Category Archives: Painting

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.



Autumn Trees

This is a lesson that applies in different ways to all grade levels.  In the younger grades we talk about the concept of seasons, what season we are in and what color trees are in summer and in the fall.

With the older students we talk about painters, painting, and I mention the word impressionism.

If I wanted to use The ODE standards to justify the lesson I could use:

Observe a variety of artworks noticing details, themes and ideas and group them into groups and categories.

Demonstrate increasing skill and craft in the use of art tools and
materials with attention to their diverse qualities.

patterns and categories.

But mostly, it’s about painting.

Here is a first graders’ interpretation of fall trees, look how active it is!

This is a young painter in action….introspective and the eyes and hands are moving.

Everybody likes painting.

More great work from another proud student.

I like the way she encircled the tree with the leaves, a great design.  Most students come pre-wired with a sense of design, they just need an outlet to express it.

His fall leaf painting involved a wind storm.  Another very active painting.

Some great work out of a middle school child.