Afternoon Art Club at Home with Goulburn Regional Art Gallery

Still Life with Sally O’Neill

Join Sally as she helps you create a still life masterpiece at home using whatever you can find. 

Presented as part of a very special partnership between STA and Goulburn Regional Art Gallery.

We recommend you watch the whole video before you get started. 

You will need:

  • Some interesting Household items
  • Drawing materials
  • Natural light (from a window)
  • Paper

Share the fun –  Send us a pic – tag us on social media @southerntablelandsarts – or use #StaKids #GoulburnRegionalArtGallery

Set up your still life

  • Find three items in your home
  • Set up your items on a table or surface. 
  • Use a lamp, torch or natural light to create interesting shadows on your arrangement.

Warm up Sketching

  • Create 5x 20 second drawings.
  • Use your non-dominant, the hand you don’t write with and sketch your arrangement.
  • Create a continuous line drawing
  • Create a blind drawing by looking directly at your still life – no peeking at your drawing. 

Create your Masterpiece

  • Use art making materials that you have around the home create a still life art work. 
  • Depending on what you have available you could draw, paint, collage or use all three in your work. 
  • Take time to pay attention to little details like shadows and patterns. 

Send us a pic – tag us @southerntablelandsarts – or use #StaKids #GoulburnRegionalArtGallery

Want more? 

Take some Still Life photographs of your objects using a phone or ipad. Move around and take pictures from different angles to create new arrangements. You could explore your image further by adjusting settings in editing software like snapseed. 

Use a stop motion animation app like Stop Motion Studio to animate your still life. 

Use tape and Blue tack to build a sculpture or assemblage from your still life items. You may need to introduce more items to make a large or more complex work.  Check out our assemblage videos for more ideas. 


Afternoon Art Club is a nine week program of creative fun and learning. Each term, projects are designed to develop children’s skills to express ideas through making, encourage enjoyment in the process of creating and to develop and refine art making skills. A variety of projects are worked on and designed in response to the interests of the class and may include drawing, painting, printmaking, photography, sculpture, performance and new media. 

We will be celebrating the end of year with a small celebration in our Afternoon Art Club groups in the final week of the year. We will have some fun Christmas inspired art and craft and music to enjoy. 

Bookings for this program are made directly with the Gallery.

About Sally O’Neill

Sally has worked at Goulburn Regional Art Gallery as Education Officer since November 2013. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from UNSW Art & Design and has completed formal studies in Education and Nursing. Combining her passions of visual arts and teaching, Sally has found her niche developing and delivering an ambitious Education Program to the Goulburn community. Sally’s work covers young people of all ages – Afternoon Art Club, Art Teenies, school holiday workshops as well as a host of tailored programs for schools. Sally works collaboratively with artists and brings contemporary art to the young people of Goulburn with sensitivity and flair. She also maintains her own artistic practice and exhibits locally. Her interests include painting, drawing, collage and sewing. Check out Sally’s Mural What a Cowtasrophe in Crookwell. Sally also has murals all over Goulburn in schools and at the PCYC.  

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0427 938 110 
Or by appointment at one of our
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PO Box 1323 Goulburn 2580
ABN 67 208 214 681

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We acknowledge Aboriginal people as the traditional custodians of the lands where we create, live & work. 

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