GOODWILL ART GUIDE — Painting Everyday Life
Human toil has always been a telling theme in works of art, ever since ancient Egypt.
In this group of pictures, just counting all the operations people are engaged in is daunting. And the painters, of course, were working too.
These images may generate classroom controversy. Artists have recorded people labouring. Attitudes to role and gender can be gleaned, and students will spot contrasts.
In some pictures it appears that the dynamic between a person, a task and a piece of equipment, or machine, creates artistic unity. The worker becomes part of the 'wholeness' of movement and purpose.
People — concentrating and focussing — are central to this subject. But how exactly do artists see machines? As something the worker must master? The world of work is a fascinating theme, and it fuses Art with Design and Technology.
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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
Boudin, Laundresses by a stream
Chinese, Tea packing warehouse
Clausen, The stonepickers
Clausen, Winter work
Degas, At the hatmakers
Dennys, Women’s Royal Naval Service
De Wint, Harvesters resting
Forbes, Off to the fishing grounds
Hulme, The shepherd boy
Italian, Bee Keeping
Knapp-Fisher, The dishwasher
Knight, The balloon site, Coventry
Knight, Ruby Loftus screwing a breech-ring
Landseer, The stonebreaker and his daughter
Longley, (Work) by underground
Millais, Christ in the house of his parents
Millet, The gleaners
Moore, At the coalface
Ntiro, Harvesting bananas in Tanzania
Paris, Pythagoras at his writing lectern
Spencer, A Cotswold farm
Toulouse-Lautrec, The laundress
Toulouse-Lautrec, The Milliner
Van Gogh, The sower
Velasquez, The waterseller of Seville
Von Zugel, Oxen and plough
Wood, Building the boat, Tréboul