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Picture gallery (Monday)

Welcome to our own

All Saints' Picture Gallery!


Each Monday, a new picture/painting will appear,

with the title of the picture and the name of the artist.  



Today, a stunning painting by JMW Turner has arrived. 

Look carefully at the image. 

What do you see?

  • This painting is called Rain, Steam and Speed.  Why did the artist choose these words as a title for his painting?  


  • It was painted in 1844, using oil paints of many different colours.  How many different colours can you identify?  


  •  What does the painting make you feel?  Can you feel the rain, see the steam?   Does the train seem to move in the painting?  How did the artist get that effect of movement?  


  • Look reallllllly carefully!  Can you see an image of a hare somewhere in the painting?  [I'll give you a hint to help you, at the bottom of these notes!]


  • This painting was completed when trains were still very new and a rare sight in the countryside.  Imagine seeing one of these noisy, smelly, smoky monsters invading your quiet little country fields for the first time!  Imagine what the hare must be feeling as it encounters the train coming in the opposite direction!  


  • This painting is now in the National Gallery in London.  There is a huge collection of Turner's works in Tate Britain, again in London.  Visit these websites to find more work by Turner and to examine his style of painting more closely.  


  • Use this painting as an inspiration to draw/paint/sketch a similar image of a train/car/airplane in motion.  What can you do to give an illusion of movement?  What has Turner done with his colours and brush strokes to make you think that the train is moving towards you?  


  • [Hint to locate the hare:  look at the lower right hand quarter for the hare.  It is very small and hardly visible at all!]


Today we have 2 very odd paintings indeed! 

They look 3-dimensional and seem to be moving in front of our eyes! 

Take a close look at them!

Movement in Squares and Crest by Bridget Riley 


Bridget Riley has created many paintings that act as optical illusions.   Optical Illusions use color, light and patterns to create images that can be deceptive or misleading to our brains.


Riley's painting Movement in Squares looks like there is a dip in the canvas, and you're tempted to touch it to see if your hand can move into that dip.  Her painting Crest looks like it's moving in front of you, moving back and forth, like waves in water.   But when you see each painting close up, you see a flat surface with curves or shapes cleverly arranged to create an illusion of 3-dimensions or of movement.  


  • Look up more paintings by Bridget Riley (Google here).   Look at the images up close and move away from each image, or to the side, and see how the illusion changes.  



  • Make an optical illusion with a pencil and 2 pieces of card using these instructions.  


  • Try to create your own optical illusion, using the techniques that Bridget Riley used

Now here's a very strange image of a very familiar figure!!

The Yellow Cow  by Franz Marc

What a strange colour for a cow!   Why do you think the artist has chosen this colour?  What do you think the cow is feeling?  What do you notice about its movement?    And the background, do you think these are 'real' colours, or has the artist used his imagination again to create a fantasy landscape?


Try your own painting of a familiar animal, with odd colouring.  Use a range of media in your painting (e.g. pastels, crayons, pencil crayons, chalks, water colours).  Make your animal dance a bit like the cow in this painting!  


The point of this is to make someone look closer at your painting, to make them smile, to make them think again about what is 'real' and what is 'imagined', what is in our dreams, maybe, or in our imaginations.  Give it a try!!

Here are two more exciting images for our Picture Gallery!

Oriental Poppies                  Red Poppy


by Georgia O'Keeffe


Georgia O'Keeffe painted over 200 images of flowers.  These poppies are among her most famous.  The flowers have  no background and take up most of the whole canvas, in this case one that is more than 1m wide.  O'Keeffe chose bright explosive colours, contrasting the vivid red/orange petals with the black centre.  Georgia O'Keeffe wanted busy people to take time to see flowers close up.


Right now is a good time to see poppies outside.  they spring up near the edge of the roads and woods, on disturbed ground.  Look at our Forest Walk (Thursday) for some poppies I saw on my walk at the weekend.


You could try to match the colours of a real poppy.  Use different media, for example, crayons, pastels, pencil crayons.  Which materials come closest to the real colour?   Here are my attempts last evening.  



Find a single flower from your garden or a nearby woods.  Sketch the flower in an image that is larger than the original flower.  Sketch what you see, count the petals, look at the relative sizes of the parts of the flower (male/female parts, petals). 







Nighthawks  by Edward Hopper

Nighthawks by Edward Hopper


This painting shows an image of a restaurant, late at night, in New York City.   The restaurant is lit brightly, but the surrounding streets are dark and deserted.


