Middle school students started a lesson on still life paintings by Jean Simeon Chardin and again discussed foreground, middle ground, and background as well as shading. For this project we first looked for newspaper without color pictures. Then we did a color wash with raw umber paint. Next, students viewed one of Chardin's still life paintings, Still Life With Copper Cauldron and Eggs. We discussed his placement of the eggs, size, lighting, and shading. Students then began composing their own egg acrylic compositions.