"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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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I acknowledge, with deep respect, that I am gathered on Treaty 7 territory. I acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. I respect the histories, languages and cultures all the Indigenous peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our community.

Friday, May 17, 2024

Norval Morrisseau Woodland Style Art Project


Woodland Art is a genre of painting among Indigenous artists from the Great Lakes area, including northern Ontario and southwestern Manitoba. The majority of the Woodland artists belong to the Anishinaabeg, notably the Ojibwe, Odawa, and Potawatomi, as well as the Cree. 

The style was founded by Norval Morrisseau, a self-taught Ojibwe artist from Northern Ontario. He is widely regarded as the grandfather of contemporary Indigenous art in Canada. He learned Ojibwe history & culture from his grandfather Moses "Potan" Nanakonagos & collected oral history of his community. Morrisseau was originally criticized for disclosing traditional spiritual knowledge. He signs his work using the Cree syllabics writing ᐅᓵᐚᐱᐦᑯᐱᓀᐦᓯ. Woodland Art explores the relationships between people, animals & plants & is rich with spiritual imagery and symbolism. 


This was a project I did in collaboration with a Grade 8 Literature teacher at my school. They had been studying Indigenous literature and she wanted a creative project to accompany her unit. 

I've taught Woodland Art previously HERE.
This time, instead of black and white ink paintings, we did colour versions using markers. We only had two 40 minute periods to complete this, so I stuck with faster markers.

I introduced students to his work by showing images of his art as well as a couple of videos.
HERE is a good documentary from 1974 from the National Film Board of Canada. 

We discussed the subject matter and his use of colour and line. We then discuss the symbolism used. 

 Students then chose an animal(s) and sketched it out onto smooth 8x10" cardstock. They included energy lines, etc. in order to give a true Woodland feel to the work. I have to really emphasize that the animals were to be stylized as some tried to draw really realistic animals. Once everything was drawn, they coloured it with markers.

Some finished Grade 8 artworks:


Monday, May 13, 2024

Low Relief Cardboard Bird Creations


This is a very cool cardboard bird project inspired by the cardboard 'pigeon series' by American contemporary artist Cheryl Cochran @cardboardsea. You can see her work on her Instagram. She uses found cardboard pieces and paint to create cardboard forms, often pigeons, with startling personality and humor. Her style plays with texture and loose brushstrokes.

This lesson was taught by one of my recent student teachers. It turned out very successfully!
Students first looked at her work on her Instagram and discussed low relief.

Then, they used laptops to look up bird images. They sketched these out onto scrap carboard, making all the body parts separate shapes.

Then they cut everything out and roughly assembled it to make sure it looked good and complete. 

All the pieces were painted using tempera paint.

Let dry until the next class.

Then assemble all the pieces using white glue. Students can then use coloured pencils, crayons, oil pastels, etc, to make random texture marks or details on top. 

I love how fun and quirky many of these turned out!

Thursday, May 2, 2024

Klimt Gold Patterns Collage with Gold Pen

This is a line and pattern project based on the work of Austrian artist Gustav Klimt. He is one of my favourite artists and I love teaching this lesson. 

I start off by showing a slideshow of Klimt's works and we discuss his use of gold and patterns. 
Here's a good video about this work you can show your students. 

I've posted all the specific steps previously HERE.

Start with a magazine image (preferable) of a figure with some skin showing. Cut it out.

Trace around the figure on black paper (8 x 10") then cut away the clothing. Glue down the flesh parts with a glue stick. Using a pencil, sketch out the patterns. Clothing should be intricate and detailed and the background bolder or simpler for contrast

We used a variety of gel pens (Pentel and Uniball are very good brands).


I also had these gold flakes that I bought from Dollarama a few years ago. Kids LOVE these. Unfortunately, I haven't seen them in stores for a few years. 

Fill in all the patterns with the gold gel pens.

Some finished Grade 10-12 artworks:

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