapes in black and white. First we drew the figure on tracing paper with a black marker, copying it from a photo and making a clear distinction between lights and shadows. Afterward we drew a wall on a white sheet using the black … [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...]

Silhouette in color gradations

An interesting exercise on gradations has been made in classes of grade 8° by combining a background and a silhouette painted with gradations in complementary colors. First the students have painted two sheets with acrilyc paint in different gradations (one sheet from yellow to red and one sheet from yellow to blue). After a while, when the paint was dry, they cut out a silhouette from one of the … [Read more...]

Gradations and silhouettes with Gimp

After the lesson of the landscape in gradation designed with the open source program Gimp2, we have developed a more elaborate landscape, using gradients of color and inserting a silhouette in front of the landscape. The silhouette has been selected from an image, copied and pasted as a new layer over the background. … [Read more...]

Tree Four Seasons

In the classes of the 7th Grade we are still working on the textures, but this time we are using oil pastels and discovering all the technical possibilities of these colors. After drawing a large tree with a black marker, we colored the four areas of the background with the colors of the four seasons. The oil pastels have been overlapped and blended  to create nuanced color effects, and finally … [Read more...]