Fourth grade students have blown me away with their observation drawing skills this year. I am so impressed. I have taught a still life lesson with fourth grade every year for the last ten years. This year, I was inspired to mix it up a bit, and did a google search for elementary art still life ideas (I think!). I ended up finding a number of blog posts about using baby oil and q-tips to blend oil pastels. This inspired me to shelve my mixed media still life lesson, and proceed with this new technique. Boy, am I happy I did that, and I think the fourth graders are as well! Besides learning this new technique, students in art also learned about how to show space or depth in their work. They learned about overlapping, placement on page, and relative size. Students are sharing their work via our online gallery at Artsonia. Be sure to check out the work below, and the work on Artsonia!