What can we learn from looking at Stephen May’s Toy Boat?

Let’s look

Take your time. Look carefully. Where do your eyes go first? Then where? Take in as many details as you can. Encourage students to ask questions. What visual elements in the artwork prompt the questions asked?

Let’s describe

What colours did Stephen May use in this painting?  And to what effect?  This is a large painting, 137,6 x 183,1 cm or 4-1/2’x6’ of a toy boat.

Describe the impact the size has on your experience of the painting.

Let’s imagine

If you could set sail, where would Toy Boat take you? Who would be with you?