Still lifes have received a bad wrap. After my drawing classes in school, I was pretty happy not to draw a cow skull again for the rest of my life. I moved into figure drawing and after one class realized what drawing was all about. People usually find it unusual to stare at a nude man for two hours but it was a great experience. It is where I learned to see, it's not what you think you see it's what you actually see in front of you. Making the connection between your eye and hand is enlightening. I can now appreciate the hours and hours of the cow skull because it prepared me for the next step. I recently set up a still life for my younger students and they did wonderfully. If you have younger kids who get frustrated when they try to draw something and it doesn't look "right" then there is a fun book to help loosen them up. The book is ish by Peter H Reynolds. Set up a still life and let the kids have at it.