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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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

Sketchbook Cover Constellations

Sketchbook Cover Constellations

“Look up at the stars and not down at your feet. Try to make sense of what you see, and wonder about what makes the universe exist. Be curious.” –  Stephen Hawking Sketchbook Covers We started a new semester (2 terms) on January 23. After making folders to hold artwork for the next few months, […]

Reimagined Book Covers

Reimagined Book Covers

“The illustrations in picture books are the first paintings most children see, and because of that, they are incredibly important. What we see and share at that age stays with us for life.” – Anthony Browne Over the past few weeks, my fifth and sixth grade art classes have been reimagining book covers for their […]

Out Of This World Sketchbook Covers

Out Of This World Sketchbook Covers

“To confine our attention to terrestrial matters would be to limit the human spirit.” – Stephen Hawking As I curate the student artwork for this post, I just can’t stop downloading pieces from Artsonia because they are ALL OUT OF THIS WORLD!!! We just wrapped up this project and most students have had a chance […]

The Printed Image: Student Artwork On Display

The Printed Image: Student Artwork On Display

“Photography is a small voice, at best, but sometimes one photograph, or a group of them, can lure our sense of awareness.” – W. Eugene Smith The following students will have their artwork on display in the Massachusetts Art Education Association exhibit The Printed Image from September 30 – November 15 at the MA State Transportation Building, 10 […]

Summer Learning 3: TABnology

Summer Learning 3: TABnology

“I do it/You do it. I challenge/You wrestle. You choose/I support” – John Crowe, Theory of Everything This isn’t the first time I’ve used this quote. It was at the top of the post I wrote about attending the TAB Institute at MassArt in the summer of 2017. If you read that post, you’ll understand the […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder For the last few classes, students have been working on drawing flowers. The focus of this project is on drawing from observation, abstraction of composition, […]

Charcoal Still Life Drawings at the Art Show at the Miscoe EXPO

Charcoal Still Life Drawings at the Art Show at the Miscoe EXPO

“All the visible world is only light on form.” Andrew Loomis For the past few weeks, my fifth grade students have been creating charcoal still life drawings. They began by sketching a still life positioned in the middle of the table, while observing light, shadow, and form in their sketchbooks. We had explored ellipses just […]

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 […]