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Working on symmetry with 6th Grade students we created these masks inspired by ancient African, Inca and Aztec masks. To create these masks we need tracing paper, drawing paper, a pencil, tape, colored pencils and a colored felt-tip pen.

You start folding the tracing paper in half and drawing just half of a mask with a pencil. Then you turn the tracing paper and trace the other part of the mask on the other half part of the paper. In that way you will obtain the whole mask on the tracing paper.

Subsequently you copy the whole mask on a drawing paper, sticking the tracing paper on a window with tape and tracing the lines on a overlapped drawing paper. After that you trace the outline with a colored felt-tip pen.

To complete the drawing color the areas with colored pencils. Pay attention to use colors and shade in a symmetrical way

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This activity is inspired by this nice video “How to draw a Scary Cute monster (Folding Surprise)”  ( For those of you who don’t know I suggest this interesting YouTube channel  Art for Kids Hub).  Students of grade 6th created their own little monsters that can be both cute or scary monsters, with a funny folding surprise. We followed the clear step-by-step instructions in the video that shows very well how to fold the paper and how to do the drawing.

How To Draw A Scary Cute Monster (Folding Surprise) - YouTube

We followed the video for the main steps, but we created some changes on the pictures and colors. On the blackboard I have drawn different shapes for the monsters, for their legs and heads. Some students added antennas, paws, ears and changed the shape of heads and teeth. Some students have drawn the monster in profile and with different colors. So, in your opinion, which is the cutest and which is the scariest monster?

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This Year we had the great opportunity to collaborate with two theatre directors Jacopo Laurino and Elena Galvani of Stradanova Slow Theatre creating the scenic desing for a play. The play was freely adapted from the Marcovaldo by Italo Calvino. The story is set in a grey and polluted city, and the protagonist, called Marcovaldo, dreams and looks for a pure and unspoiled nature. He find the signs of nature in some ingenuos, poetic and illusory moments of his life, that I thought to depict in stop motion animations

It was a challenge to design and build a frame where to fix the camera and the drawing paper in order to obtain a sequence of fixed framing. We used an upside down desk where we fixed the camera.

We designed four animations with around 500 shots each. Every stop motion followed a theme of the story and the students worked in three or four for each video: three of them painted the scene and one took care of sequential shots.

The sequential shots was edited with iMovie and here below you can watch the final effect.

Cervella in città - stop-motion 1 - I funghi di Marcovaldo - YouTube
when Marcovaldo thinks that the mushrooms grown in the flowerbed of the bus stop are a delicacy …
Cervella in città - stop-motion 2 - Le vespe di Marcovaldo - YouTube
when Marcovaldo thinks he has found a miraculous remedy for rheumatism with wasp stings …
Cervella in città - stop-motion 4 - La pietanziera di Marcovaldo - YouTube
when Marcovaldo exchanges his sad lunch with a spoiled child …
Cervella in città - stop-motion 3 - La villeggiatura di Marcovaldo - YouTube
when Marcovaldo goes to sleep on a park bench because in his house it’s too hot …
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Here below an useful video tutorial created by Chad Brown for his YouTube channel theartproject.com . He shows clearly how to create the two-colors prints inspired by German Expressionism. I invite you to visit it and watch this and the other interesting art projects he proposes in his videos.

Soft-Kut Block Print Printmaking and German Expressionism - Arteascuola & theartproject (2019) - YouTube

These two-colors prints were made by 9th grade students with a printing plate called Adigraf, a soft and easily workable rubber. First, we drew an image depicting a face, inspired by the portraits of the German Expressionists made with Xylograph (technique of printing with woodcut plate). The sketch was then transferred on the Adigraf plate pressing the graphite on the rubber.

After that, the plate has been carved with chisels of various shapes. The students carved their figure making sure to carve the empty areas (negative space) and leaving the colored areas in relief (positive space). They carved only certain parts of the design for the first print with the red paint.

After the first print in red, the plate was further carved with new details. They actually carved out more parts of the design to print in black over the red. The second print with black paint was superimposed on the first printing in red, so as to thereby obtain a two-color printing. In the pictures below we see the whole procedure.

1. FIRST CARVE : YOU CARVE JUST SOME PARTS OF THE DESIGN 2. FIRST PRINT WITH RED PAINT FIRST PRINTS WITH THE RED PAINT 3. SECOND CARVE: YOU CARVE OUT MORE PARTS OF THE DESIGN 4. SECOND PRINT IN BLACK PAINT 5. THE SECOND PRINT IN BLACK IS PRINTED OVER THE RED FIRST AND SECOND PRINT OF THE SAME PLATE: THE DETAILS CARVED IN THE SECOND PRINT APPEAR IN RED
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These two-color prints were made by 9th grade students with a printing plate called Adigraf, a soft and easily workable rubber. First, we drew an image depicting a face, inspired by the portraits of the German Expressionists made with Xylograph (technique of printing with woodcut plate). The sketch was then transferred on the Adigraf plate pressing the graphite on the rubber.

