Jessica Russo Scherr

Art Education

Basic Form Still Life


Find at least 4 objects that are basic forms (squares, cones, circles, cylinders).

Set them up in an interesting composition with 1 light source.

Create a pencil drawing from direct observation.

Include a background and fill the whole page.

Use a full range of values to illustrate chiaroscuro.

Pyramidal (triangular) shaped compositions work well for still life drawings.


Do not copy the student examples. This is a DIRECT OBSERVATION drawing


This example was done with cross hatch

Just about every example is from a former student of mine.  Many thanks to them for all of their time and dedication.

How to earn a good grade on your homework

Follow the criteria presented in class and on the website.

Homework  assignments will take between 1 and 3 hours to complete.

All homework should be completed in your journal unless specified otherwise (not printer paper).

Fill the A4 Page of your journal.

Include a background when applicable.

Shade using a full range of values using a drawing pencil unless specified otherwise.

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