Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Kim & Karen 2 Soul Sisters

Friday, November 17, 2017

Mad Scientists Portraits (Arts Integration)

 As we had been working on portraits and chalk techniques I ran across this lesson and decided to give it a whirl! What do you know about STEAM? It is a buzz word for sure, but i think there is a reason for this! STEAM is an educational movement that engages students in integrated learning as they explore the world around them, create innovative solutions to problems, and communicate their results while learning Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math. STEAM is more than the individual subjects. It is the intentional integration of core content with art inspiring all students to think deeply, develop creative solutions, and aspire to a greater future.
Why should we combine Science and Art?
Blogs and resources that have lessons on Art and Science (STEAM):

Great lesson with lots of opportunities! The Teachers Pay Teachers packet was a huge hit with tons of details. I actually left this lesson as a sub and I finished them up once I returned to campus! ALL students were so very successful. Thanks, Claudia for the resources! Loved them...
Thought this would be a flashback song to tie into the lesson =)

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Hot Turkeys OUT IN THE COLD!

My second graders made these cute turkeys.  During the lesson, we reviewed warm and cool colors.  Great little art activity before Thanksgiving!


The kids drew the turkey.
The kids used a ruler and placed lines on the paper in the background.
The kids used sharpie to go over the drawing.
The kids painted the background with cool colors.
The kids painted the turkey with brown.
The kids painted the turkey feathers with warm colors.


Throwing it back to The Rolling Stones with "She's So Cold"!


Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Renee's Emoji Writing Lesson (Art Integration)

Have you ever had that experience when you just click with other teachers and ideas seem to flow. Well, I have. It happened with my friend Ruth and Renee. We can have an idea and just figure out how to incorporate it into each other's lessons. Renee saw my post on this link and she took the idea and ran with it! How cool are these! I think her 2nd grade students did a fabulous job.

Here is what we’ve learned through experience about why the arts are so important: 

1. Working in the arts helps learners to develop creative problem-solving skills.
2. Teaching through the arts can present difficult concepts visually, making them more easy to understand.
3. Art instruction helps children with the development of motor skills, language skills, social skills, decision-making, risk-taking, and inventiveness.
4. Visual arts teach learners about color, layout, perspective, and balance- all techniques that are necessary in presentations (visual, digital) of academic work.
5. Integrating art with other disciplines reaches students who might not otherwise be engaged in classwork.
6. Arts experiences boost critical thinking, teaching students to take the time to be more careful and thorough in how they observe the world.
7. The arts provide challenges for learners at all levels.
8. Art education connects students with their own culture as well as with the wider world.
9. An article on PBSParent published in June of 2012 stated: “Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.”
10. A study of Missouri public schools in 2010 found that greater arts education led to fewer disciplinary infractions and higher attendance, graduation rates and test scores.
We have blogged on emoji's before, see below:
Why is Arts Integration Important in the classroom:

When you have a lesson that makes you want to dance and shout and shake your body down to the ground! Ha... 1969

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

A Spin-Off on Atsuko Tanaka and The Circle

I really like Atsuko Tanaka's work.  I tried to do a "spin off" of her work with my 8th graders.  For a little information on Atsuko Tanaka, click HERE.

Atsuko Tanaka, (born Feb. 10, 1932, Osaka, Japan—died Dec. 3, 2005, near Nara, Japan), Japanese artist who, was a leading avante-garde artist, best known for her experimental works of the 1950s and ’60s.

The kids made circles with templates.
The kids painted with acrylic paint.
I poured house paint from some gallons of leftover paint into small cups.
The kids drizzled the house paint over their painting.


Here's a good song about a Circle.  


Monday, November 13, 2017

Colored Pencil Techniques (US with Kyle Maurey)

Drawing with colored pencils can be a lot of fun, but blending sometimes can be a not-so-fun process. This is a wonderful lesson on introducing the techniques you can achieve with knowing how to use a colored pencil. Since seamless colors can be vital to achieving realistic results, let’s demystify how to blend colored pencils with this simple lesson by Kyle Maurey. Check out her rubrics for more details.

Other links about shading with colored pencils:

Colored Pencil Blending Methods on Youtube by Dina Kowal

How to blend colored pencils using solvents, a blender pencil, or other colored pencils. Faber Castell Polychromos pencils are used in the video. For more thorough instruction on pencil coloring, color theory, blending and shading, I have a course online. You'll find more information here: For more information, visit

Shading is a huge part of life and art....see even this song things so! 1969