Painting

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 […]

Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

Digital Art: Self Portraits vs. Selfies

“You use a glass mirror to see your face; you use works of art to see your soul.” – George Bernard Shaw A large part of November found my art classes engaged in Digital Art Making with their iPads. One of the projects was Self Portraits accomplished through the rotoscoping (tracing outlines) method traditionally used in […]

Sketchbooks and Artsonia

Sketchbooks and Artsonia

Here it is Friday already and as I look back on the week I think two things: 1. busy 2. hot  Sketchbooks We began the week by making sketchbooks with 23″ x 35″ text paper and 15.5″ x 11.5″ cover stock. Students painted their covers last week using watered-down tempera paint applied with straws (blowing), […]

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 […]

Once Upon A Time Two: Miscoe Hill’s Robert Indiana Murals

Once Upon A Time Two: Miscoe Hill’s Robert Indiana Murals

This is the second 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 decided to write some blog posts incorporating these photos to share the memories and/or inspire others to try […]

The Little Things

The Little Things

I was away last weekend. I was far away in California for my niece’s wedding. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. My seven siblings and their families, along with my mother (eighty-seven years old, God love her) descended upon Orange County from all over the country. We have not all been together like […]

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Just in the St. Nick of time, fifth grade family portraits have been uploaded to Artsonia for your viewing pleasure! Whether gathered around a menorah, holiday table, or Christmas tree, students have portrayed their families in warm, welcoming environments.     Starting with “dissection” (analysis) of the elements of 18th century family portraits (best described […]

Congratulations to the Art in the Valley Artists!

Congratulations to the Art in the Valley Artists!

Congratulations to the 15 Miscoe Hill students in grades five and six whose artwork has been chosen to be exhibited in the eighth annual Blackstone Valley Art in the Valley 2014 youth art show! Student work was selected because of its high quality and inventive artistic expression for the age group. We are very proud of our students’ creative effort and […]

Artsonia and International Dot Day

Artsonia and International Dot Day

My class lists are pretty much finalized now, so I have uploaded them to Artsonia. Artsonia is an online gallery created for art teachers by art teachers. Please visit the Miscoe Hill gallery at Artsonia to see some of the 1500 images of student work that were uploaded last year. Now that Artsonia has all of my […]

Painting Self Portraits With iPads

Today our fifth grade art students are painting self portraits using the iPad camera and Sketchbook Express. They are learning about layers, color sampling, and opacity…and doing a GREAT job!  

Please Vote For Michael!

Please Vote For Michael!

Please vote for Michael for Artist of the Week on Artsonia! He will win a $50 gift card, and our classroom will win a $100 gift card! You may vote from each of your computers or devices once per day. Each day I vote from my PC at school, my phone, my iPad, and my […]

5th Grade Family Portraits on Artsonia

I love this project. I love seeing how the kids choose to portray their families. From mothers with arms around their children, to the sayings on the T-shirts, the braces on the smiling teeth of older siblings, and the variety of pets included, these family portraits make me smile! We started by looking at family portraits from […]

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

I LOVE THE GLUE SPONGE!

It is the best thing ever. I learned about this last weekend from another art educator’s blog that I found on Pinterest: Mrs. Humpal’s Room I’ve been teaching for 15 years now and had never seen this idea until last weekend. I’m not kidding when I tell you that I couldn’t wait to get to […]