Cross-Curricular Connections

“Do You Feel The Vibes?” Art Club Interactive Bulletin Board

“Do You Feel The Vibes?” Art Club Interactive Bulletin Board

“Do you feel the vibes?” In October 2019, the Miscoe Hill 5/6 Art Club created an interactive bulletin board to represent emotions through paintings and music. They traced each other in positions that represent the emotions they were trying to convey and then used tempera paint on cardboard to fill the tracings in with color. They […]

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 […]

WeRMakers: Product ReDesign In Fifth Grade Art

WeRMakers: Product ReDesign In Fifth Grade Art

“A designer is an emerging synthesis of artist, inventor, mechanic, objective economist and evolutionary strategist.” – R. Buckminster Fuller This is the third fall I have facilitated the WeRMakers Product Redesign unit. This is a project-based-learning unit that utilizes resources from Project Zero Classroom’s Agency by Design. A few colleagues and I  participated in their online […]

Light-Up Artwork with Paper Circuits

Light-Up Artwork with Paper Circuits

“Art history is littered with work that involves light.” –  James Turrell, Artist Following the lead of artist, James Turrell, in the early days of April, we worked on drawings with oil pastel to which we added LED lights, by creating Paper Circuits. We used multi-colored LED lights, copper tape, a battery and a piece […]

Making Mandalas

Making Mandalas

Compasses, protractors, and rulers…oh my! Mandalas: Where art and math collide. As shared in the last post about Sketchbooks, this term we created Mandalas on the covers of our newly made sketchbooks. We used protractors, compasses, rulers, pencils, and markers. Here is a short video showing how to make them: Once the Mandalas were underway […]

ETTSummit 2017

ETTSummit 2017

“Let us be grateful to people who make us happy, they are the charming gardeners who make our souls blossom.” Marcel Proust I’m just back home from two days at the EdTechTeacher ETTSummit in Boston and want to write a few lines to keep the inspiration alive that I felt there. I go to a […]

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 […]

Flat Stanley’s Adventures on the East Coast

Flat Stanley’s Adventures on the East Coast

My middle level art education friend, September, who lives in Michigan, asked over social media for volunteers to take a Flat Stanley for her daughter, Lennie, who is in first grade. Of course, ever since my son was in first grade and had a Flat Stanley returned by President Clinton along with a packet of […]

Family Game Night at M.E.S.S.

Family Game Night at M.E.S.S.

As part of the Art Show at Miscoe Electives Student Showcase (M.E.S.S), sixth grade artist/game makers will have their handmade board games set up for play with the 3D printed game pieces they designed. Join us for Family Game Night at the Art Show at M.E.S.S.!

Once Upon A Time Twelve – That Time We Fit The World In The Gym

Once Upon A Time Twelve – That Time We Fit The World In The Gym

This is a post about that time we fit the whole world in the gym with the Global Village project undertaken at Miscoe Hill School in the spring of 2007. This is the twelfth in a series of Legacy Posts about projects that happened early on in my art classroom. Recently I was able to tap into some archived […]

Once Upon A Time Eleven – The Courtyard Project

Once Upon A Time Eleven – The Courtyard Project

This is a post about the courtyard project undertaken at Miscoe Hill School in the spring and summer of 2007. This is the eleventh in a series of Legacy Posts about projects that happened early on in my art classroom. Recently I was able to tap into some archived photos that I thought had long ago disappeared. I’ve […]

Great Question: Why Are We Designing Games In Art?

Great Question: Why Are We Designing Games In Art?

As he entered the classroom yesterday, one of my sixth grade art students asked, “Mrs. Gentili, why are we designing games in art?” “That’s a great question, ” I replied, “Let’s talk about it with the class once everyone settles.” And we did. We have been engaged in a project-based-learning unit on Game Design for […]

On Being Named MA Art Educator Of The Year

On Being Named MA Art Educator Of The Year

Two weekends ago I received the Massachusetts Art Education Association 2015 Art Educator of the Year award. I found out about the award earlier in the school year and was congratulated and celebrated in the local media at that time. I took it all in stride then and November 8th seemed so far away. As […]

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 […]

International Dot Day – A Celebration

International Dot Day – A Celebration

Her teacher smiled. “Just make a mark and see where it takes you.” These are words to live by from The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. In celebration of International Dot Day, dots have been the focus of our recent artwork in three types of media. If you are not familiar with the book, you […]

And We’re Back!!!!

And We’re Back!!!!

In a blink of an eye. That is how quickly summer flew by. Trust me, I know that summer is not officially over until September 21, but let’s face it, the minute school is in session we lose the carefree feeling of summer. Not all at once, fortunately. Instead, it languishes like a tan that […]

Thank you Ipevo for the Document Camera

Thank you Ipevo for the Document Camera

I am very excited to have received a free document camera from Ipevo’s Wishpool! Today I put it to use! I used the Ipevo Point2View document camera to show the illustrations on the big screen while I read aloud the text to the students. All students can see the screen and view details of the illustrations […]

Snowflakes For Sandy Hook

Snowflakes For Sandy Hook

When school resumes for Sandy Hook, it will be in a new building. Parent-volunteers are working to ensure that the students are welcomed back by a winter wonderland with the entire school decorated with as many unique snowflakes as possible. We encourage senders to be as creative as possible, remembering that no two snowflakes are alike. […]