WINTER
LANDSCAPES
WINTER LANDSCAPE
WITH A BIRD TRAP
PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER
Painted in 1565.
Oil on wood.
35x65 cm
What part of the year does this
painting remind you of?
CHRISTMAS!!!!
It is not particularly a Christmas scene,
but it shows winter
as we like to imagine it,
with plenty of snow
...
It may be cold but it’s really
sunny too
What’s the weather like here,
where we are living?
Does it usually snow in the wi...
There are very few colors
It is very difficult to paint an image with
so few colors. For this reason, the
painting is also very homogeneous.
We can ...
What are the people doing?
They are having fun skating on the frozen
river.
In the mid-sixteenth century, they didn’t
have the sophisticated skates w...
Look again and focus on the people
They are all doing something different
They are all different ages and each one has his
or her own character.
Some are chatting while others are hurrying on
thei...
What are the wooden planks on the
right of the picture for?
It’s a bird trap, which would
be a common view for these
country people.
You can see the village church
As the religious centre of the village,
the church has an important role.
By including it in the painting, Bruegel
evokes ...
WHY IS BRUEGEL CALLED “THE
ELDER”?
WAS HE VERY OLD?
This is often what people think, especially
because he is sometimes known as Old
Bruegel.
In fact Bruegel had a very short...
NOW IT IS YOUR TURN
Choose an image of the season you like
the most. It can be a photo, a picture, a
drawing…
Describe the...
This presentation is based on the book
HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN
ABOUT ART
Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers
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  1. 1. WINTER LANDSCAPES
  2. 2. WINTER LANDSCAPE WITH A BIRD TRAP PIETER BRUEGEL THE ELDER Painted in 1565. Oil on wood. 35x65 cm
  3. 3. What part of the year does this painting remind you of?
  4. 4. CHRISTMAS!!!! It is not particularly a Christmas scene, but it shows winter as we like to imagine it, with plenty of snow and happy people. What do you usually do at Christmas?
  5. 5. It may be cold but it’s really sunny too What’s the weather like here, where we are living? Does it usually snow in the winter?
  6. 6. There are very few colors
  7. 7. It is very difficult to paint an image with so few colors. For this reason, the painting is also very homogeneous. We can only see white, a little black and every shade in between of brown, ochre and yellow, particularly towards the horizon.
  8. 8. What are the people doing?
  9. 9. They are having fun skating on the frozen river. In the mid-sixteenth century, they didn’t have the sophisticated skates we have now: they just attached wooden blades to their shoes. It looks as though it worked quite well.
  10. 10. Look again and focus on the people They are all doing something different
  11. 11. They are all different ages and each one has his or her own character. Some are chatting while others are hurrying on their way. One is balancing on one leg and there is a mother holding her child by the hand. Some are in pairs and others are alone. What would you do if you were one of them?
  12. 12. What are the wooden planks on the right of the picture for?
  13. 13. It’s a bird trap, which would be a common view for these country people.
  14. 14. You can see the village church
  15. 15. As the religious centre of the village, the church has an important role. By including it in the painting, Bruegel evokes another dimension in the lives of the people that are in the picture. The church conveys the idea of unity between them, and perhaps of refuge.
  16. 16. WHY IS BRUEGEL CALLED “THE ELDER”? WAS HE VERY OLD?
  17. 17. This is often what people think, especially because he is sometimes known as Old Bruegel. In fact Bruegel had a very short life. He was only about forty when he died. But this nickname is to distinguish him from his sons, who were also painters. His elder son, Bruegel “the Younger”, was also called Pieter.
  18. 18. NOW IT IS YOUR TURN Choose an image of the season you like the most. It can be a photo, a picture, a drawing… Describe the elements of the picture, the weather and the colors. Create a funny story that happens in the image you chose.
  19. 19. This presentation is based on the book HOW TO TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT ART Frances Lincoln Limited Publishers

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