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...]

Sentences in complementary colors

We have created a painting inspired by the works of Paul Klee and Alighiero Boetti using letters of the alphabet as a pretext to create forms and spaces to be colored. I explained that the sentence choice does not have to be recognizable: it is not a "slogan" advertising that needs to be readable, but a mere pretext to create a grid of straight lines, oblique, curved, horizontal or vertical, to be … [Read more...]

Fishes in warm and cool colors …

With the 6th grade students, we made an acrylic painting to experience the variety of warm and cool colors. Working on color theory we discovered how many colors can be "warm" , and "cool". The figure is a pretext for understanding the composition of colors, to find new gradation and mixtures. Here's how we created our fanciful "aquarium". We need: - drawing sheet - pencil snd rubber - tempera … [Read more...]

Still life with warm and cool colors

The year 8 painted these "still lifes" with acrylic colours, painting the objects and their background with warm and cool colors. This is a free interpretation that requires layers of solid color and precise contours. rita anna  michele c. mattia … [Read more...]