Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, September 22, 2017

Astronaut Helmets...Thinking Outside The Box Or As If There Was No Box! (Paper Mache and Steam)

Crazy how one lesson here:
Turns into an lesson about outter space and Astronauts!  This lesson was to use paper mache strips and create a bowl using a balloon as the sculptural base. Did these 2 kiddos do that? Yep, if you turn their helmets over. You see in this lesson I had goals and expectations for my curriculum. They took the lesson and created something that they were interested in...just how cool is that!
I like to connect with other art teachers on the world wide web for my personal learning community. So, I do this via the blog, Instagram, Pinterest and Twitter. After I posted this, a really way super cool thing happened. You can see in the screen shot comments below.

I have to admit this was one of the most fun lessons to teach this year. Yes, it was messy...but so worth it to see what all the students would create. Below you will find other details from the 2 helmets.

Thanks for stopping by...1969

Thursday, September 21, 2017

Going to the Church with John Sperry

These are John Sperry Churches done by 5th Grade.  To find out more about John Sperry, click HERE for a recent post.

Have a look at John's Church.

I introduced John Sperry, folk artist from Maysville, Georgia.
The kids drew a church with pencil.
The kids colored with oil pastels.
The kids used liquid watercolor to paint.
Here's Hozier singing about Church.


Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Children's Art for School Auction...

Today we have our first auction meeting for this year's Golden Jubilee as Maclay turns 50. Here are a few projects from last year. I thought I would share for you all to see. Can't wait to see what our projects will morph into this year! Looking forward to working with the Maclay Fine Arts Team this year on another successful event. Kyle, Kaitlyn, and Cathy...lets do this!

Happy Early Birthday, Maclay! 1969

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Put Your Best Face Forward with Folk Artist John Sperry

John Sperry is a self taught folk artist from Maysville, Georgia.  Here is his bio from Roots Up Gallery:
Born in 1956, John Sperry is a self-taught artist who first encountered folk art in an Atlanta shop. He felt that the work he saw conveyed such a great amount of feeling through its fun, free-form style that he was inspired to go home and begin painting again for the first time since his childhood. These paintings of his almost immediately attracted an audience and three months after he started painting, he quit his corporate job to pursue painting full-time.
Sperry's work is done primarily with acrylic on old roofing tin and his images are colorful and whimsical depictions of the rural south, musicians, animals, flowers, and other flights of fancy. Sperry currently lives in a turn-of-the-century farmhouse in rural Georgia with his wife where they can create and appreciate a simpler way of life.
John and his wife, Danette, have a website you can see (click here) their work.  John sells folk art and his wife sells primitive tables. 

Here is a photo of John and his many "Faces".

I presented what little information that I had on John Sperry.
I told the kids they would be doing faces with oil pastels.
The kids were set free.
Have a look and see! πŸ‘€

I first ran across John Sperry at NAEA 2017 in New York City.  I could not believe there was an artist from Georgia that I did not know!  I was glad to learn about John Sperry from The Fabulous Fun Folk Art Crew in a workshop at the convention.  Thanks to Ginger Pacer, Cassie Stephens, Jennifer Alvarado, and Laura Lohmann for a great workshop.  For a detailed blog about the workshop session, click HERE.

I do not know if these faces are funny, but here is the B-Side of "Snow" from The Red Hot Chili Peppers. πŸ’—πŸ’–πŸ’šπŸ’›πŸ’πŸ’“πŸ’œ ~"Funny Face"