Final exam 2016

Even this year I asked my students to create a personal work, inspired by the artists we've studied in our lessons. In the final exam is important to describe and justify the work, explaining the techniques and the procedure and the motivations of their work of art. Here we have the works  presented during the final exams: they was connected to a history of art topic,  and every student explained … [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...]

Buildings in one point perspective

I think teaching how to draw perspective is one of the most difficult topic. Learning the rules of perspective is a difficult task for students, and every year I need to find more effective strategies to teach this topic between art and science. I found this interesting tutorial and with 7th grade students, we have been inspired by this unusual point of view. Is as you were in the middle of a big … [Read more...]

Futurist photographs

The Futurist artists argue that true Beauty Is in the dynamism of things because nothing is still, everything moves. After observing some Futurist paintings like those by Giacomo Balla and chronophotograph by Thomas Eakins, the eighth grade students have experienced the representation of forms in motion through photography. These shots were made with mobile phone trying to capture a … [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...]

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...]

Street Art Puppets

In a beautiful workshop about Street Art, made with the third class at the MART museum in Rovereto (Trento, Italy) we drew these drawings, imagining that we are street artists with large spaces available to be decorated. We worked with the professionists of EDUCATION AREA of Mart, with its section dedicated to the art teaching. They have proposed us a path through the elaboration of a "TAG", a … [Read more...]

Tonal and chromatic gradations for a landscape

The tonal gradations are made by adding white or black to a color. In this way we work on light and dark shades of that color. The chromatic gradations are obtained by mixing two colors together (such as yellow and red), without the use of white or black. After understanding the difference between the two kinds of gradations, the 7th grade students have painted two sheets, each with a different … [Read more...]