Lines forming a three-dimensional tree

With the simple combination of parallel lines we can give the impression of three-dimensionality. We did this exercise in the 6th grade classes to demonstrate that we can make a three-dimensional design, just using lines. After drawing a simple tree in pencil, the students have drawn parallel lines with 4 colors in sequence, focusing on the development of lines that should be straight on the … [Read more...]

Wanderer above the Sea of…?

In the wonderful Romantic work of art "Wanderer above the Sea of ​​Fog" painted in 1817 by Caspar David Friedrich, a man looks out from a hill in front of a foggy horizon, reflecting on the infinite spectacle of nature. The work of Friedrich gave us an opportunity to create our "traveler", engrossed in observing various horizons: we can see a sea of mountains, houses, food or furniture, garden or … [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...]

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...]

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...]

The Romanticism of Friedrich

We have studied the works of a great artist of the Romantic, Caspar David Friedrich, with students in the 9th grade. They have revised his figures in backlight by painting in tempera on gradient backgrounds.   … [Read more...]

Silhouette on colorful gradation

Student of grade 9 (class 3B),  learned to use acrylic colours, mixing them to get colour gradations. Then they painted a black silhouette on the colorful background. The effect is very bright! … [Read more...]