Magnified Still Life

For this assignment, focus on drawing an inanimate object really close up. Sounds simple, but these can be really cool and drawing large is easier.

Check out this one I found on Pinterest:

Or this one, also from Pinterest:

The key to a successful piece here is contrast. Make sure you have some really nice darks and some super bright highlights to make your piece jump off the page.

Not into those images? Check out the converse:

Those two were also from Pinterest and are so nice maybe there should just be a draw your converse project. Love it!


  • Design a composition using a really up-close object for your subject matter. Think about space and make sure the image is interesting from your view point.
  • Create the piece using correct shading techniques and value. (if you want an area to have texture and be scratchy, make sure your lines look like you intended them to be there, not just scribbles!)
  • Convey an understand of the drawing media you choose and be sure to include contrast to create the illusion of form and depth.

Learning Standards   

Anchor Standard 1: Generate and conceptualize artistic ideas and work. VA:Cr1.1.I  a. Use multiple approaches to begin creative endeavors. VA:Cr1.2.III a. Choose from a range of materials and methods of traditional and contemporary artistic practices, following or breaking established conventions, to plan the making of multiple works of art and design based on a theme, idea, or concept.

 Anchor Standard 2: Organize and develop artistic ideas and work.    VA:Cr2.1.I a. Engage in making a work of art or design without having a preconceived plan.    VA:Cr2.1.II a. Through experimentation, practice, and persistence, demonstrate acquisition of skills and knowledge in a chosen art form.  VA:Cr2.2.I a. Explain how traditional and nontraditional materials may impact human health and the environment and demonstrate safe handling of materials, tools, and equipment.

Anchor Standard 3: Revise, refine, and complete artistic work.  VA:Cr3.1.II a. Engage in constructive critique with peers, then reflect on, reengage, revise, and refine works of art and design in response to personal artistic vision.

Anchor Standard 4: Select, analyze, and interpret artistic work for presentation.  a. Analyze, select, and curate artifacts or artworks for presentation and preservation.

Anchor Standard 8: Construct meaningful interpretations of artistic work.  a. Construct meaningful interpretations, supported by evidence, of an artwork or collection of works through describing and analyzing feelings, subject matter, formal characteristics, artmaking approaches, contextual information, and key concepts.