Middle, High School Art Drawing Project: First Day vs. Last Still Life Lesson


This still life lesson is the perfect way to show growth in your art students by tasking them with drawing a still life the first and last days of class.


Still life lessons and projects are such an important starting point for an introduction to drawing or any visual art class. Perfect for middle school art or high school art classes, use this still life lesson as a way to test students’ understanding for drawing techniques.

This still-life lesson has students complete a drawing the first day of class with little instruction other than a basic introduction. The final weeks of the course students once again draw a still life, with more instruction on how to best complete the project and using the drawing techniques they have learned through the course. Students compare their first-day and last-day drawings in a critique.

Does your administration require a test for your students to prove their knowledge of the course? Use this as an art-based way to test your students and show their growth.

All in all this lesson pack includes:

  • A lesson plan (with a big idea, objectives, vocabulary, national middle and high
  • school art standards, and step-by-step instructions on implementing the project)
  • Still Life Intro PowerPoint
  • Viewfinder template
  • Still Life PowerPoint II
  • Self-evaluation sheets
  • Artist research sheet
  • Critique sheet
  • Rubric
  • Checklist

Looking for an entire semester of drawing? Check out my semester curriculum, 12 lessons in all, for a discounted price. Check it out here

Each of my classes is designed to build on the last. This curriculum builds on the lessons and techniques taught in my Introduction to Art course. Check out my yearlong Introduction to Art curriculum bundled at a discount price here.

Check out the shading review lesson plan pack that I teach before this lesson here.

Check out my other lesson plans here.


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