New works inspired by Harold Hollingsworth

Since a while I've been following with admiration and esteem the work of Harold Hollingsworth  a contemporary artist from Seattle, Washington. In the last works he embellished his paintings with floral patterns,  a new consistency of the brushstroke and layers of oil and acrylic paint. He describes his work with these words: "On a simple level, I describe my work as abstraction, with cultural … [Read more...]

A suit for Ghali

Ghali is a young Italian rapper beloved by my students. He usually wears colorful jackets, shirts and suits and we realized a collection of suits for him working on patterns. First we created in pairs some patterns, with different techniques and colors. After that we cut out the suit's shape from the photocopy of the singer in order to create a window. The picture has been pasted on the drawing … [Read more...]

Drawing a face with a single line

Students of grade 6th  have drawn some very original faces. As you can see these faces are made with a single line , without lifting the hand from the paper. This activity is similar to the portrait inspired by Dubuffet, made with our eyes closed. In this work our eyes were opened because the aim of this work is to create a face with a single line overcoming the stereotype that art is connected … [Read more...]

Drawing bottles with parallel lines

With this drawing you can create a three-dimensional visual effect just with parallel lines. Students of Grade 6th have drawn these bottles with felt-tip pens, choosing a sequence of three or four colours and repeating it to complete the bottle. The background has been drew with the same technique but with different colours. We start drawing five or six bottles with a pencil on a drawing paper; … [Read more...]

Self-portrait in the style of Julian Opie

We started this project at the Contemporary and Modern Art Museum of Trento and Rovereto (MART) in Italy, with Grade 7 students. The Education Department of MART organize lots of interesting art projects for any grade of students, and this activity named "My World" was based on the self-portrait. I don't show the activity here, but I invite to visit this amazing museum in the North of Italy. We … [Read more...]

Art supplies in the style of Michael Craig-Martin

A drawing inspired by the contemporary artist Michael Craig-Martin  is created with the art supplies we usually use in our art room. In this drawing we can work on the topics of still-life,  representation of space and composition. To create the drawing follow these steps: CHOOSE from eight to ten photocopies of ART SUPPLIES objects Trace the picture on your drawing sheet with a pencil … [Read more...]

Drawing about me

The Art lessons for this school year in the 6th Grade classes, follow the CLIL methodology (Content and Language Integrated Learning). To start I devised a lesson plan aimed at welcoming the new students. First I introduced myself with a video about me and the subject I teach. For this purpose I created a video with Adobe Spark, an integrated suite of storytelling applications for the iPad, … [Read more...]

Design a wall clock

We’ve already designed a chair and a table lamp in some previous lessons, and this time we deal with a new object: we have to design a wall clock, taking its specific functions into consideration before drawing it. In the grade 8th classes we discussed about the origin and evolution of design and we analysed the functional features of a wall clock. Some elements, as the position of hours and the … [Read more...]

Vortex of textures

A colored vortex of graphic textures have been created here by students of 6th grade, to test their creativity. Here we have the instructions to follow in order to realize this drawing with felt-tip pens: - on a square drawing paper draw a central point with a pencil. You don't need to measure, you can trust your eyes! - from this central point draw eight curved lines, bended toward right. The … [Read more...]

Double figures created with silhouettes

After reasoning about positive and negative space in the 7th grade classes, we designed a double figure, working on the relationship between couple of silhouettes. We observed the amazing images of  Noma Bar, the great contemporary graphic designer, who creates figurative plays between the figure and its background. The task was to create a picture with two silhouettes logically … [Read more...]