Value Cubes

After a lesson about Value as one of the  Element of Art, we painted these cubes with 7th Grade students . We used a template to draw the cubes on a drawing paper, tracing them from the worksheet with three cubes, and repeating the drawing until all the paper was full of cubes. We didn't care about the slope of the cubes, so every painting has a different incline of the whole … [Read more...]

Animals in the style of Fortunato Depero

With students of Grade 7th we studied the Elements of art like Shape and Forms and, at the same time, we  observed the works of  Fortunato Depero, an important Artist representative of the Italian Futurism (1892-1960). His particular way to stylize and simplify the animals in simple geometrical shapes, inspired us to create these fantastic animals. First we took a cue from animals templates and … [Read more...]

Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [Read more...]

Like tissues at the microscope: video tutorial

I'm glad to show here below a great video tutorial from  theartproject chad brown. Chad Brown is an art teacher who created this tutorial for his students, to explain this project in his class. He has  made the video of the process and his students use it to make their pieces. This is a great idea and I look forward to watching other Chad's video. Have a look at he video and enjoy! In order … [Read more...]

Animals in black & white

These mixed media paintings were created by students of 6th Grade in order to work on achromatic colours and greys scale. To realize this painting you need: - A picture in black & white of an animal - Tracing paper - Drawing sheet - Pencil and artist tape - Black coloured pencil - Black and white paint (tempera or acrylic paint) - Paintbrushes First at all you trace the main lines of … [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...]

Asterisk* with three ways to shade

As in this previous lesson, we practiced three different ways to create value and shade with pencil. In this drawing, made with 7th grade students, we used artist tape on a square drawing sheet. We made an asterisk, being careful to stick the tape on any cloth before putting it on paper. In this way the tape becomes less adhesive and you avoid to tear the paper. With a soft pencil we drew the … [Read more...]

Monochrome photos: a color hunt!

The word MONOCHROME describes paintings, drawings, design, or photographs in one color or values of one color. A monochromatic object or image reflects colors in shades of limited colors or hues. For an image, the term monochrome is usually taken to mean the same as black and white or, more likely, grayscale, but may also be used to refer to other combinations containing only tones of a single … [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'm glad to show here below a great video tutorial from … [Read more...]

Still life on abstract background

In order to  understand the light and shadow on a solid we drew  the shades on a group of objects with a pencil. In this still life some students of  8° grade have also experienced shading with crossed lines (cross-hatching), showing some skill! The background was decorated with felt-tip pens, with an abstract design where everyone has expressed freely his style. This contrast between the still … [Read more...]