Sunday, January 31, 2010
I loved her goals / aspirations for 2010...(they so remind me of me and my sis #1965)...plans to grow, to share knowledge, to be better at living, to take better care of myself, to be more connected, to stay simple, to stay grounded, to explore, to be brave, to let go and hold on! Wow, can anyone reading this relate to that? I did and that my dear is why I signed up for her class online! My favorite one was....to stay grounded! LOVE that line -
Hope you all had a great weekend! Here is to a fabulous week ahead of us all! x0x0x #1969
Friday, January 29, 2010
Ok, this was a painting that my sis #1965 did for me in 2001 for my birthday. I LOVE LOVE LOVE it! I have it hanging in my art studio. Since we both live in different places it is comforting to be able to have a piece of her around me as I create in my studio. When we were younger....we got to see Elvis in concert 2x. Yep, 2x! Our family likes music and art. We all love a good concert! Our mom can play the piano like Beethoven...and our dad...he loves to dance like George Jefferson or Elvis Presley
I am very blessed to have her on this create journey with me! Who knows where it will take us. All I know is that so far - it is making us think about art and want to take time to use our God given talents to create it.
Along with some of our goals for 2010...we have adopted K.I.S.S. That stands for KEEP IT SIMPLE SILLY! We are going to focus on the things in life that are important. (God, Family, Friends...and of course~ ART!)
I can't wait to show you all the jean jacket that #1965 painted for another birthday! So very cool! See ya just never know what you might find when you visit out blog....we have a little of this and a little of that.
I want to leave you with the quote that I found on Sisters on this Happy Friday - Baby Sis #1969 "Having a sister is like having a best friend that you can't get rid of. You know whatever you do they will still be there!" Amy Li
Thursday, January 28, 2010
Hey, There! Ok, it is Kim #1969- bloggin' for a bit! Yes, my grandma "Ma Wini" sure did have a good Cornbread recipe! I kid you not. It was sooooo good to eat and even better to smell it hot in the oven as we were kids. Sis #1965 and I so luv us some cornbread! I am no Martha Stewart...but I can tell ya how to make cornbread...Butler, GA southern style.
I looked around and saw all of this funky folk art on the walls and I could not wait to learn more about him and figure out a good way to teach it to my students. I researched him online at different places. One place was Matila's Cottage . If you click the link and check it out, then you will see Cornbread's work and a little biography about him. You see art is everywhere! I found a teachable moment on a whim one night out with family and friends.
Wednesday, January 27, 2010
So, this week in art class....we have had a little CLAY THERAPY! Our hands are messy and our imaginations are soaring! I taught the students about African American Clay Face Jugs. Did you know that a Lanier Meaders' face jug can be worth up to $30,000 or more! Yep, that is allot of MOOLA $$$$. Mr. Meaders has his work in the Smithsonian. The South Carolina face jug artists are predominantly around Edgefield, S.C. If anyone has any pottery with Dave on it, it can be worth $140,000. He was a slave and his mark is on his work. This my friends is pretty amazing!
Though there are many gaps in historical data regarding the making, use and meaning of the face vessel pottery, there is no doubt that the vessels were original, functional artistic expressions of the African slave culture of the time. This all adds to the mystery of possible deeper meaning of the Face Vessels in the slave culture. Few of the skilled potters who made Face Vessels have been identified by name and their inspiration for making face vessels is really unknown. Researchers speculate that the vessels may have had religious or burial significance, or that they reflect the complex responses of people attempting to live and maintain their personal identities under cruel and often difficult conditions. Face Vessels have been found along the routes of the Underground Railroad and on grave sites, both indicating how highly they were valued and how closely connected they were with the enslaved African American’s own culture. I must admit one of my favorite stories about these vessels is that if the face was CREEPY and scary that usually meant that the adult had hidden moonshine in it! Yep, the thought was if the kids were scared of the jug / pot then they wouldn't want to play with it!
We are in week one of the lesson....check back soon and we will have them fired and glazed! Woop Woop...can't wait to see how they all turn out!
This quote below pretty much sums up my day...."Creativity is allowing yourself to make mistakes. Art is knowing which ones to keep." - Scott Adams
Tuesday, January 26, 2010
Monday, January 25, 2010
by karen #1965 3rd grade teacher so 1969 sent me a text.i posted, your turn.i mean really???what is this???tag, ur it?i have a life that is too busy to post everyday...but, who could resist a little sisterly competition???....i did this activity with third graders.decided i better put some kid's art on here...that baby sis is one bossy southern gal, i tell you.so, i read the book the rainbow fish by marcus pfister & we did this art activity.of course, i drew the fish.i ran it off on construction paper.the kids painted it to their liking.and i told them to put a piece of aluminum foil on it.(Al is aluminum on the periodic table...do you know what Fe stands for?i will tell u at the bottom of the post)...so anyway.read the book and you will understand why we used aluminum foil.it was funny, these things hung up for a couple of months, and finally the boy that did the one with the big chunk of foil say, mrs. 1965, why is my foil shaped like a square and everyone else cut to fit the scale shape?i said, well, i don't know dude.but....i thought....i love you to pieces, dude, but you are the product of 2 doctor's and the creativity gene just didn't sprout.........................but you folks know what???i bet the 2 doctors can tell you that iron is what Fe stands for....shake it like a polaroid picture (outkast, 2003) and happy january 25, 2010!
These are the fused glasses pieces that I was playing around with last week. I thought I would post them and let you all get a sneaky peaky at them. I, by no means have mastered this trade, but I sure am having loads of fun trying!
Happy 1-25-10! Baby Sis #1969