Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Bob Ransley Style Giraffes

This was a great unit to teach! Check out Bob Ransley here. The giraffes were drawn in pencil and then watercolored. Once they dried, then they outlined them in black marker to make the look more crisp. Check it out. Everyone was successful =)
Happy Hump Day

Friday, February 21, 2014

Renaissance Unit

Renaissance Man is a great way to introduce a Renaissance Unit! Check out the video you will be glad that you did! Enjoy =)

Innovating the Artistic Life
The Renaissance was an important time for artists. They developed new techniques and skills. Soon people began to admire their artistry as well as the subject of the artwork. By the late Renaissance, artists were no longer thought of as tradesmen. A master artist could become a highly respected member of the community. He could dictate his own terms in his work and enjoy a much higher social status than a mere craftsman. And superstar artists like Michelangelo and Leonardo became famous throughout Europe, helping create the modern image of the artist as an independent creative genius.
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Thursday, February 20, 2014

Teaching Patterns Using a Soccer Ball!

Simple but basic! I use this lesson as a time filler at the end of class to keep my kiddos busy until the last part of class. This is better than free draw and has a purpose!
Here is a good one also! How to DRAW a volleyball!
Happy Thursday!

Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Torn Paper Collage Hearts

Many ways to teach this colors, warm colors, complimentary colors...etc
Great for working on fine motor skills with younger grades =)

Thursday, February 13, 2014

rainbows and rubber bands...making money and chaos...childhood fads....

by Karen #1965 third grade craze???...It is the new rubber band bracelet and loom making kit...take a lookie...

Maria Halkias, staff writer for Dallas news reported the following in December of 2013.

"Often one hot trend can catapult a quarter. Irving-based Michaels Stores Inc. said that its third-quarter results improved significantly thanks to a popular children’s craft of weaving colored rubber bands into jewelry and accessories...The sales increase was the company’s biggest gain since 2005."

So....As a classroom teacher, I tell you these things are popular for all the boys and girls....If you are needing a birthday gift for the elementary age kid, these are the way to go.....If you are a teacher, you prolly are thinking, "Please, will you end fad?"  

I guess as my dad says, "It is just part of it."  Fads have been around forever. They come and go.  Throwing back my fads on Throwback Thursday...


happy throwback thursday, february 13, 2014

Monday, February 10, 2014

painting my Bible and such

by Karen #1965 third grade teacher So I decided that I wanted to do something artsy to my Bible.  First I tried this technique called Image Transfer Video. You had to use laser copies, Golden gel medium matte, a magic eraser (in the kitchen supplies at grocery store-weird), a palette knife, and a brayer. (almost as many ingredients as a Pioneer Woman recipe)  So you don't know who the Pioneer Woman is? Here is her link The Pioneer Woman.  Here is her photo with all those doggone ingredients.
So back to my Bible blog.  You needed a lot of luck also with this image tranfer method....Oh my, this didn't work right the first time...or the second time...After I had to scrape all the gook off the third time, I tossed that idea. I usually do not give up on a project, but I scratched this one.  There was no magic happening with my magic eraser.  I had to nix the image transfer method for the Bible.

Next Bible idea was to paint it.  So, I researched online how to paint leather. There is nothing out there folks.  I decided that I would lightly sand the burgundy color off of my Bible. So I used a small hand sander.  I mean this thing was looking rough, but you could still see some of the shiny burgundy paint. I decided to sand a little by hand, but got tired of sanding.  It was pretty rough and I figured I would go for it.  Then, I started painting my Bible with acrylic paint.  Well, obviously I hadn't sanded enough.  There was still some original glaze that prevented the acrylic from sticking to the Bible.  So, once again, I had to restart.  I peeled the paint off the Bible.  Once I was sure all the original glaze was off the Bible, I painted with acrylic again.  I got the entire Bible painted.  I let the Bible sit a few days and then put a coat of polyurethane on the Bible.  Oh, it was looking good.  Only thing, no reading my Bible on these days.  Had to use the Bible app on my phone.  Take a look.....
So.  I still was not happy.  The gold pages just didn't look right.  So I smushed my Bible together, and sanded the gold off the pages of my Bible. Once all the gold was off, I used tie dye that I dye shirts with to dye all three sides of my Bible.  Take a look...

Then, I had lots of pics left over from when I was going to use the image transfer method (dumbest idea ever!).  So I cut the pictures out and slapped some modge podge on the pages and voila!

Below is p. 1210.  It is 1 Corinthians 13.  I guess this is my favorite chapter in the Bible.  I had a big "God Wink" moment not to long ago with this group of verses.  

So what is a God Wink?  An event or personal experience, often identified as coincidence, so astonishing that it is seen as a sign of divine intervention, especially when perceived as the answer to a prayer.  Also, When God Winks is a book.  I have not read it yet, but I will sometime.  Here is what it looks like...
Here is what it is about...

The Author applies his compelling theory as to why coincidences exit to fascinating stories in history sports, medicine, and relationships involving both everyday and famous people including Barbra Streisand, Charles Schulz, Oprah Winfrey, Kevin Costner, Mark Twain, and Presidents John Adams and Thomas Jefferson.

Shutting it down with a Seinfeld "wink" episode Seinfeld Wink Episode

happy monday, february 10, 2014

Saturday, February 8, 2014

Textured Snow-People Made From Wall-Paper!

These were made with textured donated wall paper! We used a die cut machine at school and then glued and added tons of details. Pretty quick lesson on a budget! This oozes lots of potential for other textured lessons too =)
Happy Saturday

Friday, February 7, 2014

Clay Heart Shaped Wall Pockets

It is Valentines just what can you create out of love with a heart in art?
Would like to see your comments or blog links to take a look at what you guys have going on in your creative studios / classrooms / spaces
Happy Friday!

Thursday, February 6, 2014

Fred Babb Art Unit

How much do you know about Fred? Interesting Fred fun fact-When Fred was a young boy, elementary school age, his mother would send him off to school with lunch money and he would return home with art supplies. He came from a very large family, 8 children. Paper was in short supply so he would use grocery bags as his canvas. 
This is a fantastic way to create with a painting lesson in class! Check out Fred on the net because you will be so glad you did!
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