"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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Sunday, February 11, 2018

Painted Paper Plate Heart Sewing Craft for Valentine's Day

This is a fun mixed media craft my Grade 4's and 5's created last week. I found the project HERE on the Red Ted Art website. I knew it would be a perfect craft for my Grade 4 and 5 class.
I altered the project a bit to involve some painting.  I bought plain white paper plates and the kids painted them using tempera. Some kept them plain, added glitter glue and/or created patterns.
The one below painted a galaxy scene.

This took one class.

Once dry, students folded a piece of scrap paper in half and cut out half a heart. They had to adjust the size so it fit on the inside of the paper plate. Not too big, but not too small. They traced this and then cut it out. This part was surprisingly tricky!  The paper plate didn't cut cleanly and had a tendency to tear. Perhaps the brand I bought was too cheap. 
So don't cheap out like I did if you try this!
Then, using a single hole punch, they punched holes around the perimeter of the heart.

Then the kids chose a length of yarn and, starting from the back, sewed the yarn in and out of the holes. Some did random, freestyle designs, others created a deliberate pattern.
I love the variety of creative solutions the students came up with!

Wednesday, February 7, 2018

Mixed Media Candy Hearts Art

This is a wonderful Valentine's lesson I found HERE on the Deep Space Sparkle website. It's great for teaching kids how to draw a heart as a form as opposed to a shape.

I gave kids a heart shape handout to practice on. They turned this into a 3D candy heart. They then traced this onto heavier paper. I gave them a choice of media to colour them: some used pencil crayons, watercolours, watercolour pencils or tempera paint. I demonstrated how to shade them using three different values: light, medium and dark. 

Some Grade 4 - 6 results!

Saturday, February 3, 2018

Paper Mosaic Collages

In retrospect, this is actually a perfect lesson to leave when you need a Substitute Teacher- it's a lesson that keeps the kids engaged and working and requires quite a bit of concentration and bonus: no paint! Grades 4 -6 students started out by watching some videos on Ancient Roman mosaics just to get a feeling of how intricate and time consuming mosaic making is.  

Then they chose either white or black 9 x 12" paper. I encouraged everyone to include about a 1/2 inch border, then draw something simple: like an object or a landscape. 

They used either colored paper or pages from magazines- they cut these into strips, then into squares.
To glue them down, students used white glue and small paintbrushes. 
These were time consuming for sure- the kids that had the most patience did the best and the ones that didn't ended up cutting much larger squares in order to finish faster!

Some finished pieces from Grades 4 - 6:

Monday, January 22, 2018

Chalk Pastel Snowmen in Profile

We have a loooong winter where I live, so I tend to do quite a few winter-themed lessons. I sure love how they look but do not enjoy the cold at all!  This is a snowmen lesson where I wanted to show my Grade 3's how they can give the illusion of distance or space in their work by using two different sizes of snowmen. I had them draw them in profile just to mix it up a bit. 

They started off by drawing their snowmen in pencil on 12" x 12" 
light blue construction paper.

For colouring them, I gave students the choice between chalk pastels (great for blending but soooo messy) or construction paper crayons (not so great for blending but soooo clean!)

Once everything was coloured, students outlined their pictures with a black coloured pencil.

Some Grade 3 results:

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