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Under the Lights Still Life

Lesson Plan

Description

Students will create a still life using all-white objects and capture the stark white contrast in a drawing. Students will analyze art-making approaches and identify the ideas and moods conveyed in their art and create a supporting argument and evaluation.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will create an observational drawing using still life objects.

Students will create the illusion of depth and form with the application of value.

Students will develop subtractive modeling techniques on toned ground surfaces.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Provide a selection of all-white still life objects for students to choose.
  • Demonstrate how to create a strong still life arrangement.
  • Demonstrate how to tone paper using powdered graphite.
  • Model subtractive value shading, including using erasers and shields.

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National Standards


Create

Apply methods to overcome creative blocks.

VA:Cr1.1.7a

Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.

VA:Cr3.1.6a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

45 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

4 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Viewfinders
  • Eggs
  • Drawing pencils
  • Variety of erasers
  • Blending stumps
  • Powdered graphite
  • Eraser shields
  • 18” x 24” drawing paper
  • White still life objects
  • Optional: lapboards or standing easels

National Standards


Create

Apply methods to overcome creative blocks.

VA:Cr1.1.7a

Reflect on whether personal artwork conveys the intended meaning and revise accordingly.

VA:Cr3.1.6a

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Steps

Create Gradient Scale

Cover a 1.5” x 12” strip of paper with powdered graphite. Use a kneaded eraser to create a gradient scale.

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Instructional Materials

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Create a Still Life Viewfinder

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Creating Value

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Basic Drawing Vocabulary

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Approaches to Making Art

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5 Steps to an Interesting Still Life

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The Three Essentials of Still Life Drawing

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Formative

Graphite Techniques Pre-Test

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Summative

Self-Evaluation for Still Life

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