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

Clay Succulents Sculptures

Our final artwork for term 3 is to make as sculpture of some cacti or succulent plants in a pot.

Here is a class in America who did a similar sculpture.

We will be using two types of clay, both air drying. Our fist step will be to make the pots. 

We will be using the coil pot method.

You can choose to smooth the inside only or the outside too. Once our coil pots are dry we will paint them bright colours.

We will then use some clay to make the actual plants. Here are some photos for inspiration.

Let’s have fun with the clay! Hopefully it will not be a disaster like last time!

Watercolours and Salt

Watercolour is a very popular medium for artists to use. There are so many techniques that you can use with watercolours to create different effects. Such as these shown below:



There are different types of water colour, tube paint that you mix with water and dried powder that you mix with water. This week 5/6J are creating an abstract water colour painting using different water colours and table salt. 

This artist – Gary Buhler is a watercolour artist. Here is one of his artworks titled ‘Salt Lake Oasis’. It looks like he has used salt on the roof, walls and sky!


After we have created our watercolour abstract works we are going to trace some of the shapes and patterns with black sharpies.

Check out this gallery of artworks created by other students in the USA for inspiration!


Hot Air Balloon Portrait

Our hot air balloon self portraits are coming along nicely. We have drawn and painted our balloons with acrylic paint, along with the baskets. We took photos of ourselves ready to position ourselves in the baskets. The canvases have arrived and are awaiting our painting of the sky.

Outlining the painted designs with black marker of our balloons really helps the design stand out! And as for the scented markers, if it is too much, put a peg on your nose!

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