Update 2/2021 – I recently retired from my teaching position after 23 years of learning from my middle school students. I am now working part time for Massachusetts College of Art and Design, in the role of Teaching Practicum Program Supervisor, where I guide and assist student teachers throughout the Art Educator certification process. I’m also using my time to develop craft with pottery and have established a page called, Rocky Pine Potters, to share my progress and wares. I expect to maintain this blog to share reflections and photographs of my semi-retired life, and I’m wide open as to what I’ll include. I hope you’ll come along for the ride.

Original “About” information – Welcome to Mona Lisa Lives Here! The purpose of this blog is to share the goings-on of my middle school art room and sometimes other things. I would like you to feel as if you are a fly on the wall, or for a more artistic reference, a brush in the can or a painting on the rack. I believe the middle school art room is a special place to be and I want to give you a chance to be part of it. Occasionally I will share stories of travel, my own art making, or reflections on varied experiences, especially during summer. Enjoy!

My name is Alice Gentili and I teach visual art to about about 500 students each year, but I loop with them for their second year, which makes it easier for all of us. One of our classroom walls holds a collection of Mona Lisas that I have found at flea markets. My students and I go home at the end of every day, but the classroom Monas stay at school. That is why this blog is called “Mona Lisa Lives Here”.


  1. Your website is amazing! I teach art at an elementary school in Volusia county , Florida. everything I have seen here, so far, gets me so excited! This is my 32nd year of teaching and I continue to learn so much! Thank you for ALL that you are sharing. You are an amazing person. I would love to meet you someday. Tomorrow, I will share your site with my group of local elementary art teachers on facebook!

  2. It was my son James first day of middle school today and when he came home I asked to see his schedule. When I saw his schedule, I noticed he had art for a specialist class. I said to him I’ll see if we can change that to something else as he’s never been much interested in art. He said, No mom, my art teacher is awesome! I want to stay in art. I’m good at art. Not sure what transpired in art class, but I’m sure excited to meet Ms. Gentili!

  3. Hi Alice!
    I believe I met or at least saw you at TAB institute In 2018. Your blog is full of such great artwork by you and your students! I enjoyed reading your biography and how your work and life has progressed.
    I teach k-5 in Brooklyn, NY and also have an 8 yr old son who is my student as he has been at the school where I’ve taught for 5 years since kindergarten.
    Diane shared the chicken project that was being conducted virtually at MASS art. Did the chicken project idea originate with you? Wonderful idea-I didn’t do that with my students yet but if we happen to start the next school year virtually it would be a good thing to start with!
    I also saw your 365 day drawing challenge prompts and have used some of those with my students. Thank you for sharing those!
    Hope you continue to be well.

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