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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 […]

Summer Learning 7: MA Art Museums

Summer Learning 7: MA Art Museums

Inside the museums, infinity goes up on trial Voices echo this is what salvation must be like after a while But Mona Lisa must’ve had the highway blues You can tell by the way she smiles – Bob Dylan, Visions of Johanna How fortunate I am to live in Massachusetts, where in anywhere between an hour and three […]

Summer Learning 6: New Horizon

Summer Learning 6: New Horizon

“My vision for New Horizon was really to create a sculpture that was living; something that could create a moment in time as opposed to something that was made of form and was solid. Artworks which one can seek out or explore. Artworks that are time-based, that can burn hot for temporary moments. Artworks that […]

Summer Learning 5: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Summer Learning 5: Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

“Let the beauty we love be what we do.” – Isaiah Zagar We went to Philadelphia during the last week of June to celebrate my nephew’s wedding. Congratulations Courtney and Brendan! Lucky for us, they chose Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens as the venue for the rehearsal dinner. I say “lucky for us” because I have visited the site […]

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

Summer Learning 4: Street Art in Philadelphia

“When you walk down the street and see something in a crazy spot, there’s something powerful about that. The street will always be an important part of getting art out there for me.” – Shepard Fairey We went to Philadelphia for a wedding during the last week of June. In the time around the wedding events, […]

Summer Learning 3: TABnology

Summer Learning 3: TABnology

“I do it/You do it. I challenge/You wrestle. You choose/I support” – John Crowe, Theory of Everything This isn’t the first time I’ve used this quote. It was at the top of the post I wrote about attending the TAB Institute at MassArt in the summer of 2017. If you read that post, you’ll understand the […]

Summer Learning 2: The Rodin Museum

Summer Learning 2: The Rodin Museum

“I choose a block of marble and chop off whatever I don’t need.” Auguste Rodin We went to Philadelphia for a wedding during the last week of June. In the time around the wedding events, my husband, Dick, and I explored the city on foot taking in artworks of all kinds. The first morning we […]

Summer Learning 1: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

Summer Learning 1: The Philadelphia Museum of Art

“True silence is the rest of the mind, and is to the spirit what sleep is to the body, nourishment and refreshment.” – William Penn We went to Philadelphia to celebrate my nephew’s wedding. Congratulations Courtney and Brendan! We brought my mother (91 years young – don’t tell her I told you her age), so […]

April Showers Bring May Flowers

April Showers Bring May Flowers

“Mama was my greatest teacher, a teacher of compassion, love and fearlessness. If love is sweet as a flower, then my mother is that sweet flower of love.” – Stevie Wonder For the last few classes, students have been working on drawing flowers. The focus of this project is on drawing from observation, abstraction of composition, […]

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

The Names Dress (With My Name!)

“There is no limit to beauty, no saturation point in design, no end to the material” – Salvatore Ferragamo Today I’m honored and excited to share the news that my name has been included in the Names Dress, which is on display at the Museo Salvatore Ferragamo in Florence, Italy! The Names Dress is a wearable, compostable conceptual […]

Charcoal Still Life Drawings at the Art Show at the Miscoe EXPO

Charcoal Still Life Drawings at the Art Show at the Miscoe EXPO

“All the visible world is only light on form.” Andrew Loomis For the past few weeks, my fifth grade students have been creating charcoal still life drawings. They began by sketching a still life positioned in the middle of the table, while observing light, shadow, and form in their sketchbooks. We had explored ellipses just […]

Watercolor Abstraction at the Art Show at Miscoe EXPO

Watercolor Abstraction at the Art Show at Miscoe EXPO

Abstract art enables the artist to perceive beyond the tangible, to extract the infinite out of the finite. It is the emancipation of the mind. It is an exploration into unknown areas. ― Arshile Gorky For the past few weeks, my sixth grade students have been working on watercolor still life arrangements abstracted through contour […]

Art In The Valley 2019

Art In The Valley 2019

Once again, I have the pleasure of congratulating some of my fifth and sixth grade students on having work selected for an art show. Thus one is the Art in the Valley show in Blackstone this Friday night and Saturday until noon. Hartnett Middle School, Blackstone Friday, April 5, 2019 6:00-8:00 pm, Opening Reception Saturday, […]

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Reflection: My Wicked SmART #NAEA19 Experience

Teachers believe they have a gift for giving; it drives them with the same irrepressible drive that drives others to create a work of art or a market or a building. – A. Bartlett Giamatti It has been two weeks since 6000 art educators descended on Boston for the 2019 National Art Education Association annual convention. […]

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 […]

Happy New Year! Bonn Ane!

Happy New Year! Bonn Ane!

Good News To Start The New Year!/Bon Nouvèl Kòmanse Yon Ane Nouvo! Around this time last year, five members of the St. Gabriel Haiti Ministry visited our sister parish, St. Anne in Sucrerie Henri, Haiti.  As well as being a pastoral visit to maintain our twinning relationship, we went to see how our monetary support […]

Design – 3D Modeling:

Design – 3D Modeling:

“3D Printing: It can change the whole paradigm of how our children will see innovation and manufacturing in America” – Bre Pettis, MakerBot CEO We’ve had our MakerBot Replicator II for five years now. We received it for free thanks to a grant from MakerBot and DonorsChoose. Since then, we’ve acquired two more – a […]

Digital Art – Superimposition

Digital Art – Superimposition

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” – Phaedrus I’ve long been a fan of Superimposition, using Photoshop to combine images and make them one – so much so that I can’t help considering scenarios in this way, sometimes with an image superimposed over a compatible image, sometimes paired with an […]

Digital Art: SketchNoting

Digital Art: SketchNoting

“All our knowledge is the offspring of our perceptions.” – Leonardo da Vinci When I searched for an appropriate quote for this post about SketchNoting, I was thinking of note taking as idea gathering and remembering, working through thoughts in a visible way. Of course my mind jumped to Leonardo da Vinci’s notebooks, which are […]