"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, April 12, 2024

Shakespeare Inspired Creative Art Projects

In my high school. Grade 10-12 students get a Shakespeare unit (I still remember studying Hamlet and Macbeth in high school) where they have to complete a creative project at the end of the unit to show their understanding. It can be in any creative medium (film, music, etc), and many students choose visual art. The finished work is put on display on tables and all the classes walk around viewing the work.
The Shakespeare work studied this time was Hamlet (1599), Twelfth Night (1601), and 
As You Like It (1600).

My favourite line from Hamlet!

This was about 12 feet tall!


Sunday, April 7, 2024

Patterned Gecko art project

These cute and colourful geckos were made by Grade 4-6 students.
I demonstrated on my easel how to draw one.

Then students got to work on 11 x 17" copy paper (tabloid size).

Then they drew sections throughout the body. 

Within each section, they drew a pattern and outlined everything using black marker.

Then they coloured them with markers

The last step was to bubble cut around them, leaving a thin white border.
So cute!


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Bunny with Glasses art project

This is one of those art projects that went viral on social media but I can't, for the life of me, find the original source. I think it's HERE, but I could be wrong. It's the website TES, which is a British based educational website. 
Nonetheless, you can find variants of this lesson (different backgrounds) all over the internet. 
Some templates are HERE and HERE

This would make a great sub lesson if you're going to be out in the Spring as it can be, depending on which media you choose, low mess and low prep!

Some finished artworks by Grade 3 students:


Monday, March 25, 2024

Chalk Pastel Easter Eggs

Here's a messy but fun Easter themed project that my Grade 4-6 students recently finished.
I showed them how to draw and shade an egg using chalk pastels. 
I've posted this lesson previously HERE, where I normally use clear glue. 
This time, to save time, we used black oil pastels for the drawing step.

Students started by doing a quick practice sketch planning out their patterns. 

Then they drew it on large 12 x 18" black construction paper and outlined all the 
pencil lines with a black oil pastel.

Then I showed them how to use a white chalk pastel to add the highlight down the center first. 

Then they continued colouring the eggs and blending gently with their fingers.

This is what they completed by the end of an 80 minute period. 

The next class, they tackled the grass and the sky.

Some Grade 4,5,6 finished artworks!


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