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Still-life Paintings

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Still-life subjects
Still-life art prints or posters
Watercolor paints and brushes


1. Ahead of time, set up a display of still-life subjects. Some familiar objects might include a teapot
and cups, a baseball mitt and glove, some children’s blocks and a beach ball, and a grouping of
teddy bears.
2. Show the children examples of still-life drawings or paintings.
3. Invite the children to choose the subject they would like to paint.
4. Provide the children with paint, brushes, and paper and encourage them to paint their still-life
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Dramatic play: Hang the children’s work
and art posters, then pretend you are visiting
a gallery. Take turns as docent, artist,
and visitor, then enjoy a snack in the cafe.
More art: Repeat the activity using different
media such as crayons, tempera paints,
chalk, colored pencils, and markers. Frame
the children’s artwork and create an art
gallery or exhibit. On another day, create
portraits, landscapes, or abstract art.
Music: Play quiet music while the children

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