Project Based Learning

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. […]

Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

Cardboard Creatures – Phase Three – Design for 3D Printing

“There are 3D people stuck in a 2D world” – Katherine Douglas, Choice-Based Art Education in the Classroom (TAB), (Douglas & Jaquith, 2018) “…especially in school art classes.” – Mona Lisa Lives Here I am blessed with a son who participated fully in an entire childhood filled with art making experiences, from extra-curricular classes I offered at […]

Cardboard Creature Project – Phase One – Build

Cardboard Creature Project – Phase One – Build

“The most sophisticated people I know – inside they are all children.” – Jim Henson The photo above is of me and a whole bunch of cardboard on October 8, 2019 as I waited to introduce our Cardboard Creature project to an incoming class. It was all down hill from there! Here’s how we did […]

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

Summer Learning 8: Clay Is Fun/Clay Is Hard

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.” Thomas A. Edison I spent most of my summer getting dirty and looking like this: And it was glorious! I would spend the early morning hours getting stuff done around the house, writing, or […]

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 […]

Sketchbooks and ZoneDoodles

Sketchbooks and ZoneDoodles

“Fostering thinking requires making thinking visible. Thinking happens mostly in our heads, invisible to others and even to ourselves. Effective thinkers make their thinking visible, meaning they externalize their thoughts through speaking, writing, drawing, or some other method. They can then direct and improve those thoughts. Visible Thinking also emphasizes documenting thinking for later reflection.” […]

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. […]

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 […]

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

Exposition, Exploration, & Exit ISTE17 Part 6/6

“What is that feeling when you’re driving away from people and they recede on the plain till you see their specks dispersing? —it’s the too-huge world vaulting us, and it’s good-bye. But we lean forward to the next crazy venture beneath the skies.” – Jack Kerouac, On the Road Massachusetts to Texas I had to go […]

(Rock the Boat) Don’t Rock the Boat Baby & ISTE17 Part 5/6

(Rock the Boat) Don’t Rock the Boat Baby & ISTE17 Part 5/6

“Whither goest thou, America, in thy shiny car in the night?” – Jack Kerouac, On The Road Middle Keynote Jennie Magiera kicked off Tuesday with an inspirational message in which she invited educators to tell their own stories as well as empower their students to tell theirs. She invited all of us in the auditorium to […]

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 […]

Welcome to Term Three in the Art Room

Welcome to Term Three in the Art Room

Welcome to term three in the art room. All my new classes have watched a welcome Prezi presentation which you can find here. As you can see, I may have a slight obsession with the Mona Lisa and Mona Lisa parodies. The presentation contains many of them and you can read more about my collection and […]

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 […]