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...]

Inspired by Matisse Cut-Outs

An important exhibition in 2014 at the Tate Modern in London was dedicated to a giant of modern art  Henri Matisse (Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, 17 April - 7 September 2014). This exhibition explored the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. We were inspired by Matisse cut-outs to create these collages following the … [Read more...]

Warm and cool colors for a still life

 We have proposed once again a "still life" to our students of Grade 8 (12 year old). This time the subject is not painted in a realistic way, with light and shade or three-dimensional effects. Each student has divided the drawing into various areas and then he has colored it with solid colors, in warm and cold tones. Here are the beautiful interpretations of our … [Read more...]

Starfish in warm and cool colors

Working on the warm and cool colors we painted these starfish with pupils in the sixth grade (11 year-old), using tempera colors. Each student chose whether painting the starfish in warm colors and the background in cool colors, or vice versa. In my opinion the results are really beautiful!   … [Read more...]

Landscapes in gradation with Gimp2

In classes of Grade 8th we are learning to use "Gimp", an open source program for creating and editing digital images. This is a photo editing program free of charge and can be downloaded from the website www.gimp.org . The first images we created are small colorful landscapes with a range of tonal gradations: for being the first experiment is well done!     … [Read more...]

The color wheel in a square

In the classes of Grade level 6, we are studying the color wheel. What better way to learn color theory that putting it into practice? We started painting the primary colors with tempera colors, and then we got all the others with the right mixtures. The final touch was to decorate the areas of color with the words, as decorative captions. … [Read more...]

Names on small canvases

On small canvases measuring 7x7cm, we painted some names with acrylic colours to make little square  paintings to give to friends. This is a good exercise to learn how to use brushes on small size, to invent new textures and to find color combinations enjoyable and effective. It can also be useful to work on complementary colors, because to make a word visible on a colored background, you have to … [Read more...]

Ideas to work on the warm and cool colours

I was thinking about new ideas to propose to the students to work on the warm and cool colors. We use acrylic paints especially to learn how to use brushes and mix colors properly. Here are a few shapes to be used for these exercises: students can choose to use cool colours for the background and the warm for the figure or vice versa. … [Read more...]

The square color wheel!

Here a special color “wheel”, it is drawn freehand and colored with tempera colours on a square sheet. The students of year 6 colored their color wheel starting from the three Primary Colors, and completed it by mixing the primary colors to get the secondary and tertiary. draw the square color wheel starting from a central triangle draw every line … [Read more...]

Pizza’s box inspired by Michael Craig-Martin

I used pizza’s box like a  potential canvas substitute and i covered it with newspaper. I drew some details of common objects with a black marker, filling the entire surface. I drew the objects  in the style of Michael Craig-Martin. Then I painted some areas with acrylic solid colours. Here some details of Michael Craig-Martin’s works of art … [Read more...]