Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Monday, June 26, 2017

Rene Magritte and Flying Horses

Rene Magritte was an interesting artist for middle school students to study.  Magritte was a Belgian Surrealist artist and became well know for a number of witty and thought-provoking images.  We have posted on Rene Magritte previously, for posts, click Here.  

To introduce the kids to Magritte, I shared a brief history using this video.

I told the kids that I wanted them to create a painting in the Rene Magritte style.
First, we painted the background clouds with acrylic.
Then, the kids came up with ideas for their Magritte project.
I printed off tons and tons of pictures for this project.
We had to consider lots with placement and photos.

I was very pleased with some projects, but others were a little too sporty.  Art teachers, you know what I am talking about?
Maggie used a picture of her jumping on her horse🐎.  Notice how she turned her horse🐎 into a unicorn.😁😁😁
Seriously, this child is addicted to her cell phone.  
Guess what?  Sports...
Like sports?
And Sports...
Maybe we should do another SPORT?
Cheerleading is a fun sport.  This is Corey McCants.  He is being thrown by the cheerleaders.  Corey is a pretty cool guy.  Corey McCants Info, click here.  Corey was on Catering Wars.  He has mega-talent!
I like baseball.
Basketball and Football.
Basketball and Tennis.
In honor of Maggie's horse, I think "Flying Horses" by Dispatch is a perfect way to end this post.

Friday, June 23, 2017

Iris Scott...Have you ever heard of her?

Have you ever heard of Iris? If not check her out. I let my middle schoolers watch a video on her via Youtube. It is a lot harder than it looks. Give it a try these are a few from Q4 on my spring wheel session.

Though most of us have some experience with finger painting, it is usually a hobby left back in pre-school along with nap time, but Iris Scott has resurrected it in a beautiful way. After deciding to dramatically decrease her cost of living so that she could find time to paint every day, she moved to Taiwan and did exactly as she planned. But one day all of her brushes were dirty and she needed some yellow flowers, so rather than go outside in the excruciating heat, she used her fingertips and reached that a-ha moment that this is what she would do for the rest of her life. Wearing disposable gloves, Scott uses her fingers with oil paints on canvas to create vibrant, textured paintings with movement and depth. Her Thailand Collection was just on display at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Washington. We hope that you will enjoy our interview with Iris Scott after the jump, then see more of her work on and Facebook.

VN: Do you find finger painting easier than using brushes?
IS: Definitely. I’ve been doing this for three years and it just keeps getting easier. The benefits of finger painting is that I don’t have to clean all that surface area created by hundreds of bristles in a paint brush….instead I just wipe my fingertips clean with a paper towel. I can switch between colors faster without the pain of traditional brush cleaning, plus I can paint with more than one point of contact. So the process is really just far faster than traditional brush painting…..I don’t understand why it’s not far more common?

VN: Tell us about your upcoming show (where, when, what to expect).
IS: My upcoming solo show opens on March 18 at Cole Gallery in Edmonds, Wa. Edmonds is a lovely little seaside town just North of Seattle. We will reveal the Thailand collection as well as a few new Seattle pieces on opening night and the show will run one month long.

VN: What advice would you give to an artist at heart who can’t seem to find the time with work and other obligations?
IS: My advice to an artist that just can’t find time to work is to MOVE. Yep change your location and cost of living. Cost of living is the biggest obstacle to overcome. Move to a part of the world that you can afford to live a whole year and just paint. Chances are you’ll make great leaps in your artistic abilities if you dedicate that much full time to the skill.

VN: What brought you to Thailand?
IS: The promise of colorful scenery and interesting painting ideas. I went to Thailand to go shoot ideas and bring them home like one might do on a Safari.

VN: Do you still teach?
IS: I left teaching 3 years ago once the sale of my paintings could support me.

VN: Where are you living now?
IS: I’m from a small town just outside of Seattle.

VN: When did you get into art, making a living out of it?
IS: I really truly dove into full time painting while living in Taiwan 3 years ago. The cost of living was so low that I could afford to just take a year off and paint around the clock. Once I started painting more than 40 hours a week I was able to improve drastically and began considering the feasibility of turning painting into my profession.

