I select a variety of basic shaped items that I find interesting and throw in one item that is more intriguing and more difficult and of course fruits or vegetables that are colorful and go along with my color scheme also. Then I use a light box and put out various values and colors of fabric for a backdrop and several choices for a contrasting cloth. Then I give my boxes of items to my students and they try out their given items and mutually decide the final still life. *If they don't succeed in designing a good composition that will look enticing from various locations around the room, then I would intervene and make suggestions. However one of my student this week, Shannon Blencowe has an excellent sense of composition and designs well. So her leading the effort was successful.
Below is the chosen composition of subject matter that the girls (Shannon Blencowe and Anna Schull) put together. Shannon and Anna are part of my Atelier Program that prepares exceptionally talented youth for Art College or further Atelier Study. Shannon is 18 yrs. old and Anna is 15 yrs. old.