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Ovation features resources and companion program clips based on one program Portrait Artist of the Year Episode 301. These materials are divided into two parts. Frank Skinner and Joan Bakewell launch a new search for a star portrait artist. The contestants will paint celebrity sitters as they hope to win the £10,000 prize. The first episode features actors Stanley Tucci, Indira Varma and Freddie Highmore. Students will gain an understanding of artists, their inspirations, and creations. They will view selected footage from a program and engage in discussions associated with artworks and topics contained in program segments.
Navigating through the images, styles, colors, techniques and the overall experience of portrait-painting, the teacher and students are encouraged to consider what possible artistic connections there are in the portraits created during this event to the history of legendary and contemporary artists who painted portraits. Some artists to contemplate, ranging from the 19th to the 21st centuries are Vincent van Gogh, Paul Cézanne and Edvard Munch. Additional artists are Henri Matisse, Lucian Freud, Chuck Close, and Jonathan Yeo.