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Expressionism: Still Life



Lexington artist Ann Tower reveals her own unique understanding of abstract painting in her garden paintings. In this segment, she describes her work as “rooted in the realistic world, the observed world” and discusses her desire to encourage the viewer to take a different look at the world through the lens of each canvas. She also discusses the ways in which her paintings attempt to document moments in her own life.

Suggested Uses:

  • Use to spark a discussion about artists’ methods and intentions as well as the creative process in general. Have students create art based on the video and your discussion.
  • Use in conjunction with a discussion of the purposes of art (e.g., painting an expressive still life or “life document,” as Tower puts it).
  • Compare and contrast the techniques and methods different artists use in their approach to the same medium, using painter profiles from Spectrum of Art and Through Artists’ Eyes.
  • Show in conjunction with the “Realism: Still Life” segment featuring artist Sheldon Tapley to compare and contrast expressionism and realism.
  • Use as part of a “careers in the arts” unit or as an introductory activity before an artist-in-residence visits your classroom.

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