Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Claes Oldenburg Pumpkin Sculptures with Cathy Hicks (Grateful Gathering Center Pieces)

Claes Oldenburg is an American sculptor, best known for his public art installations typically featuring large replicas of everyday objects. Another theme in his work is soft sculpture versions of everyday objects. I think Cathy did a great job of teaching this unit and introducing Oldenburg to our Maclay Lower School Art Students. These were created for the school's Grateful Gathering to be used as center pieces!

We have blogged about Pumpkins before:
Here are some resources in our blog on Claes Oldenburg:
Resources on Oldenburg:

A little Smashing Pumpkins for ya...get it? Happy Thanksgiving! 1969

Wednesday, November 22, 2017

Tutti Frutti!

This project was done by my friend, Laura Harrison.  Laura is the high school art 🎨 teacher.  We sure do have fun teaching art together.  😊
Laura's Visual Art Comp Class did the Complementary Color Studies in Oil Pastels.  I thought the results were pretty amazing and needed to be shared with the world.


Here's a video that starts off with one song and ends up with "Tutti Frutti"!


Monday, November 20, 2017

Fly Like an Eagle

In early November, the 4th graders participate in the "Why America is Free" program.  Kids learn lots about history.  Also, they have one full day of "pretend" to be a colonial kid.  The kids actually dress up like kids in the colonial times.  Cool stuff!

The kids drew eagles with a pencil,
They outlined and colored with oil pastel.
They made a background of their choice.

Here's "Fly Like an Eagle" by Steve Miller Band.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Mad Scientists Portraits (Arts Integration)

 As we had been working on portraits and chalk techniques I ran across this lesson and decided to give it a whirl! What do you know about STEAM? It is a buzz word for sure, but i think there is a reason for this! STEAM is an educational movement that engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems, and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. STEAM is more than the individual subjects. It is the intentional integration of core content with art inspiring all students to think deeply, develop creative solutions, and aspire to a greater future.
Why should we combine Science and Art?
Blogs and resources that have lessons on Art and Science (STEAM):

Great lesson with lots of opportunities! The Teachers Pay Teachers packet was a huge hit with tons of details. I actually left this lesson as a sub and I finished them up once I returned to campus! ALL students were so very successful. Thanks, Claudia for the resources! Loved them...
Thought this would be a flashback song to tie into the lesson =)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hot Turkeys OUT IN THE COLD!

My second graders made these cute turkeys.  During the lesson, we reviewed warm and cool colors.  Great little art activity before Thanksgiving!


The kids drew the turkey.
The kids used a ruler and placed lines on the paper in the background.
The kids used sharpie to go over the drawing.
The kids painted the background with cool colors.
The kids painted the turkey with brown.
The kids painted the turkey feathers with warm colors.


Throwing it back to The Rolling Stones with "She's So Cold"!