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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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Friday, February 17, 2023

Architecture Art Project

 


This was an open project my senior students (Grade 10,11,12) recently finished.
They were challenged to create an artwork based on architecture. That was pretty much the only guidelines I gave, other than it had to be realistic. They could choose any architectural piece they were drawn to and media was also student choice.
I loved the variety of results and the Colosseum was a popular choice!




Some finished artworks: Grade 10,11,12


watercolor, micron pen

pencil


Watercolour, white gel pen


coffee

watercolour, pencil crayons, paint, white gel pens


pencil


oil pastel ink resist


oil pastel ink resist


watercolour


oil pastels


acrylic paint, pencil crayons

watercolours, pencil crayons


watercolours, pencil crayons


watercolour, pencil crayons


Monday, February 13, 2023

Tissue Paper Stained Glass Art Project


Here's an absolutely stunning faux stained glass project my junior high students recently finished. 
These are made from black construction paper and tissue paper. They took about a month or so to finish, due to the intricate nature of all the steps. 

To start off, I showed students a slideshow about the stained glass in Western Europe during the Middle Ages. I showed them a video of how stained glass is made (the technique hasn't really changed in hundreds of years!). 

So then students started planning their own design. It could be any subject matter. I demonstrated how to make one using thick black construction paper. The key thing is you don't want the lead lines too this. I told them a minimum of 1 cm thickness, but many made them thinner!  This resulted in lots of torn bits that they had to tape together on the back. 

So here are the basic supplies- mini cutting boards, x-acto knives and parchment paper. 
Make sure you use good quality and nice pure black construction paper. Tru-ray is the best brand in my experience. Anything less than that doesn't not cut cleanly and is too flimsy. 


To make it symmetrical, some student folded their paper in half vertically.
They drew their design in white pencil crayon. Shading in what needs to be cut out really helps. 
Include a border as well, to hold the whole thing together. 




A finished cut piece. Then cut a sheet of parchment paper slightly larger and trace the black paper outline onto it and cut that out. This will be what you glue the tissue paper too. 


There are two ways to attach the coloured tissue paper. I call the first way kaleidoscope


Using watered-down glue, just collage various ripped colours of tissue onto the parchment paper 


And voila. Let the tissue paper dry and then glue the black paper on top carefully using white glue. 



The second method is if students want a specific colour for each section. You basically cut tissue slightly larger than each space and glue stick it on the back. This technique takes a bit longer.  





Here's some more progress photos:








back view





I hung these in a long hallway with lots of windows and they looked stunning with the light shining through!



























 

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