"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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Saturday, September 17, 2016

If I Had Animal Teeth!

This is a super cute lesson I taught in collaboration with the Grade 3 teacher at my school. 
It's based on the book "What if You Had Animal Teeth" by Sandra Markle.
The students read the book with their classroom teacher and then researched different types of animal teeth. Then drew a final sketch of the teeth they would use in their art project.

For the lesson, I referred to the lesson posted HERE on the blog "First Grade Wow". Nancy includes a Google doc link to some handy templates which worked great for this particular project. 

I started off by having the kids pick a matching skin tone sheet of construction paper. I order this 'multicultural' construction paper from PACON- it's great. 

Then students cut out the template for the head and traced it onto the construction paper. 
Then they do the same thing for the open mouth and the tongue. 
Glue everything together with a glue stick.

They cut strips of paper for their hair; this was probably the trickiest step for everyone. 

Then they drew on a face (eyes and nose essentially) and traced over it in black marker.
On white paper, they drew their chosen teeth and then cut them out and 
glued them onto the open mouth.

In their Grade 3 class, they had to do a little write-up about their teeth- some facts and whatnot. 
I mounted these onto construction paper and glued them to their self-portrait.

I think they came out so fun and have such personalities!! 
Great white shark teeth were, by far, the most popular!


Great white shark

Narwal- their horn is actually a tooth!

Thursday, September 8, 2016

Rouault-Inspired Tempera Batik Portraits

This is a lesson I've taught on and off throughout my career. I thought I'd post some recent results as it would make a great Halloween project as the end results are pretty spooky and/or 
melancholic and moody.
Some years tempera batik works great and I feel totally happy and inspired. Some years it doesn't work and I swear I'll never do tempera batik again (but I always do!)
A big part of this is having the kids put a really thick layer of tempera paint on- at least two layers.
It's a finicky process for sure and I really recommend trying this technique out with your own supplies to see how it works before teaching it to a class. Different types of India ink, paper and tempera paint brands really affect how the final product turns out.

HERE is my original post and all the steps involved. 

This time around I left the ink on for about 15-20 minutes and they worked pretty good, 
though the India ink did fade a lot in some spots.
The kids thought this was the creepiest project ever and asked me to never teach it again- haha! 

Results from my mixed class of Grades 4-6- enjoy some sad looking clowns and mimes!

Monday, August 8, 2016

Printmaking Flowers

 This was a cool printmaking lesson my student teacher taught to my Grade 3 class in the Spring.
She collected lots of 1 and 2 litre pop bottles and used a variety of empty paint bottles and lids (yes, I save them all!) she found in my cupboards. Smooth running of this lesson involves setting up, before class starts, a 'station' in the middle of each table- each of my long tables sits 4 students. Each station had plastic lids full of tempera paint, different sized bottles and lids as well as scraps of cardboard (cereal boxes cut into rectangles) for the stems and leaves.

Here below they started off by stamping stems and leaves with pieces of cardboard. 
We use large pieces of construction paper to protect the tables- I read about this on the fantastic art website "Deep Space Sparkle" years ago, loved the idea and have used it ever since!

Then they dipped the bottles into the paint to create different types of flowers and petals.

 Here are some of the finished pieces- the kids did a wonderful job! 
I love the variety of results!


Friday, July 29, 2016

Paper Plate Flowers

This was a project some of my Grade 5,6 students made during the last couple weeks of school this year. I found the lesson HERE on the website: "Pink Stripey Socks".  It's a cheap project that can yield some fantastic and complex results. My students really took their time in deciding how they wanted their petals to look!  I pulled out lots of the crafty supplies to use as decorations: glitter, glass blobs, sequins, gems, buttons, pom poms, etc. We also used liquid watercolours to paint these but regular watercoours or any type of paint, really, would work. The key, I found, is to use the really thin cheap-o white paper plates. I can usually find them at the Dollar Store but find they're getting harder and harder to locate- I had to hunt around at a few different stores to find them. 
Overall a really fun and colourful project!

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