Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, July 21, 2017

Cityscapes and Working 9 to 5

Here is the 4th Grade Grandparents' Day art project.  What is a Grandparents' Day? (Previous Grandparents'Day Posts)  Grandparents' Day is the first Friday in March at our school.  We have big to-do at Westfield.  Each class prepares a song and dance for their grandparents, parents, and friends.  To help out the classroom teacher, I always try to get the kids to do artwork to go along with their song.  Remember the movie 9-5 🎬 with Jane Fonda, Lily Tomlin, and Dolly Parton?  Well, the fourth grade class did their dance to that song.  Did you know it was a Grammy winner?  Well, it was Best Country Song in 1982 🎶.
Now, on the the art.  I had the kids make a cityscape and decorate.  
Prep work:
I had to get pictures of the kids.
I had to cut out the pictures of the kids.
I cut strips of paper for the buildings.
The kids?
Well, they glued strips of pre-cut paper on the blue paper.
They painted designs.
They glued their pictures on the art.

Have a look! 👀

Summer is almost over, teachers!  We will soon be back working 7-4, not 9-5.  Here you go!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Elements of Art - Cube Review

Thought this was a great way to review the Elements of Art with my students at the end of the year! 
Here is a great blog that post on this lesson:

I am getting motivated for the fall but not gonna lie I do have some of the summer time blues - 1969

Friday, July 14, 2017

Let's Twist!

Grandparents' Day is huge at my school.  I have lots of posts on this production.  Click HERE for other post about Grandparents' Day at Westfield School in Perry, Georgia.

Second Grade's song this year was "Let's Twist" by Chubby Checker.  To go along with such a fun song, I had the kids do this art activity.  The teachers loved hanging this art in their classrooms for the big day!

Prep work: I found jukebox clip art and ran it off on thicker paper. (not copy machine paper)
I took the kids picture doing the twist.

When the kids came in to do the project, I explained that they had to paint a room for their jukebox.  The kids penciled in their ideas.
The kids painted.

After the painting was dry, I glued the picture of them twisting.


You know what song, right?


Thursday, July 13, 2017

Can't Spell Earth Without ART!

Why should we make Earth Day Art? Well, for awareness! What is Earth Day? Earth Day is an annual event celebrated on April 22. Worldwide, various events are held to demonstrate support for environmental protection. First celebrated in 1970, Earth Day events in more than 193 countries are now coordinated globally by the Earth Day Network.
Other ideas for Earth Day Art:
These are just a few pieces of art that were made to help celebrate this day in our art room.

Published on Dec 23, 2015
Official music video for Jamaica based international dancehall artiste and producer Sean Paul’s 2015 single "Love Song to the Earth", featuring Paul McCartney, Natasha Bedingfield, Colbie Caillat, Leona Lewis, and more.

Get this track:
Sean Paul Tour Dates:

Written by: Sean Paul, Toby Gad, Natasha Bedingfield & John Shanks Produced by: Toby Gad & John Shanks

“Love Song to the Earth” features performances by Sean Paul, Sir Paul McCartney, Jon Bon Jovi, Sheryl Crow, Fergie, Colbie Caillat, Natasha Bedingfield, Leona Lewis, Johnny Rzeznik, Krewella, Angelique Kidjo (a UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador), Kelsea Ballerini, Nicole Scherzinger, Christina Grimmie, Victoria Justice & Q’Orianka Kilcher.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

Collaborating and Creating Haiku!

When a fifth grade teacher (Donna Kelham) approached me about this project, I thought it was a super idea!  The students were writing Haiku poetry.  Donna talked with me about the students making artwork to go along with their poems.  I thought the project sounded like fun!

When the kids came to class, they had a basic idea of what they wanted to produce.  They drew their pictures lightly with pencil on watercolor paper the first week.  In the following week, they filled in with watercolor paint. 

Donna mounted the artwork and poetry on construction paper.

Here is a pretty song that is also pretty poetry by my son, Rob Ray.  Enjoy.


Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Why Art Scouts was good for my SOUL?

As I sit and wrap my head around tackling this blog post with so much to say, I do believe this graphic by John Osebold sums it all up for all of us Art Educators....MAKE ART! Yes, that is why Art Scouts was a fabulous Professional Development for me. I am entering a new chapter in my life and the cool thing is that this graphic was sent to me by my daughter's college volleyball coach. Thanks, Coach Harris! I sure do love the way other educators think outside the box.

