Art and Design KS4: How to create an oil painting

Anna King is working on a woodland landscape for a big new exhibition.

She begins by taking photographs of a landscape containing pine trees at the edge of a wood.

She explains that photographs can look soulless and describes how she likes to add her own interpretation to create an expressive atmosphere.

Back in her studio, she begins blocking in colour with paint in the first layer and then builds up the paint brushstrokes with thicker colour.

She demonstrates how to build up the paint and rub away areas, before analysing her finished painting; reflecting on what went well and what she can improve.

Teacher Notes

This clip can be used to show how to record photographs outdoors as inspiration for developing a painting.

It also demonstrates techniques for painting and drawing landscapes.

Curriculum Notes

These clips will be relevant for teaching Art and Design at GCSE/KS4 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and National 4/5 or Higher in Scotland.

The topics discussed will support OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 and Higher in Scotland.

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