Still Life With Flowers


Painting and drawing still lifes would not have happened without Abby Miller’s mother, who is a manager at Meijer. She not only answered my e-mial request for a donation but she also delivered them twice!

DSCN4944Painting still lifes is nothing but bliss in my classroom!

I love the above picture.  She was so happy painting, so many kids are. It’s truly a privilege to get to do this kind of thing with so many nice students.


Pretty much the look of the classroom for painting still lifes. I push all the tables together and run the subject matter down the middle.


Another happily completed still life.  The problem with the younger ones is catching them before they stir and paint it into oblivion.   They are more into the process of painting and less into the actual finished product.


He might look a little pensive but he was totally into painting the still life with flowers.


She was particularly proud of the vase, as I recall.


It generally starts like this.  I try to get the students’ to do a light pencil sketch before they grab the paint.


But for the younger set the whole idea of planning and doing a light sketch will not happen.  They know what they want and jump right in.


This picture cracks me up!  He listened intently to my instructions, looked carefully at the flowers on the table and then drew some sort of monster figure.


Painting and Drawing Still Lifes

Still Lifes

So winter was dragging on and I thought my students needed to paint something a bit cheerful and colorful.

pics 1.29.15 038So I was thinking still life’s. It’s been an acceptable fodder for artistic creation for 1000+ years, and, as such, useful and hopefully entertaining for my students.  I decided to do it with all ages and so composed a note home to parents requesting objects suitable for still lifes.

pics 1.29.15 001This is how it started.  I pushed all the tables into the middle and sat the students around the tables.  I then put various items along the middle of the table.

pics 1.29.15 009Just like this.  Some students used chalk..

pics 1.29.15 010And some…

pics 1.29.15 022used watercolor.

pics 1.29.15 006A happy participant



pics 1.29.15 015Here’s a nice composition.

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A nice black and white dry brushed painting came out well.  I’m not keen on the red heart addition.  a lot of times when when I’m painting with younger students I’ll have to pace about to stop them from not stopping painting and adding stuff that really does not help the piece.  Of course, this is my own opinion, they(the students) would think I’m being a bit stodgy in my own personal aesthetic framework.


Thanks for Everything!

I’m 60 and the most wonderful people a person could work with decorated and left various things in my room.  I got cupcakes and cookies from Ms. Wolford.

I also got a hat from Ms. Griffith and a few other teachers.  Some of the  various items on the hat seem to be working.  Like the wrinkle cream, I got more wrinkles now.  the hair restorer does not seem to be working yet, but I will not lose hope yet.