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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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Thursday, February 6, 2020

Jim Dine Inspired Oil Pastel Heart


Jim Dine is an American artist.
I absolutely love his tool drawings as well as his expressive hearts. This is what we focused on to create these expressive hearts for Valentine's Day.

I have a variety of brands of oil pastels- I like to try out different brands. I usually stick with Pentel  brand but I like the Crayola classpack only because it comes with a ton of extra whites!! Why don't all oil pastels come like this?



Grade 5 students started off by choosing a piece of construction paper. They make a symmetrical heart template from a sheet of scrap paper then trace it onto the construction paper. Then they decide on their colour scheme. I demonstrate how to create a gradation from dark to light. Then they can do the reverse in the background.




Once everything is coloured in, I encourage them to add expressive lines with a black oil pastel. 
This step scares some students!





























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