Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Saturday, December 24, 2011

The Night Before Christmas by Clement C. Moore...and Howard Finster

by karen #1965 third grade how about this?...howard finster (famous georgia fok artist) did this book....The Night Before Christmas...WHICH TODAY IS!

here is the info on it..............

Turner Publishing commissioned Howard to paint illustrations for the "Night Before Christmas" in 1996.  This assignment brought Finster back in touch with his childhood. The illustrations are visions of a previous time filled with wonder from an eccentric world renown folk artist. He dedicated the illustrations to all the children of the world including the "Big Ones" and his dreams of restoring his Paradise Gardens in Summerville, Georgia.

got 14 minutes and 39 seconds.?.if so, watch this I LOVE LUCY  blast from the past Christmas show...Lord have mercy, lucy was a hoot!

here is the synopsis...

It's Christmas time with the Ricardos, the Mertzes, and Little Ricky. Little Ricky wants to see Santa. Lucy dresses as him to surprise the little boy...
please don't forget to pause our playlist...

if ur kids wanna track santa, go to this link

happy saturday, Christmas Eve, december 24, 2011!

Friday, December 23, 2011

recycling, envelopes, glitter and Baby Jesus

by karen #1965 third grade can recycling, envelopes, glitter, and Baby Jesus come together? this...

how about a little "Silent Night/Away in a Manger" by Relient K...please pause the playlist...

ever heard of relient K? is some interesting info...

Since 1998, Relient K has been a staple in the Christian music industry. Through many member changes, three gold albums, two Christmas records, a Grammy nomination, two Dove awards, and performances on Jay Leno, Conan O’Brien, Jimmy Kimmel, and numerous television shows, this group has exploded in popularity over the last ten years. Throughout their history, Relient K has been known for their pop/punk sound fused with humor, witty lyrics, and Jesus Christ.

Relient K first formed in 1997 in Canton, Ohio with Matt Thiessen, Matt Hoopes, and Brian Pittman. Drummer Stephen Cushman later joined the group. The band is named after Matt Hoopes’ old car, which was a Plymouth Reliant K.

check out the car...

happy friday, december 23, 2011!

Thursday, December 22, 2011

cute reindeer gift bag...and grandparent names???

by karen #1965 third grade teacher...need a gift bag idea for that special someone?...get the kiddies to make this...grandparents wud love it...just an u shop...for the last minutes...

so what do ur kids call the grandparents?  baba, gigi, bamps, bamma, be-bop, pop, bobo, ga, bema, bepa, big mama, pa paw, bop, boompa, dada, cookie, nana, dandy, deedee, fufu, gaga, g-ma, daddy-g, giggy, goggie, gogo, mawmaw, pawpaw, gran-gran, grandy, granola (lol!), honey, jojo, lala, buddy, memere, pepere, me-mom, mimi, pops, momo, popo, noni, gampy, pitty-pat, boom-pa, sweetie, tata, tutu, vovo, vava, zsa zsa, or boo-boo?....i guess james called his "papa"..............................

ending with some james brown..."papa's got a brand new bag"...classic, folks...please don't forget to pause the playlist...

happy thursday, december 22, 2011!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Fish Ceramic Bowl - School Auction

Need an idea for a class project for a school auction?
Fish are always a good idea =)
Basic bisqued bowl, Stroke and Coat glazes...and you are all set!
Happy Day

Tuesday, December 20, 2011

if u look like this...u prolly do art like this...

by karen #1965 third grade teacher...
if you look like this when u teach...

you prolly do art like this with the kids...or u may not do art at all...

but if you look like this when u teach...

u prolly do art something like this with the kids....

this song says it all..."Whatcha See is Whatcha Get" on Soul Train...the band...The Dramatics...look at the color on this thing...and please pause the playlist....

happy tuesday, december 20, 2011!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Watercolor Snow-People with a FUNKY Twist!

Merry Merry...Rock on with some FUNKY snow-people made out of watercolor paper!
Hope you all have a FABULOUS DAY!

