Saturday Art Club – Splendid Still Life

In our TASTE! exhibition, we have a lovely still life by artist David Hockney. A still life (plural: still lifes) is a painting or drawing of objects that cannot move and are close to you. These can be natural (food, flowers, plants, rocks, etc.) or man-made objects (drinking glasses, books, vases, etc.).

David Hockney chose for his still life a vase of sunflowers. Even though in this period of lockdown the days may seem monotonous, try and find enjoyment in the everyday by creating your own still life of an object in your home or in the garden. This can be a drawing or a painting – whichever you prefer. 

David Hockney, Photography is Dead Long Live Painting, Digital inkjet print, 1995, Glasgow Museums.

For this project, you will need: 

  • Paper 
  • Pencils, colouring pencils or paint materials 
  • Your chosen object

Choose your object that will be the centrepiece of your artwork, this can be anything you want, for example a flower in your garden. Now sketch an outline of the object. If you only have pencils, add details and some shading.  If you have colouring pencils, fill in your outline and add different colours.

If you have paint materials, turn your outline into a still life painting. If you don’t, you can also try and make your own paint, following the guidance here.

Remember to share your creations with us in the comments section or on social media! #SaturdayArtClub


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