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...]

Final exams 2018

I post just now my students' works which were created for the final exams of the previous school year. I hope these works will be an inspiration and a wish of a good start for the students who are attending their last year of middle school and any other student and teacher interested in art topics. The projects are inspired by the art works from 1800s to the present day and they were created and … [Read more...]

Piero della Francesca in the style of Barry McGee

Inspired by a previous post dedicated to the artist Barry McGee, the art teacher Marcella Manco with her students of Arezzo Middle School "Piero della Francesca" , created these amazing works: they magically have brought together the contemporary artist Barry McGee with one of the most emblematic artist of Italian Renaissance, Piero della Francesca. The teacher explains: "to make further studies … [Read more...]

Drawing inspired by Craig-Martin: video tutorial

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 … [Read more...]

Emotions in abstract compositions

Composing a visual image consists of arranging and placing the elements on a support or in the composing space. This means arranging the elements of the image and giving them ORDER and UNITY. A composition's order is how we chose and determine the type of relation there will be between the different elements of art. With Grade 8th students we had a lesson about COMPOSITION in the work of art, … [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...]

Final Exams 2017

Paintings, stained glass, prints, drawings, mosaic, collage, plastic and wood sculptures, mixed media projects... This year for the final exams students of the 8th Grade created different kind of work. Everyone described and justified the work, explaining the techniques and the procedure and the motivations of their work of art. Here we have the works  presented during the final exams: … [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...]

Flowers printed with Craft foam

We have already worked with this interesting material that can be etched, cut, shaped, glued, colored and printed. We used the craft foam sheets especially for printing, because it's cheap, it's suitable to be engraved, inked and printed in easy, simple steps. This time with Grade 6th students,  we created some printing plates in flower shapes, inspired by works of the great illustrator and artist … [Read more...]