Sunday, December 18, 2011


by karen #1965 third grade teacher...been around awhile...still worth a share...oh yeah...don't forget...please pause our playlist....

happy sunday, december 18, 2011!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

wear ur crayons and color ur world anytime...and a last minute gift idea!

by karen #1965 third grade teacher...ever seen a crayon necklace?...i found one at urban outfitters yesterday for my art teacher friend for Christmas...Urban Outfitters Crayon is what it looks like...hey, it is even on sale online!

and i found the coolest song on youtube with some gal singing the crayon song...she is singing and playing the guitar in the shower...cute and kinda folksy...please turn our playlist down...

have a colorful day!
happy saturday, december 17, 2011!

Friday, December 16, 2011

keep calm and whatever you wanna put...

by karen #1965 third grade the "keep calm and carry on" craze is on...1969 is really into it...she is always posting a "keep calm..." on facebook and pinterest...
so i researched and found this information from the keep calm website keep calm and carry on link

So what is this Keep Calm and Carry On thing all about then?

The Ministry of Information was formed by the British Government as the department responsible for publicity and propaganda during the Second World War. In late 1939 after the outbreak of the war, the MOI was appointed by the British Government to design a number of morale boosting posters that would be displayed across the British Isles during the testing times that lay ahead.

With a bold coloured background, the posters were required to be similar in style and feature the symbolic crown of King George VI along with a simple yet effective font. The first two posters, ‘Your Courage, Your Cheerfulness, Your Resolution will Bring Us Victory’ and ‘Freedom is in Peril’ were produced by His Majesty’s Stationery Office (HMSO).

These two were posted on public transport, in shop windows, upon notice boards and hoardings across Britain. The third and final poster of the set was again very straightforward and to the point - it simply read ‘Keep Calm and Carry On’. The plan in place for this poster was to issue it only upon the invasion of Britian by Germany. As this never happened, the poster was never officially seen by the public.

It is believed that most of the Keep Calm posters were destroyed and reduced to a pulp at the end of the war in 1945. However, nearly 60 years later, a bookseller from Barter Books stumbled across a copy hidden amongst a pile of dusty old books bought from an auction. A small number also remain in the National Archives and the Imperial War Museum in London.

Sadly no record remains of the unknown Civil Servant who originally came up with the simple and quintessential Britishness of the Keep Calm and Carry On message. However, it is wonderful to think that all these years later people still find it so appealing and reassuring in our modern times.

did you know that you can make your own "keep calm" image with your own words?...check it out...create your own keep calm image

here is the image that i created...

now folks...this is tape is the answer...always have a roll handy...u will not be disappointed...

i shall end with an old song about disco ducks...don't forget to pause the playlist!

happy friday, december 16, 2011!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Shotgun Shell & Wine Cork Christmas Trees! 3-D ART...LOVE it =) and the little elf "SB" that brought all of the corks in for the class!

Shotgun shell tree

Back of Shotgun shell tree....either way, I like it =)

Finished Tree with No paint

Birdseye view of ribbon

So stinkin' cute!

Work in progress...

Close up of work in progress!

Look at those details being added!


Small Tree
Looking a little like Whoville, but I love is glued to a melted baby food jar!
I bet Cyndi Lou Who would like it a lot!

Some added color to create emphasis!

Another baby food jar that is used for a base. We melted those in ceramic kiln at cone 017

So simple but so neat!
So, are ya motivated now and want to make one?

Super cute with the green....

