Mrs. Alice Gentili

Project Planning During A Pandemic

Project Planning During A Pandemic

“The devil is in the detail” – Ludwig Mies van der Rohe or Anonymous When I was asked to come up with a “light and fluffy” art project for a segment of my students recently, my mouth dropped because it hit me hard that I don’t know how to do that. I was rendered speechless. […]

Every Day Drawing Challenge 2020 Edition

Every Day Drawing Challenge 2020 Edition

“Drawing takes time. A line has time in it.” – David Hockney A long, long time ago shortly after iPads were first released by Apple, under the vision of Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak, my school district made a commitment to include iPads in instruction. We were early adopters in the public school sector.  We started in […]

Making Collages By Superimposing Photos

Making Collages By Superimposing Photos

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” – Phaedrus Superimposing photographs is a technique used to augment and transform a visual reality. This technique is commonly referred to as “photoshopping” named after the original program that made it possible – Adobe Photoshop. Today, superimposing photographs can be accomplished with other apps, […]

Painting Over Photos (Rotoscoping)

Painting Over Photos (Rotoscoping)

“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” – Walt Disney Rotoscoping is an animation technique that animators use to trace over motion picture footage, frame by frame, to produce realistic action. Originally, animators projected photographed live-action movie images onto a glass panel and […]

Digital Drawings

Digital Drawings

Digital technology is the same revolution as adding sound to pictures and the same revolution as adding color to pictures. Nothing more and nothing less. – George Lucas Over the past two weeks, the Miscoe Hill students in grades five and six art classes have been learning to use the Sketchbook app by Autodesk. We began […]

Summer Memories

Summer Memories

“Memory is history recorded in our brain, memory is a painter, it paints pictures of the past and of the day.” – Grandma Moses I am thrilled to be back with my fifth and sixth grade students now that we are back in session again. I am teaching remotely and daily the faces of the kids […]

Couldn’t Make It To Open House 2020?

Couldn’t Make It To Open House 2020?

Couldn’t make it Open House this week? No worries at all! This is a super busy time of year and one can’t do everything! It was a pleasure to see so many parents and guardians Tuesday night and I appreciate your stopping by Zoom to say “hi” and hear about the 5/6 Art program. If you […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Five/My Husband’s New Love

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Five/My Husband’s New Love

“It is not often that someone comes along who is a true friend and a good writer. Charlotte was both.” – E.B. White, Charlotte’s Web This is the fifth in a series of posts written after a summer spent chiefly at home during the time of COVID-19. Except for occasional grocery trips, visiting my mother, or […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Four/Pottery

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Four/Pottery

“I am still learning.” – Michelangelo Did I just compare myself to Michelangelo? As if. This is the fourth in a series of posts written after a summer spent chiefly at home during the time of COVID-19. Except for occasional grocery trips, visiting my mother, or a trip to the wide open beach, we have been […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Three/Family

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Three/Family

¨You don’t choose your family. They are God’s gift to you, as you are to them.¨ — Desmond Tutu This is the third in a series of posts written after a summer spent chiefly at home during the time of COVID-19. Except for occasional grocery trips, visiting my mother, or a trip to the wide open […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Two/Backyard Barnyard

How I Spent My Summer Vacation Two/Backyard Barnyard

“I don’t know which is more discouraging, literature or chickens.” – E. B. White This is the second post about the summer of 2020, a summer spent chiefly at home during the time of COVID-19. Except for occasional grocery trips, visiting my mother, or a trip to the wide open beach, we have been home. I’m […]

How I Spent My Summer Vacation One/Gardening

How I Spent My Summer Vacation One/Gardening

“Take thy plastic spade, It is thy pencil; take thy seeds, thy plants, They are thy colours. – William Mason, The English Garden, 1782 This is the first in a series of posts written after a summer of Covid-19 pandemic quarantine. I believe we as a society have exhausted all the negative adjectives (uncertain, unprecedented, unimaginable, etc) […]

End of Year Message 2020

End of Year Message 2020

Art is a language unto itself. Along with speaking and writing, you have inside you your own artistic voice. It is a powerful voice to harness when you really want to say something. Art can be your best friend when you’re trying to work through what’s going on in the world around you. – Alice Gentili […]

Drawing Act 150 Submissions

Drawing Act 150 Submissions

The first section of chapter thirty-eight of the General Statutes is hereby amended so as to include Drawing among the branches of learning which are by said section required to be taught in public schools. – Massachusetts Drawing Act of 1870 I began posting about the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Drawing Act on March […]

The 5/6 Miscoe Hill Art Show Has Been Updated

The 5/6 Miscoe Hill Art Show Has Been Updated

“The artist’s job is to be a witness to her/his time in history.” – Robert Rauschenberg The Miscoe Hill 5/6 virtual art show has been updated! I’m always proud to share the creative work of our young artists with our school and greater community. I’m especially proud to be able to share the work created by my […]

Stop Motion Animation/Wk11 Remote Learning

Stop Motion Animation/Wk11 Remote Learning

“Animators can only draw from their own experiences of pain and shock and emotions.” – Hayao Miyazaki We’re nearing the end of remote learning for this school year. The final assignment, Stop Motion Animation, is meant to introduce many of my students to creating animation to harness their emotions and creativity through story telling. The posted […]

Presenting Photography/Wk10 Remote Learning

Presenting Photography/Wk10 Remote Learning

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry When we wrapped up our focus on drawing during week eight of remote learning, it was time for something completely different. Photography. Specifically, a look at photographic composition based on the work of photographer Steve […]

Drawing Act150/Human Made Object/Wk8 Remote Learning

Drawing Act150/Human Made Object/Wk8 Remote Learning

“The teacher showed us how to see proportions, relationships, light and shadow, negative space, and space between space – something I never noticed before! In one week, I went from not knowing how to draw to sketching a detailed portrait. It literally changed the way I see things” Daniel H. Pink This post features the work […]

DrawingAct150/Light on White/Wk 7 Remote Learning

DrawingAct150/Light on White/Wk 7 Remote Learning

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe For the past two weeks, we’ve been looking at the way light falls on an object and trying to capture it in a drawing with pencil on paper. Our focus on drawing is directly influenced by the celebration of the Massachusetts Drawing […]

Make A Chicken Project/Wk 5 Remote Learning

Make A Chicken Project/Wk 5 Remote Learning

“Do not count your chickens before they are hatched.” – Aesop Because if you do, surely you will have underestimated. Both the quantity and quality of the Make A Chicken project assignment far exceeded my expectations for my art students in grades 5 and 6 at Miscoe Hill School, in Mendon, MA. Three key events came […]