A still life painting is a piece that features an arrangement of inanimate objects as its subject. Usually, these items are set on a table and often include organic objects like fruit and flowers and household items like glassware and textiles.
The term “still life” is derived from the Dutch word stilleven, which gained prominence during the 16th century. While it was during this time that the still life gained recognition as a genre, its roots date back to ancient times.
Why are they so damn boring?
Unfortunately still lifes get a really bad reputation. when most people think of a still life they don't think of a exciting action pictures but a rather Still set up of some bland fruit!..However this subject genre has prevailed over the years. Over history Still lives have kept a strong foot hold as a prominent form of art. Fortunately for the genre some artist have tried to spice things up. A still life by definition is just a composition of inanimate objects arranged together. No where does it say it must be DULL FRUIT.
Can a Still life say something
are still lives just random collection of items, or did the artist have a particular intention when choosing them? It's easy to look at a painting and think, "Hmm, pretty objects", and quickly move on to the next painting. But the artwork usually goes much deeper than just depicting pretty objects. Even if a piece is purportedly meaningless, there is always an underlying thought process behind the work. (And if you want to look at art intelligently, it's important to examine the artwork with an investigative eye and an inquisitive mind!)
An example of meaningful and conceptual still lifes is VAnitas. A Type of still life that explored biblical motif based genterall in netherlands. Vanitas still lifes were appreciated for their visual appeal and incredible details as well as for their deeper philosophical meaning. The term "vanitas" describes a specific type of still life picture. We may define vanitas as being: "a still life painting of symbolic objects that conveys a biblical or christian message about the transience of earthly life when compared to the permanence of Christian values".
NARRATIVE Still Lifes
Destkin Photography created a series of still lifes based on Folklore fairy tales. Using symbolism, representation and lighting they create compositions of props that convey our classic beloved stores. This is a modern take on VAnities.
Use the Do now bellow, and the Link to the Deskin Series to answer the questions.
Assignment :A modern NARRATIVE Still life
Step 1: Choose and analyze a FAIRY TALE, folklore or Myth.
A) Choose a story
Pick a short story, fable, myth, fairytale, or legend as the subject of your still life. Bellow is some websites with sample stories you are not limited to just these examples.
B) Pick objects from the story and analyze they're significance with the worksheet below.
Step 2: Collage together your Still Life Story
A) in photoshop collage at least 5 or more items 3 or which must be specific to your story. Your still life must successful tell your story with NO WORDS. Symbolism can be a powerful tool when telling a story. Consider the setting of the story when building your composition. For example Jack from JAck in the bean stalk was a peasant in the story and only found wealth when he stole from the giant. My picture reflects this. I show a modest wooden table in a stone cottage.
Step 3: Render your PIECE
consider the emotion and narrative you want to tell. Pick a rendering style, ie vector or paint , and create a final artwork. Each medium illicatates a different emotion so choose wisely. If you want solom you should paint and with a lot of Value especially darks.
Students will choose and analyze a story story to create a narrative still life of. This project will consist of three parts. Story analysis, Rough draft, and Final Rendering.
Rough Draft Musts