Floating Forms

In the 7th Grade classes we spoke about Shape and Forms, Light and Shadows and Value, Chiaroscuro and Lighting in Art. The main topic was about creating the sense of volume and depth on a 2-dimensional surface. We analyzed the topic of shadows with the light source, the cast and the form shadow and how to draw three different kinds of Chiaroscuro. All these topics were summarized in a mixed media … [Read more...]

Shading Forms: 3 worksheets

Buy now I propose here three worksheets with many 3-D forms of various size and shape, ready to be shaded. The worksheets are useful to practice shading on different kinds of forms, both with flat and curved surfaces. You can decide where is the source of light and practice different kinds of chiaroscuro (crosshatching, scumbling, shading…). After shading the forms you can cut them out and … [Read more...]

Drawing inspired by Craig-Martin: video tutorial

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a … [Read more...]

Drawing bottles with parallel lines

With this drawing you can create a three-dimensional visual effect just with parallel lines. Students of Grade 6th have drawn these bottles with felt-tip pens, choosing a sequence of three or four colours and repeating it to complete the bottle. The background has been drew with the same technique but with different colours. We start drawing five or six bottles with a pencil on a drawing paper; … [Read more...]

Group work: mixed media leaves

In groups of three we created this mixed media work, following the step-by step instructions. First we write our names on the back of the drawing sheet. Then we paint the drawing sheet with watercolors, all the three students of the group on the same drawing sheet. We use flat and round paintbrushes. We paint the background just with black and grey, the white areas depend on the … [Read more...]

Art supplies in the style of Michael Craig-Martin

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a pencil … [Read more...]

Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]

Final Exams 2017

Paintings, stained glass, prints, drawings, mosaic, collage, plastic and wood sculptures, mixed media projects... This year for the final exams students of the 8th Grade created different kind of work. Everyone described and justified the work, explaining the techniques and the procedure and the motivations of their work of art. Here we have the works  presented during the final exams: … [Read more...]

Marbles in Mixed Media

With students of 7th grade we worked on the realistic representation of space in art. In this mixed media work, we colored the marbles with oil pastels and the background with tempera or acrylic painting. First we painted the background with three shades of gray: the rectangular area was painted with pure black, for the lateral side we used a middle gray and a light gray for the base. In that … [Read more...]

Still life on tonal gradations

Here we have a mixed media work that involves many skills and subjects. First off all we learn how to paint a tonal gradation with acrylic or tempera painting, in order to create a background for this still life. You draw 12 stripes on a drawing sheet (2 centimeter each). Every line should be painted with a darker tone of the gradation, starting from the lighter one. On the palette you prepare … [Read more...]