Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, July 31, 2015

Whacky Art Room Art Decor

Here are a few ways to make the simple a little C R A Z Y fun in your art room.
1.  Get a mirror.  Glue random objects found in the art room to the mirror.  Paint funny comments on the mirror.  (revived brush, yucky not sharp scissors, old bracelets that Mrs. Ray made and wore for a month and UR HAPPY SMILE!)  Place the mirror by your door.  People love to look at themselves as they leave your room.  They really do.
2.  This clock was just dull.  I rounded up old art supplies and hot glued them to the clock. (pipe cleaners, brushes, scissors, bracelets, and feathers)  Unfortunately, I tend to overdo.  The clock is fun, but you cannot really tell what time it is.  Oops.

3.  My dad brought this tumbleweed back from out west several years ago.  I had some giant eyeballs from my daughter's door decoration at Halloween.  I used a few pipe cleaners for hair.  Then, I used a feather that my friend, Jesus, gave few a few years ago. 

Just trying to keep my art room a shiny, H A P P Y, place!

Here is a few fun facts about this video found at Entertainment Weekly/August 23, 1991 written by Katherine Dieckmann (music video director)
  • inspired by I'd Like 1970s Coca-Cola ad, "I’d Like to Teach the World to Sing," in which people of all races hold hands and sing "in perfect harmony" on a verdant hilltop
  •  Another idea came from Max Ophuls’ 1948 movie Letter From an Unknown Woman in which a couple goes to a carnival with a railroad car attraction. Rotating landscape backdrops roll past their ”window,” and they were propelled by an old man pedaling a stationary bicycle behind the scenes. They attempted to re-create this situation, but using a large children’s painting for the moving mural. Michael Stipe (lead singer of R.E.M.) and music video director Dieckmann contacted April Chapman, a schoolteacher in R.E.M.’s hometown, Athens, Ga., to have her fifth-grade class create the backdrop in her school's lunchroom.  Kids were told to paint a city, a suburb, a forest, and portraits of themselves at the beach.  ART!
To really get this concept, go to 39:36 and watch for a about 1 1/2 minutes.  This is really cool, if you like this sort of thing.

  • The crew cruised Athens seeking dancers for the big group scene at the end, inviting both friends and strangers. The elderly man who rides the bike is a retired architectural historian that had agreed to appear in the video without any idea of what a music video was.
  • The Gulf War was going on at the time of the filming of this video (1991) and they decided to use the little Syrian boy dancing in a red suit with a peace button on his lapel.  This was sort of a way of promoting a positive image of a Middle Eastern child
  • And of course, guest vocalist, Kate Pierson of the B-52's, is doing the crazy fun singing and dancing that would make any video full of joy and happiness
I did not intent to start talking about the Shiny Happy People video.  I actually saw someone in the video that looked like Keith Haring.  I was doing a little research to see if it could possibly be him, but I cannot find any information confirming that thought.  I enjoyed reading about the creative process in making the video. 
These things appear to have nothing in common.
1-A movie filmed back in 1948
2-The Gulf War
4-An Athens, GA, teacher
5-Kids in a lunchroom painting a mural
6-A Coca-Cola ad from 1970
7-A peace button
8-An architectural historian
But, they do. 
It is really never just one thing in life. It really is just linking little things and making connections with past memories.
That is why they say, "old and wisë".

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