My sister and I have made a conscious effort to "make art" together over the years.  We have had a blast doing this, so you can imagine a sister road trip that involved PD for our schools was an added bonus.

1965 blogged last week on Art Scouts. Check her post out here:
The break out sessions at Art Scouts were really nice, but my favorite thing was connecting with other Art Teachers. Yep, most of them got use to our 2 Soul Sister Shenanigans before it was over! One night we made arrows. I saw this post on Instagram and thought it was pretty awesome to hang near my arrow or off of it...It is still a work in progress.
Moving on to the felting! This was just awesome. I didn't have much experience with this medium and I am so glad to have found it as I am in LOVE!!! Ginger, you did a great job with all of the resources.

Once a Chi Omega always a Chi-O, so what did I felt up? An owl, whooottty whooooo! I think this little guys was kinda cute! I also made a painter's palette. I liked its potential and will more than likely use it on out Christmas Tree this year!
The Painted Paper session was a great experience as we used different techniques and mixed media. I can see some of these ideas being used in our art curriculums vertically and horizontally depending on the UbD lessons that are being taught. Thanks Jennifer and Laura! You all gave me lots to ponder and incorporate.

If you are curious on some of the lessons from all of the art scouts that have a social media presence, then use the #artscouts2017 or #artscouts and conduct a search. You will find some wonderful ideas for your lessons this year in your classroom.
The Highwaymen will be a cool unit to incorporate in my units this year. I am super excited about the possibilities. For more information check out this website:
In the early 1950’s through the 1980’s a group of twenty-six African-American artists known as the "Florida Highwaymen" used vivid and bright colors to display the beautiful untouched Florida landscape. The Florida Highwaymen painted wind-bent palm trees, serene sunsets, churning oceans and bright red Poinciana trees. They painted from their garages and back yards on inexpensive Upson board and then on the weekends they would travel and sell their Highwaymen paintings to hotels, offices, businesses and individuals who appreciated the artwork for around $25 a piece.

Love this oath! Pretty much sums it all up!
The calm before the storm!
The below piece of art was made from colored modeling clay. I have never thought of using  this medium in this type of studio process before. I plan on exploring soon with my fellow art teacher's at Maclay School.
We Cochran sisters share a love of art, music and printing. Yes, this was my purchase at the Johnny Cash Museum. You can actually make your own prints here:

No words needed....road trip and lots of Snap Chats! We do love to take photos =)
Cassie, we loved the clay session with you. Can't wait to try out some of the ideas and tricks of the trade that you shared. Yes, loved the book and I can't wait to share the ideas with my students. Your visuals in the book are spot on and easy to follow!
Cheers to all of our new Art Teacher Friends.
Why Art Scouts was good for my SOUL? You see, at this stage in my life it is about  who you are and where you want to go from this very spot. (Age 47)  I want to continue to grow professionally and personally. This trip allowed me to do just that with new art friends to connect with, crazy memories with my sister and new art ideas and techniques to share with others to help their successes. We have had lots of "life" hit us over the past few years and I know making art helps us heal and deal. If you know me you know I say things like:
  • When people show you their true colors believe them!
  • Words hurt and you can't take them back.
  • Bless their hearts
  • Wow, I got no words....(I seem to be using this one more and more)
  • UJCMTSU - my famous text of "You just can't make this stuff up"
  • Don't talk at me - talk to me
  • I don't know YET, but we can figure it out. 
So for the past 26 years, July rolls around and I have an inner voice that is saying
"You need to create again!" "You need to create to get to know yourself" "You need to create to know your soul's voice" - Create because it brings you joy! So now that summer is closing and school supplies are already out at Target and Walmart. I have now ordered my planner so I can create super cool lessons for me and my kiddos this year. Yep, let the planning begin!

Thanks Art Scouts for inspiring some of my lessons to be taught this year.

Start your year off on the right foot with the 2017/2018 Art Teacher planner. It was made specifically for art teachers by me, a fellow art teacher! In your planner you get everything you need to help you have an organized and successful school
The above symbol stands for - "Guidance through rough weather"...well, you see 1969's daughter needed a tire cover for her Jeep. We saw this symbol last year in Iceland. We looked and looked for a cool design. Finally, she just said I would like to make a custom cover. This was her design. I think it symbolizes more than one thing...but for me it is about having a sister help you get through the good and the bad times! Thanks, 1965 for being an awesome big sis. I am glad we share the passion of art together and the love of Jack White!