I originally saw this project on Artsonia and then again on Fine Lines and The Teaching Palette. I was happy to finally give it a go with my Drawing and Painting class today. After looking at Matisse's "Apples" of 1916 as well as the shading in Cezanne's apple still life work, the children traced a plate and used watercolor for the first layer of their pieces. We talked about what a "bird's eye view" was so they understood the perspective of this project a bit more. Once dry, they created apples by making prints with paper cups and then filling them in with their paint brushes. Since I have children ages 5-9, this was a nice way for everyone to feel successful. They created shadows by painting a "C" shape on one side of their apples as well as their plates. Stems were added with Sharpie and then shaded with a bit of charcoal. And last, they used chalk pastel and white chalk to add some additional shading and highlights.