5th Grade

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 […]

Digital Art – Superimposition

Digital Art – Superimposition

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” – Phaedrus I’ve long been a fan of Superimposition, using Photoshop to combine images and make them one – so much so that I can’t help considering scenarios in this way, sometimes with an image superimposed over a compatible image, sometimes paired with an […]

Digital Art: SketchNoting

Digital Art: SketchNoting

“All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.” – Leonardo da Vinci When I searched for an appropriate quote for this post about SketchNoting, I was thinking of note taking as idea gathering and remembering, working through thoughts in a visible way. Of course my mind jumped to Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, which are […]

Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw A large part of November found my art classes engaged in Digital Art Making with their iPads. One of the projects was Self Portraits accomplished through the rotoscoping (tracing outlines) method traditionally used in […]

Sketchbooks and ZoneDoodles

Sketchbooks and ZoneDoodles

“Fostering thinking requires making thinking visible. Thinking happens mostly in our heads, invisible to others and even to ourselves. Effective thinkers make their thinking visible, meaning they externalize their thoughts through speaking, writing, drawing, or some other method. They can then direct and improve those thoughts. Visible Thinking also emphasizes documenting thinking for later reflection.” […]

Couldn’t Make It To Open House?

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 Wednesday night and I appreciate your stopping by to say “hi” and check out the art room. If you weren’t able […]

International Dot Day 2018

International Dot Day 2018

In the Miscoe Hill 5/6Art room we have had a blast creating dots and watching them come to life using the Quiver app on iPads. Why create dots? Because of the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Here is a narrated video of the story: We colored in templates made by Quiver and then used the […]

Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO

Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” – Bob Ross It is Friday morning after our annual art show, which was held on Tuesday evening. I hadn’t posted about it until today because I feel like I’m still living it with clay work distribution continuing and the classroom not quite back to normal yet. This […]

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Art – Welcome to Term 3!

“Let’s flip this record over and see what’s on the other side.” – Anonymous This post is for all the families whose children have just begun taking art class in Term 3. This time of year is kind of like the first day of school for specialists who teach half year courses, except there is […]

Snow Scenes on Artsonia

Snow Scenes on Artsonia

It snowed last year too: I made a snowman and my brother knocked it down and I knocked my brother down and then we had tea. – Dylan Thomas As our term winds down amid snowy snow days, we have been creating digital art on iPads. This week we are making stop motion animations, while […]

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 […]

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”  ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Self Portraits For the past few weeks, all 5/6 art students have been working in self-portraits. Fifth grade artists have been learning to mix unique flesh tones and show shadows with darker complementary […]

Conferences Next Week

Conferences Next Week

Conferences It is conference season in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Please know I will be available for conferencing on Wednesday, November 8, from 12:15 until 2:30. Please send an email to me at agentili@mursd.org if you would like to set up a time to meet.  

That Mona Obsession, Tho

As we finish up our second week of school, I’m happy to say we are all settling in to the 2017/2018 school year. My students are always curious about the collection of Mona Lisa copies and parodies on the wall by my desk. I’m told there are 48 of them at this time. I like […]

End of Year Art Clearance

Hello parents/guardians of grades 5 & 6 artists – As each class has left my room over the past two days, they have taken with them: Art Folders containing artwork from the past two terms Sketchbooks Clay pieces The clay pieces have been wrapped and hopefully will return home in one piece. In the event […]

New Art On Artsonia

New Art On Artsonia

Long after our in-house art show is over, our online gallery continues to display new artwork. Today, three new projects have been uploaded to Artsonia. Abstraction: For this project, students divided the 2 dimensional paper plane of a still life using an abstraction technique called Contour Continuation. Once divided, they filled the positive space with […]

Yarn Paintings On Display At M.E.S.S.

Yarn Paintings On Display At M.E.S.S.

Don’t miss it! Huichol inspired fifth grade yarn paintings will be on display at the Miscoe Elective Student Showcase (M.E.S.S) – TOMORROW Tuesday, April 11 from 6-8pm.

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 […]

Welcome to Term Three in the Art Room

Welcome to Term Three in the Art Room

Welcome to term three in the art room. All my new classes have watched a welcome Prezi presentation which you can find here. As you can see, I may have a slight obsession with the Mona Lisa and Mona Lisa parodies. The presentation contains many of them and you can read more about my collection and […]

Clay Projects Going Home Today & Tomorrow

Clay Projects Going Home Today & Tomorrow

Just a heads up that student clay pieces are being sent home today and tomorrow. Why a heads up? They are super fragile and have a long journey home! The clay pieces have been wrapped in newsprint and exit the art room door that way. I can’t vouch for their safety beyond that moment (sorry). […]