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Re: What to Put in a Still Life?


From: Dave Wuerffel (wuerfeld_at_TeacherArtExchange)
Date: Sun Nov 04 2001 - 07:44:56 PST

One idea that worked well for me was to have them draw insects. Their size assures that the students will have to closely observe them, even if you do offer some type of magnification tool. You can have them draw several insects, or different views of the same one. They can be combined with other things from nature that can be drawn close to most schools (plants, trees, etc.) My students did them in pencil, then ink and afterward did a watercolor wash over part of the composition. You can also incorporate Photoshop if you wish to offer them the opportunity to abstract an element of their composition.
Concerned about where to get the insects? Check with your biology department about getting samples, as they usually have many samples that students have brought in. Good luck!

From: Joe Cox
  To: ArtsEdNet Talk
  Sent: Saturday, November 03, 2001 12:38 PM
  Subject: What to Put in a Still Life?

     I am trying to come up with some interesting drawing props for the still life that I have my students draw. The stuff that I have isn't very exciting and I have been trying to find things that they would find more interesting. I believe that motivation is key to learning and creating art. Drawing the same old stuff or items that have no interest to the students makes still life work rather boring. So if anyone has a great idea of items I might look for at garage sales or something to add excitement to still life drawing and painting I would greatly appreciate it.
     Plus I remember a discussion this summer on how important observation drawing is in art education. I want to do only observation drawing in my class but finding it hard to come up with ideas on what to draw. What other type of observation drawing do you do in class other then still life? Any ideas? Hope all is going well for everyone.

     Joe in OKC


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