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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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Wednesday, June 7, 2017

Canada 150 Whole School Maple Leaf & Tree Display


2017 is a big year for Canada as a country: this year marks 150 years since Confederation.
Cities across Canada will be having extra special events on Canada Day which takes place every year on July 1st.

I helped make this commemorative tree in the entryway of our school. All students from K-12 were involved in creating the leaves. I modified the logo to allow for more space for students to write and photocopied one for each student and staff. They were asked to decorate each leaf and to write on it something to the effect of: 
- why they are proud to be Canadian 
or
- what it means to be Canadian

The Kindergarten students (well, their teachers, haha) wrote down interesting Canadian facts. Did you know we consume the most mac & cheese in the world! 
I am definitely a contributor to that! 





The logo was designed by Ariana Cuvin, a 19-year old digital arts student from Toronto- she won a nation-wide competition. 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.

As you can see below, I started off with a very sad looking bare branched tree. I glued two sheets of brown bulletin board paper together and drew a tree on it. After cutting it out (what a pain), I painted it using tempera. I (and when I say 'I', I mean my students, haha) then stuck it to the glass wall we have in our school entryway using loops of scotch tape on the back. As the finished maple leaves started trickling in, my students and I taped them to the tree.


Have a read at what some of our students wrote on their leaves below:











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