iPads in the Artroom

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 […]

Presenting Photography/Wk10 Remote Learning

Presenting Photography/Wk10 Remote Learning

“My life is shaped by the urgent need to wander and observe, and my camera is my passport.” — Steve McCurry When we wrapped up our focus on drawing during week eight of remote learning, it was time for something completely different. Photography. Specifically, a look at photographic composition based on the work of photographer Steve […]

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, […]

Cardboard Creature Project – Phase Two – Stop Motion/Green Screen

Cardboard Creature Project – Phase Two – Stop Motion/Green Screen

“My filmmaking really began with technology. It began through technology, not through telling stories, because my 8mm movie camera was the way into whatever I decided to do.” – Steven Spielberg Starting with a quote by Steven Spielberg may seem like a lofty way to begin a post about video making by upper elementary students. To […]

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 […]

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 […]

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Artwork at Youth Art Month in Boston

Miscoe Hill 5/6 Artwork at Youth Art Month in Boston

“I really believe that if you practice enough you could paint the ‘Mona Lisa’ with a two-inch brush.” – Bob Ross Speaking of Mona Lisa, an art masterpiece, I am happy to announce the 2019 Youth Art Month artists and masterpieces by my students at Miscoe Hill School! The 2019 Youth Art Month exhibit, sponsored by […]

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 […]

ZoneDoodles

ZoneDoodles

“Doodling serves as a means of keeping the hand or fingers limber, so that they are always ready for serious work.” – Charles E. Burchfield Doesn’t everyone doodle? When I was a kid, I’d fill our phone book with doodles as I stretched the phone cord as far as I could to attain privacy away from […]

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 […]

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 […]

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 […]

May #K12ArtChallenge: The BEST of the Every Day Drawing Challenge

May #K12ArtChallenge: The BEST of the Every Day Drawing Challenge

I am honored to have been asked by the good folks at #K12ArtChallenge to facilitate the creativity challenge for May! I have enjoyed participating in the monthly challenges over the past year, albeit sporadically to match the ebb and flow of the school year. Two of the experiences stand out – the #TERPart challenge last […]

TONIGHT! Community iFair: Beyond Engagement

TONIGHT! Community iFair: Beyond Engagement

I’ll have the 3D printer and some 3D design savvy students over at Nipmuc High School tonight for the Community iFair. It is hard to believe we’ve had iPads in the art room for four years now. At first it was all about student engagement, four years later it is about so much more than that. […]

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 […]

60 To Zero In Five Seconds Flat

60 To Zero In Five Seconds Flat

As I know I mentioned before, I was fortunate to spend a week in the Project Zero Classroom program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education this summer studying the big ideas of prominent figures in education. One of the big ideas I encountered is Making Thinking Visible, introduced by Ron Ritchart and David Perkins. […]

So You Missed Open House?

So You Missed Open House?

I hope you had a chance to go swimming or sit in an air conditioned movie theater or something. Chances are though, you had a full day and another commitment and I completely understand. Aside from a handshake and some friendly words, I can share everything with you in this post. Here is what you […]

Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

Rotoscoping? Wait. What?

Rotoscoping is an animation technique in which animators trace over footage, frame by frame, for use in live-action and animated films. Originally, recorded live-action film images were projected onto a frosted glass panel and re-drawn by an animator. This projection equipment is called a rotoscope. Although this device was eventually replaced by computers, the process […]