Cats on the fence

Here we have an idea to try and use the primary colours and the neutral colours with tempera paint. First we draw the fence (high 11 cm, wide 24 cm, divided in 12 planks, each one 2 cm wide) with a pencil. Then we draw three or more cats, with simple lines and stylised shapes. After that we retrace the lines with a black permanent marker. We can use the 12 planks as if they were the 12 wedges of … [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...]

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...]

Animals in black & white

These mixed media paintings were created by students of 6th Grade in order to work on achromatic colours and greys scale. To realize this painting you need: - A picture in black & white of an animal - Tracing paper - Drawing sheet - Pencil and artist tape - Black coloured pencil - Black and white paint (tempera or acrylic paint) - Paintbrushes First at all you trace the main lines of … [Read more...]

Printing Expressionist Houses

At the beginning of Twentieth Century the art movements of Expressionists in Germany and Fauves in France bring an important news in the field of Modern art: the vision of reality is filtered by the artists' inner reality. Before them Van Gogh and Munch have taught the same lesson because in their paintings the world is transformed and distorted by the artist's feeling and mood. 8th Grade students … [Read more...]

Marbles in Mixed Media

With students of 7th grade we worked on the realistic representation of space in art. In this mixed media work, we colored the marbles with oil pastels and the background with tempera or acrylic painting. First we painted the background with three shades of gray: the rectangular area was painted with pure black, for the lateral side we used a middle gray and a light gray for the base. In that … [Read more...]

Funny Boots : painting textures

With tempera or acrylic painting we can create different patterns, using different kind of paintbrushes and colors. After painting the moka pots, the cups, the landscapes and the flowers,  we chose a pair of funny boots to work on the textures with students of sixth grade. First of all we sketched the drawing with a pencil. The line of the floor has been measured (16 cm) and is equal for every … [Read more...]

How to paint the color wheel: video tutorial

A new video tutorial from, about how to paint the color wheel using Primary colours and mixing them to get Secondary and Tertiary colors. I spent some time to suggest the way you arrange the primary colors on the palette: it's important to have enough paint and enough space in order to mix the colors properly. In this video I used Magenta Red, Primary Yellow and Blue Cyan, but it's … [Read more...]

Asterisk* with three ways to shade

As in this previous lesson, we practiced three different ways to create value and shade with pencil. In this drawing, made with 7th grade students, we used artist tape on a square drawing sheet. We made an asterisk, being careful to stick the tape on any cloth before putting it on paper. In this way the tape becomes less adhesive and you avoid to tear the paper. With a soft pencil we drew the … [Read more...]