Art and Design

Still life

In this art and design project, children are introduced to the term 'still life'. They observe and make thumbnail sketches of famous still life artworks and discuss the use of visual elements, including subject matter, colour, composition and texture. They study still life paintings by significant artists, including Paul Cezanne, Vincent van Gogh and Georges Braque, and explore the use of colour in more depth by identifying colours in a small section of a painting and mixing and matching colours. In a carousel of activities on the theme, children practise drawing an object first hand, drawing outlines and making forms with texture from clay. They use their learning to organise a still life and paint it using powder paint.