Still Life Drawing Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

Increase the power of your instruction on still life drawings with a text lesson and engaging student activity. Optional supplementary activities and related lessons are also included to broaden instruction.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify still life drawings
  • compare and contrast different types of still life drawings
  • demonstrate still life techniques in drawing


30 minutes to 1 hour


  • assorted classroom objects (e.g. stapler, book, apple, etc.)
  • paper
  • colored pencils
  • tablets, computers, or projector to access lesson

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.RH.6-8.7: Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.


  • Have students read the introduction and Still Life Drawing sections of the lesson Still Life Drawings: Definition & Examples in its entirety.
  • Explain to the students that they will be creating a still life drawing of their own in class.
  • Have students read the remainder of the text lesson.
  • Now have students work together to arrange several classroom objects into the subject for their still life drawings. This arrangement should be displayed for all students to see clearly.
  • Ask the students to use the paper and colored pencils to create their own still life drawings using the items on display.
  • Ask the students to write an artist's statement about the work they've produced.
  • When all students have completed their still life drawings, have them display their work for the class.
  • Students should then review the work of one or more of their classmates with a critic's eye, preparing a written critique to be shared with the classmate(s) and the teacher. This critique should discuss whether the artwork represents the methods for still life described in the text lesson. If not, what is missing?


  • Take a virtual field trip to an online museum to view more examples of still life drawings.
  • Have students research famous still life drawings and report on the type of still life drawing that it is.
  • Ask students to research and report on well-known artists who specialize in still life drawings.

Related Lessons

Contour Line in Art: Definition, Drawing & Examples

One Point Perspective Drawing: Definition & Examples

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