Hearts in complementary colors

Complementary colors are fascinating because of their contrast: the powerful fight between two contrasting colors is made of light, brightness and energy. We proved it painting a shape and its background in complementary colors. I found this activity here in Artsonia Art Museum and I thought it was a good idea to review the theory about complementary colors with this activity. We need: … [Read more...]

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...]

Warm & cool watercolor: cities on the sea

After the lesson about warm and cool colors, we made these landscapes. This painting is useful to learn all the possibilities of creating a wide range of warm and cool colors, just mixing watercolors. To realize this painting with warm and cool colors, you need: - drawing sheet - pencil and ruler - oil pastels - watercolors and paintbrush - black cardboard - scissors and glue You … [Read more...]

Landscapes with textures inspired by Karla Gerard

When I discovered the work of Karla Gerard  I thought at once of my students and how much they would have loved this amazing artist. I showed a lot of works of Karla Gerard to my students, and they have been inspired by her shapes, her colors, her villages, her trees and textures. We used a graffito technique that you can also find in this previous post about colored Hippie Vans. We colored the … [Read more...]

The color wheel like a flower

Every school year we work on the color theory and the color wheel, and is quite difficult to find new and original ways to paint it. You can see in some previous posts, square color wheels, star-shaped, and umbrella-shaped color wheels. This year with the students of grade 6th, we painted the color wheel as a flower, with different petals for primary, secondary and tertiary colors. First you draw … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards Global Swap 2015

At beginning of the School year we took part ito an Artist Trading cards Global Swap. The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. Artist Trading Cards are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [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...]

Textured flowers: collaborative project

Working on the textures we painted these flowers with the 6th grade students. We practiced lots of different textures, using tempera painting with different tools, as small, large, flat and round paintbrushes, and toothpicks, chopsticks or cotton buds. Every student painted a quarter of a flower, so at the end we can compose all the paintings together in a big mural with colorful flowers. To … [Read more...]

Mixed media landscape inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is alwais intriguing for students, because of his fame, his unfortunate life and his revolution in painting. With students of 8th grade we studied the Van Gogh's life and art works, and analyzed his unique painting technique. After the observation of lots of Van Gogh's landscapes, we paint our own landscape, imitating his particular technique. This artist used oil colors with … [Read more...]