Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, January 16, 2020

PK Snowflake Plates with Mrs. Preston

So, we get all kinds of crazy in the art room with the kiln in December. I wanted to take a moment and share this cool idea from PK Preston here on Maclay's campus. She ordered plates from Bisque Imports Each child in her class helped paint the white onto the slow-flake pattern. Cool, right? I love just how simple it is against the blue background. I know if I were a parent or room mom and I had received one, I would be uber exited about it. Thanks PK Preston for allowing us to share and we can't wait to see what you come up with next year!

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Seeds of Happiness Dude Post

How cute are these little lights?  My friend gave me these for Christmas and I just love them!  I love the story behind this cool gift even more!  These were made by the Seeds of Happiness dude.  Ever hear of the Seeds of Happiness dude?  Well have a read:
Seeds of Happiness started out as leftover lumps of clay I made into little smiles to give to friends who were going through hard times and needed a little smile.That was in 2006, since then I have given out thousands of smiles to folks, a handful at a time. In turn, they share them and the story with their friends in need of a smile.Then, those people share with more friends and keep the story going. The Seeds are all over the planet by now. I receive a lot of e-mails with photos and stories showing how these little Seeds made a difference to someone. From Africa to the land down under, the Seeds have been planted and smiles have been resurrected for people who need them. Seems a lot of people need smiles these days. Share a Smile – help me spread Seeds of Happiness. 
Mark Borella“The Seeds of Happiness Guy”

 Have a L👀k!

I think if we all thought like Mark, the world would be a happier place.  Find a way to pass on something and make a difference in one person at a time.  Maybe your kindness will come back to you in whatever you need at the time.  Remember, what you want is not always what you need.  Mick told you that back in 1969.

This about sums it all up.

Tuesday, January 14, 2020

Introduction to Basquiat

 Who is Basquiat? Chceck out this link for more details:
Jean-Michel Basquiat was a Neo-Expressionist painter in the 1980s. He is best known for his primitive style and his collaboration with pop artist Andy Warhol.

Who Was Jean-Michel Basquiat?

Jean-Michel Basquiat was born on December 22, 1960, in Brooklyn, New York. He first attracted attention for his graffiti under the name "SAMO" in New York City. He sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets before his painting career took off. He collaborated with Andy Warhol in the mid-1980s, which resulted in a show of their work. Basquiat died on August 12, 1988, in New York City.


Basquiat died of a drug overdose on August 12, 1988, in New York City. He was 27 years old. 

How Much Is a Basquiat Painting Worth?

During his lifetime, an art loving public that had no problem paying as much as $50,000 for a Basquiat original. However, in 2017 a Japanese billionaire broke a record when he bought Basquiat's “Untitled,” a 1982 painting of a skull, for $110.5 million at a Sotheby’s auction. 

Early Years

Artist Jean-Michel Basquiat was born in Brooklyn, New York, on December 22, 1960. With a Haitian-American father and a Puerto Rican mother, Basquiat's diverse cultural heritage was one of his many sources of inspiration.
A self-taught artist, Basquiat began drawing at an early age on sheets of paper his father, an accountant, brought home from the office. As he delved deeper into his creative side, his mother strongly encouraged him to pursue his artistic talents.
Basquiat first attracted attention for his graffiti in New York City in the late 1970s, under the name "SAMO." Working with a close friend, he tagged subway trains and Manhattan buildings with cryptic aphorisms.
In 1977 Basquiat quit high school a year before he was slated to graduate. To make ends meet, he sold sweatshirts and postcards featuring his artwork on the streets of his native New York.
 Want to learn more about Basquiat? Check out the resources below:
 Other Art Blog Post on Basquiat Lessons:

The link below is where I found the guided art lesson on Basquiat. It was well received by the students. The results were fun and engaging.

An untitled painting sold for $110.5 million at auction Thursday marking the first painting by an American to sell at auction for more than $100 million. The piece from 1982 is the work of a then 21-year-old Jean-Michel Basquiat whose paintings just two years earlier had been selling for less than $100. Tony Dokoupil reports.

