Still Life with J. P. Getty


- recognise the features of a still life artwork

 – show depth using oil pastels and baby oil


I can name 4 things that are found in still life artworks

I can recall the name of 3 artists who painted still lifes

I can describe the shape of objects in still lifes

I can choose the correct oil pastel colours

I can use a little black and white to show depth

I can blend colours using baby oil


What do all these artworks have in common?


Flower Still Life” by Ambrosius Bosschaert the Elder, 1614


Still Life with Lemons, Oranges and a Pomegranate” by Jacob van Hulsdonck (about 1620-1640)

paul cezanne still life with applesStill Life with Apples” by Paul Cezanne 1893 – 1894

What is a Still Life?

A still life (plural still lifes) is a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, typically commonplace objects which may be either natural (food, flowers, dead animals, plants, rocks, or shells) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, pipes, and so on).

See more here, here and here!

You can see many still lifes at art galleries. The Getty Museum in Los Angeles has over 300! Miss B visited the Getty in 2007 and 2015.



030 Me and Kyong reunited again




This one is one of Miss B’s favourite’s:


Fruit Piece” by Jan van Huysum 1722

Here it is on the wall in its frame.



And here it is close up. Wow!


A simple still life to do is a plate or bowl of fruit. Miss B can show you how to draw your fruit and how to colour it to make it look shiny or in the shadows and not flat.DSCN2490

We can use baby oil to help blend colours.DSCN2491


We spent quite a number of weeks getting these cactus sculptures finished. Once the clay was finally delivered (online order fail!) we had to make our pots and then each cacti or succulent plant.

The final stage included painting all the elements and adding spikes (thank you dry spaghetti). We then arranged the plants in the pot and added pom poms and pebbles.

Great work 5/6J!

Writing about Inventions

Earlier this year 5/6J had to create a magazine article on a crazy invention. They had to write an informative text on either a blimp, penny farthing, dynsasphere or segway. Their page had to include a timeline and a table.

You can click this link to read the criteria for the Inventions Task. Once finished their texts became a class book that was shared with another Stage 3 class for voting! The top 3 pages were awarded based on the assessment given by 4/5S.

Here are the photographs of our awesome pages. A fantastic display of our writing talents!