Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, March 23, 2017

Salvador's Clock, Bill Haley's Clock, and the Fifth Grade Clocks!

 Fifth Grade looked at Salvador Dali and his Surrealism.  We have posted on Salvador Dali in the past.  Click HERE for previous posts.
Have a look at the Surreal clock by Dali.
I had seen these cool clocks made of clay on Pinterest.  I always wanted to give it a try, so I did.
My fifth grade class is quite talented.  I knew that they would be up for the challenge.  I took pictures along the way to help art teachers have a detailed description of the project.  I hope this is helpful!
I decided that we would paint the clocks.  Why?  Well, I did one myself.  I did it a very sensible size.  Then, I cut an oval for the students' clocks and I did not compare the ovals.  Well the oval was huge and the kids' clocks came out very LARGE.  I had to bring in 5 extra tables to hold the clocks.  This is just another stellar moment in the life of Karen Ray, art teacher.  Oh Boy!
Have a look-
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock Rock
What song goes with this post?  Well, there were hints all along the post.  See the word "Rock" around the clocks? 😉😉😉😉😉😉
Here's Bill Haley & his Comets!
1965

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Renee's (You Are The BBQ Sauce)


When you have a best teacher friend that follows your blog and gets inspired to do some of the ideas in her own classroom....ahhhh that is quite a good feeling! This was one of those post that my friend, Renee, chose to use as a tool in her classroom too. I think her kiddos did a great job. They thought Kristina Kuzmic's video was on point! Crazy how something so simple can be that powerful.
My daughter had Renee as a 3rd grade teacher. She was just awesome. She had her pulse on many items in her classroom. The kids flourished in that environment. You see Renee is that teacher that is still teaching my daughter. They had a special connection and as we were applying to college and getting all of that jazz lined up...who was there to proof our college essay? Yes, Renee! (and, Jeff too)
2 weeks ago I wrote a post on this topic. I contacted Kristina via Facebook. She shared our post on her Facebook page. Do you know how many of you have visited that particular blog post? Guess... Well, as I am typing we are at 13,200! Yes, in a 2 week span. Can you believe that? Here is the link below:
http://2soulsisters.blogspot.com/2017/03/you-are-bbq-sauce.html 
I think with that much traffic coming our way on this blog that it must mean that their is a need to discuss topics like bullying, mean girls and character education. What do you think? Well, Renee does a great job on integrating art into all of her lessons. It is such a smooth transition that the kids don't have any idea they are learning. They think they are having fun. Now, if you can pull that off in the classroom in this day in time you have a true calling for teaching.
Have you ever watched Kristina Kuzmic's videos on YouTube? If not, check them out. They will make you giggle. she has the true gift of gab and I love to see it.

Have you ever watched this video? Oh my....love that these boys stood up for what was right!

This one I just had to share...It will make you laugh. As a 26 year veteran teacher, I laughed really hard at this video. Sarcasm at it's best! If you want to watch the original "You Are The BBQ Sauce" video see my post link above.

Thanks, Renee for sharing your kids art with me. I am sure the Kuzmic family would be impressed to  know just how many families lives they are touching and making a difference with just that catch phrase of "You Are The BBQ Sauce!" - Enjoy, 1969

Tuesday, March 21, 2017

What's Up, Watercolor Grids?

Watercolor grids are awesome, but very hard for my 6th grade class.  I ran across this activity from A Faithful Attempt Click HERE to see post.  The post was super with great directions!  Thank you, A Faithful Attempt for an awesome project!
Okay, so here was my main problem.  I gave the kids a choice of what to draw.  I explained to the students that they needed to pick a fairly simple design.  I showed them my example.  I highly discouraged several very complicated drawings.  I had explained the many problems with a complicated drawing.  Some refused to take the easier route on this project.  They were heck, bent, and determined to make it work.  As you may surmise, most of the kids that chose the more complicated and detailed designs had more trouble completing the task.  I tell you, sometimes you just got to let them figure stuff out.  

The four below have good art sense.  They know their limitations and they are planners.  Wow, look how their art smarts worked in their favor.  LOVE!
Directions:
Day 1-Make a 1 inch by 1 inch grid on your sheet of paper; Measure the lines with a ruler in one direction.  Then measure out the lines with the ruler in the other direction.  You should have a nice straight grid.

Day 2-Draw a design on top- I encourage fairly simple shapes (or a shape) that filled the paper nicely.


Day 3 and Day 4-Do you want to use warm colors for the background or cool colors for the background?
Or
Do you want to use warm colors for the drawing or cool colors for the drawing?
*Hints:  Make sure you add lots of water when using watercolors.
Move around on the paper.  Do not work on squares side-by-side as you run the risk of colors bleeding into each other and making brown (yuck)

I heard this band, Kaleo, singing "Way Down We Go" while the kids were doing this project.  I kinda feel like the song sums up the feeling of some kids feelings while trying to push through and finish the project.  As I have said before, the devil is in the details.  Hey, watch out for the details!
1965

Monday, March 20, 2017

How To Draw 3D Valentine Hearts

These were super fun to create with my classes and they were able to eat their subjects. Ha! You gotta love that added bonus. Cassie Stephens did a fabulous job on her video that she shared on YouTube. We watched it and then got to work on our own 3D hearts.

We used 12 x 18 white drawing paper, water color, baby oil, Qtips & oil pastels. Watch the video. It is great and will help to explain the details to your kiddos.
I got tickled at some of the words that the kids chose to write on their hearts.
Some didn't want to write words and that was OK too!
Sax Liquid Watercolor in the bottles gave a rich feeling to the backgrounds.
Baby Oil was really cool in blending the oil pastels.
This lesson was a huge success for all involved.











Thanks for dropping by...And a huge thank you to Cassie for posting such a great video!
Cassie, if you are reading this...we are trying to get our act together and make a Soul Sister Road trip to Art Scouts this summer! to be continued.... 1969