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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, February 21, 2018

Weaving: Ojo de Dios or God's Eye Craft


According to Wikipedia, Ojo de Dios or God’s Eye is:

“a spiritual and votive object made by weaving a design out of yarn upon a wooden cross. Often several colors are used. They are commonly found in Mexican and Mexican American communities, among both Indigenous and Catholic peoples.”

The symbol means the power to see and understand things. I used to make these as a kid and, like many crafts, they have come back into fashion! There are tons of talented Etsy artists making very complex and large Ojo de Dios's online. 

I showed my Grade 4 - 6 students various Ojo de Dios tutorials on Youtube- this was the most efficient way to show them a few different weaving techniques they could use. We used thin wooden dowels I bought at the Dollar store. Students also embellished the ends with pony beads and/or tassels. The kids enjoyed making this- more advanced students were able to watch more tutorials and challenge themselves with more complex designs which was great. A really adaptable lesson where all kids find success :)



























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!























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