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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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Sunday, April 26, 2020

Mother's Day Portrait Drawing



Mother's Day is fast approaching so this post is for all the DAD'S out there who read my blog, haha. (Don't think that's many to be honest ;)


I found this charming art project on a Kindergarten blog found HERE.

I showed my Grade 2 students how to draw a simple figure of a woman. I asked them to think of special details about their mom- type of hair, favourite clothing, etc. They drew it in pencil and then coloured it in using coloured pencils. 


Then I printed out little descriptive labels and they cut these into strips and 
glued them onto their drawing. 











Tuesday, April 21, 2020

Picasso "Blue Period" Sad Portrait Paintings


This is one of my favourite portrait lessons to teach to elementary aged kids.
I start off my showing a slideshow of Pablo Picasso's 'blue period'. The Blue Period of Picasso is the period between 1900 and 1904, when he painted essentially monochromatic paintings in shades of blue and blue-green, only occasionally warmed by other colors. This was the period of his artistic development when he first moved to Paris and was struggling both financially and had many personal tragedies with his friends. 
We discuss the subjects of his paintings as well as his colour choices and how they affect the emotions felt in the paintings. 

"The Tragedy", 1903
I start off with a basic portrait drawing lesson and show the kids how to add emotions by essentially altering both the mouth and the eyebrows of the face. I have them think of something that made/makes them sad to help inspire them. They draw these on heavy white paper and then painted them using cool colours in watercolour. 





Once they were finished I had them come up to see me one at a time, and they told me what inspired their painting. I typed it as they spoke and then printed out the sentences, cut them into strips and glued them onto the bottom of their artwork. 








Sunday, April 12, 2020

Emily Carr Style Forest Painting


Emily Carr is considered one of Canada's most famous artists. Born and raised on Canada's west coast, in Victoria, BC, she was inspired by the Indigenous peoples of the Pacific Northwest Coast. One of the first painters in Canada to adopt a Modernist and Post-Impressionist painting style, Carr did not receive widespread recognition for her work until the subject matter of her painting shifted from Aboriginal themes to landscapes—forest scenes in particular. Today she is best known for her stylized paintings of forests. Fiercely independent and complex, Emily Carr was a rebel, a recluse and a feminist before her time. 




I taught this lesson to a Grade 4 - 6 class. We started off by looking at a slideshow of her artwork and I showed them this video below:




We discussed the style of her paintings and then watched the following YouTube tutorial by an elementary art teacher named Lorri HERE. It was super helpful and we pretty much followed the steps except for the chosen colours. 

We discussed background, middle and foreground. Students sketched all this in using pencil. 


Then they outlined everything in black wax crayon.



Then, using tempera, students painted the sky, then the tree trunk and finally the green parts. 



Let everything dry. Then they used watered down black tempera 
and a thin brush to outline everything again.


Some of the finished artworks:



                                        














Friday, April 3, 2020

Japanese Cherry Blossom Paintings


This cherry blossom painting lesson is one of the most popular on my blog according to my stats and hits from Pinterest!

There are a few steps so definitely plan for some drying time in between layers. You'll need watercolours for the background blue sky and then tempera or acrylic for the branch and blossoms.

See my original post with more photos of the process HERE.

I cut long pieces of thick white paper ahead of time. Basically cut posterboard in half or so. Use a plastic container and hold it down on one end and paint all around it with blue watercolour (or watered down tempera paint). This will create the full moon. Let the sky dry.

Then water down some brown tempera to an ink-like consistency. Blob some on the end opposite the moon and then, using a straw, blow the paint across the paper to create an organic looking branch. Let dry. then use pink or purple tempera to create tiny flower blossoms all over the branch with a small round brush. 


Some Grade 7-9 results! 
These look absolutely gorgeous hung together and get a lot of 
positive comments from staff and parents. 





















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