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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. […]

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 […]

Managing Classroom Management

Managing Classroom Management

“When I was a teacher, I’d walk into the classroom. I stood at the board. I was the man. I directed operations. I was an intellectual and artistic and moral traffic cop, and I – and I would direct the class, most of the time.”  Frank McCourt Believe me, I know I’m showing my age […]

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. […]

Getting It Done

Getting It Done

Mid-way through the third week-ish of school, so nine days in, we are settling in and already having meaningful experiences. Thanks to first day roll-outs of iPads, we were able to get right to work (thank you Mr. Quinn and tech crew). I have been introducing the tech components of our routines through authentic processes […]

New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

New Semester: New Beginnings – Google Classroom, Artsonia, Sketchbooks

Starting the second semester is in many ways like starting a brand new school year. As I welcome new classes and learn to put names with new faces, I am also establishing a foundation of communication and routines for our next five months together. Google Classroom – The first goal was to get all of my new […]

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

D is for December/D is for Digital Art

In the 5/6 art room we’ve had a great week or so learning to create digital art on iPads. During a frenetic time in the world outside the room, this focused work has been cozy, calming, and generally pretty quiet. After introductory tutorials in person and provided as a reference in Google Classroom, the students […]

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 […]

October Is Here – It Must Be Google Classroom Time

October Is Here – It Must Be Google Classroom Time

October means many things in the art room, the first of which is getting all of my classes on Google Classroom (GC). I will be using GC to send out assignments and collect finished work. In the art room, students take photos of her/his artwork at varying stages and post the photos to GC for me […]

“Hole In The Page” Videos On Padlet

“Hole In The Page” Videos On Padlet

Long ago, a colleague dropped off a bag of jar lids with me and said, “I don’t know what you can use them for, but I figured you would think of something!”. For a few years now, my sixth grade students have traced them to make the “hole” for “Hole in the Page” drawings to explore […]

iPads and Websites for Parents/Guardians

iPads and Websites for Parents/Guardians

Now that iPads have been rolled out with all Miscoe Hill students, there are a few things you should know: 1. Soon you will be receiving an email from Artsonia.com about our online art gallery. Artsonia is a website established by art teachers for art teachers. It is a secure site. In the past three […]