Restore ancient Greek vases

Before being a teacher I worked as a restorer in many Italian cities and I completed my restoration study at the National School of Restoration in Florence. A damaged work of art for a restorer, is like a sick patient for a doctor: how to heal a work of art? The world of the restoration is complex and fascinating: we can learn that the restoration and respect for the work of art are always … [Read more...]

Fashion design with Textures: worksheets and 5 activities

The drawings for these activities are inspired by Scott Nylund’s work, an american illustrator and fashion designer . I really like his clean and graceful style and I found it suitable for working on the textures. The templates should be printed on paper or white cardboard, and then you can cut out the model’s dress with a cutter. In that way you create an empty space that you can fill up in … [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...]

Mushrooms in imaginative textures

As the previous Autumn, with the 6th grade classes, we have collaborated on a science project on knowledge of fungi. In science lessons pupils have studied the characteristics of mushrooms from scientific point of view, while in our art lesson we observed only the shape of mushrooms, to draw them in a realistic way. The decoration was then made ​​freely. The outlines drawn have been filled in an … [Read more...]

Symmetrical Monsters

After the lesson on bilateral symmetry, we created these symmetrical monsters. With a piece of cardboard folded in half, scissors, glue, markers and a bit of imagination, each student have created his monster, and have decorated the silhouette with a black marker. The background was drawn with contour lines repeated around the figure. Each student, finally, gave a name to his monster, because … [Read more...]

Perspective in space!

By analyzing the various ways of representing space, we arrived to the study of perspective. In this collage, with students in the seventh grade, we first drawn a room in central perspective, following the geometrical rules of perspective construction. Then we designed a "space" landscape with colored pencils on a black sheet, to create the fantasy setting of our perspective. The image of the room … [Read more...]

Matisse on the cabinet!

What an idea! A large collage with adhesive paper to decorate the  cabinets of art room! Which artist, if not Matisse, can give us the inspiration to brighten up our classroom?   … [Read more...]

Inspired by Matisse Cut-Outs

An important exhibition in 2014 at the Tate Modern in London was dedicated to a giant of modern art  Henri Matisse (Henri Matisse: The Cut-Outs, 17 April - 7 September 2014). This exhibition explored the final chapter in his career in which he began ‘carving into colour’ and his series of spectacular cut-outs was born. We were inspired by Matisse cut-outs to create these collages following the … [Read more...]

A portrait by Picasso made ​​with collage

In this exercise, one of the famous Cubist portraits painted by Picasso has been made with collage, using different kinds of paper (colored tissue paper, newspaper and magazine fragments). Each student has copied the painting by Picasso in pencil and then has glued the different types of paper on the drawing trying to follow the colors of the original painting. After completing the collage, the … [Read more...]

Silhouettes of chairs for poetic evocations

PRIVATE GIG With some students we choose some different shapes of chairs to cut out from different sorts of paper in order to create a suggestive composition. The students tried to give an evocative title to every composition,  assembling the chairs with different backgrounds and colours. A LULLABY MISUNDERSTANDINGS READING A … [Read more...]