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...]

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...]

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...]

Warm or cool in the medieval cities

How changes the atmosphere of an ancient city if its colors are predominantly warm or cool? Here are the drawings of the students of grade 7: the walls and towers of medieval cities, which are inspired by paintings and frescoes of 1300, were colored with felt-tip pens and pencils, choosing warm or cool colors. If you like to buy the 5 printable worksheets of  Medieval Cities, you can fin the pdf … [Read more...]

Warm and cool colors for a still life

 We have proposed once again a "still life" to our students of Grade 8 (12 year old). This time the subject is not painted in a realistic way, with light and shade or three-dimensional effects. Each student has divided the drawing into various areas and then he has colored it with solid colors, in warm and cold tones. Here are the beautiful interpretations of our … [Read more...]

Starfish in warm and cool colors

Working on the warm and cool colors we painted these starfish with pupils in the sixth grade (11 year-old), using tempera colors. Each student chose whether painting the starfish in warm colors and the background in cool colors, or vice versa. In my opinion the results are really beautiful!   … [Read more...]

Small landscapes in warm and cool colors

In the classes of Grade 6 we continue the discovery of colors and their properties. One of these is to transmit sensations, such as those of "warm" and "cool". From the Theory of Colors we moved on to practice: we drew with felt tip pens and colored pencils some small landscapes, that suggest these  sensations of  "warm" and "cool", through their predominant … [Read more...]

Polar Landscapes

We prepared some Polars Landscapes painting with watercolors or gouache. We used several simple techniques to create different textures in order to achieve various effects in the landscape. This exercise is inspired by the amazing blog of Gail Bartel: That artist woman. Each student tries techniques on different sheets and then the sheets shall be cut and shared to create different landscapes … [Read more...]

Ideas to work on the warm and cool colours

I was thinking about new ideas to propose to the students to work on the warm and cool colors. We use acrylic paints especially to learn how to use brushes and mix colors properly. Here are a few shapes to be used for these exercises: students can choose to use cool colours for the background and the warm for the figure or vice versa. … [Read more...]

The faces – masks

Starting from the proportions of the face we saw in a previous lesson, the students have designed the masks and painted with tempera, alternating warm and cool colors in the mask and the background. … [Read more...]