iPads in the Artroom

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 […]