GOODWILL ART GUIDE — Painting the Environment
Ideally gardens are serene places, where beautiful nature is tended.
When the Italian Renaissance re-created classical times, huge country villas were built with amazing, geometrically planned gardens — hydraulic engineering feats, with surprise fountains, organs, grottoes and mazes. Gardens as works of art are epitomised in 17th century Versailles.
In Indian paintings love scenes take place in gardens, while in Christian art the Annunciation is often set in a garden, symbolising fruitfulness. Traditionally flowers represent Spring, or Hope, or, in Dutch painting, even human life itself.
Plant life is one of the keystones in art, whether in wood, metal, stone or painting. Celtic artifacts reveal this, and more recently, entwined foliage was the style of Art Nouveau.
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LIST OF CONTENTS
Artistic elements of the subject
Looking, describing and comparing
Making and investigating - 1
Making and investigating - 2
Goodwill’s guide to developing visual literacy
Exploring the basic elements in a work
Further advice for the teacher
PART 3 — LOOKING AT THE IMAGES
Allinson, Cotswold blooms
Bonnard, The terrace
Coleman, A garden scene
Cranach, Adam and Eve
Dietrich, Spring garden
Fletcher, The farm garden
Glaser, Joy of reading
Grimshaw, The Rector’s garden
Heine, The hammock
Liebermann, Lady watering flowers...
Longley, (Home) by underground
Macke, Garden path
Mantegna, The Agony in the garden
Master, Our Lady with strawberries
Monet, Flower garden
Monet, The artist’s garden at Vétheuil
Picasso, Nude in front of the garden
Pissarro, Garden at Pontoise
Ravilious, Greenhouse: cyclamen and tomatoes
Sharland, Kew Gardens
Smallfield, The raspberry picker
Spencer, Cottages at Burghclere
Spencer, Villas at Cookham
Ting, Japanese garden
Tissot, Spring morning
Toorop, The tennis court
Utrillo, The garden of Montmagny
Van Gogh, The Sanatorium’s garden