Explore Still Life Paintings of Household Objects

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Hilary Pecis, Jason Line

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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Explore Painters

Exploring still life paintings informed by household objects, Inspired By Hilary Pecis

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. 

See more paintings by Hilary Pecis

Find out more about the work of Hilary Pecis in this video. 

Jason Line

Jason Line is a still life painter whose interest lies more in understanding the structure and nature of a subject and responding to it as truthfully as possible.

Finding that he couldn’t always afford models or rely on friends to sit for him, the everyday objects around him in the studio whether it was a chair, a table or an old pot became his models instead.

See more of Jasons work.

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.

Explore Composition

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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