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International Dot Day With Augmented Reality!

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Each year we celebrate International Dot Day in the 5/6 art room. International Dot Day is inspired by the book The Dotby Peter H. Reynolds. Not to give the story away, but when the main character, Vashti, is consumed with “artist’s block” upon seeing a blank white page, her art teacher encourages her to make a mark, a dot, and see where it takes here. No, I won’t reveal what happens next, but let’s just say it’s something BIG.

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These are the participation stats for this year – yes, that’s one million eight hundred sixty-four thousand three hundred twenty-six participants from eighty-two countries!:

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In recognition of International Dot Day, we have completed many dot initiated projects over the years. One of the most exciting parts of Dot Day is sharing our work with schools around the world through the Dot Day Facebook page at www.facebook.com/InternationalDotDay. Last year, we colored in dots using the supplied template and made a little video: Dot Day 2013 This year we kicked it up a notch.

Take a look at this video to see what we did: International Dot Day with Augmented Reality You might want to watch it again, because you may want to download the app to see what your child has been up to in art class. In class today, I showed finished student drawings using my iPad, mirroring them to the projection screen as the Augmented Reality came to life. You can view the modified drawings at home, you simply have to download the free app to your iPad or phone, and there IS an Android app. Here is the link to the colAR web page: colAR Mix App

Once you download the app, you can view the Augmented Reality effects on your child”s Dot Day drawing through your device at home. If you want to view another drawing, you have to purchase the in-app Dover Publications packet for $2.99. This is completely optional and there is absolutely no pressure to do so. I showed as many of the “extra” drawings as I could in class, so chances are, your child has seen his/hers come to life. Here is a trailer to see what the shark looks like:

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I hope you enjoy having some fun with Augmented Reality!


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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


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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!

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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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