How this lesson came to be...Well, I had printed out something that I found on Pinterest.....IMAGINE that?!?! A student, we shall call her, SB, (I do love this 8th grader) sees the photo that I had pinned from Pinterest and printed out. SB says..."Mrs. Daniel, I really want to make those wine cork trees". I say..."SB I can only collect so many wine corks my dear and we need enough for the whole class". {Insert...sarcastic look here =) } Well, SB says "OK" and she prances off in her merry ole' 8th grade way. Wouldn't ya know it...the next time I had SB in 3D art she walks into class and says..."look what I have and whatever your lesson plan is today we have to change it to make these trees!" {Insert HUGE art teacher SMILE here} Guess what I did. I said  - "do ya have enough for the whole class". SB is like..."DUH, of course I do". So, hence the wine cork lesson takes off and turned out to be a huge success. Then I had a student that didn't want to use the wine corks. He wanted to use the shotgun I figure...just roll with it...the art students are engaged and wanting to make this stuff...what more could I ask for, right? LOVE it! This is why I teach....
What do you need for the lesson?
Shotgun shells
LOTS of wine corks
E6000 glue (ew.ew.ew. PU this stuff stinks!)
Ribbon- we used wire ribbon
A base of some sort...we used a variety of things in our art room
Acrylic Paint
Paint brushes
You get the idea?
I call glitter UNICORN POOP...we could have used some of that too...but we seem to be out of it in my art room these days...'Tis the SEASON!
Just had to me some SB and I sure do give these trees a big ole' 2 thumbs up!
Oh happy Day...

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

3D Christmas Trees and Snowpeople - Paper Craft

What a neat 3 D Art Craft. I found it here at this link
The link had the pattern to download. Super EASY and all kids an succeed at it!
Check it out. The possibilities are endless. It reminds me of the Pumpkin 3D Art lesson that we blogged earlier.
Happy Day!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Christmas and Mondrian

by karen #1965 third grade i had to have something to decorate an envelope for a gift for our moms and thought, why not art? i talked a little about mondrian...i showed this video from MoMa...short Mondrian Video ...and then i showed them some of Mondrian's work...and gave them a Christmas tree that I drew and got them to color it with greens and reds...yes, i know they could have drawn the Christmas tree on their own, but I AM VERY PUSHED FOR TIME, folks! please forgive me for butting in on the creative process....

butting in on the creative process can come in many forms...the way we persuade students....encourage them through a project...some teachers may even use the drawing tool of a student and assist (eek...not cool!)...we all have to be careful...and let the kids think...and decide...and be happy with their choices...if and they make poor choices in art, they will know...and some (like myself on many occasions) will make the project into something they never even considered in the beginning...u gotta let art flow...and if u think about it....kinda the same way in life...u gotta let ur life flow...

here is an old song about letting ur love flow...we got art flow flow...and now love flow...

The Bellamy Brothers
"Let Your Love Flow"

Check this out...found this on about letting stuff flow...

According to Howard Bellamy, who is half of the Bellamy Brothers duo, it pays to be in the right place at the right time. This song is a prime example of that, and went on to become their biggest-selling single. Bellamy told us: "Around '74, we moved from Florida to L.A. to kind of pursue a career. We're from here in Central Florida in a little community called Darby - there is not much of a music scene here, to say the least. So we moved out there and met a lot of guys and met Neil Diamond's band, became good friends with his band. And one day Neil's drummer came over to our house and brought the demo of 'Let Your Love Flow,' and said, 'Hey, this sounds like something you guys would do.' So we went off to record that, and the rest is kind of history. It became not only the largest song of that year, it's become somewhere in the area of one of the largest songs ever, as far as being played. And it's become a standard, basically. I wish another one of those would come along."
Larry Williams, who was one of Neil Diamond's roadies, wrote this song. Neil Diamond, however, turned it down. Says Bellamy: "Well, it really wasn't in Neil Diamond's vein. I would say the guy who wrote this song is the wealthiest roadie now that ever was. Actually, Johnny Rivers had passed on the song. It had been pitched to a few people. It was recorded once by a guy named Gene Cotton; he recorded a kind of unusual version. But when we heard it we had an idea of how we wanted to record it because it kind of fit our style, acoustic bass with a groove, and I think that has a lot to do with it. You've got to really match songs with artists, and I think it was the perfect song for us, a great match."
happy tuesday, december 13, 2011!

Monday, December 12, 2011

Snowpeople Faces!

Cool winter craft! A snowperson with watercolor details! EVERYONE is successful and the classroom teachers have something to hang up after Christmas Break!
We watercolored a 9x12 piece of white paper and used it in week 2 as details on some way cool snowpeople!
Happy Day