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Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO

Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO

“We don’t make mistakes, just happy little accidents” – Bob Ross It is Friday morning after our annual art show, which was held on Tuesday evening. I hadn’t posted about it until today because I feel like I’m still living it with clay work distribution continuing and the classroom not quite back to normal yet. This […]

Early Finishers – Art Ed Bloggers Network

Early Finishers – Art Ed Bloggers Network

My report card always said, ‘Jim finishes first and then disrupts the other students’.  – Jim Carrey The theme of this Art Ed Bloggers Network shared topic this month (my first) is Early Finishers. I think Jim Carrey’s quote above is what comes to mind when we think about our students finishing their projects before the […]

Making Sketchbooks

Making Sketchbooks

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. […]

Making Mandalas

Making Mandalas

Compasses, protractors, and rulers…oh my! Mandalas: Where art and math collide. As shared in the last post about Sketchbooks, this term we created Mandalas on the covers of our newly made sketchbooks. We used protractors, compasses, rulers, pencils, and markers. Here is a short video showing how to make them: Once the Mandalas were underway […]

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. […]

The Haiti Posts: A Directory

The Haiti Posts: A Directory

Dlo pa janbe trou./Water does not cross over holes. It must first fill the hole, before it can move on. – Haitian Proverb Here is a directory of the six posts I’ve shared about the recent trip to Haiti by our small delegation of travelers from the St. Gabriel the Archangel parish: The first is […]

Pale Anglè? Not Yet!: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Five/Five

Pale Anglè? Not Yet!: St. Gabriel Trip to Haiti 2018 Five/Five

Pale Anglè? Not yet!/Speak English? Not yet! This is the fifth and final post from my recent trip to Haiti with a small delegation from St. Gabriel the Archangel. The first post was an introduction, which can be found here. This is my third trip to Haiti, having traveled there in 2007 and 2009. A […]