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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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LAND ACKNOWLEDGEMENT I acknowledge, with deep respect, that I am gathered on Treaty 7 territory. I acknowledge the many First Nations, Métis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for generations. I respect the histories, languages and cultures all the Indigenous peoples of Canada, whose presence continues to enrich our community.

Sunday, July 14, 2024

One Eyed Alien Art Project


This is a Grade 5 project I developed quite a few years ago. I was perusing my local Dollarama and found really big googly eyes (about 1" - 2" in diameter). I immediately thought of a cool one-eyed alien project. This lesson really challenges students' creative skills.

This project was published in SchoolArts Magazine a few years ago. 

You only need simple materials for this art project:
black construction paper
white paint or white paint pens (for stars)
markers
copy paper
large googly eyes (1- 1" diameter)
scissors and glue sticks

See all the steps to this project in my previous post HERE.








 

Monday, July 8, 2024

Cute Llama Art Project


This is a cute quick project we snuck in during June craziness. Alot of my class was away on field trips so I just had a few kids. We drew these cute little llamas.
See my previous post about this project HERE.

So I start off my demonstrating how to draw a cute llama. 


Then students drew theirs on 12 x 18" heavy white paper. 
Then outlined in sharpie.


They created a pattern on the fabric and coloured it using coloured sharpies.



Finally, they could bubble cut them out or add a background and 
then glue on mini pom-poms for a little halter type thingy.

Some Grade 4/5 results:




 

Thursday, July 4, 2024

Color Diffusing Paper Watercolour Flowers


This was a fun and fast project for the end of the year with my Grade 4,5,6 class.
I ordered these colour diffusing paper flowers by Roylco.



Students simply chose a couple of flowers and painted them using liquid watercolours. 
Some sprinkled salt on top for a cool textural effect.







Once dry, they crumpled up orange tissue paper and glued it to the center. 
I'm sure there are many different ways of using these flowers 
but I kept it simple because JUNE, amirite, lol.
The important thing was my kids really enjoyed this as it was just free-flowing and fun!







 

Monday, July 1, 2024

Dutch Tulip Fields: One Point Perspective

 

Here is a one point perspective lesson that I teach to Grade 4/5 students. 
I've also adapted it to older grades.

This is a lovely Spring project I found on the wonderful Dutch blog "Kids Artists" run by Jacquelien:


I like any perspective lessons that aren't streets or city scenes as I don't like using rulers, lol.
I posted this lesson previously HERE so you can see all the steps.
I use the marker watercolour technique, but you could also use markers or colored pencils.
We use regular watercolours for the sky.













Friday, June 21, 2024

Medicine Wheel Collage

 


Today is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It is a day recognizing and celebrating the cultures and contributions of the First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Indigenous peoples of Canada. Every year in Canada, numerous activities are organized across the country on June 21 to showcase the richness and diversity of First Nations, Inuit and Métis cultural expressions and stories.

Our school made medicine wheels in our homeroom classes. My homeroom decided to make a collage.
In indigenous cultures, medicine wheels represent the alignment and continuous interaction of the physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual realities. It reminds us that we have four parts to our overall well being. In the medicine wheel we are taught to balance our mental, physical, spiritual and emotional health. The circle shape represents the interconnectivity of all aspects of one’s being, including the connection with the natural world. 

Medicine wheels are frequently believed to be the the circle of knowledge that provides the power we each have over our own lives.

Before this art project, I showed my homeroom THIS VIDEO explaining medicine wheels.

So, using poster board, we painted the four quadrants with acrylic paint. 


I drew the four elements on chart paper for my homeroom to refer to.



Then, they looked through magazine to find word/phrases that matched with 
the themes of physical, emotional, mental, and spiritual.


Then, they glued them onto the appropriate quadrant.





I cut out 4 feather templates to use as 'labels'.


Our finished medicine wheel!





















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