Designs Inspired by Romero Britto

Student work inspired by Romero Britto
I first discovered the colorful art of artist Romero Britto at a San Francisco airport gift shop/gallery.  Britto is a young (well, he seems young to me anyway!) self-taught artist from Brazil who has been fortunate to enjoy great success in his lifetime.  I knew my students would be as inspired by his art as I was, so I created a fun project that would use the bold design elements he is known for.

Britto’s lively designs are bold, colorful, and full of pattern… easy to be inspired by!

  • 9×12 white construction paper
  • pencil & eraser
  • black chisel tip marker
  • assorted colorful markers (we use Crayola)
  1. Sketch a simple design, cropping elements off the edges and focusing on a balanced composition.  Large shapes work best so avoid creating small spaces where your lines intersect.  
  2. Use your black chisel tip marker to trace bold outlines, dividing your design into interesting shapes.  
  3. Then, fill in these shapes with bold colors and patterns.  It’s okay to leave some areas white if that’s part of your overall design, but in general, go for lots of color!
The trickiest part of this project is to keep your design “readable” …. try not to get so carried away with your patterns and colors that it becomes too “busy”!  


13 Responses to Designs Inspired by Romero Britto

  1. Lori Decoite October 5, 2011 at 3:52 pm #

    These look Fantastic!! I think they got the bright color and pattern concept!

  2. Fine Lines October 5, 2011 at 4:02 pm #

    Your kids did a GREAT job on these. I generally steer away from markers just because the regular classroom teachers are less comfortable with the mess of paint, etc. so I do that stuff, but these are really putting markers to good use.I love that the kids kept the areas and patterns big and uncluttered. I may try it. Thanks.

  3. art house mum October 5, 2011 at 9:24 pm #

    Gee, even I feel inspired… what fun! I love the cow. grace

  4. Patty Palmer October 13, 2011 at 9:38 am #

    The cow is way to cute. Great lesson. Thanks for sharing!

  5. Calling All Sleepyheads October 13, 2011 at 9:07 pm #

    Love these! Great color, patterns! The cow is adorable!

  6. Jenellee October 17, 2011 at 10:55 pm #

    I Love this!! I can't wait to try it :) I will have to start an “art lesson plans” file for all the great stuff you post about!

  7. K-Sue October 18, 2011 at 7:27 pm #

    I was going to say, “Love this,” but that's what everybody is saying! OK, I love it, too.

  8. Connie October 23, 2011 at 2:58 pm #

    Absolutely love this idea! Please check out my blog! Thanks :)

  9. Wee Can Too - November 2, 2011 at 6:53 am #

    Great Work!! Best Collection of Art and Hobby Supplies. Really helpful to get new ideas.


  10. Snippety Gibbet December 19, 2011 at 6:20 am #

    Hey…….I hope you don't mind. I posted a link to this lesson on one of my blogs…Art Sub Lessons.


  11. Cheena January 4, 2012 at 5:39 am #

    These are lovely!! Amazing colorful treats!! Would love to see some of these masterpieces on!!

    Do stop by!

  12. Terri Syktich October 20, 2016 at 7:35 pm #

    Where can I find a plan for the Britto Pumkin’s to teach my third graders?

    • Cheryl Trowbridge October 23, 2016 at 7:53 pm #

      Terri, I don’t know of a specific Britto pumpkin lesson, but I think you could easily do that just by drawing a large, simple pumpkin shape with lines dividing it into sections. Then color each section with a different pattern that is colorful and bold. It sounds like a fun idea!