Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, July 29, 2016

Kindergarten Counts the Monkeys with Mac Barnett!

Kindergarten read the book Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett.  Then, they made their own monkeys.
Read the book Count the Monkeys by Mac Barnett.
Here is Mac Barnett.  He just looks like a fun guy!  Find more about Mac Barnett at
If you want, you can show this read-aloud that I found on YouTube.  Thanks for the awesome read aloud, Alina Celeste!

Kids painted paper plates brown.
Kids cut 2 ears, one nose, and the monkey face out of different colors of construction paper.
Kids glued their monkeys together.
The teacher glued the googly eyes on the monkey.
Here is how they monkeys look displayed on the kindergarten wall.
Remember the singing Monkeys?  I do.  Throwback to the theme song is below.  Enjoy! 


Thursday, July 28, 2016

Functional Art, The Commodores Cuff Links - The Queen Mary 2

These are a few photos of spare propellers for the QM2. They are beautiful functional pieces of art. Check out the detail on each one. The waves have a repeat pattern that illustrates movement. In good weather, they allow you out onto the Open Observation Deck where the "Commodores Cufflinks" (8 spare propeller blades) are on display. This spot on the boat was one of my favorite places to visit each day on my daily walk.

This place is at the front of the promenade deck. The deck swerves behind the shelter of the bridge screen, giving picture window views of what looks like an avant-garde sculpture garden. Yes, in the middle of the Atlantic you can walk through a sculpture garden. Now as an art teacher this is amazing!!!! It appears to be a series of huge polished metal fins.  Eight spare propeller blades, kept there in readiness for propeller-related emergencies for QM2.

I am so glad to be able to share this post with you. Amazing just how something ordinary can be extraordinary by the way it is stored or displayed! Enjoy 1969

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

Beach Balls

 Beach Balls by Second Grade!
To finish up the school year and get ready for summer vacation, we drew and painted beach balls.
Kids used a circle tracer to get the beach ball outline.
Then, we looked at a real beach ball and talked about the lines and curves.
Kids drew their lines.
Kids painted their beach balls.
Have a look at this quick, easy project.  Some kids struggled, but overall I think they did a good job!

I found this cool Jan & Dean old music video. 
There is lots of surf boards, but no beach balls.  Oh well, nice job on the video by The Rockabillie.


Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Floating Heads - Sophie Cave at The Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow, Scotland

Well, HELLO there floating heads =)
Lights below really change the feel of the exhibit
Oh the details in some of the faces...
Can you find me?
This summer I was able to check off a bucket list item. I was able to visit Glasgow, Scotland. The Kelvingrove Art Gallery was just spectacular. I was able to see this exhibit by Susan Cave. Click links below to learn more.

How can you use this in your classroom? I am thinking a clay lesson - can't wait!

Monday, July 25, 2016

Third Grade "Rawhide" Landscapes

Third Grade made these "out west" landscapes to go along with their Grandparents' Day song.  Obviously, this was a very involved project.  I liked the results, though.

We talked about the desert landscape.
Kids drew the landscapes.
Kids painted the landscapes.
Kids outlined parts of the landscapes with oil pastels.
Some kids cut out cacti and flowers out of construction paper and glued them on their art.
Then, I brought all my old boots, cowboy hats, and bandanas to school.  The kids picked a hat, some boots, and a bandana of their choice.  They dressed in the western garb and posed.  I snapped the pictures.  I cut the pictures out and we glued them on the landscape.

Fun Project for third grade.  We got lots of compliments from parents, teachers, and students.  Make sure you have at least 3 class periods to complete this art activity.  This project requires the teacher to go the extra mile.
Here's a clip from the Blues Brothers with Jake and Elwood singing, "Rawhide".


Friday, July 22, 2016

School Art Auction 2016

Just sharing our auction items from this school Year. Above is a collaborative watercolor piece from Upper School. Below is a photo puzzle of places on our campus designed by our AP art class with Kyle Maurey.

These swings scream FUN. Cathy Hicks in Lower School helped create these collaboratively in her classes.

 Cool piece that has a word written in different fonts that is a memory of US senior year!
More swing examples

Guest artist, Ken Pease came to visit LS
Contact Ken Pease to find out if her will visit your school

Collaborative metal bucket for tailgates with LS
Middle School collaborative funky fish with Kim Daniel
For details click link below
Middle School clay tile license plates
For details click link below

Another Ken Pease collaboration with LS
See links below for more information on Ken Pease
Large salad bowl for tailgating in LS with Cathy Hicks
Pillows, LS with Cathy Hicks

Steven Penley styled collaborative paintings

Cool tire swings by PK!

Gotta hand it to all involved we had some really cool children's art this year!