We looked at some famous still life paintings. We asked the children what they thought "still life" meant. They answered " not moving", "like a statue".
An ongoing question over the summer has been "why do people draw or paint?" We talked about one reason while doing this activity- before there were cameras people drew to remember what something looked like.
This painting experience also gave the children a new opportunity to explore lines and shapes.
It was interesting to observe the different details each child chose to focus on. Things like lines on the vase, the direction an apple was sitting or that you could see the sticks through the glass vase.