"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, September 21, 2020

Marker Styro Leaf Print

This is a project I swore I would never teach again as I didn't have great results the first time and many students really struggled. But I'm stubborn and thought I'd find an easier way to do this as I think the effect is quite nice and its a simple way to introduce monoprinting.
See my first post about this project HERE.

The main difference is one thing I changed and one tip my students figured out. 
Instead of styrofoam sheets, I used fun foam or craft foam.  You can buy packs of 4 x 6" craft foam at the Dollar Store. Students drew a big leaf shape, with veins, onto a piece of craft foam. They pass over the lines with a dull pencil to create indented lines. 

Then they colour in the leaf shape with water-based markers. 

Dampen a sheet of cardstock with a damp sponge. Immediately place the leaf upside down and- this is the tip the students invented- use the bottom of their water bottle to press down the foam. This weight helped create a more crisp monoprint. It takes a few attempts to find the right combination of paper dampness and pressure. So I'm always encouraging the students to keep trying even if their first prints don't look that great. 

Keep coloring and printing the leaf until the paper is filled.

Once dry the next class, carefully cut them out leaving a thin white border around each leaf. Glue stick onto dark coloured construction paper. 
Some Grade 4 - 6 finished pieces:


Thursday, September 3, 2020

One Point Perspective Pumpkin Patch Landscape

This is one of my favourite annual Fall projects I do every year with My grade 6's. It teaches one point perspective as well as the idea that objects get smaller as they get further back in the distance.
I posted this lesson previously HERE.

We start by reviewing one point perspective. hey practice drawing a filed on scrap paper and show me that they understand the concept. Then they practice drawing both a barn and a scarecrow. Once they're all warmed up, they start drawing their good copy.  
If we do this lesson closer to Halloween, many kids make theirs 'spooky'. 
Sketch it all out, outline in thin tip Sharpie and then use the bleeding marker watercolour technique. You could of course also just colour these with coloured pencils or markers or regular watercolours. 

Some Grade 6 results:

Saturday, August 22, 2020

Circle Grid Tree

This is a perfect back-to-school lesson as well as a perfect end of the year lesson. Simple materials, straightforward directions -----> perfect for those times of the year where it can be stressful or hectic.
I've posted about this lesson previously HERE.
I found the lesson HERE.

I use markers for this project but you could also use coloured pencils or crayons.
I have different marker brands organized in different bins.

I print the template onto regular 8 x 11" photocopy paper. I've also used larger sizes before but they take a really long time to finish and students can lose motivation. 
I encourage the students to create a pattern within the tree. I give them free reign in terms of colours. 
They write down the colours they use on the bottom of the paper so they know which colours to use next class.

These look so beautiful hung up on a bulletin board!!
Some Grade 4-6 results:

Tuesday, August 11, 2020

Watercolour Leaves with resist

This is a lovely back to school project to inject some colour and pattern into your first bulletin board display. I found the lesson here on the Art Projects for Kids website. 
You'll need: heavy white paper, sharpies, oil pastels, watercolours (we used liquid).

On heavy white paper, Grade 3 students drew a leaf with veins. Fill the page- nice and big!

Outline the leaf in Sharpie. Then fill in the leaf sections using different lines and patterns using oil pastel- press hard for the resist to work!

Draw concentric lines around the leaf with a white oil pastel. 
Then paint everything using watercolours. 

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