Household Objects Still Life
Materials: Paper, pencil, pen, crayons, markers, paint, or computer, household objects
Instructions: First, watch the YouTube video “Hold Still- The Still Life in Art”.
Next, click on the links provided to see examples of still lifes (artwork showing mostly non-living objects) created by different artists, in different media (materials used to create art).
Begin by choosing different objects for your still life. Sometimes it’s nice to have a mixture of natural things (flowers, fruit, rocks, etc.) and man-made objects (dishes, jewelry, books, etc.).
Arrange your still life objects in front of you, making sure that some of them overlap (when one shape covers a part of another shape).
Now you’re ready to begin drawing. I like to start with the object closest to me and work my way towards the back. Pay attention to the different shapes and sizes of your objects.
Once you are finished drawing your still life, you can draw a line behind the objects (at about the middle of the tallest object in the back) to make it look like they’re sitting on a table.
Add color to your still life and then design a different pattern for your table and wall.
I’d love to see your finished artwork! Show it off by uploading a video to our Flipgrid!
Hold Still- The Still Life in Art YouTube video explaining and showing examples of still life art.
Yingzhao Liu, Tom Wesselmann, Richard Shaw, Richard Diebenkorn, Trompe l'oeil click on each link to see examples of still lifes in different media.