Creating Still Life

For many the first day of Easter holiday meant Creating Still Life! After warming up with some art history, getting familiar with the story of two Greek painters, Zeuxis and Parrhasius, who competed for the best still life (and both were as good as the other but in different ways), children were most intrigued by the presence in a Dutch painting of a skull as allegory of the Vanities of Human Life. Children tried out Morandi’s careful cross hatching technique and how it can render light and shadow on objects. The main part of the workshop saw children drawing their own still life. Some of the works ended up surprisingly realistic, while others were definitely closer to a modern and free interpretation of perspective. They certainly all had a lot of fun including when trying to draw transparent glass!