"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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Sunday, February 24, 2019

Giraffe's Can't Dance Paintings

This is a great project to teach the idea of both figurative-type drawing and creating a sense of movement. I try and teach it every year to my Grade 5's. The book, that this lesson is based on, is also very charming and gives a wonderful message about being yourself. 

I posted about this lesson a couple of years ago and you can see more of the steps HERE.
I tend to change up the background every year or so and have done it using liquid tempera, tempera cakes (seen below) and this year I'm trying a watercolour background. 
The students draw their own giraffe dancing in a pose of their choice. They colour this using coloured pencils and outline it with a fine tip Sharpie. These are then cut out and glued carefully onto their background paper. 
This display is always a crowd pleaser and makes everyone who views it smile!

Tuesday, February 12, 2019

Pop Art Hearts

Just finishing up some last minute Valentines lessons. I love this time of the year with all the pinks, reds and pastel colours!

This is a cute pop art lesson that I found on the Instagram account @2art.chambers
She has a very inspiring Instagram feed! 
I didn't have any bleeding tissue paper so instead, I had Grade 5 students measure out a grid on a square of paper. Then they used watercolours to paint it any colours they wanted (this took about 2 - 40 minute periods). Once dry, the drew a large heart shape and then painted it using tempera. Once dry, they shaded around the perimeter using black chalk pastels. 

Some finished Gr. 5 work:

Saturday, February 2, 2019

Warm & Cool Collages

This was a slightly tedious collage project but the final results are oh-so worth it. First, you need a lot of magazines- I ask for donations from parents and students, but find that year after year I get fewer and fewer. An alternative source is to pick up magazines from thrift stores.

Students need to choose an object to draw- it can be any object but I encourage them to choose an object that has either a warm or cool feeling to it (ie: ice cube, fire, etc) They sketch this out nice and big onto cardstock. Then they look through magazines and rip out pages that contain the colours they need. From there, they either rip those pages into smaller pieces or they can also cut them using scissors. They glue these onto the cardstock using watered down white glue. Then paint a thin layer of glue over-top to seal them. 

Some Grade 4 - 6 results:

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