Winner of the Randolph Caldecott Medal and the Coretta Scott King Illustrator Award

Jean-Michel Basquiat and his unique, collage-style paintings rocketed to fame in the 1980s as a cultural phenomenon unlike anything the art world had ever seen. But before that, he was a little boy who saw art everywhere: in poetry books and museums, in games and in the words that we speak, and in the pulsing energy of New York City. Now, award-winning illustrator Javaka Steptoe's vivid text and bold artwork echoing Basquiat's own introduce young readers to the powerful message that art doesn't always have to be neat or clean--and definitely not inside the lines--to be beautiful.

Monday, January 13, 2020

Westfield Trash Cans ARE POPPING WITH COLOR!

Ever painted 17 trash cans?  I did last spring.  How did this start?

I had been watching a class play on the playground and pondered how ugly the the trash cans were.  We tour families interested in attending our school around the campus.  The guests see these big, yellow, and dirty trash cans lurking everywhere.  I decided to paint one of these trash cans.  Then, another, and another, and another.  I was a trash can painting machine.  After 17, I stopped.  

The Process?

I cleaned the trash cans off with a little soap and water.  This was not fun.
Then, I put a base coat of flat white house paint on the trash can or Dick Blick Acrylic.  It was really whatever I grabbed and used.  Either was fine.  This was not fun.
Then, I put the art on the trash can with Dick Blick Acrylic paint.  This was pretty fun.  
Once I got the art on the trash can, I put a couple of coats of Modge Podge on the trash cans.  This was not fun.  

I guess you may think that it sounds like K Ray didn't have much fun doing this.  So you may think, well why did she do it?

Let me tell you.  The pops of color over campus have been fun!  The looks on the kids' faces when they saw the trash cans was fun.  When high school students came up to me and said the trash cans were cool!  Well, that was fun!  Guests on our campus have loved the painted trash cans.  That was fun, too!

My point is that sometimes you have to put in the work to have some fun.  Well, lots of times, you have to put in the work to have fun.  If YOU didn't put in the work to have fun, I can assure you that SOMEONE did.



The Pigeon by Mo Willems


Andy Arhol

Scooby Doo Van

Ken Pease

Jackson Pollock


Thierry Noir

Happy Birthday to YOU!

Fruity for the Lunchroom

Pop Art

Jasper Johns


Flower Garden


Tie Dye


Ernest Lee

My thoughts...

Find something to put some paint on to make it look better and make folks notice the difference ART makes in their lives.

Here's a cheesy end to a trashy post!


Thursday, January 9, 2020

Veterans Day Art (Flags)

Our school celebrates Veterans Day and the Visual Arts Department participates in this event. These were created by Upper School Art. Do you know the history of Veterans Day? Check out this link:

A Brief History of Veterans Day

Veterans Day, formerly known as Armistice Day, was originally set as a U.S. legal holiday to honor the end of World War I, which officially took place on November 11, 1918. In legislation that was passed in 1938, November 11 was "dedicated to the cause of world peace and to be hereafter celebrated and known as 'Armistice Day.'" As such, this new legal holiday honored World War I veterans.
In 1954, after having been through both World War II and the Korean War, the 83rd U.S. Congress -- at the urging of the veterans service organizations -- amended the Act of 1938 by striking out the word "Armistice" and inserting the word "Veterans." With the approval of this legislation on June 1, 1954, Nov. 11 became a day to honor American veterans of all wars.
In 1968, the Uniforms Holiday Bill ensured three-day weekends for federal employees by celebrating four national holidays on Mondays: Washington's Birthday, Memorial Day, Veterans Day, and Columbus Day. Under this bill, Veterans Day was moved to the fourth Monday of October. Many states did not agree with this decision and continued to celebrate the holiday on its original date. The first Veterans Day under the new law was observed with much confusion on Oct. 25, 1971.
Finally on September 20, 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed a law which returned the annual observance of Veterans Day to its original date of Nov. 11, beginning in 1978. Since then, the Veterans Day holiday has been observed on Nov. 11.
Other resources for ideas for this type of event: