"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, M├ętis 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.

Monday, February 26, 2024

Sandra Silberzweig style Whimsical Portrait Paintings


Grade 4-6 students created these poster sized portrait paintings inspired by contemporary Canadian artist Sandra Silberzweig. 

 She has a rare condition known as "synesthesia". People Diagnosed with this condition, see, hear and taste color! Children growing up with this condition, may not be aware that others do not see or experience the world as they do. She uses her talents to create tribal-like colorful abstract portraits. Her influences come from  many sources. Picasso's art influenced  her work most of all.  

I started off by showing a slideshow of Silberzweig's artwork. We discussed how stylized her portraits are, with elements of Cubism. 

On poster paper, students drew out their good copy face. 

Then they outlined them using a King Size Sharpie.

Some kids worked on the floor so they had space to spread out!

The first media they used was watercolour. They painted in all the areas of the face- not the background.

Next class, they added chalk pastel over top the watercolour in areas, and blended that out.
Then they painted the entire background with black tempera. This needed two coats to be fully opaque.
Once dry, they used gold tempera (I like the gold from the brand 'Handy Art') and painted a simple pattern on top of the black backgrounds.

The final step was using acrylic paint pens to add small patterns and line work 

Some Grade 4,5,6 paintings:

Wednesday, February 14, 2024

Macarons in chalk pastel

This was a quick but effective lesson on form and shading, using chalk pastels.
I demonstrated how to draw a macaron to Grade 7-9 students. 
I showed them the ruffled 'foot' part and how to do a soft highlight.

They drew them nice and large on 9 x 12" construction paper. 
Then they coloured and blended them using chalk pastels. 

Finally, they were cut out. 
Most students just managed to finish in our 80 minute block. 
As you can see, strawberry was a favourite flavour!


Sunday, February 11, 2024

Rose Drawing for Valentine's Day

I needed a quick and effective one day lesson for a new group of students I had. This rose drawing lesson gave me a really good indication of each student's level. As well, they were able to take their art home that day and give it to someone for Valentine's Day. 
I found the drawing tutorial on Art Projects for Kids

My class is a mixed group of Grade 4,5,6 students, so this tutorial has enough detail 
to make the rose look dimensional, but not so much to make it difficult. 
I demonstrated for them how to draw the rose, then some simple shading techniques using coloured pencils. Students were encouraged to add their own details to make it their own style. 



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