Artroom

Special Visitor This Week

Special Visitor This Week

We were lucky to have a special visitor this week. Jacob Ginga, a pre-service Art Education major at the University of Massachusetts, Dartmouth, joined us on both Tuesday and Wednesday to observe our middle school art room in action. Mr. Jake was lucky enough to be in our classroom during clay week, which is a lot like […]

Pink Minions (A New Species of Minion)

Pink Minions (A New Species of Minion)

It wasn’t meant to go as far as it went. I needed a quick activity to leave for a substitute teacher when I was off-site at a workshop. Most art subs are not trained in art, so I try to leave simple yet engaging plans. Little did I know the activity would take on a […]

Artsonia and International Dot Day

Artsonia and International Dot Day

My class lists are pretty much finalized now, so I have uploaded them to Artsonia. Artsonia is an online gallery created for art teachers by art teachers. Please visit the Miscoe Hill gallery at Artsonia to see some of the 1500 images of student work that were uploaded last year. Now that Artsonia has all of my […]

Back-To-School: Day Two

Back-To-School: Day Two

Day two is already over so we must really be back at school! It is great to see the kids again and to meet all the new fifth graders. So far everything has been running smoothly and going according to plan. The heat and humidity have been a challenge. Hopefully we’ll all enjoy continued summer […]

clay! Clay!! CLAY!!!

“Good morning!” Wavy Gravy adjusted the microphone. “What we have in mind is breakfast in bed for 400,000.” There is no better way to date oneself than to quote something from the epic event that was Woodstock. But substitute in the word “clay” for “breakfast” and that’s the phrase that kept running through my mind […]

My Wish Came True!!!!!

My Wish Came True!!!!!

WOW!!!! We were just given an IPEVO Point 2 View USB Document Camera! Given = For Free! A week ago I submitted a wish story to Wishpool and my wish came true! My wish story: Hi, this is Mrs. Gentili, asking for the IPEVO Point 2 View Document Camera to help my middle school art students learn. […]

Better Paper = Less Ironing

Lately I have been spending a lot of time ironing artwork to flatten it out. Note to self: Buy better paper next year! Artwork by Jordan R.

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

It is the best thing ever. I learned about this last weekend from another art educator’s blog that I found on Pinterest: Mrs. Humpal’s Room I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and had never seen this idea until last weekend. I’m not kidding when I tell you that I couldn’t wait to get to […]

HELLO My Name Is:

HELLO My Name Is:

So I was given this spectacular blue monster at the Massachusetts Art Educators Association conference a couple of weeks ago. I brought him into school as another mascot for the art room. I had just planned to hang him somewhere so he could keep us company. But the children demanded more. “What’s his name? What’s his […]

Thank You For Your Donation!

Here is a photo of a new(ish) shelf unit that was donated to the art room by the Urban Missionaries of Worcester! The Urban Missionaries recently moved into a new building that had been a building supply store and warehouse. This shelf unit was left behind and had been used as a rack for glass. […]

Quote of the Week (6) – “I’ll do it”…

The quote of the week on this fine day is: “I’ll do it!” That’s what I said when the teacher for the Technology class being offered this session as part of our Enrichment program had something come up that would prevent her from teaching the class, after it was advertised. Meanwhile, there were close to […]

Welcome to Mona…

Welcome to Mona Lisa Lives Here! The purpose of this blog is to share the goings-on of my middle school art room. 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 […]