Wednesday, 28 November 2012


 Quadrilateral means “four sides”. Therefore, any four sided shape is a quadrilateral, but the sides have to be straight, and it has to be 2 dimensional.
  • Square: Four equal sides. Four equal angles, always 90°.
  • Rectangle: Opposite sides are parallel and of equal length. Four equal angles, always 90°.
  • Rhombus: Four equal sides. Opposite angles are parallel.
  • Trapezium/trapezoid: Has one pairof parallel sides.

How to draw quadrilaterals

If you missed the art class, here will you find how to solve the exercises from your workbook.

  • How to draw a square knowing its side

Tuesday, 27 November 2012


A triangle is a polygon with three sides and three angles. The three angles always add 180º.

There are three special names given to triangles that tell how many sides (or angles) are equal
  • Equilateral Triangle: Three equal sides and three equal angles, always 60º.
  • Isosceles Triangle: Two equal sides and two equal angles.
  • Scalene Triangle: No equal sides and no equal angles.

How to draw triangles.

If you missed the art class, here will you find how to solve the exercises from your workbook.

  • How to draw an equilateral triangle knowing one side...

Sunday, 25 November 2012

Saturday, 10 November 2012

Colour and photography.

Check the National Geographic webpage. It has beautiful pictures.

Wednesday, 7 November 2012

Missing shapes. Optical Illusion.

Missing shapes, phantom shapes or Illusory contours.
These are diferent names for the same optical illusion.  

How many triangles do you see in this picture?

     Phantom shapes are a form of optical illusion where countours are percieved without colour change across the contour. That means that we see a shape that really does not exist.

     These are two simple missing shape optical illusions shown in black and white. The existence of a white triangle can easily be imagined in the top image while your brain can also easily create the existence of a white sphere in the lower image.

Try to find the Star!!!

Monday, 22 October 2012

Drawing a blown tree

I've found this great exercise in Art Attack.


Watch the second artwork from this video.

Saturday, 6 October 2012


I found this great poster about Art and children

Primary colours

Example of a picture divided in it's primary colours (cyan, magenta and yellow) and black.

Do you see how it works? When the 4 colours are put one on top of the other you get the image of the flowers.

Tuesday, 4 September 2012

Working with ... comics. Drawing characters.

    Students have to draw two characters based on their description given to them. Each work will come out different!!!

Working with ... comics. Faces and expressions.

     Shoo Rayner shows us how to draw 13 Faces of Fear!!! Check this video before trying to draw the exercises from your workbook.


Working with ... comics. Space frame.

    A panel, frame or box is one drawing on a page, and contains a segment of action. A page may have one or many panels, and panels are frequently, but not always, surrounded by a border or outline

    The student is given a number of images that has to copy and organize in his/her final composition. It has to add two extra elements and draw the motion lines.

Other examples:

Sunday, 2 September 2012


  1. What is a comic?
  2. What does this mean? The teacher will draw some symbolia and balloons on the blackboard.
  3. Can you name me a famous comic character played on TV?
Comic is a medium that uses both visual (non-verbal) and verbal language to tell us a story.

Publication formats                                                                       
      Comic Book is like a magazine that tells a long story (Batman, Superman, Mortadelo y Filemón, etc.) or a series of different stories and authors (TBO).

      Comic Strip generally refers to daily and Sunday newspaper publications. Many comic strips have been collected into comic books.


     Captions are boxes containing a variety of text elements, including scene-setting, description, timing, etc.

     Speech Ballon, also known as speech buble, contains the dialogue and comes from a specific speaker's mouth. They vary in size and shape. The shape of the ballon indicates the type of dialogue contained. 
  • Speech ballons are more elliptical. They are used for the dialogue between the characters.
  • Thought ballons are more cloud-like and connected to the owner by the series of dots or small bubles.
  • Screaming, or anger ballons, tend to be spiky.
  • Whispers ballons are usually represented by broken lines.
  • Square boxes are used to represent dialogue spoken by robots or computers.
Comics Terminology                                                                    

    1. Motion Lines, also known as speed lines, are lines that are used to represent movement. Like in some picture if a person or other mobile thing is moving the motion lines will follow behind it.

    2. Symbolia. Is the iconic representation used in comics and cartooning. For example:
  • the light bulb above a character's head to indicate an idea,
  • the indication of sleep by a line of ZZZZZ or by a saw cutting a log,
  • hearts to express love or lightning for hate, etc.

    3. Sound effects. Onomatopoeia. They are enviromental sounds presented without ballons, in bold or 3D text in upper case. Sometimes they have exclamations points. This is a method of drawing attention to text, it often highlights onomatopeia and reinforces the impact of words such as Bang or Wow.

Thursday, 26 July 2012

Working with ... Axial symmetry

On this first example students have to draw 6 symmetric shapes and then colour them using opposite colours.

Axial symmetry
On the web there are plenty examples and works to finish using symmetry as a theme.


Working sheet

Creative drawings

     Each students gets a paper with a piece of an image (drawing, picture, etc.) and has to finish the composition.


Working with ... textures


Sunday, 22 July 2012

Working with ... light and shade I.

We have already learned that we need light and shades to create volume.
Let's practice it!!

Landscape by Pep Lluis.

Working with ... colour

Colour Theory:
All the works are done with colour pencils.

Substractive and Additive Systems
Colour Wheel by Fen Mei.

Cool colours by Maria Rosa.
Warm colours
Warm and cool colours  by Fen Mei.