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Look at the paintings below by the French painter Paul Cezanne. He lived from 1839 to 1906 and he painted many different subjects. A “subject” means the focus of the painting or piece of art.
Which piece do you like the best?
Why do you like it better than the others? Does it have to do with the color? The subject? The way it makes you feel?
A still life: is a work of art that shows typically commonplace objects which are either natural (food, flowers, animals, plants, rocks, shells, etc.) or man-made (drinking glasses, books, vases, jewelry, coins, etc.).
If you have the time and access to paper and pencil; please create a still life of your own! This could be an arrangement of your favorite toys or a display of your favorite foods. Please take your time on the drawing and then feel free to add color when you're done. Have fun with your still life study!
Take a look at Vincent van Gogh’s “ Houses at Auvres”...
How are these houses different from the homes we live in today?
What colors do you see?
How does the artist use his paint? Is it flat and smooth or can you see the brushstrokes!
Can you imagine yourself taking a walk into the neighborhood in the painting?
Take a walk in your neighborhood; How many houses do you see?
Are they all the same color? Is there a lake or pond nearby?
Is it a sunny or cloudy day?
Option 1: Do a drawing of your neighborhood
Option 2: Replicate the outside of your house using cardboard.
Option 3: Draw a map of your neighborhood.
Please feel free to add color to your neighborhood using anything supplies you have (crayons/paints, etc.) Have fun and please send us the photos!