Collaborative project: design a book cover

In collaboration with literature teachers we have worked on a multidisciplinary project.  Students of 7th Grade worked in small groups to create and write a fantasy or crime short story, according to the criteria set by the literary genre analyzed. Once the stories and titles were created, the students realized the cover of their books, working in groups on the same image. First of all there … [Read more...]

Artists Trading Cards 2017 from the world

Here we are the Artists Trading Cards we received in March 2017 from the global swap. My students were so excited to discover where them were from, which were the schools and the students who create them. They decided to choose two or three cards each and to keep them as a beautiful reminder of their experience in creating and swapping the cards. Does somebody from the world recognize their own … [Read more...]

A post for you: an experience of Active Art

This post is dedicated to the interesting work of the art teacher Giovanni Perdicchia and to his 9th grade students. The classes involved are the 3 B of Presicce-Acquarica Middle School and 3 C of  Middle School Polo 2 Casarano, in Italy. You can contact Giovanni on Twitter Giovanni Perdicchia @gioart79 , or see his works of art here. The aim of the project is to mainly engage students in the … [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...]

The copy as instrument of knowledge

Since forever in the history of art, every artist is used to copying the other artists’ work, especially the work of the ancient masters. This practice teaches to us a lot of things about the techniques, the use of colours and the personal style of the master. Therefore, to copy corresponds to learn, according to the effective idea of “learning by doing”. Even today, in the age of the … [Read more...]

Meeting with the artist: Albino Rossi

Having a meeting with an artist is always a special experience: we are used to appreciating the works of art, but a meeting with an artist makes us able to read his creations in a different way, with more affection and depth. This October we visited a beautiful exhibition at the Casa dei Gentili di Sanzeno (Trento) . The exhibit showed the whole artistic activity of ALBINO ROSSI, an Italian artist … [Read more...]

I-cube: me in numbers

Can we introduce ourselves with numbers? We can do it on the 6 sides of a cube! We called this activity I-cube and we used numbers to explain our hobbies, our special numbers, our relatives and our favorite sports. Actually, I have used it to review the main subjects of Color Theory: every side of the cube is decorated with a number which represent the author, but is also colored with six … [Read more...]

Drawings, Music, Emotions: collaborative project

Matching drawings, music, and emotions is a fascinating experience, which helps to express yourself and your own feeling. Is not possible to fail or to make mistakes, and the experience has always a liberating effect. With Grade 8th students we experienced how the music can create emotions that we can turn out in drawings. We worked in groups of four on a large drawing sheet, sharing the same … [Read more...]

Sgraffito tiles: terracotta clay and white slip

This activity was done by Daniela De Luca, a restorer-potter who leads workshops at Primary Schools, Summer camps and leisure centers. These tiles were created at the Mezzocorona Primary School (Trento, Italy) , by children of Grade 5. The tiles are made of Terracotta, a red-brown porous earthenware clay. To begin, cut 1,5-2 cm –thick slabs off the bag of clay. Put the slab between two pieces of … [Read more...]

Artist Trading Cards Global Swap 2015

At beginning of the School year we took part ito an Artist Trading cards Global Swap. The idea came from an outstanding American teacher, Nic Hahn (here her website MiniMatisse), with whom I share technical ideas and lessons from a few years. Artist Trading Cards are small works of art, the size of a playing card, (2.5 x 3.5 inches, or 6.35 x 8.89 cm) that artists from around the world exchange … [Read more...]