VN: What is it that you like most about oils?
IS: That they dry very very slowly.

VN: Is there anything else you would like our readers to know about you?
IS: I will leaving the US again to go on another “Ideas Safari” on March 20, this time to Nicaragua. A little bird named Ooi told me I would find lots of painting concepts and colors in that part of Central America. Armed with a digital camera and an experienced travel companion I will return by May. Hope to have the Nicragua collection complete by August 2013.
On behalf of Visual News, we would like to wish Iris Scott safe travels to Nicaragua and look forward to seeing the highlights from her trip after she completes her newest collection.

Thursday, June 22, 2017

25 Cupcakes and The Collaborative Cupcake Made by 2 BFFs

Kids love ❤ cupcakes!  The love eating them, but they also love ❤ drawing and painting cupcakes!  I told the kids to be a baker and make a cupcake!
The kids designed a cupcake with a pencil.
The kids used a sharpie to go over the pencil.
The kids painted with watercolor.
Look closely at the cupcake at at the painting below.  Do you see only 1/2 a cupcake?
1/2 cupcake in the next painting?  

Well, these girls decided that they would do a collaborative cupcake project. 
Check it out!
 The BFF Collaborative Cupcake is my favorite!
Queen throwback for ya!  
"You're My Best Friend." 👱👱

Wednesday, June 21, 2017

Graduation Celebrations and ART?

Graduation Celebrations and ART? I don't know how you could have a graduation without art involved. Art is everywhere! From original handmade art pieces to decorations and invitations! Thanks, Callie! This art pieces is perfect for Mary Frances' dorm room!

Bobo got in on the action with throwing pottery for several friends.
Needed some table decorations for a graduation per-gathering for family.
Used some vases found at Dollar Tree with some black rocks to weight them down along with photos and photo booth props.
Snagged some photos off of social media.

Maclay used social media to share all about their graduates.
A little Selfie Action with one of Maffie's favorite high school teachers.
Architecture for those so looked for photos.
Balloons to help celebrate the day!
Cameras of course...but this one had a cool strap from dear hubby (Mr. Left Brain)
Culinary Arts for appetizers.
Look at MaC getting all snazzy with her dishes!
Lots of Bobo hand thrown bowls on the table!

MaC and her tiled tray loaded with food from Black Fig.
Love the size of this bowl.
Post graduation party...back to the culinary arts!
College shirts that show different logos...yet another art form.
Cords and tassel colors that represent specific things.
Family photos to document the day.
Sisters...and Best Friends.

A little music cool painted guitar!
Real music from cousin Rob!
Family photos.
More balloons and a cool Auburn tie!
Hand made ceramic fish dish!
Much love for this photo.
All the Daniels
Our parents...Bobo and GA
More decorations...thanks Mrs. Danford for the flag.
Cool creative gift ideas...thanks Vanessa Zein-Eldin
Maclay School posted one of these for each senior of 2017.
I don't selfie but this was her last day of school.
This was our goody to the Middle school and Upper school teachers one morning to just say, "Thanks!"

The designing of the invitations, thanks Gina for the photo from Blue Canopy Photography and to Vista Print for the design idea.
How we celebrated this class...Katie Cakes with banners made from The Polka Dot Press, thanks Michele Bass for getting all of that organized.
Bitter sweet moment as we move on to the next chapter. The napkins...another form of art and design.
Friends and photo opportunities.
Sweet friends for all of high school. Lots of memories that were yet again celebrated through art.
Homecomings, Sadie Hawkins, Prom and many other events that also cannot be pulled off without art.

More photo booth decorations.
Party City Decorations....with an artsy flair.

Thanks, Nicole Myhre for the ad in the Maclay Yearbook.
Back of the invitations...
Getting excited about Rhodes with a little rock designing.
Google Tallahassee Rocks for more details.
The long awaited senior walk through with their college logos.
Photos from first grade - 12 grade.
Wow, what a ride this has been....the below song was their walk out song.

I do love Corey Smith's songs...this one sums up that whole day of graduation.