Still Life Lesson Plan
6 Days (90 minute class)

Michigan Merit Curriculum:
C.1 Engage in full interactive cycles of the artistic/creative
process by problem seeking, exploring, making analytical,
application, aesthetic, and design choices, before completion.

C.3 Understand, recognize, and use the elements,
organizational principles, patterns, relationships,
techniques, skills, and applications of the visual, performing,
or applied arts discipline.

C.5 Reflect on and articulate the steps and various
relationships of the artistic/creative process.

P.2 Demonstrate skillful use of appropriate vocabularies,
tools, instruments, and technologies of the visual,
performing, or applied arts discipline.

Objectives:
  • Students will draw a still life using shading pencils.
  • Students will demonstrate their ability to look at something and draw it realistically and demonstrate their knowledge of value with their shading techniques.

Vocabulary Words:
value, grey scale, proportion, texture, shadow, reflection, contour lines

Preparation:
Set up still life. Move tables in classroom so they make a horseshoe shape around the still life. Make copies of the drawing worksheets for each student. Get flowers out for students to draw (they draw flowers after worksheets and before large still life).

Materials and Resources:
  • evaluation sheet
  • example of a still life drawing
  • flowers
  • 9x12” white paper
  • 12x18” white paper
  • copies of the drawing worksheets for each student (scissors, glue, and magazines for worksheets)
  • flowers (1 per every 2-3 students)
  • pencil
  • shading pencils
  • erasers
  • blending sticks
  • items for still life

Motivation-Instruction:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete drawing worksheets.
  • Students will draw a “mini still life” = the flower, practicing proportion and shading (to be drawn the 9x12” white paper)

Procedure:
Day 1:
  • Teacher will show example of the project.
  • Go over evaluation sheet and expectations.
  • Students will complete drawing worksheets.

Day 2:
  • Students will draw a “mini still life” = the flower, practicing proportion and shading (to be drawn the 9x12” white paper)

Day 3:
  • Students will begin drawing the still life, contour lines of the objects. They may make a view finder so it is easier for them to see what area they are of the still from the view point at their seats.

    Day 4:
  • Students will continue to draw the still life.

Day 5:
  • Students will finish drawing the still life and begin shading, showing 10 values of the gray scale.

Day 6:
  • Students will finish shading and turn in their still life. The more details the better the grade!

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