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Still Life Drawing KIT

A collection of objects that tell a story

WHAT IS A STILL LIFE?

Still lives are a great way to practice drawing or painting - since they combine many objects of different shapes, textures, and surfaces (ex.they often include something cloth, something textured, and something reflective!). Even though they can be used for practice, a lot of still lives also hold a lot of meaning. Many painters who created still lives had a meaning for each object that was in their picture. Together their collection of objects told a story or shared an idea.

SETTING UP YOUR STILL LIFE?

Can you put together a still life of objects that tell a story about you? Maybe they are some of your favorite things? Maybe they are things that you use every day? Maybe they are the things that have become tools for survival or comfort during the “Safer at Home” order? (Picture 1)

DRAWING YOUR STILL LIFE

Drawing can be hard because there is the urge to make the end result look identical to what it is you're drawing. Try to set that idea aside! Try to think less about what that object is and more about what shapes you see, and how the lines of each object are curved or straight. It will be helpful to think about where different objects overlap, and the negative shapes that objects make (the space in between things)(Pictures 2&3). Remember still lives are a great way to practice and hone your drawing skills. So the pressure is off - have fun with it and give it a try! (Picture 4)

WHAT'S IN THE KIT:

Pieces of 8.5x14" paper, 1 mechanical pencil, 1 blue, and 1 black pen. (more drawing supplies to come!)

*If you have the items needed to do this project at home, please leave kits for others who do not. Thank you!*

WHAT YOU'LL NEED AT HOME:

Objects - these might be just a collection of things from around your house, your favorite things, foods, "tools", etc. A safe place to set up your still life so it won't be in the way or disturbed if you have it set up for a while

A hard surface to work on - table, book, cookie sheet.

SHARE YOUR STILL LIFE

When you're done with your drawing - post it to Facebook and tag @silvercityairmke in your post. Or send a picture in the contact form on the website and it will be shared in our online gallery!

Set up your still life - mine had a collection of things that each say something about me.
You may want to use your pencil to sketch out the shapes of objects and to figure out where and how they fit together or overlap.
Start drawing with more detail - spend more time looking at your objects than your paper, and following what you see more than your exact pencil lines!

LEARN MORE ABOUT STILL LIVES

BOZAR center for fine arts put together an exhibition called Spanish Still Life. The show exhibited over 400 years of still life paintings in chronological order to show the evolution of the idea and of artistic style. It features painters like Diego Velázquez, Francisco Goya, Pablo Picasso, Salvador Dali and Joan Miró.

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