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Living Paintings

Create Contemporary Art

Suitable for: Teenagers (Key stage 4), Teachers

In this collection some famous voices tell us about the work of contemporary artists Sir Peter Blake, Tracey Emin, Grayson Perry, David Shrigley and Jeremy Deller. They all work in very different mediums and subject matter. This fact book may support subjects in the National Curriculum and could be used as an educational resource in class. Also good for home-schooling, homework-help, project work, independent learning and reading for pleasure. A great springboard to creating your own art.

Listen to an audio clip

It's interesting that Perry can present challenging ideas through an object which seems at first glance to be merely decorative. It's his way of saying that subversive art doesn't have to be intrinsically shocking, ugly or unpleasant to look at. He himself calls it "guerrilla art", stealthily sneaking up on people with a powerful message. As he says."I want to make something that lives with the eye as a beautiful piece of art, but on closer inspection, a polemic or an ideology will come out of it" Perry uses a traditional method known as coiling to make his vases. This means that they are not formed on a pottery wheel but built up in sections using a rolled snake of clay. He's said that he felt drawn to make pottery because it's seen as second-class to painting.

What's inside

  • A collection of raised tactile pictures.
  • Audio descriptions with music and sound effects in your chosen format of either CD or USB.
  • A picture scrapbook – A4 large print colour image pack.
  • An Activity Pack, with contents list, suggestions for fun things to do and more.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

Self Portrait with badges, Sir Peter Blake, 1961
My Bed, Tracey Emin, 1998
I’m Dead, David Shrigley, 2010
Boring Cool People 1999, Grayson Perry
Coming Out Dress 2000, Grayson Perry
Acid Brass, Jeremy Deller

What our members say

Excellent introduction to contemporary art Especially enjoyed the descriptions and thermoforms. The book stimulated an interest in artists not known about before. The book was used to support teaching and learning in the classroom by giving ideas for art work. Rose

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