Printing Expressionist Houses

At the beginning of Twentieth Century the art movements of Expressionists in Germany and Fauves in France bring an important news in the field of Modern art: the vision of reality is filtered by the artists' inner reality. Before them Van Gogh and Munch have taught the same lesson because in their paintings the world is transformed and distorted by the artist's feeling and mood. 8th Grade students … [Read more...]

Marbles in Mixed Media

With students of 7th grade we worked on the realistic representation of space in art. In this mixed media work, we colored the marbles with oil pastels and the background with tempera or acrylic painting. First we painted the background with three shades of gray: the rectangular area was painted with pure black, for the lateral side we used a middle gray and a light gray for the base. In that … [Read more...]

Funny Boots : painting textures

With tempera or acrylic painting we can create different patterns, using different kind of paintbrushes and colors. After painting the moka pots, the cups, the landscapes and the flowers,  we chose a pair of funny boots to work on the textures with students of sixth grade. First of all we sketched the drawing with a pencil. The line of the floor has been measured (16 cm) and is equal for every … [Read more...]

Drawing natural textures for a gown

To create these elegant gowns we copied details of natural textures from some pictures. In the classes of grade 6th we observed lots of textures, either natural than artificial and we analysed them in the colours and details. For an artist is important to be able to reproduce realistic textures, in order to give the feeling and perception of different surfaces and materials. After observing many … [Read more...]

Trees in chromatic shade and zentangle

To create these magic trees we paint a chromatic shade with tempera colors on a drawing sheet. First we start the shade with yellow: we add a little amount of red into the yellow paint and proceed painting the orange tint until we reach the pure red. After that we add a little amount of blue into the red paint and proceed painting the purple tint. In order to obtain this chromatic shade we need to … [Read more...]

Still life on tonal gradations

Here we have a mixed media work that involves many skills and subjects. First off all we learn how to paint a tonal gradation with acrylic or tempera painting, in order to create a background for this still life. You draw 12 stripes on a drawing sheet (2 centimeter each). Every line should be painted with a darker tone of the gradation, starting from the lighter one. On the palette you prepare … [Read more...]

Design a wall clock

We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements, as the position of hours and the … [Read more...]

Design a wall clock: worksheets

We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements, as the position of hours and the … [Read more...]

Vortex of textures

A colored vortex of graphic textures have been created here by students of 6th grade, to test their creativity. Here we have the instructions to follow in order to realize this drawing with felt-tip pens: - on a square drawing paper draw a central point with a pencil. You don't need to measure, you can trust your eyes! - from this central point draw eight curved lines, bended toward right. The … [Read more...]

The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]