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...]

Warm & cool watercolor: cities on the sea

After the lesson about warm and cool colors, we made these landscapes. This painting is useful to learn all the possibilities of creating a wide range of warm and cool colors, just mixing watercolors. To realize this painting with warm and cool colors, you need: - drawing sheet - pencil and ruler - oil pastels - watercolors and paintbrush - black cardboard - scissors and glue You … [Read more...]

Buildings in one point perspective

I think that teaching how to draw perspective is one of the most difficult topic. Learning the rules of perspective is a difficult task for students, and every year I need to find more effective strategies to teach this topic that involves both art and science. I found this interesting tutorial and with 7th grade students and we have been inspired by this unusual point of view. It is as you were … [Read more...]

Tonal and chromatic gradations for a landscape

The tonal gradations are made by adding white or black to a color. In this way we work on light and dark shades of that color. The chromatic gradations are obtained by mixing two colors together (such as yellow and red), without the use of white or black. After understanding the difference between the two kinds of gradations, the 7th grade students have painted two sheets, each with a different … [Read more...]

So many goldfish! Prints with styrofoam

To create this shoal of goldfish, immersed in a blue lake, we made some prints by matrices in Styrofoam (polystyrene for foodstuffs). What better way to recycle plastic trays, used as a container for fruit and vegetables in our supermarkets! After collecting a lot of these trays, the students of the seventh grade have cut out the flat surface from the trays, in order to use it as a matrix for … [Read more...]

Many lines for a leaf

To stay on the theme of Autumn, we drew leaves using the subject of the lines. In sixth grade classes, we have made the drawing of a large leaf in pencil, and we split it into many parts, drawing the ribs inside the leaf. The ribs were have been decorated with colored felt tip pens, with a series of curved and parallel lines. We created so an effect of fullness on the surface of our leaf. Around … [Read more...]

Paul Klee Collage: 5 worksheets

Five printable worksheets that reproduce some famous works by Paul Klee with one thing in common: all five paintings evoke the LANDSCAPES using the LINE as a fundamental element of the composition. In these paintings we see cities, strange forests, roads, rough water or clouds, drawn with a thin stretch. Buy now With these worksheets you can cut out and assemble parts of different pictures … [Read more...]

Op Art Snakes

  Can lines create three-dimensional optical effects? Here is a new example with three snakes trying to camouflage themselves between the lines ... With students of the sixth grade we experienced the 3D effect created only through parallel lines. Before we drew the snakes with pencil and then we filled the sheet of horizontal lines with a sequence of four colors felt-tip pen. Whenever our line … [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...]

Test about Color Theory: worksheet

A fun exercise to summarize the theory of colors in one simple drawing: students can testing knowledge about colors by coloring this worksheet. The task is this: Colour in the drawing with colored pencils. Choose the coloring of the flowers and the vase by following these guidelines: - An object with primary colors - An object with secondary colors - An object with tonal gradations - An … [Read more...]