In this unit, pupils explore ideas and feelings about an event in their own life as the starting point for image making. They analyse paintings, prints, photographs and digital images, including examples of photojournalism, to learn how visual qualities can be manipulated to evoke strong reactions and to represent ideas, beliefs and values. They make connections between eighteenth and nineteenth-century paintings and contemporary visual culture.

Jacob Epstein ‘Lunch in a Shop’ (black chalk) GR76 (WORK AND LEISURE)

This work shows immigrants working in a New York sweat shop having their meal break. The image can be used for discussion of immigration/emigration visualising cultural transition in the Ghetto. A book containing contemporary photographs of the Lower East Side (New York) and images of the ghetto is available in the gallery library, in addition to the book ‘The Spirit of the Ghetto’ for which Epstein created the illustrations.


Vincent Van Gogh ‘Sorrow’ (pencil, pen and ink) GR128 (FIGURE STUDIES)

Strong emotions are conveyed in this pose of Van Gogh’s girlfriend Sien. He was concerned by social conditions (and how they had been depicted by Victorian artists and illustrators) and how circumstances led to ‘fallen women’ and not an inherent wickedness within themselves. If society improves their conditions, they will no longer have to rely on prostitution to survive. Van Gogh was attempting to save Sien by living with her (she was 5 months pregnant in picture but not with his child), and he produced a series of ‘family’ domestic interior scenes when the child was born (Sien left him after about a year and went back to being a prostitute). Van Gogh also hoped that by having this image reproduced as a lithograph print he could bring art to the masses cheaply but it failed to sell. The picture also contains elements of Symbolism (spring flowers showing new life and hope overhung by a gnarled dead branch which threatens that everything will die and wither), Japanese print influences are echoed in the tree at the side of the picture.


Jacques Courtois ‘Battle Scene’ (pen and ink) GR214 (WORK AND LEISURE)

This scene of war provides a lively, action picture that can relate to contemporary photojournalism and the scenes and consequences of war that appear in our newspapers. It also relates to many contemporary computer games.


Paul Cezanne ‘Bathers’ (lithograph) GR18 (FIGURE STUDIES)

Theodore Gericault ‘Study of a Nude Man’ (Oil) GR125 (FIGURE STUDIES)

This shows a classical pose in the tradition of Greek or Roman art and can be followed by study of his painting ‘The Raft of the Medusa’ depicting exotic and emotive subject matter shown with a theatrical and sentimental idealism. This contrasts with the Cezanne picture, which shows the classic male posed in a less epic sense. It depicts four men in a contemporary leisure pastime picture with images of summer holidays or swimming.


Joshua Reynolds ‘Lieutenant Haswell RN’ (oil) GR200 (CHILDREN)

This portrait shows a young man getting a job and leaving home, leaving his family, with this portrait to remind them of him. Pupils could make a picture to celebrate leaving Key Stage 3 summing up the things for which they would like to be remembered.


Fritz Mühsam ‘Theo’ (oil) GR175 (INTRODUCTION ROOM)

Mühsam was a Jewish artist, a friend of Kathleen and her family, and was one of many Dutch and German refugees who lived near them. This links as a talking point with 20th century conflicts, the holocaust and Hitler and with refugees fleeing and starting again in another country. Theo Garman himself had to go to South Harting to live with his grandmother when the three children were billeted out of London during the war time when many children were evacuated to avoid the bombing.

These pictures and the stories behind them give pupils the chance to reflect on the life events and concerns of previous generations and to look at and reflect on their own life through their study of art.




In this unit, pupils explore contemporary design and the ways in which artists take ideas from the work of others and synthesise these into new creative forms. They develop their own ideas and design and make woven textiles, a ceramic form, a three-dimensional construction or body adornment. They investigate the influence of art from different cultures and traditions on fashion and design.


Draw on the imagery within the collection to get ideas for your own designs.

1. Body adornment -

New Zealand (Maori) 'Hei-Tiki' GR324 (FIGURE STUDIES) a talisman worn around the neck.




