In this pathway, for ages 5-14, we explore still life painters who focus on household objects. 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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Hilary Pecis creates vibrant still life paintings of everyday household settings. Her paintings often draw from photographs and memories.
See how colour and pattern feature heavily in her purposely flattened paintings. Search Pecis’s paintings for hints of other artists who came before and inspire her work. Think about how art can be influenced by other artists without becoming a perfect imitation.
Read more about Jason’s work in his ‘Which Artists?’ post.
And Use These AccessArt Resources...
Explore Colour Mixing
Explore the basics of colour mixing for younger students with this resource by Hester Berry.
Find out about colour mixing progression from Powder Paint to Gouache and Acrylic paint with this resource.
Enable students to take real ownership of their colour mixing journey by focusing on mixing with Cyan, Magenta and Yellow.
Take inspiration from the composition and colours of still life paintings using this workshop as a model.
Scaffold with this resource inspired by Cezanne to get students to create and photograph their own still life compositions using household objects. Although this activity is modelled with Early Years it can be adapted across all ages.
Explore Creating Still Life Paintings
Explore form and shadow with this warm up exercise.
Find out how you can create still life collages with this resource- perfect for playing with composition. Or bring your still life’s to 3D with our graphic inky still life resource.
Use and adapt this resource to encourage students to play with scale and put their personalities into their paintings.
Or introduce students to this activity using ink and experiment with varied mark making, washes and beautiful, translucent effects in their still life paintings. Follow on by creating fun seasonal still life compositions inspired by this resource by Sheila Ceccarelli.
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