Tree in Warm & Cool colors

In this mixed media painting we used oil pastels and watercolors in order to learn the ranges of warm and cool colors. With students of Grade 6th we created these trees to recognize and use this kind of colors. First we draw the tree and the fields with a pencil. Second we decide which part will be in warm and which in cool colors   and trace all the lines with oil pastels (eg: we trace the tree … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards 2018 from Italy

Here we are some of the Artist Trading Cards created by Italian students that now are everywhere around the world. This year the Artist Trading Card Global Swap 2018, organized as usual by our amazing friend and art teacher Nic Hahn, has involved many Italian schools from Primary to Secondary and High schools. Here below you can find the name of teachers and their students' cards. ANDREA GRECO … [Read more...]

Shoe Design

After designing chairs, table lamps and wall clocks I had the idea of designing a shoe. With my students of 8th Grade I had a lesson about the history and evolution of Design. We have looked at some Andy Warhol's shoes drawings considering the variety you can create on a simple template. Students has been inspired by their fondness for a place, an hobby, a sport, an idea, to which dedicate their … [Read more...]

Shoe Design: 2 worksheets

Two printable worksheets ready to be completed with a design of two different kind of shoes. The template of a décolleté and of a trainer are ready to be drawn with a pencil and colored with colored pencils or felt-tip pens in a personal way. In these pictures you can see an activity where students has been inspired by their fondness for a place, an hobby, a sport, an idea, to which dedicate their … [Read more...]

Paintings in scale of grays, inspired by B&W photos

This activity is an idea of the art teacher and friend Alessandra Tomasi. She is teaching at the Middle School of Fondo e Revò, in the North of Italy, and her students are Grade 8th. After introducing the history of Photography the students observed many black-and-white photographs. Students and teacher talked about shades, hues and colors in these pictures. The activity proposes to create a … [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...]

Like tissues at the microscope: video tutorial

I'm glad to show here below a great video tutorial from  theartproject chad brown. Chad Brown is an art teacher who created this tutorial for his students, to explain this project in his class. He has  made the video of the process and his students use it to make their pieces. This is a great idea and I look forward to watching other Chad's video. Have a look at he video and enjoy! In order … [Read more...]

Romanesque pop-up Cathedral

A new and interesting idea from the art teacher Giovanni Perdicchia, who has already published on this website an activity about art works and photography. These Romanesque pop-up Cathedrals have been created by his 7th grade students. The schools involved are the Middle School of  di Racale, and the Middle School of Alliste, in the province of Lecce, in Italy. After studying the Romanesque and … [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...]