Tag Archive | #creativity

Initial Animals Are Up On Artsonia!

Initial Animals Are Up On Artsonia!

What started out as a one-shot-deal, easy 5th grade lesson for a substitute teacher while I was at the EdTechTeacher Innovation Summit for two days ended up evolving into so much more. The activity was to take the first initial of one’s first name and morph it with animal features and characteristics until it became […]

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 […]

International Dot Day 2016

International Dot Day 2016

In the Miscoe Hill 5/6Art room we have had a blast creating dots and watching them come to life using the Quiver app on iPads. Why create dots? Because of the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. Here is a narrated video of the story: We colored in templates made by Quiver and then used the […]

Making Thinking Visible with Sketchbooks in the 5/6 Art Room

Making Thinking Visible with Sketchbooks in the 5/6 Art Room

Handmade Sketchbooks Last summer I was thrilled to spend a week in the Project Zero Classroom program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education studying big ideas by prominent figures in education that I admire. Naturally, I brought this experience into the classroom with a renewed commitment to project based learning and a generous amount […]

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

5th Grade Family Portraits & 6th Grade Abstractions

My fifth grade students usually do their Family Portraits in the late fall so they often include holiday dinners. In rewriting my curriculum last summer, I moved the unit to late winter. Interestingly, many students still incorporated holiday dinners in their paintings, even though they were begun in February. To begin this unit, which addresses many objectives including perspective, […]

“Hole In The Page” Videos On Padlet

“Hole In The Page” Videos On Padlet

Long ago, a colleague dropped off a bag of jar lids with me and said, “I don’t know what you can use them for, but I figured you would think of something!”. For a few years now, my sixth grade students have traced them to make the “hole” for “Hole in the Page” drawings to explore […]

First Artsonia Uploads Of The School Year

First Artsonia Uploads Of The School Year

It is always a milestone in the art room when the students add art to their Artsonia gallery for the first time in a new grade. Last week all of my students uploaded cropped images of the design from the cover of their portfolios that they had completed within the first weeks of school. As […]

International Dot Day 2015

International Dot Day 2015

In the Miscoe Hill 5/6Art room we have had a blast creating dots and watching them come to life using the Quiver app on iPads. Why create dots? Because of the book The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds. We colored in templates made by Quiver and then used the app to view the dots we have […]

More Art, Please…

More Art, Please…

Don’t let the art making stop just because the school day is over! I’m offering two extra-curricular art programs this fall as follows: Clay class on Tuesdays – Flat Clay! What Did You Say? Is offered through the Miscoe Hill Enrichment program. Registration forms are due Friday, September 18. You can download the brochure here: Enrichment […]

Artistic Moments & Creativity, Please…

Artistic Moments & Creativity, Please…

This is a weird post from me. No apology, it’s where I’m at right now. My Educator Evaluation Teachpoint file is complete.  I have submitted evidence and pondered over reflections. I have evaluated my students’ summative assessments against their formative assessments. My students’ grades are almost all entered into the computer. I could go on. My left brain is […]

The Little Things

The Little Things

I was away last weekend. I was far away in California for my niece’s wedding. I wouldn’t have missed it for the world. My seven siblings and their families, along with my mother (eighty-seven years old, God love her) descended upon Orange County from all over the country. We have not all been together like […]

You Thought You Missed The Art Show?

You Thought You Missed The Art Show?

We are all busy with lots of springtime activities to keep us busy (yay spring!). You may not have been able to make the Miscoe Hill Art show in person, but this post documents examples of all of the grade five and six art within the show. Sit back and have a look: I love […]

Your Whole Class

Your Whole Class

Miscoe Hill Art Show Tuesday, April 14 6:00 – 7:30 in the Upper Gym

Miscoe Hill Art Show – Save the Date!

Miscoe Hill Art Show – Save the Date!

From Fail to Fabulous – The Design Process

From Fail to Fabulous – The Design Process

In order to be ready to present at the National Art Education Association annual convention later this week, I’ve spent the better part of the weekend putting together presentations. The process of choosing which of many photos and videos to include based on their best fit with the concepts and “bigger ideas” within the presentations kept […]

Dr. Seuss in the Middle

Dr. Seuss in the Middle

Who doesn’t love Dr. Seuss and Read Across America day? Right, absolutely no one. However, one must be clever to engage certain “too cool for school” middle school students around Dr. Seuss. I have long loved Dr. Seuss’s My Many Colored Days, illustrated by Steve Johnson and Lou Fancher, and wanted to come up with an […]

Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

Now You As The Viewer, Imagine What Happens Next*

*The title of this post is pulled from Ryan’s artist statement, which is near the bottom of the page. The truth is, I’ve been so busy this winter that I haven’t had time to write many posts and to showcase the work we are doing in class. It’s all good, as they say, with the […]

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Family Portraits on Artsonia

Just in the St. Nick of time, fifth grade family portraits have been uploaded to Artsonia for your viewing pleasure! Whether gathered around a menorah, holiday table, or Christmas tree, students have portrayed their families in warm, welcoming environments.     Starting with “dissection” (analysis) of the elements of 18th century family portraits (best described […]

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 […]

International Dot Day With Augmented Reality!

International Dot Day With Augmented Reality!

  Each year we celebrate International Dot Day in the 5/6 art room. International Dot Day is inspired by the book The Dot, by Peter H. Reynolds. Not to give the story away, but when the main character, Vashti, is consumed with “artist’s block” upon seeing a blank white page, her art teacher encourages her to […]