Lesson 5: Drawing: Still life

Children look at the still life artworks of Giorgio Morandi and then arrange a collection of objects in an interesting way to sketch, drawing the outlines of the objects before adding in light, medium and dark tones to their work

Before the lesson

Learning objective

  • To arrange and draw a still-life image from observation

National curriculum

Pupils should be taught to:

  • Create sketchbooks to record their observations and use them to review and revisit ideas
  • To improve their mastery of Art and design techniques, including drawing, painting and sculpture with a range of materials [for example, pencil, charcoal, paint, clay]

Success criteria

Cross-curricular links

Attention grabber

Main event


Pupils needing extra support: Will probably need one to one demonstration of holding the pencil, especially with lighter tones. They may need support with drawing the outlines.


Pupils working at greater depth: Should be encouraged to work as accurately as possible to recreate the dark and light tones.

Wrapping up

Assessing pupils' progress and understanding


Created by:
Susan Coles,  
Art and Design specialist
Susan is an educator, artist and an active advocate and well-known champion of art craft and design education. Her roles include: Secretary to the All-Party Parliamentary Group on Art, Craft, Design Education, Past President, and now Honorary Fellow of the…
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