Still Life Painting
Projects & Activities
A still life is a collection of everyday objects arranged together in a specific way. Flowers, fruit or vegetables, fabric, bowls and vases are commonly included in these works, but any inanimate object can be included – even minnows! Check out Still Life with Sheepshead Fish by artist Colette Hosmer. Colette chose to use a table, plastic orange, egg shells and minnows in her still life installation. A still life doesn’t have to be a 2-D painting!
Ordinary objects take on new meaning when selected and posed for a still life. Those objects might hold a special meaning, representing something of personal, spiritual or cultural significance, or they might share a trait like children’s toys or the color blue. This activity encourages you to create a still life using objects in your own home.
(fruit, vegetables, ﬂowers, vases, etc.)
Oil Pastels, crayons, markers, etc
Set up your still life! If you’re having diﬃculty choosing objects, think of a meaning you want to portray in your painting. Are you wanting this painting to be happy? Sad? Have cultural meaning? Represent a memory or a loved one?
Draw, paint, and create your vision of the still life. Be sure to ﬁll the whole paper!