These could provide both pattern and imagery as suggestions for jewellery but equally the Braque 'Birds in Flight' GR9 (ANIMALS AND BIRDS) could be used as inspiration for earrings, textiles or any craft idea.


  2. Textiles – use images as inspiration or perhaps restrict it to the range of colours from a chosen painting to make woven textile piece – e.g.


Sally Ryan 'The Cutting Garden' Oil GR219 (LANDSCAPES AND TOWNSCAPE)


3. 3D Construction - Make a simple box or tray container out of papier-mache or ceramic.

Jacob Epstein 'Study for the Rock Drill' (Charcoal) GR72 (FIGURE STUDIES)

Use the rock drill image to construct A wall relief out of rolled-up newspaper, sellotaped and covered with papier mache.


  Consider borrowing the ‘Inner Vision’ box from Entitlement Project resources at EDC Pelsall.

Changes to your living space (bedroom design)





In this unit, pupils explore examples of public art in their local area. They research the different ways in which ideas, beliefs and values are represented and shared in their local area and in different times and cultures, including contemporary modern practice. They explore ways of representing their own ideas and then collaborate with others to make a mural or a three-dimensional form for a specific location.

There are a number of installations in the Discovery Gallery that reflect on local interests – the shoe collection reflects the leather industry, the drawing by Gary Kirkham looks at the Walsall skyline and ties up with images of the market place. ‘Diary of a Victorian Dandy’ by Yinka Shonibare reflects on the place of different cultures in our society and the way we look and what it tells people about ourselves.

Make/design a relief using images from the Garman Ryan Collection with a view to being put up in the café in the gallery. Visit the site, measure, present ideas to gallery staff etc.

There are several reliefs that may be studied for this -

Egypt ‘Relief of Servant paying homage to his King’ (limestone) GR276 (FIGURE STUDIES)


Roman ‘Fragment of relief featuring Satyr’ (terracotta) GR298 (FIGURE STUDIES)

Discuss the repatriation issue of artworks and cultural objects to the country of origin. Whilst most sculptures were exported and sold legally, some burial remains and objects of great religious and ancestral significance have evoked requests for return to original country.


Maximilian Luce ‘Market Scene’ (pastel) GR156 (WORK AND LEISURE)


Eugene Boudin ‘Figures on the Beach’ (watercolour) GR8 (WORK AND LEISURE)


Robert Bevan ‘Breton Women outside a Church’ (watercolour) GR002 (WORK AND LEISURE)


Paul Gaugin ‘Women at the River’ (woodcut) GR124 (FIGURE STUDIES)


These images reflect public places where people meet to shop, worship, play, work etc. often a lively, busy place full of interactions but sometimes, as in the Gauguin print, with a more spiritual, private feel of the harmony between people and nature. We can reflect on our own observations and how we’ve changed within our environment and how the environment itself has changed (leisure centres, health centres, shopping malls etc.) in recent years.

The study of personal spaces may include designing a model of a den in a garden or a bedroom where people can create a magic space or a hiding place using visual and tactile qualities to realise intentions. More reflective, intimate, personal

images in the gallery include –

Vincent Van Gogh ‘Sorrow’ (pencil) GR128 (FIGURE STUDIES)


Edgar Degas ‘Woman washing her left leg’ (bronze) GR34 (FIGURE STUDIES)


Jacob Epstein ‘Indian Mother and Child’ (pencil) GR51 (FIGURE STUDIES)


Sally Ryan ‘Mother and Child’ (limestone) GR230 (MAIN HALL)


Alfred Sisley ‘The Artist’s Son, Pierre’ (pencil) GR237 (CHILDREN)


These explore both emotional states and the idea of being alone or with someone you love. The images can offer inspiration for a mural or 3D image based on everyday observations used to express a truth.

A resource web for art teachers using the Garman Ryan Collection and the New Art Gallery Walsall, England as a source of inspiration for the delivery of the QCA National Curriculum 2000 art schemes of work to pupils in Key Stages 1-3