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Clay Projects Going Home Today & Tomorrow

Clay Projects Going Home Today & Tomorrow

Just a heads up that student clay pieces are being sent home today and tomorrow. Why a heads up? They are super fragile and have a long journey home! The clay pieces have been wrapped in newsprint and exit the art room door that way. I can’t vouch for their safety beyond that moment (sorry). […]

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

On The Day Before Thanksgiving We Traced Our Hands

And made peacocks from the outline. Wait, you were expecting turkeys? Anyway, we had abbreviated classes on the Wednesday before Thanksgiving – too short to accomplish much, but long enough to accomplish a peacock. We used construction paper crayon on a nice black cover stock and they came out fantastic! Here are a few to hold […]

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 […]

My Slight Obsession With Mona Lisa

My Slight Obsession With Mona Lisa

Welcome to my website. As you’ll read on the other pages, it is named after a wall of Mona Lisa replicas executed in a variety of mediums. I am slightly obsessed with Mona Lisa, especially Mona Lisa parodies. Thanks to a curious student last year, I now know there are forty-two versions of Mona Lisa on the wall. While […]

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

It’s The Most Wonderful Time Of The Year!

Between glazing ceramic projects and the deployment of iPads to the fifth graders, the excitement is palpable here in the art room, and that’s just me! Multiply that by 250 students to get the total picture. Clay projects that were hand-built and fired before the holiday break are being glazed and will be fired again […]

Awesome Autumn Enrichment Offerings In Art!

Awesome Autumn Enrichment Offerings In Art!

It is not too late to sign up for Enrichment classes at Miscoe Hill. I’m pretty excited to be offering two classes: Flat Clay! What Did You Say? will run on Tuesdays. Could you use an extra hand or do you just like to work with clay? If so, this clay class is for you. […]

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 […]

Transformed By Art: A Multi-Grade Collaborative Installation By Mendon-Upton Students

Transformed By Art: A Multi-Grade Collaborative Installation By Mendon-Upton Students

  In October 2013, the Mendon-Upton Educational Foundation granted $1000 to the art departments of Miscoe Hill School and Nipmuc High School. Rather than dividing the money and going our separate ways, we decided to collaborate on a project – a multi-grade collaborative art installation. Because our discipline is primarily consumables oriented, we wanted to […]

Transformed by Art !!!

Transformed by Art !!!

I have to share something exciting with you. Right after vacation, on Tuesday, April 29, Miscoe Hill art students will be working with Nipmuc High School art students, who will spend the day working with the middle school students on an installation in the upper gym. By the end of our day spent collaborating across the […]

Congratulations to the Art in the Valley Artists!

Congratulations to the Art in the Valley Artists!

Congratulations to the 15 Miscoe Hill students in grades five and six whose artwork has been chosen to be exhibited in the eighth annual Blackstone Valley Art in the Valley 2014 youth art show! Student work was selected because of its high quality and inventive artistic expression for the age group. We are very proud of our students’ creative effort and […]

3D Printing – Design to Build! Thank you, Autodesk!

3D Printing – Design to Build! Thank you, Autodesk!

Forget everything I said 2 posts ago about Blender. We are rocking and rolling with the 123D Design app on the iPad. Honestly, we were discouraged to think that we would have to return to our PCs and laptops to create printable designs. So, we worked a little harder and looked a little deeper for […]

It Is Alive! Our 3D Printer Comes To Life!

It Is Alive! Our 3D Printer Comes To Life!

Yesterday was a banner day in the lives of the Miscoe MakerCrew! It was our first “make” with the new 3D printer! In just two after-school meetings, we have figured out how to prepare a design for 3D printing and create it! We downloaded a “thing” from Thingiverse, played with the software a little bit, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Our Hour Of Code

Our Hour Of Code

Using their iPads, sixth grade students have experienced computer code writing, thanks to the Hour of Code. Here is the link to the introductory video: Why coding in the art room? Young artists today should be learning the skills and techniques that will help them realize their creative visions throughout their lives. Students today who want […]

It’s Just A Click Away!

It’s Just A Click Away!

Sixth grade student Matthew M. has been selected as an Artist of the Week on Artsonia, and he needs your votes! He will get a $50 gift card to Blick Art Supplies for himself and a $100 gift card for our classroom. Please go to the link below to vote and also share with EVERYONE […]

Please Vote For Matthew!

Please Vote For Matthew!

One of our artists has been selected as an Artist of the Week at Artsonia! If he gets more votes than his competitors, he will win a $50 Blick Art Supplies gift card for himself and a $100 gift card for the classroom. You may vote once per day from each of your devices (phone, […]

Eleven Months & 334 Drawings Later

Eleven Months & 334 Drawings Later

Here we are entering the 12th month of the Every Day Drawing Challenge. 334 drawings on the iPad since January 1. I have learned so much about mobile/digital art making, including which apps and stylus works best for me and the best subject matter to work with. I have discovered that I like direct painting […]

THIS PROJECT IS FULLY FUNDED! WE’RE GETTING A 3D PRINTER!!!

We are so close to getting a 3D printer for the classroom and school district! The manufacturer of the 3D printer, Makerbot, launched an initiative on Tuesday to pair with crowd source funders, DonorsChoose, to put a printer in every school. I wrote the DonorsChoose project request on Tuesday night and was notified today that […]