Painted Magnified Still Life

For this assignment, focus on drawing and painting an inanimate object really close up. Sounds simple, but these can be really cool and drawing/painting large is easier, believe it or not.

Check out this multimedia painting of a pepper I found on Pinterest:

It looks to me like it is made of ink and acrylic. There is so much movement in this work and it is just a pepper.

Or this one, also from Pinterest:

This one is watercolor. Your work does not have to be food. Check the next one out, it is food and a plant, lol.

It looks to be watercolor as well. Whatever you choose to do, be sure you have a good composition. If you do one object in the middle of the page, make sure that object takes up a good amount of space, so your painting doesn’t seem like it is missing something.


  • Insects
  • Dog faces
  • Toys
  • Office Supplies
  • Headphones
  • Musical Instruments


  • 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 blending techniques, color theory, and value.
  • Convey an understanding of the painting media you choose and be sure to include contrast to create the illusion of form and depth.

Having trouble with watercolor? Check out this video for some do’s and don’ts:

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.