On the Shoulders of Giants – Southampton City Art Gallery – William Scott

  • With Kate Measham
  • 9th November, 10.00-12.00am
  • £15/class, or £75 for five classes from the Southampton City Art Gallery Collections
  • This class will be via Zoom. You will be sent information about Zoom when you book your place for the lesson, and a link on the morning of the class.
  • A video will be available after the class. If you are unable to be with us on the day you may purchase access to the video for £15.

WILLIAM SCOTT (1913-1989) – Kitchen Still Life

Irish artist William Scott first visited Cornwall in 1936 and was inspired by the paintings of Christopher Wood and Alfred Wallis to pursue ‘primitive realism’. After serving in the army during the Second World War he would visit St Ives each summer. There he met artists of his own generation such as Terry Frost, Bryan Wynter and Peter Lanyon and was introduced to Ben Nicholson.

Scott’s still life paintings grew from his interest in French painting, particularly the work of Cezanne and Braque. He chose ordinary items from his kitchen and like Nicholson simplified them, focusing on colour and form in an attempt to give life to each object. As Scott’s work grew in scale it became increasingly abstracted but the motifs of his early still life paintings remained.

What to expect in this in this class and Materials

You will be looking at form, simplification and colour


  • Please print out the photo with the orange background.
  • You will be setting up a still life of kitchen objects so find at least 5
  • 5B pencil and cartridge paper and drawing equipment
  • oil, pastels or acrylic (whatever media you are happiest using). Kate will work in pencil for the drawings, then in oil paints throughout the sketches and final picture.

Southampton City Art Gallery holds one of the finest collections of art in the south of England and holds ‘Designated’ status, awarded by Arts Council England. Currently comprising over 5,000 works and spanning eight centuries, the collection is an outstanding educational resource that can trace the history of European art from the Renaissance to the present.