How has the painter used colours, shading and contrasts to create this interesting painting?  Who are these people?  Are they chatting, or thinking to themselves?  There's a man, on his own - what might he be thinking about?  Is the image from the present day or in the past?  What is your evidence?  What is a nighthawk?  Why is this a good name for this painting?  


You might like to create a similar sketch or painting, with your family sitting in the restaurant.   Or you could sketch an image of a restaurant that you know well.  Think about using colours to show contrast between the inside of the restaurant and the area outside. 


Look up other paintings by Edward Hopper.  What do you notice about his use of light/colours in his work?  What do you like about his work?  Try to imitate his style in a painting of your own.  


Here's a similar image:  you might recognise the style of drawing!


Bedroom in Arles  by Vincent van Gogh

Bedroom in Arles  by Vincent van Gogh

Is your bedroom as bright and colourful as this one?  Van Gogh painted his bedroom as yellow as the sun in the South of France, where he was living at the time.  


Look carefully at the painting.  What objects has he chosen? What colours has he chosen to bring the room alive?   Look at the brush strokes - are they tiny, thick, wide, narrow?  


Draw/sketch/paint your bedroom, or another room in the house.  Or arrange your bedroom like this one, with your own chairs, etc and take a photograph of the rearrangement, to imitate Van Gogh's painting.    If you are painting, try to use the same brush strokes as Van Gogh.  How does it change the image?  

Van Gogh painted three versions of his bedroom in Arles.  Can you spot the similarities and differences?
(Images and information from Wikipedia)
Here is another image of a bedroom, imitating Van Gogh's painting, but completed by a modern painter.  What is different, what is the same?

Bedroom at Arles  by Roy Lichtenstein

Mona Lisa  by Leonardo da Vinci

This painting is one of the most famous paintings in the world.


Where can this painting be found?  How big is it (You'll be surprised, considering how famous it is!)?     When was it painted?   What materials were used?


Look carefully at the face of Mona Lisa.  What do you think she is thinking about?  How old might she be?  Find out who this person might have been.


Watch this youtube video from the Louvre, describing the making of a virtual reality app about the Mona Lisa (for more information, click here


What kind of painting is this?  [ Unscramble these letters to find out:   prottira]  (See below for answer!) .


Explore the National  [prottira] Gallery in London (online) to see many more paintings of this type. 


Draw/paint/sketch/collage a [prottira] of someone in your own family or copy one of the  paintings you see at the gallery.  A [prottira] is usually one that shows only the face or head and shoulders but could also be a full-length view of the person.


You could try creating a [prottira] using natural materials from the garden or materials around your house.  Here are some examples I have found:  Oak National AcademyOutdoor Classrooms, Artful ParentGetty Museum Challenge


[Answer to scrambled word:  portrait]



Some recent portraits to add to our gallery!  Super work!

This work of art is part of a series entitled 'Thirty-six views of M____ F___'.   Find out where the artist was from and the name of the mountain depicted in the painting.  What is special about this mountain to the people who live there? 


What do you like about this painting?  What does it make you feel?


How did Hokusai create this painting?  What materials and tools did he use? 


Look carefully at the boats in the middle of the painting.  How many rowers are there? Imagine how they must be feeling in all those waves!


Look at other paintings in the series (click here).  They all show the same mountain, but with different elements.  Which painting do you like the best?  Why?


Try to create an additional painting/drawing/image of your own imagination to add to the series that Hokusai started.  It must contain the mountain in it, of course, but you can add elements of your own that are inspired by your experiences and surroundings.


I look forward to seeing your efforts!  All the best!

Here's a brilliant video of an artist (well-known amongst All Saints' art lovers!)

painting a version of Hokusai's Great Wave. 


It is entitled  'Sea Scape'. 



Sea Scape  finished and framed!  Well done!

'Great Wave', inspired by Hokusai's 'Great Wave of Kamagura'

These paintings have been created by children in school.  They are so colourful and inspiring. 

Well done to all of you!  


Click on each image to enlarge it.

Here's our first image for the Picture Gallery!

Here's our first submission to our new Picture Gallery!  Well done!  

New art work has just arrived at the Picture Gallery! 

Fantastic!  Super effort and so colourful!


Click on each image to enlarge it.  

Some interesting and scary visitors have arrived in our Gallery!

Colourful and uplifting landscape!

Another inspiring painting! Great use of colours!!

Here's a tutorial to help you draw a tiger. Well done and what an inspiration!

The final masterpiece, much larger and much scarier!! Watch out for those teeth!