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International Dot Day 2015

In the Miscoe Hill 5/6Art room we have had a blast creating dots and watching them come to life using the Quiver app on iPads. Why create dots? Because of the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds.

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We colored in templates made by Quiver and then used the app to view the dots we have made. Quiver uses Augmented Reality to transform the dots into dynamic, moving dots. Here is a video of some of the creations:

Nice work, right? The video will be posted on the International Dot Day wall and on Twitter with the hashtag #DotDay15 Over four million dot makers have participated in International Dot Day since 2014!

Always remember:

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More Art, Please…

Don’t let the art making stop just because the school day is over! I’m offering two extra-curricular art programs this fall as follows:

Clay class on Tuesdays – Flat Clay! What Did You Say? Is offered through the Miscoe Hill Enrichment program. Registration forms are due Friday, September 18. You can download the brochure here: Enrichment Session I Brochure 2015

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Art Club is offered on Wednesdays. Registration for Art Club is directly through me and are due by Friday, September 25. You can download the brochure here: Art Club

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So You Missed Open House?

I hope you had a chance to go swimming or sit in an air conditioned movie theater or something. Chances are though, you had a full day and another commitment and I completely understand. Aside from a handshake and some friendly words, I can share everything with you in this post. Here is what you missed:

  • A video review of last year’s projects, art shows, and after school art activities. It will give you a good idea about what you can expect this year:
  • A Welcome to 5/6 Miscoe Art letter from me to you telling you a little about the 5/6 art program. To follow is a link for downloading and an image of the letter:

Welcome to 5/6 Miscoe Art Welcome to 5

Here is the link to my class Facebook page: www.facebook.com/MonaLisaLivesHere and to Instagram: @MonaLisaLivesHere

Thank you to everyone who came to Open House last night. It was a sincere pleasure to meet you or see you again. I’m glad we had a chance to shake hands and exchange friendly words. I hope you have a terrific school year!Alice Gentili

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Welcome to 5/6 Miscoe Art

Hello 5/6 Miscoe Art families and welcome back to school!


It looks like this will be our second week of bringing summer into the classroom with us…hot, hot, hot!

Mona Ice Bucket

To welcome students last week I showed a Prezi presentation while a student took on the role of narrator. It is a fun presentation made up of various Mona Lisa parodies. Once at the site, click on the arrows at the bottom to go forward or backward: Oh Mona!

Click on the image to see the presentation

Click on the image to see the presentation

I am looking forward to meeting many of you at Open House tomorrow night (9/9) from 6:45 – 7:15 in my classroom #317. I’ll have a nine minute video playing and looping that shows you what you can expect your child to be talking about when he/she is telling you about art class. I will also have back-to-school letters for you and information about Art Club, which runs on Wednesdays from 2:45 – 3:45. I also offer a Clay class every Tuesday through the Enrichment program. Enrichment brochures should be out tomorrow. Please stop by and say “hi”!

To stay up-to-date on art class happenings – please follow me on Facebook and Instagram


Reflection – 31 Days of the #K12ArtChallenge

Hello and happy summer –

Here it is the last day of July, which means it’s the last day of the Twitter #K12ArtChallenge hosted by Tim Needles at The Everyday Renaissance @timneedles along with Arlene Shelton @smARTisteacher. Each day has been a different theme and Tim has shared out highlights the next day. The prompts have been interesting and sometimes truly challenging. Here are my contributions:

July 1: Where are you? – Celebrating summer with the neighbors:

Tools – iPhone camera and Photoshop

7.1 Where are you?

July 2: Gold – Our alpaca, Andy Warhol, is always gold in his own mind

Tools: iPhone camera and Rhonna’s Designs app

7.2 Gold

July 3: Transit – Natural Gas In Transit

Tools: iPhone camera and PicPlayPost app

July 4: The Americans – The Old Stone Church in West Boylston, MA

Tools: iPhone camera

7.4 The Americans

July 5: Sun-Day – Our gate collaboration (Mr. G & me):

Tools: iPhone camera and PopAGraph app

July 6: Dream – Portrait of Frida’s Fictional Dream of Peacocks

Tools: Sketchbook Express app and Sensu Brush stylus

7.6 Dream

July 7: Music -“I’ve Got the Music in Me” by Judy the Goat and Kiki Dee

Tools: iPhone camera and ChatterPix app

July 8: Belle Fiore – These Beautiful Flowers all blooming in my yard/home:

Tools: Nikon D50 camera and Animoto

July 9: Black and White – Yucca blossoms reaching toward the light

Tools: iPhone camera and Photoshop

7.9 Black & white

July 10: Fly – Photo of one of our doves taken w/long exposure

Tools: Nikon D50 and Photoshop

7.10 Fly

July 11: Street – Beach Street, Narragansett, RI

Tools: iPhone camera and Waterlogue App

7.11 Street

July 12: Antique – antique 1950s watercolor tin painted with antique 1950s watercolors

Tools: Watercolor paints

7.12 Antique

July 13: Words – Do you know what this #blackoutpoetry is about? I have clues, but try without them (answer – Paul Revere’s ride and the lantern at the Old North Church)

Tools: Sharpie on Yankee Magazine

7.13 Words

July 14: Water – Tricia Fuglestad showed me how to use Green Screen and we made this movie at the NAEA conference in San Diego in 2014

Tools: iPad, Green Screen app by DoInk, caffeine 😊)

July 15: Tweet – can’t live w/out my #artsedpln (professional learning network)

