The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

Meeting with the artist: Albino Rossi

Having a meeting with an artist is always a special experience: we are used to appreciating the works of art, but a meeting with an artist makes us able to read his creations in a different way, with more affection and depth. This October we visited a beautiful exhibition at the Casa dei Gentili di Sanzeno (Trento) . The exhibit showed the whole artistic activity of ALBINO ROSSI, an Italian artist … [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...]

Drawings, Music, Emotions: collaborative project

Matching drawings, music, and emotions is a fascinating experience, which helps to express yourself and your own feeling. Is not possible to fail or to make mistakes, and the experience has always a liberating effect. With Grade 8th students we experienced how the music can create emotions that we can turn out in drawings. We worked in groups of four on a large drawing sheet, sharing the same … [Read more...]

Sgraffito tiles: terracotta clay and white slip

This activity was done by Daniela De Luca, a restorer-potter who leads workshops at Primary Schools, Summer camps and leisure centers. These tiles were created at the Mezzocorona Primary School (Trento, Italy) , by children of Grade 5. The tiles are made of Terracotta, a red-brown porous earthenware clay. To begin, cut 1,5-2 cm –thick slabs off the bag of clay. Put the slab between two pieces of … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards Global Swap 2015

At beginning of the School year we took part ito an Artist Trading cards Global Swap. The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. Artist Trading Cards are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [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...]

Street Art Puppets

In a beautiful workshop about Street Art, made with the third class at the MART museum in Rovereto (Trento, Italy) we drew these drawings, imagining that we are street artists with large spaces available to be decorated. We worked with the professionists of EDUCATION AREA of Mart, with its section dedicated to the art teaching. They have proposed us a path through the elaboration of a "TAG", a … [Read more...]

Creating the logo “A Shop as Friend”

With all classes of seventh grade, we participated this year in a competition to design a logo entitled "A shop as Friend". The project, proposed by our Valley Community Rotaliana-Konigsberg, aims to increase the safety of children in the path from school. The shops displaying this logo are willing to accept any child who needs information, shelter or aid. First with the students, we tried to … [Read more...]

A post for you: colorful bookmarks

The art teacher Maria Luisa Marchio, with students of Middle School Paisiello, in Cinisello Balsamo (MI), suggest to us some beautiful bookmarks decorated with colored pencils. A simple task, with a result very effective, especially if you want to experiment with students the colorful gradation and its variants with colored pencils. Here's how Maria Luisa describes the work done in the … [Read more...]