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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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Sunday, August 20, 2017

Paper Loop Flowers


An easy and fun summer craft that would make a lovely Mother's Day craft. I did this with my Grade 4's during the last week of school- it was simple enough to prep for a teacher tired at the end of the year yet fun enough for my kids to keep them busy and entertained for two classes! Win!

They started off by painting heavy sheets of white paper (cardstock works great) 
with liquid watercolours. Let these dry.


The next class, students used a ruler to measure 2cm strips on the back of their paper. 
Some wanted to make them thinner.


Then they traced a circle (use a lid) onto construction paper and decorated then. They glued their paper strips into loops and glued those onto the back of the circle.
I found bubble tea straws at the Dollaw Store- they worked much better for the 'stem' than regular straws- much sturdier. I used a glue gun to attach the kids flowers to the straws.


Some Grade 4 flowers:













Friday, August 4, 2017

Hamsa Hands


The Hamsa is a palm-shaped amulet popular throughout the Middle East and North Africa and commonly used in jewelry and wall hangings. Depicting the open right hand, an image recognized and used as a sign of protection in many times throughout history, the hamsa is believed by some, predominantly Jews and Muslims, to provide defense against the evil eye.
I teach this lesson to my junior high students as part of my unit on "The Art of Islam". I show them actual hamsa hands that I own (jewellery, a clay wall hanging and a hammered brass mirror. I also ask students to bring in any examples they have. Students then do some research on their laptops, looking up different types of hamsas. Then they draw out a template from photocopy paper and use this as a pattern to trace onto a piece of cardboard. I've then tackled this two ways: students papier mache over the cardboard in order to cover the raw edges of the cardboard. This technique takes much longer as more drying time is involved. Another class I simply had them prime their hamsas white one class, then the next class they designed their hamsa. They use their paper template to draw their ideas onto. They need to include some type of eye. I provide glass blobs and plastic gems to use for decoration and for the eye. Then they can use paint or markers to create their designs.
Some Grade 7,8,9 results:







Friday, July 28, 2017

Funky Flamingos


This is one of my all-time favourite projects to do with my Grade 4's. The results are always colourful and fun and the flamingos are so charming to look at.
We start the project by doing the background seascape first. On heavy white paper, they use either tempera cakes or watercolours to paint a simple three level seascape: sand, ocean and sky. 
This takes one class.
Next class, I start off my showing a Youtube video about fun flamingo facts. 
Then, using photo reference material. students each do one practice drawing of a flamingo. 
Then, on heavy white paper, they draw their good copy, outline in Sharpie and paint it using tempera. I give them red and white to mix their own shade of pink as flamingos 
come in varying colours of pink/coral.


Once dry, some students need to touch up their flamingos with Sharpie again. They choose a pink tail feather and have the option of using a sticker googly eye. I have virtually given up on using regular googly eyes as I have never found a glue to keep them on!! Any tips from art teachers out there? 
Finally, they cut out their flamingo, glue stick it to their background paper and bring it to me so I can hot glue on their tail feather. 




Some Grade 4 results:






















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:


























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