Art and Design KS2: Eileen Agar’s ‘Bride of the Sea’

A statue comes to life in a magical gallery and climbs into the painting 'Bride of the Sea' by Eileen Agar.

Inside the painting she explores Agar’s use of collage techniques and found material as inspirations for her painting as well as looking at surrealism.

We explore the techniques Agar used to create her works, and her placement within the artistic world at the time of the painting and beyond.

In a mixture of live action, animation and elements of the painting itself, the clip brings the painting to life and ends by encouraging viewers to choose an object for inspiration and paint it in a completely different way.

This clip is from the series Your Paintings.

Teacher Notes

This clip could be used to introduce the work of Eileen Agar or surrealist painters.

It could be used as a starter for discussion focused on famous artists, art history, or painting. It could also be used as a stimulus for painting or collage work in a surrealist style.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from Your Paintings:

Henri Rousseau’s 'Surprised!'
Joseph Wright of Derby’s 'Orrery'
L.S. Lowry’s 'Britain at Play'
Paula Rego’s ‘Sleeping’
Andy Warhol’s ‘Marilyn Diptych’
Jan van Eyck’s ‘Arnolfini Portrait'
Kandinsky’s ‘Schaukeln’
Yinka Shonibare’s ‘Line Painting’