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Drawing still life [3]

Short description

View of things (front / back)


Social behaviour(Self)Perception

Group size



Paper and pencil, things in different sizes


30 minutes



Goal of this exercise is to improve

  • attention

  • observation

  • eye-hand coordination

The children learn to look very closely, to place prominent objects as orientation points on their picture, and then to "look again" at what they have already seen (and drawn) from a different angle. The principle of a change of perspective (and what such a change can mean) is thus vividly conveyed.


  1. A "still life" is set up on a table in which many different things (e.g. school supplies) are arranged in a colourful way. Large and tall objects are positioned centrally to deliberately obstruct the view of the objects behind them.

  2. All pupils stand around the table. They have a drawing pad and pencil at their disposal.

  3. Now everyone draws the still life from their perspective - as detailed as possible.

  4. After about 15 minutes (the drawings should be nicely finished), each student stands at the exact opposite spot of the table.

  5. Now the still life is drawn from a new perspective - on top of the existing drawing.rtigt sein), stellt sich jeder Schüler an die genau gegenüberliegende Stelle des Tisches.

  6. Jetzt wird das Stillleben aus einer neuen Perspektive gezeichnet - auf die bestehende Zeichnung dazu.

Background information for further reading

Cognition and consciousness


Self-perception and reflection

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