Art Classes: Level IV

LEVEL IV-ART LESSON 11: THE STILL LIFE WITH TINTS AND SHADES

LEARN TO CREATE THREE-DIMENSIONALITY WITH TINTS AND SHADES OF ONE COLOR

The lesson is suitable for students in grade 6 through adult.

 

Art Lesson Description:

 

If the idea of painting a still life arrangement seems like a mere exercise in painting some boring objects, think again. Throughout history, artists have been painting arrangements of everyday objects to make commentary on the life and ideas of their time. 

 

In this lesson you’ll learn about some of the ideas that artists have been trying to communicate through their still life paintings. Then we’ll draw an arrangement based on the idea of travel.

 

After learning about making tints and tones, we’ll make a monochromatic painting of our still life using just one color and its tints and tones. Once you’ve finished that, you’ll be ready to arrange and paint your own still life to make a big statement with a few simple objects!

 

This lesson includes both POWERPOINT and VIDEO versions of the lesson plus 2 downloadable printouts: a warmup and a drawing of the still life.

 


List of Supplies for Each Student:

  • A fine-tipped black magic marker
  • A printout of the warmup
  • A printout of the drawing of the still life (for the video version of the art lesson)
  • An HB or a #2 pencil
  • A variety of watercolor brushes
  • A sheet of watercolor paper
  • Masking tape
  • A drawing board to tape the picture on
  • White, black, and one color of medium-value acrylic or tempera paint

Suggestions for Cross-Curricular Connections:

Learn about artists and their history


Approximate Time Needed to Complete the Art Class:

  • Introduction through guided drawing: 20 minutes
  • Finishing the painting: 60-75 minutes
  • Total time: 80-95 minutes

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Original still life
Original still life
Drawing the still life
Drawing the still life
A finished painting
A finished painting

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