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Geek Is Glam

This looks like a GREAT opportunity to explore and discover new and interesting things. And don’t forget, where there’s STEM, there’s STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) – because you can’t create anything great without design…!

See it larger here: Geek is Glam

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Awesome Autumn Enrichment Offerings In Art!

It is not too late to sign up for Enrichment classes at Miscoe Hill. I’m pretty excited to be offering two classes:


Flat Clay! What Did You Say? will run on Tuesdays. Could you use an extra hand or do you just like to work with clay? If so, this clay class is for you. We’ll make clay hands, bowls, mugs, and SO MUCH MORE. The Enrichment registration form was sent home via Miscoe Hill News Brief on Monday and it will go out again next Monday. The Enrichment Form is right here: 

Enrichment Session One


art club

The other class is 5/6 Art Club, which meets on Wednesdays after school. Calling all ART Lovers! You will love Art Club because we get to try new and different activities including clay, painting, weaving, building with popsicle sticks and hot melt glue, plus about a zillion more! Come hang with your artists friends and put a little creativity in your Wednesdays! The registration form is right here: 

Enrichment Session One


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Coolin’ It In The Art Room

I’m happy to see the hot, humid weather has broken and the forecast calls for a much cooler week ahead. No need for ice buckets this week!

Mona Ice Bucket

We are, however, introducing sketchbooks and starting first sketchbook projects in 5/6 Art at Miscoe! Please make sure to bring your sketchbook to class every day!

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Video, Apps & Important Note

Open house was held at Miscoe Hill for grades 5 & 6 tonight. It was a sincere pleasure to meet so many new parents/guardians and to see once again parents/guardians of my sixth grade students. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here is what you missed:

Yes, there was a hand-out. Lucky for you, it is posted on this page of this website. Along with lots of great information, the important take-away is that every child needs a sketchbook for class. Please see the details on the hand-out and contact me if acquiring a sketchbook presents a challenge for you in any way and I will be happy to provide one for your child.

The other thing you missed was this video of typical activities within the 5/6 art room:

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Please contact me at agentili@mursd.org if you have any questions about the art program. Also, be on the look out for an email from Artsonia within the next few weeks.

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Stop By And Say “Hi” At Open House On Thursday Night

School is open and your kids want you to see where they’ll be creating all of their magical artwork this year! Please stop by room #317 to say, “hi” and enjoy a video of the cool things we do in art class. Looking forward to it!

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First “Week” Fun

You would think that with the first week of classes being just two days long, I wouldn’t have much to write about. We’ll see about that!

I am happy to have seen all of my classes once each during these two days. The focus has been on “getting to know you”, especially with my fifth grade students. With all fifth grade classes, I welcomed them to the Miscoe Hill art program with my Prezi presentation, Oh, Mona. Here it is for you to peruse; the only thing you’re missing is my narration. Simply click on the image to follow the link through to Prezi, and once there, click through the presentation using the arrows at the bottom of the image.

Click on the image to see the presentation

Click on the image to link through to the presentation

Sixth graders returned to art this year to see a short video of famous artist, Chuck Close, reading a letter to himself at age fourteen (click on the image to see the video):

Click on the image to see the video

Click on the image to see the video

I chose this video because of the lessons within it. In one sense it is sobering, on the other hand, it is incredibly inspiring. The sixth grade classes have had some wonderful discussions about perseverance, risk-taking, and problem solving after viewing the video.

This week we have also been playing “Two true, One false”, which is a game where you write three statements about yourself and the others have to guess which statement is false. This has been a lot of fun, a terrific chance for our fifth graders to get to know one another, and a chance for the sixth graders to get to know each other even better.

As always, the first days of school are a time when most teachers distribute class letters, and I am happy to have written one for you add to your pile as well. I’m including it here in case your copy has not made it home yet with your child and the link to the attachment follows as well:

Visual Arts note 2014.5

Back-to-School letter:  Visual Arts 2014.15

Stay tuned for a list of apps and websites we’ll be using, which I hope to post next week. Enjoy the four day weekend!

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Look Who’s Driving The Bus!


Welcome back to school! I hope your year gets off to a great start!


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