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"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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Saturday, March 11, 2017

Hot Chocolate: Pattern & Colour


This oil pastel lesson was inspired by a photo (see below) that's been floating around Pinterest for a while. It's by an Etsy artist named Heather Galler, who works in a Folk Art style.


I modified a lesson found HERE on Cassie Stephens amazing art blog. 

My Grade 5 students started off by sketching out a hot chocolate mug in the center of a square of black construction paper. They added a table line then added patterns in the background and on the table. Then they outlined all their pencil lines using a black wax crayon. 
Then they coloured the drawings in using oil pastels.


Once coloured in completely, they went over their original black lines with a black oil pastel 
to really make the image pop. Some took a cotton ball or two and fluffed them out and glued them on their hot chocolate for 'steam'.
This lesson took about 3 - 40 minute periods for my students to complete.
I can post these hot beverage artworks now because it's still cold and snowy and
wintry where we live! (-17C today! brrrrrr!)
















Friday, March 3, 2017

Raccoon in the Forest


This is a really adorable raccoon project that I knew would be perfect for my Grade 3's. 
I found the lesson HERE on the ARTventurous blog.   

I laid out two different shades of brown construction paper (9 x 12") as well as grey and let kids choose one for their raccoon drawing. 90% went with the light brown for some reason ;)


I also laid out black and white wax crayons- next time I'll use oil pastels as they just end up brighter and bolder with less effort. I also laid out green construction paper for the background.


I demonstrated how to draw the raccoon and then let my kids go to town. They drew on their brown construction paper in pencil first.


Then they passed over all their lines in black wax crayon.


Then they coloured in their raccoon markings using black and white wax crayons.


Once coloured, they bubble cut them out. This all took about 40 minutes.


The next class the kids glued their raccoons onto green construction paper....


and then added some fir trees using wax crayons.


Voila!












Friday, February 24, 2017

Imaginary Creature Paintings


This lesson was inspired by the children's book "The Zlooksh" by French-Canadian author Dominique Demers. In the early 2000's, this book was distributed free to 500,00 Grade 1 students across Canada by a National bank. Many of my older students remembered reading this book as a child (God, makes me feel old!)

The Zlooksh is a charming story about a young boy named Zachary who, when asked by his teacher to draw a picture of his favourite animal, uses his imagination to create an animal that can't be found anywhere.(source)


After reading the book to my Grade 2 students, they were challenged to draw their own imaginary animal and come up with a name for it. They drew it on 12 x 18" white paper, then outlined everything in Sharpie.


Once outlined, they painted it using handy-dandy tempera pucks.
It was really fun watching what they came up with!
Once dry, they 'bubble cut' around it and also cut out the name and glued it 
somewhere on their creature.




Here are some of their imaginary creatures :)








Sunday, February 12, 2017

Heart Snail Collage


This is an adorable collage activity that I found on the website "Crafty Morning"
Instead of construction paper (the type I order is a bit dull) we used colored photocopy paper: a combination of the 'brights' and 'pastels'. 

They used the light green to draw a slug type body and cut that out. Then they chose three sheets of paper to create the heart shell (we discuss choosing contrasting colours when choosing the colours they want). They folded a sheet of paper in half and drew the largest half a heart shape they could. I encouraged them to really try to reach all the edges, as this would be the largest heart. 


No matter how many times I teach my elementary kids how to make a symmetrical heart from a sheet of folded paper, there's always at least a couple of kids who really struggle with the concept. I demonstrate to them in person, show them the fold line, and the importance of starting the pencil line on the folded edge, not the open edge. They do practice hearts on scrap paper. But even so, when it comes down to making their good copy hearts, always a couple go through like three sheets of coloured paper until they get it right! Any tips for me?? I swear to God this is one of the hardest concepts for me to teach so that ALL my kids get it right! I think next time I'll also show them a video on my big screen TV and hopefully that will help. 









Anyway, once they cut out the largest heart shape, they use this as a template to create the rest of the hearts. They trace the large heart onto the next colour of paper, but then trace inside of it slightly, about 1 cm, to create a slightly smaller heart. Cut it our and this is the middle heart. Do it one more time to create the smallest heart. I challenge advanced students to create four (or more) hearts. Glue those together with a glue stick and then glue onto the slug body. Then they cut out eyes and the 'antennae' thing-a-ma-bobs (I actually Googled what they really are and they're not antennae as I kept referring to them to my kids: The tentacles that stick out from the head of a snail are not its “feelers” as most people believe. On the ends of those tentacles are the snail’s eyes.)
Anyway, whatever, haha! We added extra eyes on the head and then two small hearts from scrap paper on top of the tentacles. 

This project always surprise me how challenging creating the hearts can be for some students. I feel the project is too easy for my Grade 3's but a bit too challenging for alot of my Grade 2's. Nonetheless everyone managed to finish and it took about 2- 40 minute periods in total. 
I love how they all came out :)
















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