“I have to have that!”

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“I have to have that!”




Before walking into any grocery store, we know a battle is waiting for us…a struggle between what we need and what we want. We need the carrots and the strawberries, but the chocolate ice cream looks oh so good! This struggle is not reserved only for the grocery store. We find ourselves constantly asking if we truly need the things that we are purchasing and consuming. In this unit, learners will explore our wants and needs. What do we need to survive? Live comfortably? How much is too much? Is materialism different for individuals living in a different region, country or continent? By creating a still life, learners will explore these questions along with their own needs and wants.


Molly D. Chance


1. CMA 1953.1
- Ferdinand I de’Medici, Grand Duke of Tuscany, Scipio Pulzone da Gaeta, 1590, oil on canvas
2. CMA 1962.18
- Still Life, Pieter Claesz, 1657, Oil on oak panel
3. CMA 2009.22
- Still Life with Fruit, Severin Roesen, 1850, oil on linen


Handheld Art


Columbia Museum of Art

Unit Plan Item Type Metadata


9 classes


Visual Arts Standards:
1. VA3-2.1 Recognize and describe the differences in the composition and design of various works of visual art and the ideas they convey.
2. VA3-3.1 Recognize and describe the content in a work of visual art.
3. VA3-3.2 Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning through his or her artworks.

Integrated CCSS:
1. 3-1.6 Infer meaning from date communicated in graphs, tables, and diagrams.
1. P-3.1.1 Define the term “wellness”.
2. N-3.1.5 Categorize his or her food choices by food group.
3. N-3.2.1 Identify the various strategies used by the media to influence food choices and physical activity.


1. The learner will discuss needs and wants from a variety of perspectives through viewing a variety of images and expressing personal experiences.
2. The learner will create a Venn diagram of foods that they want and need.
3. The learner will create a still life based on the results of their Venn diagram.
4. The learner will participate in both a self and group critique reflecting on how their image visually represents materialism.


- 2 sheets white 12 x 18” sheets construction paper
- Glue
- Scissors
- Colored pencils
- Magazines
- Oil pastels
- Paper towel

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