First grade was introduced to still life and asked to look closely as they drew a fruit bowl on their table. Since we used clear containers, students were asked to imagine their own bowl design. Students focused on overlapping, placement, size, and proportion of their objects.
Students practiced double-loading their paint brushes to mix their own colors. This technique is fantastic to do with this subject, because there are so many hues in fruit. Students not only had to closely examine the fruit when they drew it, but as they painted it, as well. :)
Finally, students used black paint and detail brushes to outlines their fruit. This outline helps not only to "clean up" their lines in the paintings, but to allow the colors to really "pop". Just like Cezanne :)
I am a K - 5th grade art teacher at Wilson Creek Elementary and Anna McDonald School in Manhattan, IL. I am also a mother of two little girls (who share my love of art)!