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A Still Life
Ages 3 to 6
Suggested themes for still life painting:
Flowers, Fruit, and Vegetables,
| We are going to introduce our children
to another topic in art: a still life.
A still life is a picture of inanimate objects, such as fruit, food, flowers, dishes, books, or musical instruments, usually grouped on a flat surface. The subject matter of a still life's is rarely important for its own sake; rather, it most often serves as a showcase for the painter's compositional skill and ability to render detail and texture.
Materials > white paper or easel paper | For a small still life picture > Drawing and writing paper > materials to color or paint with
Activity #1-What is a still life? An explanation for young children:
"A still life shows things that people like to see or use." View some examples here. With that in mind, let's have fun with this art experience.
Activity #2: I Can Make A Still Life
1. Children will pick three favorite objects: their favorite fruit or veggie, or toy stuffed animals, dolls, etc. Ask them to place them in a table in a grouping any way they like. These should be right in front of where they can see them to draw or paint.
Set a paper, or easel pad paper with crayons, paints, markers etc.
in front of where toy grouping is, and tell the children to try to
paint/draw the grouping of their favorite things to make a still
Place the still life picture in a place of honor.