Tiles imprinted with pasta

A simple and brilliant idea to be realized at school with clay slabs: colored tiles imprinted with different shapes of pasta. Farfalle, penne, fusilli or spaghetti become interesting tools to create … [Read more...]

A shared experience in Omaha, Nebraska

Yesterday, I was delighted to receive a lovely email from Cynthia Vana, a Library Specialist in Omaha, Nebraska, USA. She led a workshop at the Florence Branch of Omaha Public Library where the … [Read more...]

Names on small canvases

On small canvases measuring 7x7cm, we painted some names with acrylic colours to make little square  paintings to give to friends. This is a good exercise to learn how to use brushes on small size, to … [Read more...]

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 … [Read more...]

Polar Landscapes

We prepared some Polars Landscapes painting with watercolors or gouache. We used several simple techniques to create different textures in order to achieve various effects in the landscape. This … [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 … [Read more...]

Zentangle hand on a value background

With students of Class 2A we did the same exercise of the previous post  with Zentangle Flower, but we tried another subject: every students decorated the silhouette of his own hand. … [Read more...]

Three ways to shade

Students in the grade7 (classe 2B) have tried three different types of shading with a pencil: 1) HATCHING: with different pressure of the pencil, 2) CROSSHATCHING: with crossed lines, 3) STUMBLING: … [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. … [Read more...]

Zentangle flowers with tempera-value background

an interesting composition! michele s. In the class 2B we have done this exercise in three steps: 1) first we drawn the flower with a pencil 2) then we painted the … [Read more...]