Tag Archive | #arted

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. […]

Every Day Drawing Challenge 2020 Edition

Every Day Drawing Challenge 2020 Edition

“Drawing takes time. A line has time in it.” – David Hockney A long, long time ago shortly after iPads were first released by Apple, under the vision of Superintendent Joseph Maruszczak, my school district made a commitment to include iPads in instruction. We were early adopters in the public school sector.  We started in […]

Making Collages By Superimposing Photos

Making Collages By Superimposing Photos

“Things are not always as they seem; the first appearance deceives many.” – Phaedrus Superimposing photographs is a technique used to augment and transform a visual reality. This technique is commonly referred to as “photoshopping” named after the original program that made it possible – Adobe Photoshop. Today, superimposing photographs can be accomplished with other apps, […]

DrawingAct150/Light on White/Wk 7 Remote Learning

DrawingAct150/Light on White/Wk 7 Remote Learning

“There is strong shadow where there is much light.” Johann Wolfgang von Goethe For the past two weeks, we’ve been looking at the way light falls on an object and trying to capture it in a drawing with pencil on paper. Our focus on drawing is directly influenced by the celebration of the Massachusetts Drawing […]

5&6 Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO 2020

5&6 Art Show at the Miscoe Hill EXPO 2020

“Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” —Theodore Roosevelt Before quarantine, tonight I would have hosted the annual Art Show at the #Miscoe Hill EXPO for my 5&6th gr art students & their families. Believing exhibition is important for young artists, I created a virtual show via ThingLink and my students […]

“Do You Feel The Vibes?” Art Club Interactive Bulletin Board

“Do You Feel The Vibes?” Art Club Interactive Bulletin Board

“Do you feel the vibes?” In October 2019, the Miscoe Hill 5/6 Art Club created an interactive bulletin board to represent emotions through paintings and music. They traced each other in positions that represent the emotions they were trying to convey and then used tempera paint on cardboard to fill the tracings in with color. They […]

Drawing Act 150: Let’s Celebrate

Drawing Act 150: Let’s Celebrate

“Drawing depends upon two faculties – understanding and taste; skill being the result of practice or experience. It is of the utmost consequence that the first faculty should be developed in harmony with the second.” – Walter Smith This May we celebrate the 150th anniversary of the Massachusetts Drawing Act. On May 16, 1870 legislators […]

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 […]

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 Two – Stop Motion/Green Screen

Cardboard Creature Project – Phase Two – Stop Motion/Green Screen

“My filmmaking really began with technology. It began through technology, not through telling stories, because my 8mm movie camera was the way into whatever I decided to do.” – Steven Spielberg Starting with a quote by Steven Spielberg may seem like a lofty way to begin a post about video making by upper elementary students. To […]

Managing Classroom Management

Managing Classroom Management

“When I was a teacher, I’d walk into the classroom. I stood at the board. I was the man. I directed operations. I was an intellectual and artistic and moral traffic cop, and I – and I would direct the class, most of the time.”  Frank McCourt Believe me, I know I’m showing my age […]

Thank You Again Mendon-Upton Education Foundation

Thank You Again Mendon-Upton Education Foundation

Our Education Foundation, the Mendon-Upton Education Foundation (MUEF) is actively campaigning for donations right now. Flyers have been placed in local papers and emails have been sent to families in the school district. It is a perfect time to spotlight MUEF and the donation they made to the art departments of Miscoe Hill School and […]

Sweet Faces, Winter Stuff, & Holes In The Page

Sweet Faces, Winter Stuff, & Holes In The Page

Want to look at some art? Well, you’ve come to the right place! Now that my sixth grade students have iPads up and running, they are uploading work using the Artsonia “Class” feature. At this time they have uploaded their Charcoal Selfies and Winter Themed Clay projects. Their art is accompanied by some pretty sweet […]

Video, Apps & Important Note

Video, Apps & Important Note

Open house was held at Miscoe Hill for grades 5 & 6 tonight. It was a sincere pleasure to meet so many new parents/guardians and to see once again parents/guardians of my sixth grade students. For those of you who couldn’t attend, here is what you missed: Yes, there was a hand-out. Lucky for you, it […]

Congratulations YAM Flag Design Winner!

Congratulations YAM Flag Design Winner!

I am so happy to announce that the flag designed by Thomas Michel for Youth Art Month has been selected by the Massachusetts Art Education Association as the Flag Design Winner at the Elementary Level! Thomas is a fifth grade student at Miscoe Hill school in Mendon. There were just three flag designs selected from […]

Thoughts On This Day Off

Thoughts On This Day Off

We have this day off from school to commemorate the life of Martin Luther King Jr., a life he devoted to and was ultimately taken because of the American Civil Rights movement. When I first started thinking about writing something about Dr. King, the children’s book, My Dream of Martin Luther King by Faith Ringgold, came to […]

6th Grade Students Present “Hour of Code”

6th Grade Students Present “Hour of Code”

This morning I am so incredibly proud of Andrew, Belle, Ben, Liam, Skye, Riley, and Reem, 6th grade students who presented with Ms. Meyer on the Hour of Code to our school committee last night. With literally just hours of notice, the students pulled together a presentation that appeared to have taken much more time […]

365 iPad Drawings/My Year Creating Digitally: All in One Gallery

365 iPad Drawings/My Year Creating Digitally: All in One Gallery

Because you wanted to see all 365 iPad drawings together in one gallery…and so did I. Here they are exactly as published. I was taking this project literally day-by-day, therefore the information I shared with the drawings changed throughout the year. I admit I got a little carried away with alpacas near the end. You’ll […]

365 Days of the Every Day Drawing Challenge PDF

365 Days of the Every Day Drawing Challenge PDF

This document has all 12 months of the Every Day Drawing Challenge drawing prompts combined into one PDF. To see my 365 drawings on the iPad for this challenge, visit the Every Day Drawing Challenge Gallery.  They are also posted as a year-long (2013) Instagram project here. Happy drawing! Click on the image to view […]

My Year of Creating Digitally

“We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” – Aristotle This is the quote that motivated me to try to develop my iPad drawing skills through Every Day Drawing Challenge. I wanted to learn to use the iPad as a drawing tool, just as famous artist David Hockney […]