Fashion design with Textures: worksheets and 5 activities

The drawings for these activities are inspired by Scott Nylund’s work, an american illustrator and fashion designer . I really like his clean and graceful style and I found it suitable for working on the textures. The templates should be printed on paper or white cardboard, and then you can cut out the model’s dress with a cutter. In that way you create an empty space that you can fill up in … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: shading exercise

In order to comprehend the shading effects in a drawing, it's very useful working on the perception of the depth. Adding shadows on a flat drawing helps our perception in seeing the three-dimensional effects of the depth. It's a sort of "magic": we can understand the different layers just if the shadows are in the right spots. I created this drawing with students of grade 7th. We started … [Read more...]

Mountains made up of lines

Lines can depict any shape; they can create tridimensional effects and give the perception of movement. I did this drawing with 6th grade students, in order to create a mountain landscape using just lines. Putting lines near each other, you can create the perception of threedimensional volume and our eyes see undulations, protuberances and hillside indentations. We started the drawing with the … [Read more...]

I-cube: me in numbers

Can we introduce ourselves with numbers? We can do it on the 6 sides of a cube! We called this activity I-cube and we used numbers to explain our hobbies, our special numbers, our relatives and our favorite sports. Actually, I have used it to review the main subjects of Color Theory: every side of the cube is decorated with a number which represent the author, but is also colored with six … [Read more...]

4 ways to draw with DOTS

We created these mixed media paintings with 6th grade students. We experienced that you can create very expressive images just using dots. The dot is the smallest element of the visual language, but we can use it in many ways. You can create LINES, aligning the dots. You can create SHAPES, pulling the dots together, in a regular way. You can create a DEPHT effect, drawing dots of … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards 2016

Also this year students grade 8th took part to Artist Trading Cards Global Swap, together with students from all over the world. In 2015 we joined this global swap as the only one Italian School, but this year no less than ten Italian Schools are involved! My previous experience went through the creation of 100 Cards and the creation of a Video Tutorial about how to create them. The receiving of … [Read more...]

Hearts in complementary colors

Complementary colors are fascinating because of their contrast: the powerful fight between two contrasting colors is made of light, brightness and energy. We proved it painting a shape and its background in complementary colors. I found this activity here in Artsonia Art Museum and I thought it was a good idea to review the theory about complementary colors with this activity. We need: … [Read more...]

Landscapes with textures inspired by Karla Gerard

When I discovered the work of Karla Gerard  I thought at once of my students and how much they would have loved this amazing artist. I showed a lot of works of Karla Gerard to my students, and they have been inspired by her shapes, her colors, her villages, her trees and textures. We used a graffito technique that you can also find in this previous post about colored Hippie Vans. We colored the … [Read more...]

Textured flowers: collaborative project

Working on the textures we painted these flowers with the 6th grade students. We practiced lots of different textures, using tempera painting with different tools, as small, large, flat and round paintbrushes, and toothpicks, chopsticks or cotton buds. Every student painted a quarter of a flower, so at the end we can compose all the paintings together in a big mural with colorful flowers. To … [Read more...]

Mixed media landscape inspired by Van Gogh

Vincent Van Gogh is alwais intriguing for students, because of his fame, his unfortunate life and his revolution in painting. With students of 8th grade we studied the Van Gogh's life and art works, and analyzed his unique painting technique. After the observation of lots of Van Gogh's landscapes, we paint our own landscape, imitating his particular technique. This artist used oil colors with … [Read more...]