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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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Tuesday, August 14, 2018

Alberta Landscape Regions in Pointillism Style


I've never taught a Pointillism lesson before simply because when I've tried to make a sample, I've found it so tedious. If I think it's tedious I imagine my kids, who have a shorter attention span than me, would really struggle with completing one!
Pointillism is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of color are applied in patterns to form an image. French artists Georges Seurat and Paul Signac developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism.

Nonetheless, I think I've found a project that is not so tedious and time consuming and it's by simply using markers. I collaborated with the Social Studies teacher for this project. In Grade 4 Social Studies in my province, they learn about the six bio-regions of Alberta. Alberta is blessed with six distinct natural regions: Aspen Parkland, Boreal Forest, Canadian Shield, Grassland, Foothill and Rocky Mountain. Each region has its own unique landscape features and climate and each supports its own distinct species of animals and plants. I showed students photo examples of each region from THIS WEBSITE for inspiration.


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On regular copy paper, students lightly sketched out a landscape of their choice. I provide lots of photo references and try to buy calendars on sale. Using a variety of markers, students coloured in each section using only dots. I encouraged them to mix different colours within each section to get a more sophisticated effect. If you're on a time crunch, cut the paper down to 5 x 7". 
















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