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!
  • 9x12 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”!  


11 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!

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