"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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Monday, April 19, 2021

Colourful Portraits with Bleeding Tissue

My Grade 4 - 6 class recently finished these colourful portraits using Sharpies and bleeding tissue paper.
I was inspired by THIS project the the Teach Kids Art website. She saw it originally on the Art Projects for Kids website but I couldn't find the link.

I taught students basic face proportions and they drew a face on heavy white paper.
They then traced over their lines with a permanent black marker.  

I precut some various colours of bleeding tissue paper and put them in a box. 
I use PACON brand- it's the best and most reliable by far. Students choose two or three colours and cut them into squares.

Then they paint water on their drawing, then put down a square of tissue then a bit more water. 

Towards the end they can peel them all off to reveal the colour transfer. 

Let these dry overnight!


Thursday, April 8, 2021

Mondrian Animals

Here's a fun way to teach students about Piet Mondrian- in the form of animal! I teach this to Grade 3 or 4 as I find this age group really enjoys doing animal-themed projects. 
I posted the steps previously HERE.
You simply need white copy paper, pencils, rulers and markers. 


Monday, March 29, 2021

Foods with Moods

One of my most popular lessons according to my students! I enjoy it but these take forever to finish and there's lots of drying time involved- it helps to work on two projects simultaneously. 

I've posted this lesson previously HERE and HERE.

Grade 4 - 6 students started by building the general form of their chosen food using newspaper and masking tape. Make eyes and features separately and tape them securely on. 

Then cover them with paper mache- we use strips of paper towels or newsprint because we have lots in our classroom. As a paste, I use Elmer's Art Paste- it's essentially wallpaper paste. You just add water and it thickens up nicely. 

We set them on containers to dry overnight. 

Prime them with white acrylic paint or gesso.

Then paint them using acrylics. Varnish when dry and come up with a creative mood for your food!

Some finished work- Grade 4,5,6


Tuesday, March 23, 2021

Twig or Branch Weaving

One of my favourite projects!!  It takes forever to complete but a great project for the last couple of months of school. It forces the kids to concentrate and really take their time.
I posted all the detailed steps previously HERE.

I teach this to my mixed grade class of grades 4 - 6. It's definitely super tricky for many of the grade 4's, especially the boys who struggle more with knotting and fine motor skills. So spend some time teaching how to tie knots.

I bought this book about 20 years ago!

The toughest part of this project is finding an appropriate branch. It needs to be sturdy and have a good fork in it. No floppy or overly flexibly branches!  We have a wooded park near my school so I take my classes there and we go hunting for branches on the ground (dried, not fresh branches are the best). I also encourage kids to bring them from home. It takes a long time to fine the perfect branch so don't leave this until the last minute!

We weave these using plastic needles- they're perfect for this.

I store my yarn according to colours in plastic bags. 

Some finished twigs:


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