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Living Paintings

Picture This: a day in the life

Suitable for: Teenagers (Key stage 4), Teachers

This fact book collection contains works of art which depict people in scenes of everyday life. From from a marriage ceremony, to a stolen glance from a loved one, a girl having her hair brushed, a woman cooking eggs, farm workers in a field and soldiers leaving for battle. These snapshots of daily life transcend the ages and open up teenage discussions about love and relationships, social life, the world and me, work and careers, body image, well-being and healthy eating. 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.

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Fancying someone or falling in love is an emotional roller coaster. Navigating your way to love can be fraught with emotional turmoil, from nervous excitement that gives you butterflies in your stomach to worries about social and peer pressures. Compared to the two people in the painting stealing a glance at each other, today we display our 'relationship status' on Facebook, tweet our friends the news if we're going out with someone, or ask people out in a text message. And not finding a boyfriend or girlfriend, or losing one, can make us teenagers feel like failures. But don't worry; it's all a perfectly natural part of growing up.

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.
  • An Activity Pack, with contents list, suggestions for fun things to do and more.
  • A picture scrapbook.
  • An ‘Articles for the Blind’ returns label for the free and convenient return of the box.

Touch to see image list

The Arnolfini Marriage painted by Jan Van Eyck in 1434
The Birth of Venus painted by Sandro Botticelli in 1482
The Ambassadors painted by Hans Holbein in 1533
An Old Woman Cooking Eggs painted by Diego de Velazquez in 1618
The Shipbuilder and his Wife painted by Rembrandt van Rijn in 1633
A Lady at the Virginals with a Gentleman painted by Jan Vermeer in the 1660s
The Stigmatization of St Francis painted by Giovanni Battista Tiepolo in 1767
The Oath of the Horatii painted by Jacques Louis David in 1784
The Gleaners painted by Jean-François Millet in 1857
Combing the Hair painted by Edgar Degas in 1896
Christ of St John of the Cross painted by Salvador Dali in 1951

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