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Wildflower Wonders

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Description

Students will study the work of still life painter Janet Fish. They will create a still life drawing of wildflowers in a glass jar and learn how to create the illusion of glass by sketching, shading, and blending light colors on a dark background paper.

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Lesson Objectives

Students will study the work of Janet Fish.

Students will observe the delicate designs of wildflowers and study how to represent them realistically.

Students will learn how to sketch a wildflower still life pastel drawing.

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Teaching Strategies

  • Show samples of artist Janet Fish’s still life with glass paintings.
  • Set up a still life example of a canning jar with wildflowers.
  • Lead a discussion about the still life and its elements and explain how light reflects off of glass surfaces.
  • Demonstrate how to plan and sketch out a still life drawing of flowers.

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National Standards


Create

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

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Time Requirements

Teacher Prep Time

30 minutes

Demonstration Time

30 minutes

Student Studio Time

3 hours

Supplies and Materials

  • Canning jar
  • Real or artificial wildflowers
  • Images of Janet Fish’s still life paintings
  • Black and gray construction paper
  • White pastel pencil
  • Chalk pastels
  • Oil pastels
  • Paper towels

National Standards


Create

Experiment and develop skills in multiple art-making techniques and approaches through practice.

VA:Cr2.1.5a

Demonstrate quality craftsmanship through care for and use of materials, tools, and equipment.

VA:Cr2.2.5a

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Steps

Study the Still Life

Observe the canning jar still life. Study the way the light reflects off the glass. Examine how artist Janet Fish represents the surface of glass. Notice the combination of colors and how the background is reflected in the glass.

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Instructional Materials

Artist Bio

Janet Fish

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Canning Jar Template

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How to Draw A Canning Jar

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Types of Wildflowers

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Pastel Technique Practice

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Chalk Pastel Tools

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Chalk Pastel Techniques

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Critique

Gallery Walk Guide

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