"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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Thursday, March 31, 2022

Art History on a Bottle Acrylic Paintings

This art history project is al all time favourite of staff, parents and students. Students entering my high school classes always ask me when we're going to do this project. 
I posted the steps previously in a post HERE.

I collect wine bottles form both students and staff. Soak them overnight in a  bucket of water and scrub off the labels the next day with a scrubby sponge. Let dry and them prime them with two coats of a primer (gesso or a latex house paint). Sponging on a primer reduces brushstrokes and allows for a nice even, opaque finish. You need a decent base coast for the subsequent layers of paint to stick onto the bottle. 

Students are then tasked to choose a famous artwork from history. It can be old or contemporary. Landscapes are popular as they are easily 'wrap-able' around the bottle (having no real end).
Students start with painting or sponging on their main basecoat colour. They use acrylics for this. Then they can sketch on the other details and continue painting in layers. At the end, some students add on additional details using a Sharpie.
Once completed, students had to fill out a biography on the artist and an analysis of the chosen artwork and submit that. 

Once dry, I varnish them with a water based varnish (polyurethane). You can also spray varnish them with a high gloss varnish but beware- Sharpie details will dissolve. 

Love the results of these!  Grades 10 - 12 students.

Jackson Pollock "#14 Gray"

Picasso "Le Coq"

Banks of the Loing. Alfred Sisley,1896


Tuesday, March 29, 2022

Dragon Eye Drawings

This is the first lesson I've ever purchases from Teachers Pay Teachers and I was not disappointed! 

My grade 6 students used coloured pencils but we've also done it using watercolours. 
Love the results and the kids learn lots of shading techniques!


Sunday, March 27, 2022

Paper Flower Craft for Spring

These super cute flowers were taught by a lovely colleague who works in the after care program of my school. She makes a lot of crafts with the kids and has high school students assist her. These were created by Kindergarten and Grade 1 students. I love the contrast of the bright coloured paper with the black paper. 


Tuesday, March 22, 2022

Inside Out Seascape Watercolour

This is a super fun seascape lesson where the students draw the inside of a seascape inside an underwater animal's body. See my previous post on this project HERE.

Sketch out the drawing on heavy white paper.

Outline in Sharpie.

Paint using watercolours. 

Some Grade 4 - 6 results!


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