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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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Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Oil Pastel Scratch Art Owls


This is a homemade 'scratch art' type of lesson using oil pastels layered in contrasting colours, 
then scratched with a wooden bamboo stick.
I found THIS photo pinned on Pinterest but couldn't find the original source. Please tell me in the comments section if you know the originator of this project.

Grade 3 students started off by drawing an owl onto smooth cardstock, 
then outlined it using a thick Sharpie.


On scrap paper, they practiced using the oil pastels and decided on 
some contrasting colours to use. 


Colour in one area really thickly with one colour, then add another thick layer of a contrasting colour right on top. Using a bamboo stick/skewer, students scratched out various types of patterns.
Afterwards, we cut these out.You could also paint the background.






Some Grade 3 results:







Monday, November 6, 2017

Remembrance Day Painted Poppy


Every year for our school's Remembrance Day Assembly, I try and have some of my students make poppies for decorations.  See last year's poppies HERE.

This year, I had some students in Grades 4-6 free-hand draw poppies 
on large pieces of poster board and then cut them out. 
I demonstrated how to draw a simple poppy using 5 hearts.



Then students painted them using red tempera paint. 



Once dry a bit, they outlined them in black and painted the center.


Once dry they were cut out and varnished (Modge Podge). The edges curled up nicely 
and gave them a slight 3D effect to the petals.


I used a loop of packing tape on the back of each one and stuck them to the gym wall (painted cinder block- the tape worked well) in a flowing like free-style manner.
A simple but effective decoration.



Monday, October 30, 2017

Candy Corn Creatures Collage


My Grade 4's recently finished these super cute candy corn creatures. It's a fairly simple two class project that helps reinforce good cutting and gluing skills.
I gave students two printed candy corn templates to choose from. Using markers (Mr. Sketch works really well for this due to the thick chisel tip) they colour them in and then cut them out.


Time to pull out my big box of scrap paper!


They cut out arms, legs, accessories and facial features.


In-between classes, we stored all the loose pieces in page protectors.


Some Grade 4 results!







Sunday, October 22, 2017

Wax Crayon Batik Style Pumpkins


I love wax crayon style batik projects- they usually have a really high success rate with all students.
I found THIS project via Pinterest using pumpkins and thought it would be perfect for an October lesson with my Grade 5 students. 

This is also a great lesson in learning how to draw a pumpkin realistically, to give it a sense of form. My students have already practiced this with me in Grade 3 and 4 so are pretty good at this point and need little drawing guidance.

They drew their pumpkin on regular photocopy paper. 
Then they coloured it in thickly using wax crayons.


Trace over the pencil lines with a black crayon. This helps it stand out later.


Once everything is coloured in, they crumple up their artwork one or two times. 
They get a big kick out of this part! Then flatten it out.


I usually use watered down acrylic black acrylic pant for the batik effect. Paint a layer over the entire artwork, wait a couple minutes or so, then I rinse them off in the sink and put them to dry on a large piece of construction paper.



Some Grade 5 results












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