Year 6 Art and design: Still life

In this topic, pupils revisit their still life skills, creating a variety of pieces influenced by different artists and using a range of mediums. They use charcoal, erasers and paint to depict their chosen composition of special objects before using them to construct a memory box to showcase their work.

Choose your lesson

Lesson 1: Still life composition

Using a selection of objects meaningful to them, children learn the subtle art of composition, sketching as they go

Lesson 2: Charcoal still life

Using the same arrangement as last lesson, pupils draw inspiration from the abstract artist Camargo and use charcoals to create a new still life piece

Lesson 3: Negative medium still life

Learning to see light and shade in a new way, children pick out the shapes of their composition using erasers on a lightly greyed out background

Lesson 4: Still life in colour

After looking at still life paintings from Cezanne, pupils mix and use paint to bring colour to their still life with a range of tints and hues

Lesson 5: Assembling the memory box

Children showcase their still life works by creating a box with a different piece on each face, topped with a graphic representation of the memories they evoke

Assess your pupils

Assessment quiz and Knowledge catcher. These can be used at the start of the unit to access where pupils are in their learning as well as the end of the unit to assess progress. Go to assessment resources