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Still Life & Paul Cezanne Art Lesson for Early Elementary

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Still Life & Paul Cezanne Art Lesson for Early Elementary

Still Life & Paul Cezanne Art Lesson for Early Elementary

This is the 8th lesson in a series of 26 hands-on art lessons for Kindergarten and 1st grade. This lesson focuses on still life paintings inspired by Paul Cezanne. I used this plan while teaching a weekly 45 minute art class for children in Kindergarten and 1st grade. Each lesson includes an art concept, introductory book, focus on an artist, and a variety of art techniques to make each lesson engaging & memorable. Use these fun lessons with your classroom, homeschool, after-school program, or co-op!

Apples and Pears by Paul Cezanne

Apples and Pears by Paul Cezanne

1. Use the paintings in Paul Cezanne by Mike Venezia to review portraits, self-portraits, landscapes, and perspective (or rather lack of it). Quickly review his life and ideas while flipping through the book.

You will need:

  • Paul Cezanne (Getting to Know the World's Greatest Artists) by Mike Venezia or other book on Paul Cezanne


2. Show Paul Cezanne's still life of Apples and Pears (included in the book above). What do they see? What do they notice about the fruit? Do they look real, like you could grab them out of the painting? Why or why not? What did he do in the painting to make them look that way?

You will need:

  • a copy of Paul Cezanne's Apples
still-life-lesson

Still Life of Apples

3. Lead the children in drawing the 3 apples on the table. Give the directions while modeling them on your own sheet of paper.

  • Paul Cezanne said, "Reproduce nature in terms of the cylinder and the sphere and the cone". That means that he created his still life paintings simply by looking at the individual shapes that made up each object. We'll do the same.
  • Using your black crayon, draw 3 large circles in the middle of your paper.
  • [Point out shadows from the lights under the apples.] To make these look a little more realistic, we're going to add shadows. They will all go on one side of the apple to show where the light source is coming from. They'll look like little crescent moons touching each apple. Color them in with your black crayon.
  • Add a V to the center of each apple.
  • Add a short line to middle of each V.
  • Now add the plate by drawing a circle or square around your apples. Make sure to have your lines not touch any of your apple circles.
  • Add a pattern to your tablecloth. Make sure your lines don't cross over your plate. They should stop on one side & start again on the other size. You can use wiggly lines, a checkerboard pattern, straight lines, or anything else.

You will need:

  • a still life display such as 3 apples, a plate, and a tablecloth (or place mat)
  • a black crayon for each student
  • a sheet of watercolor paper (or other sturdy paper) for each student

4. Lead Students in using watercolor paints to paint the apples. They should start with yellow and then add streaks of red & green. They can then paint the plate & tablecloth however they would like.

You will need per student:

  • watercolor paints & large paintbrush

5. If students finish early, have scrap paper available for them to sketch another still life scene.

6. Take a photo of each child with his or her masterpiece.

(This art project idea was inspired by http://www.teachandshoot.com/2014/09/one-day-elementary-art-lesson-first.html .)

Some of the finished still ife paintings of apples inspired by Paul Cezanne

Some of the finished still ife paintings of apples inspired by Paul Cezanne

  1. Self-Portraits (inspired by Van Gogh)
  2. Primary Colors & Secondary Colors (inspired by Claude Monet)
  3. Warm & Cool Colors (inspired by Georgia O'Keeffe)
  4. Tints & Shades (inspired by Pierre-Auguste Renoir)
  5. Abstract Art (inspired by Wassily Kandinsky)
  6. Landscapes (inspired by Henri Rousseau)
  7. One Point Perspective (inspired by Grant Wood)
  8. Still Life (inspired by Paul Cezanne)
  9. Decoupage Jack-o'-Lantern Craft (inspired by Halloween)
  10. Lines & Patterns (inspired by Paul Klee)
  11. Texture (inspired by Winslow Homer)
  12. Turkey Crafts (inspired by Thanksgiving)
  13. Painted Christmas Tree Cards (inspired by Christmas)
  14. January Art Lessons: Weaving & Winter (colors, lines, & patterns)
  15. Snowmen Surprise (value, tints, & shades)
  16. February Art Lessons (Valentine's Day and blow painting)
  17. Paper Collages (inspired by Henri Matisse)
  18. March Art Lessons (spring butterflies, bean mosaics, & glued quilt flowers)
  19. April Art Lessons (craft stick treasure boxes, April showers, & shaving cream marbling)
  20. All of My Hands-on Lessons & Unit Studies

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