Explore Still Life Painting of Food

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Claire Harrup, Nicole Dyer

In this pathway, for ages 5-16, we explore still life painters who focus on food as subject matter and inspiration. Use their work as the basis for conversation in the classroom, and then use the AccessArt resources below to enable pupils to explore structural ways to create a connection. 

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Exploring Still Life Paintings of Food, Inspired by Claire Harrup

Claire Harrup uses a wide variety of techniques to create her work including painting, relief printing, stencil printing, collaging and taking rubbings. 

Claire’s work often comes from client set briefs. Claire adapts her process to create work for food packaging, editorial pieces and illustrations for recipe books.

Find out more about Claire’s journey into illustration in this ‘Which Artists?’ post.

Experimental Fine Art Paintings by Nicole Dyer

Nicole Dyer is a contemporary painter who experiments with mixed media materials such as paper mache in their paintings, putting a twist on the traditional still life painting. 

Their paintings are often a commentary of consumerism and contemporary society. 

Explore more of Nicole Dyer’s work here.

Read more information about Dyer’s paintings here

And Use These AccessArt Resources...

Explore how Japanese Sushi can Inspire Art

Use Jan Millers exploration of Sushi as an example of how you can bring lots of creative  experimentation into still life classes by scaffolding your lessons. Find a breakdown of activities found in this resource below to help you adapt the activities for your class…


Explore A Breakdown of Resources for Scaffolding a Still Life Project

Begin by using and adapting this resource for younger and older students to get students taking photos of their own still life compositions. Follow on by creating gestural drawings of your chosen food.

Explore a mixed media approach using watercolour washes of food with this resource. Or try experimenting with painting food using acrylic paint here

Work individually or in a group to experiment with the the surfaces you draw on by adapting this resource.

If you want to explore some printmaking like Claire Harrup or Jan Miller, here are some accessible techniques.

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