Citrus fruits in complementary colors

In order to experience the variety of complementary colors we thought to the shape of a lemon cut in half: for each segment, a different shade of color. Even the background checkered became a pretext to try many variations of the same color. First we drew it freehand, half of the fruit, drawing a circle with the segments and the seeds, deliberately irregular. Each student chose a pair of … [Read more...]

A “tunnel” in tonal gradation

We continue the exercises to learn how to create the perfect tonal gradations! This time with the classes of sixth grade we paint a mysterious hallway that is lost to infinity, populated by strange characters. First we prepare the geometric drawing of the tunnel, tracing the square's diagonals. The sheet is divided into concentric frames of the width of 1.5 cm. We begin to paint starting from … [Read more...]

Sun and Moon in warm and cool colors

I thought of a imagine to match the feelings of "temperature" given from warm and cool colors. The idea has brought of this work, with a sun and a moon. The sun evokes the heat, the fire, and the range of warm colors, while the moon evokes the cold and the night with the range of cool colors. We divided a drawing sheet in half horizontally, and we drew a circle in the middle. On the left of the … [Read more...]

Delaunay in primary, secondary and achromatic colors

Here's an exercise of painting, based on the colors primary, secondary and achromatic. Inspired by the works of Sonia and Robert Delaunay, these acrylic paintings were made by students of Grade 6th. After observing the features of the paintings of these two artists, we have drawn a series of rings and semicircles in pencil with the aid of a ruler and of a compasses. Rings had their center placed … [Read more...]

The color wheel star-shaped

In 6th grade classes our exercises on color theory proceed with the analysis of the color wheel. We made a painting in order to understand how to get all the colors of the color wheel, using only the three primary colors. First we have "turned" the color wheel into a star. With a ruler we drew a small central triangle from which branch off the three triangles of primary colors. On these first … [Read more...]

Color theory: worksheets and video tutorial

You can find the color wheel and some aspects of color theory in two worksheets in English language, ready to be completed with crayons. This work is suitable for pupils of grade 6th or for primary school, for a first approach to color theory. The color wheel can be completed entirely using only the three primary colors, and the students can clearly understand the mixing of colors without using … [Read more...]

Medieval Cities: 5 printable worksheet

Buy now 5 drawings of medieval cities, drawn by copying the frescoes by artists of 14th century, as Ambrogio Lorenzetti and Giotto. Ready to be colored with crayons or markers, in an imaginative way or following specific topics of theory of color (warm and cool colors, gradations, gray scales, complementary colors). The lesson of history about the Middle Ages and its artists, can be developed … [Read more...]

Hippie Van in sgraffito technique

Here is the classic van of the 60s, drawn with oil pastels and decorated with the technique of sgraffito. In 6th grade classes we have experienced a new way to create a texture with oil pastels. After drawing freehand our van, we colored every part with oil pastels, making sure to use only light colors for the first layer of color. We then covered the fields of light colors with a second layer of … [Read more...]

Objects in detail

The observation of an object from very close sets in motion thoughts about how it is made, what are the parts that compose it, and what the mechanisms that move the parts. But draw an object in its details is a further step towards the knowledge of that object, and hands, you know, have a potential memory that let us "know" this object forever. We are thinking about the study of plants in … [Read more...]

Illustrate a story

  From a project in collaboration with the Italian teacher, with a 7th grade class, we attended a competition, by creating a story with the illustrations. This is the Italian competition "Writers in Class"(Scrittori di Classe), targeted at Primary and Middle Schools throughout Italy. After a short lesson on the illustrations in the books and their creation, we talked about the narrative power of … [Read more...]