Alice Matthews Gentili

The Show Must Go On! Right?!

The Show Must Go On! Right?!

Sharing out my presentation on the many options for Virtual Art Shows from the Art Education & Technology PechaKucha at the National Art Education Association virtual convention yesterday:   The Show Must Go On! Right?! Video – Drive: https://tinyurl.com/AETGentiliNAEA21 YouTube: https://youtu.be/AbRkplpOLlo Resources: https://tinyurl.com/AETGentiliNAEA21Resources

Miscoe Hill 5&6 Artists Showcase/Semester One

Miscoe Hill 5&6 Artists Showcase/Semester One

It’s not our art, but our heart that’s on display. – Gary Holland, Contemporary Artist As most of my readers know, I’m retiring from the Mendon Upton Regional School District in the middle of this month (I’ll write more about that in a separate post). I won’t be fully retiring as I’ve accepted a part […]

Color Me Impressed/Watercolor Painting

Color Me Impressed/Watercolor Painting

“If one says ‘Red’ – the name of color – and there are fifty people listening, it can be expected that there will be fifty reds in their minds. And one can be sure that all these reds will be very different.” – Josef Albers This last project for Semester One took a while to […]

Celebrating Youth Art Month 2021

Celebrating Youth Art Month 2021

“Whereas, The arts are an essential component of a basic education and are one of the six core subjects as designated in the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993; and…hereby proclaim March to be, Youth Arts Month…” So reads the second clause of the Massachusetts Proclamation for March to be known as Youth Arts Month. How exciting! […]

Let It Snow/NO LIMITS

Let It Snow/NO LIMITS

“Our snow was not only shaken from white wash buckets down the sky, it came shawling out of the ground and swam and drifted out of the arms and hands and bodies of the trees; snow grew overnight on the roofs of the houses like a pure and grandfather moss, minutely ivied the walls and […]

How I Spent My Winter Vacation 2020

How I Spent My Winter Vacation 2020

“Each person deserves a day away in which no problems are confronted, no solutions searched for.  Each of us needs to withdraw from the cares which will not withdraw from us.” Maya Angelou As I closed up my virtual classroom for the winter break on December 23, I posted the retooled image above. Eleven days […]

ZoneDoodles Hybrid Style

ZoneDoodles Hybrid Style

“The proof is in the pudding” – Cervantes This is a follow up post to Project Planning During A Pandemic where I get to showcase student work while reflecting on the assignment. As described in the linked post above, planning for hybrid teaching is challenging and I have been experimenting with different approaches to teach the […]

Thanksgiving: On The Farm With A Little Help From Our Friends And Family

Thanksgiving: On The Farm With A Little Help From Our Friends And Family

Gratitude can transform common days into thanksgivings, turn routine jobs into joy, and change ordinary opportunities into blessings. – William Arthur Ward In my Home Time series of posts written about summer vacation during a pandemic, I introduced you to my husband, Dick, in this post and our little farm in this post. In the post […]

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) […]