Nocturnal landscape

This romantic nocturnal landscape created by students of 7th Grade, has been painted with tempera paint with a final touch in watercolour. Despite the sophisticated final result the process is very simple, all you need is just to follow the instructions step by step. First you choose a cool color (green, purple or blue) and create a value scale, starting from the lighter colour and shading … [Read more...]

Practicing Chiaroscuro with colors

To practice different ways of Chiaroscuro technique we shaded the negative space of a simple three-letters word. The words (positive space) are in white, while the background (negative space) is shaded with different colors and technique. We practiced the CROSSHATCHING, the SCUMBLING, with random marks, and the HATCHING, obtained by pressing harder to give a darker appearance. This exercise was … [Read more...]

Floating Forms

In the 7th Grade classes we spoke about Shape and Forms, Light and Shadows and Value, Chiaroscuro and Lighting in Art. The main topic was about creating the sense of volume and depth on a 2-dimensional surface. We analyzed the topic of shadows with the light source, the cast and the form shadow and how to draw three different kinds of Chiaroscuro. All these topics were summarized in a mixed media … [Read more...]

Shading Forms: 3 worksheets

Buy now I propose here three worksheets with many 3-D forms of various size and shape, ready to be shaded. The worksheets are useful to practice shading on different kinds of forms, both with flat and curved surfaces. You can decide where is the source of light and practice different kinds of chiaroscuro (crosshatching, scumbling, shading…). After shading the forms you can cut them out and … [Read more...]

Video Tutorial: Value Cubes Project

Another great video tutorial inspired by an idea of arteascuola, realized by Chad Brown. Following the video you can paint these cubes in value scales. Every step is explained and shown in a very clear way and the final result is amazing. After a lesson about Value as one of the  Element of Art, we painted these cubes with 7th Grade students . We used a template to draw the cubes on a … [Read more...]

Value Cubes

After a lesson about Value as one of the  Element of Art, we painted these cubes with 7th Grade students . We used a template to draw the cubes on a drawing paper, tracing them from the worksheet with three cubes, and repeating the drawing until all the paper was full of cubes. We didn't care about the slope of the cubes, so every painting has a different incline of the whole … [Read more...]

Animals in the style of Fortunato Depero

With students of Grade 7th we studied the Elements of art like Shape and Forms and, at the same time, we  observed the works of  Fortunato Depero, an important Artist representative of the Italian Futurism (1892-1960). His particular way to stylize and simplify the animals in simple geometrical shapes, inspired us to create these fantastic animals. First we took a cue from animals templates and … [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...]

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...]

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...]