Australian Coffee

Inspired by Australian Aboriginal Art these cups of coffee reproduce some typical australian patterns and colours. We used oil pastels on wrapping paper for the drawings and patterns, then we colored with tempera colors using warm-earth colours. In the end we completed the paintings with the characteristic white dots, printing the color white with the bottom of a pencil. … [Read more...]

A special guitar

I’m painting a guitar body of a Telecaster for my husband, inspired to a famous guitar decorated by Sara Ray. It’s a very interesting experience that reminds me my job in the restoration of ancient paintings. I’ve trying to paint it with special watercolors for woods, proceeding with transparent layers of color overlaid. The smooth surface of wood with its veining in evidence, is so … [Read more...]

Printing with Packaging Foam Chips

In a parcel sent to my home I found these polystyrene-foam packaging chips and I thought how to use them, instead of throwing them away! You can use them as a stamp to print flower petals, and here is our flowery meadow! You can use tempera or acrylic painting. First you paint a simple background in solid colors, then you print the flowers whit other bright colors. At the end you can draw the … [Read more...]

Italian Moka!!

With the class 1B (grade 6 and 7) I repeated the exercise of the previous lesson about textures painted with tempera colours “a cup of fantasy”. I only changed the subject of the painting with an Italian Moka instead of a cup! So we now have the moka, the cup and the coffee! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture … [Read more...]

Silhouette on colorful gradation

Student of grade 9 (class 3B),  learned to use acrylic colours, mixing them to get colour gradations. Then they painted a black silhouette on the colorful background. The effect is very bright! … [Read more...]

A cup of fantasy!

Funny cups painted with tempera!  This is a good exercise to learn how many textures you can paint with tempera colours, and how many ways there are to use use a paintbrush. Enjoy! paint the background with plain colours when the surface is dry, add the texture create your own texture! use at least two colors for … [Read more...]

Masks made of DAS

Terracotta or White DAS is an air hardening, non toxic, malleable modelling clay. Fine textured and easy to smooth, DAS can be used on a variety of supports. Decorate with acrylic, varnish or poster paint.  You can use instead of clay. Here students of 8th grade (seconda media) shaped masks and colored them with acrylic colours. Eventually you can put clear … [Read more...]

Big collage landscape

Every student painted 5 different texture with tempera colours: grass, rocks, sky,water and wood. We cut the sheets and composed two big mountain landscapes with all cuttings of painted texture (70cmx50cm). This is a teamwork of 7th grade pupils. Every student cut the texture in little strings and pieces with different shapes. After that they worked in a group of 10 on a big landscape … [Read more...]

Plates decorated with acrylic paint

I piatti in “biscotto” bianchi (non smaltati) si possono decorare a tempera e si imita l’effetto “ceramica”  con una vernice acrilica applicata sul lavoro finito... I ragazzi hanno utilizzato questo metodo  in mancanza di un forno per la ceramica. I piatti sono da appendere al muro e l’effetto è assicurato! … [Read more...]

New costumes and scenery for the play

The work for the show "The Love for Three Pomegranates" is progressing in all the laboratories and classrooms; once again is a collective enterprise, and it is involving the whole school. Our contribution is to paint the costumes creating unique and original pieces, and decorate the sets that this time are not made by classical painted panels but ... the best thing is to come and see the show! We … [Read more...]