Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Tuesday, April 24, 2018

2nd Grade Cupcakes are Toot Sweet!

Students and The 2 Soul Sisters love💙💚💛💜 CUPCAKES!  We have posted many times on cupcakes.  Click HERE for cupcake art ideas🤔🤔🤔.

The kids👦👧 pressed their clay down into silicone cupcake forms like the ones you see below:
Once the kids👦👧 got the clay pressed down into the forms, they rolled out snakes🐍.
They wrapped the snakes🐍 around and formed the tops of the cupcakes.
Many put cherries on top.
I fired.
The kids👦👧 painted the cupcakes.
Kids👦👧 love❤❤❤ spatter painting🖌.  The cleaning department at school🏫, not so much....
Oh yeah, I popped each cupcake with a little clear glaze spray.

I bet these cupcakes would be so SWEET!  When I think about sweets, I remember the song from the movie, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, called "Toot Sweets".
......A Classic from The 2 Soul Sisters childhood👧👧!


Monday, April 23, 2018

Maclay Visual Arts Participates In The Holocaust Remembrance Event On Campus (Getting Ready)

How can art help us remember the Holocaust? Check out this link: Art is meant to make you feel something. Think about that for just a second. This year on our campus is the first Holocaust Remembrance Day Showcase. The Maclay Visual Arts chose to participate by showing The Woman In Gold and discussing the Klimt paintings. Art class can be very laid back with lots of side conversations in the classroom. This is a great way to discuss many aspects of the Holocaust and relate it to art and eMpathy. Our overall theme for the Visual Arts this year was to work eMpathy into each of our lessons as best we could. See the link below to see our vision on eMpathy:

We will do several blog post over the next few days to share with you how we participated in this event on campus. Stay tuned for more information and visuals.

Upper School Art with Ms. Maurey created these Klimt inspired paintings to share at our COTA event and for the Holocaust Remembrance Show.

Here is a powerful link to art from the Holocaust:
This link has many teacher resources for art:
Artists responses to the Holocaust:
Recovering stolen art from the Holocaust:
Learning about art through the Holocaust:
Middle School Art collaborated with 6th grade and Visual Arts Teachers to cover Klimt and introduce the Holocaust in class. See the links below for more details:

Lower School Art created WINGS for our Celebration of the Arts. Link below:
They are now hung in the lower school commons for the Showcase.

Upper School Art with Ms. Dressel created low fire relief projects in Klimt style and were adorned with acrylic paints. They also made Klimt Trees using the mud listed below.

Have you seen the movie? We did....amazing.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Family Activity Night with Mrs. Hicks at Maclay's Lower School Art Studio (Creative Confidence)

When challenged with a Family Fun Activity Night, what did Cathy Hicks do you ask....Well, she planned her lesson around the book Creative Confidence. She ran her session with the kids and parents participating in a hands on lesson that later became a focal point bulletin board in our Lower School Commons here at Maclay. You can see from the photos below that she had a loaded session.
Why did she choose this book to base her art session around? You see we are doing this as a Visual Arts Professional Development for next year. Click the link below to read more:

We also wrote a Faculty Excellence grant for our school where we tied this book into our vision. We blogged on this earlier check it out:

Picasso said it best, "Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up."

Cathy agreed with Picasso and wanted our parents here to start to see who we want to nurture those abilities. Cathy is ground 0 for our program. She starts teaching the basics and gets our students and families ready for Middle and Upper School. What a huge difference it makes when we all speak the same language and are on the same page as our kids spiral up vertically. 

This quote sums up the whole night. So, when was the last time you did art? If it has been awhile get on it. We know you will be glad you did!