1. From the following two links, read about the history and ideas of still life and vanitas.
Take notes on the characteristics of each period. Also write down the things you find most interesting about still life and vanitas.
2. Watch the following two videos, and take notes on the three most important ideas that will help you in developing your colored pencil technique.
3. Look at all of the colored pencil works at this page, linked below, and on the website of Jo Bradney. Read her explanation below the works as well.
Note work you especially like and think about the reasons why.
4. In class, you will choose three objects to draw in great detail with colored pencil, rendering the form and color as fully as possible. Select your objects and a composition to express an idea. In this post, you have seen historic and contemporary works as models for the ways in which still life can express ideas. Be inventive and intentional in your choice of objects and the manner of presentation. Do not choose random objects and project insincere “narratives” onto them. Comment and share some of the ideas you have right now. Bring in all materials for our next class.