Clay as a sketchbook

A holiday on mountain, looking around with joy, to discover shapes, sketches, pictures. The surface of clay , leather-hard, becomes a sketchbook, whereon I can copy directly the shapes of plants, leafs and flowers. These pots are the souvenir of an unforgettable place. The images are engraved and colored with black engobe in mishima technique. The green is engobe, painted with brush. After the … [Read more...]

Natural textures with colored pencils

When we ask students to depict the water in a drawing, the majority draws a blue solid color; in the same way the wood is drew as a brown solid color, and the grass is an area of compact green. In this exercise, I challenged the students to the observation of reality. To copy a texture in a realistic way, is essential to observe its complexity. The enlarged detail of a natural texture helps us to … [Read more...]

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...]

Do you know the Color Theory?

A fun exercise to summarize the theory of colors, all in one simple drawing. I challenged the students of the sixth grade to test their knowledge about color theory completing this worksheet, that you can find here. The instructions are these: Colour in the drawing with colored pencils. Choose the coloring of the flowers and the vase by following these guidelines: - An object with primary … [Read more...]

Three solid to shade: worksheet

In this worksheet you have three simple solid figures: a cylinder, a cube and a sphere. Starting from this linear drawing, you can deal with various topics at the same time: theory of the shadows, drawing techniques for shading, relationship between positive and negative space. For this work are required only a soft pencil and a felt tip pen, but the variants may be many, such as colored shadows … [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...]

Vases in pencil on painted background

To develop the theme of still life and value, in the classes of 8th grade, we made these works in mixed media. The bottles are drawn on a separate sheet of paper with a pencil, and the shading is made in strips to facilitate the drawing of the gradations. The background is painted in acrylic paint, by using three colors mixed together in broad brushstrokes. White space of the background is used to … [Read more...]

Cupcakes inspired by Wayne Thiebaud

One of the tricks to represent the space is to overlap the shapes in a way such that the position of the objects is perceived as three-dimensional. Although the cupcakes are all the same size, the higher shapes appear more distant than those at the bottom. With classes of 7th grade we have drawn some muffins, coloring them with oil pastels in a fanciful way. We then cut out the shapes and glued on … [Read more...]

Pictures of a still life

After talking of "still life" in art, I asked students to 7th grade, to take a picture of inanimate objects, giving them some quick instructions on how to take the picture: - Taking pictures of one or more items placed on a plane surface, with one shot from side - Prepare a background horizontal and vertical of a uniform color with a sheet, a blanket, a pillow, a white wall, an empty table, a … [Read more...]

Three spheres, three shadings, a pattern

  In this exercise, we experience different ways to create a shadow as we had already done in a previous lesson. In this case we drew the shading in pencil on three circles, which became three spheres. The spheres in black and white have been then glued on a colored background, decorated with a pattern with regular structure, to emphasize the contrast between the background two-dimensional, and … [Read more...]