Still Life Picture Cobalt Bottle Homeschool Art Project
Oh my, what a fun journey in Art we have embarked upon this homeschool season. This week's assignment Still Life Pictures: Gather some fruit and other interesting items, arrange them on a table, and draw them as realistically as possible. Well, let's just say it took all of our stressometers to the max. Enjoy!
|The Still life example looked similar to this one |
with a cobalt bottle and fruit.
As, Jake sat having a melt-down, I searched the web for famous examples of still life. The lesson does mention not everyone has a natural ability to do realistic drawings, but practice makes perfect.
|Picasso, Still Life with oranges.|
|This one depicts the entire surface of the table.|
|Still life on table with outline.|
|Still life with apple totem.|
In the meantime, his little sister (Mandy Mayhem) and natural born creative, drew this still life including the table, the windows, the painting on the wall, the wall, and some additional items she felt added to the picture.
"I'm done Mommy. Can I do another one? I really like the Fishbowl Matisse, can I do one of those?" Sure, Mayhem just do it quietly so Jake can concentrate.
|Matisse with Goldfish.|
If only, Jake could concentrate. Remind your kids to relax! Relaxation is the most important element of quality art. He has a special talent, but this project was very stressful for him.
The pictures below, especially Wassily Kandinsky, gave him the courage to trudge ahead. We also found Paul Klee and Joan Miro still lifes.
Everyone who studied art had to do a still life. Note the Paul Cezanne's skulls. So, paint what you enjoy. Make the project your own, but fulfill the assignment.
|Warhol Still Life|
|Cezanne Still Life|
|Picasso Still Life|
|Kandinsky Still Life|
|Picasso Still Life|
The still life was our worst struggle by far, but it was also a turning point. The next post is a much happier, carefree one. As Jake's journey continues you will see a calmer more reflective, budding young artist.
Remember these points:
A little encouragement goes a long way.
You don't have to erase in ART. The mistakes can make a Masterpiece.
Never tell your child or anyone else their drawing doesn't look real. It is art, a beautiful interpretation in the eye of the beholder. What if Picasso or Warhol stopped trying because they weren't successful?
Andy Warhol is a fantastic example. Practice does make perfect but not necessarily photographic. Once he abandoned the notion he needed to be a "real artist" not a graphic artist; he finally became a Master of his own success.
Read more about Lesson one (Line - how do you feel about art.) and Lesson two (tunnel book perspective.)
And this one next (if you are following in order): Oh happy day: progress with watercolors and paper arts.
Still Life with Bread Crumbs: A Novel*
Art of Still Life Drawing (Art of Drawing)*
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