Tools: Tagzedo online and Photoshop

7.15 Tweet

July 16: Tryptich I – Polarized peacock

Tools: Nikon D50 camera and Photoshop

7.16 Tryptich1

July 17: Tryptich II – Polarized peacock 2

Tools: Nikon D50 camera and Photoshop

7.17 Tryptich 2

July 18: Tryptich III – Polarized peacock 3

Tools: Nikon D50 camera and Photoshop

7.18 Tryptich 3

July 19: Animal – Andy Warhol the Alpaca in B&W

Tools: Nikon D50 camera and Photoshop

7.19 Animal

July 20: Location – Cambridge, MA @ oldest college in US @ this location since 1636

Tools: iPhone camera and Instagram filters

7.20 Location

July 21: Jazz – Jackson Pollock No.2 jazzed w/purple liberties taken @ Harvard Art Museums

Tools: iPhone camera and Photoshop

7.21 Jazz

July 22: Doodle – a section of today’s #SketchNotes (cross between doodling & note taking)

Tools: iPad, Adobe Sketch app, Adonit Jot stylus

7.22 Doodle

July 23: Wander -“I know not how I may seem to others, but to myself I am but a small child wandering upon the vast shores of knowledge, every now and then finding a small, bright pebble to content myself with.” – Plato

Tools: iPhone camera and Instagram filters

7.23 Wander

July 24: Folk -While I love the city and the intellectual stimulation it provides, after a full week there I’m happy to be home and ‘just folks’ at home on our little farm…

Tools: iPhone camera and Instagram filters

7.24 Folk

July 25: Earth – eARTh without ART is just “eh”…

Tools: iPad, AdobeSketch app, Adonit Jot stylus

7.25 Earth

July 26: People –

Driving in on this highway
All these cars and upon the sidewalk
People in every direction
No words exchanged
No time to exchange

Tools: iPhone camera,iPad, AdobeSketch app. Adonit Jot stylus, Instagram filters

7.26 People

July 27: Sleep –

Sleep pretty darling
Do not cry
And I will sing a lullabye…

Tools: Artrage app, Adonit Jot stylus

7.27 Sleep

July 28: Artist Trading Cards -I would trade the card but not the peacock (Pavone)…

Tools: ArtRage app. Adonit Jot stylus

7.28 Artist Trading Cards

July 29: Fear – My greatest fear is of losing a loved one

Tools: ArtRage app and Adonit Jot stylus

7.29 Fear

July 30: The End – The end is really just the beginning – pier in Truro, MA

Tools; ArtRage app and Adonis Jot stylus

7.30 The End

July 31: Reflection – I found out that I love walking around with the theme in my head throughout the day. It entertains me as I go about my business as the little undercurrent is always there to see if connections to the theme exist. At the end of the day I would usually start creating something, not really having a plan or knowing where it would end up. At first I created videos with different apps, sometimes I took photos and “doctored them up” with Photoshop or an app. Gradually I began using my iPad to draw or doodle. In the end, I employed several mediums to complete a daily task and I was able to publish every day. I love looking back at this as a body of work. If nothing else, it marks my year and documents my comings and goings. At best, there are some expressive moments, times when my thoughts and memories are right out there in the art. Any way, all in all, I loved the chance to be creative each and every day. Thank you, Tim Needles and Arlene for this very fun daily challenge!


Summer Art/Writing Contest For Teens & Tweens

The Upton Town Library is hosting a contest this summer for kids going into grades 5 – 12. Artists/writers are challenged to write a story and/or illustrate a response to the prompt:


“A Man sprints down the sidewalk, looking over his shoulder. Half a block away, someone is chasing and gaining on him.”

This is certainly an imaginative prompt that will encourage many unique and creative drawings and stories!

Entries are due by July 24. See the information here:

Teen Story and Art Prompt

And download the flyer here:

Teen Story and Art Prompt

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Artistic Moments & Creativity, Please…

This is a weird post from me. No apology, it’s where I’m at right now. My Educator Evaluation Teachpoint file is complete.  I have submitted evidence and pondered over reflections. I have evaluated my students’ summative assessments against their formative assessments. My students’ grades are almost all entered into the computer. I could go on.

My left brain is exhausted, my right brain is screaming for attention. I know this because as my art club completed a recent project, I almost forgot to look at each piece as a whole, and instead got lost in the creative, artistic moments of exploration, discovery, and risk-taking within their work.


The projects were in response to posters the art club had completed for a Kentucky-Derby themed event hosted by our local men’s club. The posters were executed using the old-school technology of an overhead projector and they came out great. I’ll write about that another time.

Kentucky Derby posters for the Upton Men's Club

Kentucky Derby posters for the Upton Men’s Club

As the fifth and sixth grade art club and I reflected on the project at the next meeting, they expressed a desire to create “horse” posters without the stress of worrying about a finished project. And they made these:

Grace B

Grace B

Sam D

Sam D


Lorenzo C

Angelo G

Angelo G.

Jason L

Jason L

Jake R

Jake R

Allison C

Allison C

Emmerson F

Emmerson F

Amanda F

Amanda F


Sophia P

Sophia P

Chloe T

Chloe T

Jess M

Jessica M

Erin T

Erin T

Wow! This is the project I was referring to at the start of this post. As I put the posters in a pile once they had dried, I couldn’t help photographing the artistic moments that caught my eye. Often as small as a business card, I see these sections as full paintings in and of themselves. Together, they created a feast for my right brain.

Artistic Moments

Artistic Moments

These artistic moments will hold me over until summer. After a full school year of facilitating hundreds of students in art making, creativity, and expression, this art educator has a desperate need to make art. Summer is coming. My right brain is excited.

Here are the artistic moments separately:
































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