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...]

Tropical landscape inspired by Gauguin

Here we have a tropical landscape in the style of Gauguin, with stylized shapes, precise outlines, unnatural contrasting colors, and solid colors. These designs were created by the students of 9th grade, after studying the works of Paul Gauguin, especially the landscapes he had painted when he was in the South Seas. The design was copied from a photograph in black and white, simplifying the images … [Read more...]

Drawing a female face

With 8th grade students, we have created a pencil drawing of a woman's face, starting from a geometric model in order to have the correct proportions. This exercise made us see how the distances between the elements of the face must be more or less observed to construct a realistic face. Through the geometric structure we realized, for example, that the eyes are located about halfway between the … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Name

In 6th grade classes we have worked on the symmetry, by writing our name and by drawing it four times in a square shape. Also the colors are put in a symmetrical way, thus forming abstract compositions, balanced by symmetrical lines. For students, this was a fun exercise to learn how repeat a module in symmetrical way, and for me, another good opportunity to finally learn all the names of my new … [Read more...]

Free doodles!

A really simple exercise that helps children to get rid of the stereotypes of the drawing and to have fun with colors. The line of the scribble has been made drawing continuously on the paper with a felt pen, without ever remove the tip from the sheet. The movements of the pen are wide and free and move around into the entire space of the paper. After a set time the line stops. Each student … [Read more...]

Matisse on the cabinet!

What an idea! A large collage with adhesive paper to decorate the  cabinets of art room! Which artist, if not Matisse, can give us the inspiration to brighten up our classroom?   … [Read more...]

Rainbow banners

This exercise is carrying on the project about the color theory. The painting is based on the color's wheel and the complementary colors. With students of grade 6-7 we painted these rainbow flags: the stripes have been painted with the twelve colors of the color wheel in sequence as a rainbow, and the writtens have been cut out from the same stripes, but glued on the complementary color … [Read more...]

Watercolors inspired by Michael Craig-Martin

After observing and commenting on the works of the contemporary artist  Michael Craig-Martin,  each student in grade 8 took a picture of five or six small objects that represent his personality, his interests and preferences. The photograph had to encompass a series of scattered objects, taken from above on a white background, with framing that included all objects or parts of them. The photograph … [Read more...]