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A Gift Ten Years in the Making

A Gift Ten Years in the Making

“Life is full of sniffles, sobs and smiles. With sniffles predominating.” ― O. Henry, The Gift of the Magi But not on Christmas. Especially this Christmas. It is what you make of it, isn’t it? You do the things that fill you with Christmas spirit from listening to favorite holiday stories to preparing gifts for […]

A Day in the Life of #MURSDVisualArt

A Day in the Life of #MURSDVisualArt

“I have come to believe that a great teacher is a great artist and that there are as few as there are any other great artists. Teaching might even be the greatest of the arts since the medium is the human mind and spirit.” – John Steinbeck And what happens when an artist teaches?  Wonderful […]

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

Self-Portraits Published On Artsonia

“Every portrait that is painted with feeling is a portrait of the artist, not of the sitter.”  ― Oscar Wilde, The Picture of Dorian Gray Self Portraits For the past few weeks, all 5/6 art students have been working in self-portraits. Fifth grade artists have been learning to mix unique flesh tones and show shadows with darker complementary […]

Conferences Next Week

Conferences Next Week

Conferences It is conference season in the Mendon-Upton Regional School District. Please know I will be available for conferencing on Wednesday, November 8, from 12:15 until 2:30. Please send an email to me at agentili@mursd.org if you would like to set up a time to meet.  

We Remember

My thoughts on the Monday morning of the sixteenth anniversary of the attacks on 9/11/2001: As I walk through the halls of my school, the same school where I was teaching third grade on that day, I think: “We were here when it happened.” As I pass by classrooms and see the teachers with whom I shared shock […]

Teaching for Artistic Behavior: #TAB Institute 2017

Teaching for Artistic Behavior: #TAB Institute 2017

“I do it/You do it. I challenge/You wrestle. You choose/I support” – John Crowe, Theory of Everything Teaching for Artistic Behavior In the world of Art Education today, the pedagogical practice of Teaching for Artistic Behavior (TAB) has become a movement toward affording students the opportunity for individualized creativity and away from the one-project-at-a-time-for-all-students approach. […]

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 […]