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  • Introduce yourself and SIFE.
    welcome students to day 2,

  • Welcome back to the InStill Life project.
    Last week we were looking at food.

  • We looked at ancient food.

  • like olives and olive oil

    What do they remember from last time?
    -why we tried olives?
    what countries do they come from

  • we looked at different kinds of food that come from around the world.

    remember which ones?
  • we looked at food produced in Canada.

  • and starting to look at food around the world,
    and how people around the world grow, catch, produce food, and then how they share, trade and sell their food to the other people where they live.

  • Today, we’re going to start looking at the beautifulness of food
    and so we’re going to start to get ready to paint our very own paintings, so that we can make our cards, so that we can sell them, and then lend our money out to farmers around the world.
    Does anyone know what a Still LIfe painting is?

  • Read and explain the definition
  • we call this project “InStill Life” because by making paintings, we are going to be “instilling” or introducing opportunities for other people around the world to develop their businesses and to bring more food to the world.

    So before we make our own paintings,
    lets first look at a quick history of Still Life Paintings

  • Since ancient times, people have been painting pictures of food.

    Sometimes, like in this wall painting from a tomb in Ancient Egypt, these paintings were made because ancient people believed that by painting them on the walls of the tombs, the dead would have food with them on their journey in their after life.

  • Here’s a painting of food from Ancient Greece, where fresh fish was one of their favourite things to eat over two thousand years ago.

    “platter with red figures” 350 BC
  • This still life painting was painted on the wall of an ancient villa. A villa, was a luxury home in ancient times.
    This villa was in Pompei? Have you heard of Pompei?
    This was a city in ancient Italy which was completely covered in lava when a volcano called Vesuvius erupted.
    In this painting you will notice that the fruit is in a glass bowl, so we know that the ancient romans must have had glass bowls thousands of years ago. Crazy! What kinds of food can you see?

    As you can see, food has always been around us in history, and so it has always been looked at by artists,
    like you.

    Ancient Rome, Pompei -around 70 AD
    “Glass bowl of fruit and vases”. Roman wall painting in Pompeii (around 70 AD), Naples National Archaeological Museum, Naples, Italy
  • Four hundred years ago, here’s a Still Life painting that an Italian artist made when he looked at food. His name was Michelangelo Merisi da Caravaggio (1571-1610).

    Still Life with Fruit is a painting by the Italian Baroque master Caravaggio has justly been credited as the father of Roman still-life painting, a genre which was in its infancy in the early 17th century.
    Because of both the extraordinary virtuosity of its execution and the complexity of meaning suggested by its composition, scholars have referred to the Still Life with Fruit as a "capital picture for the artist" and a "masterpiece of still life."
  • “henri mattise” was a painter who lived in france about one hundred years ago. he is known for his beautiful use of colour, and his flowing images.

    look at the tablecloth, the chairs, the bowl, the fruit
  • Cezanne was another french painter, who also lived at the turn of the century.

  • heres a more modern painting..
  • Today,
    “sometimes still lifes are packed with lots of objects and lots of colors...

  • “and sometimes they can be very simple, like this orange and a knife”
    ( explain the light source, shadows, differeances in light and colour)

    Jefferey Hayes
    Oil on masonite, 6" x 8"

  • or a single lemon
  • or some sushi

    Sushi No. 13"
    Oil on masonite, 6" x 6"

  • or some apples
    -notice shadows
  • Breakfast,
    -here, there is less shadows but really interesting effects with the outlining, the different colours of the yolks, and the grains in the bread, and the strips in the bacon,
  • as artists, you can choose what you want to have in your painting.
    just like the ones you saw up to now

    what the food is sitting on,
    what angle we are looking at it.

    what food,
    how big it is, where it is positioned,
    what is around it,

  • hAND OUT apples,
    3 hole blank paper,
    and pencils

    play DVD
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