After that, the plate has been engraved with chisels of various shapes. The students engraved their figure making sure to engrave the empty areas (negative space) and leaving the relief areas (positive space). After a first printing in red, the plate was further engraved with new details. The second printing with black ink was superimposed on the first printing in red, so as to thereby obtain a two-color printing. In the pictures below we see the whole procedure.


These two-color prints were made by the students of grade 9 with the Adigraf, an engraving plate soft and easily workable. First, we drew an image depicting a face, inspired by the portraits of the German Expressionists, made with the technique of woodcut. The sketch was then drawn on the adigraf plate which was later engraved with the chisels of various shapes. The students have engraved their figure making sure to engrave the areas of “empty” (negative space), and leaving the parties “full” (positive space). After a first printing in red, the plate was further engraved with new details. The second printing with the black color was superposed on the first printing in red, so as to thereby obtain a two-color printing. In the images we see the whole procedure.

Stampe a due colori ispirate alle Xilografie Espressioniste

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Here below an useful video tutorial created by Chad Brown for his YouTube channel theartproject.com . I invite you to visit it and watch this and the other interesting art projects he proposes in his videos.

Nocturnal Landscape Art Project - Artescuola.com and theartproject (2019) - YouTube

This romantic nocturnal landscape created by 7th grade students, has been painted with tempera paint with a final touch in watercolor. Despite the sophisticated final result the process is very simple, all you need is 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 color and shading it toward the darker color. When the color is dry you paint the moon and some little stars with white paint.

After that you paint the forest along the horizon, using the darkest tone of the sky. The snow in the foreground is painted with a light grey.  

Subsequently you paint the the trees’ silhouettes  with a thin paintbrush and black paint.  

Finally you draw the direction of the shadows drawing lines with pencil from the moon, the light source, to the base of every tree. Along this line you paint a light and transparent tone of grey with watercolors and the silent, nocturnal landscape is finished.

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This activity helps us to practice mixing primary colors to obtain secondary and tertiary colors. with students of 6th Grade we studied the color wheel and we learned how to mix colors in order to complete it. First at all you draw the chameleon with a pencil on a drawing paper. You can easily follow the instructions step by step on this interesting web site Easy Drawing Guide which teaches us how to draw any kind of animal and figure in a simple way.

First you draw the shape of a chameleon with a pencil and then you divide it in 12 stripes, one for every color of the color wheel. You can choose any PRIMARY color for the head, and then you can paint the other two primary colors on the stripes, skipping three stripes every time you paint a color.

After painting the primary colors you mix them two by two creating the SECONDARY COLORS. You paint them in the central stripe between the primary colors.

Now you can create the TERTIARY COLORS, mixing a primary with a secondary color. When you finish the rainbow chameleon you can draw five or six branches on the background.

You paint the branches with neutral colors, mixing black and white and creating a scale of grays.

At the last step you color the background. We chose to paint it with watercolors in a solid color.

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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 it toward the darker color. When the color is dry you paint the moon and some little stars with white paint.

After that you paint the forest along the horizon, using the darkest tone of the sky. The snow in the foreground is painted with a slight tone of light grey.

Subsequently you paint the the trees’ silhouettes  with a thin paintbrush and black paint. 

Finally you draw the direction of the shadows drawing lines with a pencils from the moon, the light source, to the base of every tree. Along this line you paint a light and transparent tone of grey with watercolours and the silent, nocturnal landscape is finished.


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The activity has been designed by the art teacher Alice Capriotti from Mondaini School (RN – Italy) and then reintroduced by the art teacher Marta Zannotti from Corinaldo (AN – Italy) who has shared all the pictures. Her students of 7th Grade (class IIA e IIB from “Foscolo” School) created these Longobardian jewels made of a dough of flour and salt.

The teacher Marta Zannotti tells us how they created the jewels: “After studying and observing the symbols of the medieval Langobardian art we created these jewels. First we designed the jewels on paper, at a scale of 1:1. Then we shaped the dough of flour and salt, using simple tools as rulers, little sticks and knives.

After drying in the oven the jewels has been colored with a layer of white paint and then with colors.

Eventually some beads and buttons has been imbedded into the surface with vinyl glue and the surface has been varnished”.

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