Renoir - Still Life Study

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I was amazed when gathering together our resources for Renoir just how many still life pictures he painted, so we decided to spend an afternoon learning about what that is.

It is basically a work of art depicting mostly inanimate subject matter, everyday objects which could range from food, fruit, flowers, plants, rocks, or shells to vases, books, musical instruments, mirrors and shoes...the possibilities are endless.

You can go and view some of Renoir's pictures at these links, there are lots though, these are just the ones I really liked! I printed them out beforehand, and if you decide to view them with your child online, just be aware that there are a couple of his paintings in his collection that you may not be comfortable with your child seeing.

Still Life with Peaches


Apples and Flower


Strawberries

I set up an arrangement as an example for the children, but told them they could paint or draw anything they would like to even if it is unusual.

After chatting about Renoir's paintings and talking about textures and mediums, I decided not to have too much input into their artwork, but rather to allow them to be free in their creativity and interpretation.

They both set up their own compositions (my daughter chose strawberries and my son apples), and both chose to use coloured pencils as the medium. While they drew we listened to Vivadi's Four Seasons and ate strawberries!

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still life, children art appreciation, renoir, art for kids, kids art

We had a wonderful afternoon and I am learning to sit back without giving too much advice!

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