3D Printing

Youth Art Month 2020 5/6 Artists

Youth Art Month 2020 5/6 Artists

“The greater danger for most of us lies not in setting our aim too high and falling short; but in setting our aim too low, and achieving our mark.” – Michelangelo It is my pleasure to announce the artworks and artists for this year’s Boston Youth Art Month show! The Massachusetts Art Education Association sponsored Youth […]

Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

“There are 3D people stuck in a 2D world” – Katherine Douglas, Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB), (Douglas & Jaquith, 2018) “…especially in school art classes.” – Mona Lisa Lives Here I am blessed with a son who participated fully in an entire childhood filled with art making experiences, from extra-curricular classes I offered at […]

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison I spent most of my summer getting dirty and looking like this: And it was glorious! I would spend the early morning hours getting stuff done around the house, writing, or […]

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

“There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material” – Salvatore Ferragamo Today I’m honored and excited to share the news that my name has been included in the Names Dress, which is on display at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy! The Names Dress is a wearable, compostable conceptual […]

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Artwork at Youth Art Month in Boston

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Artwork at Youth Art Month in Boston

“I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.” – Bob Ross Speaking of Mona Lisa, an art masterpiece, I am happy to announce the 2019 Youth Art Month artists and masterpieces by my students at Miscoe Hill School! The 2019 Youth Art Month exhibit, sponsored by […]

Design – 3D Modeling:

Design – 3D Modeling:

“3D Printing: It can change the whole paradigm of how our children will see innovation and manufacturing in America” – Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO We’ve had our MakerBot Replicator II for five years now. We received it for free thanks to a grant from MakerBot and DonorsChoose. Since then, we’ve acquired two more – a […]

GameMakers PBL Unit With 3D Printing

GameMakers PBL Unit With 3D Printing

“I think it’s wrong that only one company makes the game Monopoly.” – Steven Wright Two summers ago I put together the GameMakers unit to engage sixth grade art students while utilizing cooperative learning, project based learning, 3D printing, Google Classroom, and Google Sites. We piloted it in the fall of 2016, with great success. […]

Celebrating Art at the MAEA Youth Art Month Exhibit in Boston

Celebrating Art at the MAEA Youth Art Month Exhibit in Boston

The arts teach children that in complex forms of problem solving purposes are seldom fixed, but change with circumstance and opportunity.  Learning in the arts requires the ability and a willingness to surrender to the unanticipated possibilities of the work as it unfolds. – Elliot Eisner Once again I am happy to showcase six middle […]

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? —it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Massachusetts to Texas I had to go […]

So, You Missed The Art Show?

So, You Missed The Art Show?

So, you missed the art show even after this relentless campaign of advertising (in a former life I may have worked for Burma Shave?). The annual Miscoe Hill Art Show was held as part of the Miscoe Hill Elective Student Showcase (M.E.S.S.). It was a warmer and sunnier than usual April 11 (a perfect night for […]

2017 Youth Art Month Artists

2017 Youth Art Month Artists

It is that time of year once again when we celebrate Art Education with the Youth Art Month Art Exhibit in Boston! Sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association and Sargent Art, the exhibit will display artwork by 900+ Massachusetts students in grades K – 12. Art educators in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District have […]

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Youth Art Month Artists

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Youth Art Month Artists

Once again I find myself beaming with pride at the fine work my students create! The artwork of six students has been selected for the Youth Art Month exhibit to be held in Boston from February 8 through March 31 at the State Transportation Building. The exhibit is open to the public from 9:00am – […]

MiscoeMakerCrew In SchoolArts Magazine

MiscoeMakerCrew In SchoolArts Magazine

It was very exciting to learn that an article I had written for SchoolArts magazine has been published in the February 2016 edition. The article is about the MiscoeMakerCrew, a group of twelve students who met weekly after school to learn about 3D printing and designing 3D models. Here is the link to the article: […]

MiscoeMakerCrew at the Mendon-Upton iFair and our 3D Printing Journey

MiscoeMakerCrew at the Mendon-Upton iFair and our 3D Printing Journey

The MiscoeMakerCrew at the Mendon-Upton Community iFair and a Quick Reflection on our 3D Printing Journey

From Fail to Fabulous – The Design Process

From Fail to Fabulous – The Design Process

In order to be ready to present at the National Art Education Association annual convention later this week, I’ve spent the better part of the weekend putting together presentations. The process of choosing which of many photos and videos to include based on their best fit with the concepts and “bigger ideas” within the presentations kept […]

Congratulations to Andrew, Youth Art Month Award Winner!

Congratulations to Andrew, Youth Art Month Award Winner!

Casually checking my school email on a Sunday evening and BAM! Andrew Murphy has won the Sargent Art Middle Level Award at the MAEA Youth Art Month showing Boston with his 3D design and Printed piece, “Castle”! Here is the email that I opened today: Congratulations to Andrew and his family indeed! And thanks for […]

Congratulations To Our Youth Art Month Artists!

Congratulations To Our Youth Art Month Artists!

Please join me in congratulating the following students whose work will be on display at the Massachusetts Art Education Association Youth Art Month exhibit in Boston! From left to right in this photo are: Owen Brigham, Grace Bernero, Lucie Nicholson, Vaishvi Patel, and Andrew Murphy I am so very pleased and proud of these students […]

Art Educator Or Sydney Opera House

Art Educator Or Sydney Opera House

“The concert hall at the Sydney Opera House holds 2,700 people. This blog was viewed about 27,000 times in 2014. If it were a concert at Sydney Opera House, it would take about 10 sold-out performances for that many people to see it.” Thank you, WordPress, for my annual blog report. I never thought of […]

Enrichment Offerings – Session Two

Enrichment Offerings – Session Two

Registration is open for Session Two of the Enrichment Program. Classes start the week of December 1 and meet for 7 weeks. This is a great chance to exercise creativity on a cold afternoon! These are my offerings: Tuesdays from 2:45 – 3:45: Bowl Me Over With Clay Ice cream bowls, cereal bowls, berry bowls, […]

Miscoe Hill Art Show – Pretty Much the Coolest Thing Ever

Miscoe Hill Art Show – Pretty Much the Coolest Thing Ever

How do you exhibit the work of 1000 art students? That is the question my colleague and I ask ourselves every year! Starting in September, I squirrel away student artwork with the annual spring school art show in mind. Just about a month before the show, the piles of artwork, fragile clay pieces, and 3D work […]