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...]

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...]

Curls, springs, or twisted ribbons?

Another exercise on value realized in the 7th grade classes was this drawing of curled ribbons. The method is very simple and the realism of these metallic curls is achieved with shadows in pencil and gradations in color. The ribbons are drawn on white paper, then cut out. The shapes are pasted on a black card, thus the dark background brings out the effect of light and … [Read more...]

Ribbons interwoven with a common thread

The exercise of entwined ribbons already experienced in a previous lesson, it is made more complicated! I've found this idea on one of my favorite Art Blog of ever Mini Matisse created by my friend Nic Hahn. A colorful ribbon connects multiple drawings in a tangle of white ribbons. The exercise allows experimenting the light and shade and the effect of depth: with shadows put to the right place … [Read more...]

Drawings in radial symmetry

   The radial symmetry has elements identical and symmetrical, relative to a central point, such as we can observe in the shape of snow crystals or in the disposition of the petals in a flower. After drawing a square with its medians and diagonals, we have drawn three curved lines and two straight lines within a clove of the square. These lines were traced on tracing paper with a soft pencil, … [Read more...]

Zentangle circles and gradations

Another exercise carried out about tonal gradations in 8th grade classes. As in the previous exercise about shades of gray "Collaborative project in monochrome mixed media", here we have used the quarter circle to create parts of an image to be assembled in circle. The tonal gradations have been painted with acrylic paint (or also tempera painting is suitable) starting from the lightest color to … [Read more...]

Desert landscapes in tonal gradations

Mysterious dunes enlightened by the moon, or lonely mountains in a hot desert? The landscapes painted by the students of Grade 6 are almost abstract and silent. The exercise of the gradations has been used to create a desert landscape, where the warm and cool colors are alternated in the dunes or in the sky. The gradation always starts from the light color (white), and it darkens adding the darker … [Read more...]

Tonal gradation with circles

A tonal gradation is defined as value steps going from light to dark. In this exercise the students of Grade 7, have painted the tonal gradation of a color of their choice, showing the steps in strips of colors. This instructional painting was made less boring with a little trick: we cut out two circle from the painting and then we pasted them on a black cardboard, leaving a small strip of black … [Read more...]

Silhouette in color gradations

An interesting exercise on gradations has been made in classes of grade 8° by combining a background and a silhouette painted with gradations in complementary colors. First the students have painted two sheets with acrilyc paint in different gradations (one sheet from yellow to red and one sheet from yellow to blue). After a while, when the paint was dry, they cut out a silhouette from one of the … [Read more...]

Monochrome sketch on wrapping paper

For making these monochrome drawings made ​​on wrapping paper, students in seventh grade have used three different types of pencils, a charcoal black, a pastel reddish brown and a white pencil. On the copy of the drawing they had to color the shadow areas with black, the neutral zones with the color brown and the area illuminated by light with white. In the gradation from shadow to light these … [Read more...]