"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, July 16, 2017

Name Mandalas

This is a wonderful end-of-year type project to keep the kids focused and working even when they're antsy for the summer. Simple materials as well: photocopy paper (cut into squares) and markers.
I found this lesson HERE on the blog Apples Loves Oranges. She gives excellent detailed instructions which my students followed. 

Here are some Grade 5 results:

Friday, June 30, 2017

Inukshuk Watercolour Landscapes

This is a project my mixed Grade 4- 6 class did for the run-up to Canada Day (July 1st) celebrations. They created these lovely Arctic watercolour landscapes incorporating an inuksuk. This lesson was inspired by the illustrations in the beautiful book "The Inuksuk Book" by Canadian author/illustrator Mary Wallace. The book is a fantastic source on the history of inuksuks. Many of my students are familiar with them as many hike in the nearby mountains and alot of travelers make mini inuksuks along the pathways for fun.

An inuksuk is a stone structure that can communicate knowledge essential for survival to an Arctic traveler. Inuksuit are found throughout the Arctic areas of Alaska, Arctic Canada, and Greenland.
Students started by drawing a landscape- I encouraged them to include a foreground, middle and background. They created a freehand border and included a small space at the bottom where they would later write their name in Inuktitut. The book offers a useful 'alphabet' of sort st the back of the book so the kids could write their own name. Once drawn, they outlined these in either black coloured pencil or Sharpie. They they painted them using watercolours: I gave them the choice of using the Prang watercolours in a pan, liquid ones or watercolour pencils. Some students also sprinkled salt onto the wet paintings to add some textural effects. 

Grade 4 - 6 results

Monday, June 12, 2017

Ombre Watercolour Maple Leaves

This was the final project in a watercolour unit I teach my Junior High students.
Their first project used liquid watercolours, then they used the watercolours in a pan and they ended with watercolour pencils.

The inspiration for this project was the logo for Canada's 150th anniversary of Confederation.
It was created by Ariana Cuvin from Toronto, Ontario. The logo is composed of a series of diamonds, or “celebratory gems”, arranged in the shape of the iconic maple leaf. The four diamonds at the base represent the four original provinces that formed Confederation in 1867: Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick and Nova Scotia. Additional diamonds extend out from the base to create nine more points—in total representing the 13 provinces and territories. (Source)

For our project, I used a classpack of Crayola watercolour pencils.
They work really well.

Students first drew a maple leaf. Then, using a ruler, they 'fractured' it into many different sections.
I demonstrated how to create an ombre effect using the pencils.
The hardest part, by far, was drawing the maple leaf! haha!

Grade 7 - 9 results:

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