"A Faithful Attempt" is designed to showcase a variety of K-12 art lessons, the work of my art students, as well as other art-related topics. Projects shown are my take on other art teacher's lessons, lessons found in books or else designed by myself.
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Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Chalk Pastel Owls

Here's one of my favourite owl lessons- hanging chalk pastel owls.

Grade 5 students started off by drawing an owl- have books or photo reference handy for them- it helps alot! Once drawn out, they outlined them with a heavy outline of black wax crayon.

Then they coloured them in using either chalk pastels or construction paper crayons; whichever they prefer. Most chose chalk pastel because you can get so much lovely colour blending using them. Of course the drawback is they've very messy- so give extra time for clean-up at the end of class.
As you can see in the photo below, I store our chalk pastels in these awesome bowls from IKEA: the KALAS bowl, which is in the children's section. They are shallow and wide so never tip over. 
And you get 6 bowls for $1.79! 

Once coloured in, I have the kids 'bubble cut' their owl out (leave about a one inch border of white paper all around the edge- it acts as a frame of sorts).

Then they glue stick it to black construction paper. Then again bubble cut this out, punch a hole at the top and thread some yarn through if you want to hang them.

Some Grade 5 results!

Sunday, January 15, 2017

Science Habitat Dioramas

Here's some photos from a project any Science teachers (and Art!) out there might find interesting. We have a very creative Science teacher at our school who often has really unusual projects for the kids. This is a lesson I look forward to every year. Grade 6 Science students construct large scale animal habitats out of boxes. Many of these are over 4 feet tall!

They are essentially stacked boxes (some are made from empty photocopy paper boxes which students can collect from the school or their parents' workplaces). Others are made from stacked shoe boxes or other smaller types of sturdy boxes. 

Then the insides are covered with construction paper and/or painted in some way. Each layer represents a different layer of the chosen habitat. I teach most of these kids Art so it's interesting to see how they approached this project and what materials and techniques they used. 

Materials used within each box range from handmade items to store-bought items: Cardboard tubes for trees, animals made from Plasticine or bought at the dollar store or printed out from the internet, lots of dried or fake plants and leaves, or plants made from construction paper, pipe cleaners, dried moss, etc. All the elements are neatly labelled. They're so fun and interesting to look at! I think the kids did an outstanding job and learned about habitats along the way. Being able to express their learning in such a creative way is really special.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Red Birch Tree Collage

This project was inspired by a cup of coffee :)  A certain popular coffee chain had lovely birch tree holiday cups this past year. I thought it would make a great winter lesson. I taught this to my Grade 3 class- it was very easy for them and most finished in one 40 minute period. Next year I'll probably make it a Grade 2 lesson as it wasn't challenging enough for my Grade 3's, though they seemed to enjoy making them nonetheless.

We started off with red photocopy paper. Then each student got a sheet of white photocopy paper and cut out the trees. Then, using half a sheet of white photocopy paper, they ripped a snowy hill.

Then they used the scraps of white paper to cut out or tear little branches. Finally, the black marking were added in Sharpie. The final step was to add dots of snow using white tempera paint.

Some Grade 3 results:

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