28 March 2014

NAEA Annual Conference 2014.

I'm excited to be back at NAEA this year. I'll be sharing two presentations. If you're here at the conference please come by and say hello. For a preview, click through below. 

On Monday, March 31, at 11:00 am, Convention Center/Meeting Room 30A/Upper Level, I will be presenting Their Work, Not Mine: The Student Centered Studio Classroom. This is an updated version of the presentation I gave by the same name two years ago in New York. Click HERE to visit the companion site I built. 

On Sunday, March 30, at 11:00 am, in Convention Center/Meeting Room 28B/Upper Level, my colleagues and I will be presenting Handmade, Hardwired: Embracing Technology in the Studio Classroom. Click HERE to see the companion site.

05 March 2014

Using video to reflect on process.

Lately the art teachers at my school have been asking our students to create video reflections. Most students use iMovie, some use other programs. I have found these reflections to be very revealing...it provides another outlet for the less verbal student to express themselves and values process over product. At the end of the first term of Senior Studio here's what seniors have to say.

To see photo students talking about finished work click HERE and to see one of the best video reflections ever made in our department click HERE.

06 February 2014

Blog revival.

image from 9th grade math classroom.
I'm thinking of trying to revive this blog. A lot has happened and is happening in the classroom and for me personally. I've done some redecorating. Thanks for coming back. Here we go...

02 March 2012

Stay in touch.

Thank you to everyone who came to my presentation at NAEA yesterday! Stay in touch. More reflections on my experiences here at the conference coming soon...

28 February 2012

2012 NAEA presentation.

I'll be presenting at the NAEA national conference in New York City on Thursday, March 1, at 11:00am, in Hilton East Suite, 4th floor. Click HERE to see the stand alone site I've built to accompany the talk or scroll through the presentation below. Hope to see you there!

30 January 2012

27 January 2012

25 January 2012

23 January 2012

20 January 2012

19 January 2012

Sketchbook Love.

Fun with junk.

A sign that they're getting it... A student yells, "I found a neck!", while pulling a battery out of a box of junk.

05 December 2011

06 April 2011

What is beautiful?

Today I asked a class of seniors to list what they think is beautiful. Here it is in no particular order (the extra info in parentheses is directly from them)...

Mom (doesn't matter what she's wearing), the last hug, the naked body (in it's purest form; how you were born), music, snow, love & marriage, spring, flowers, silhouettes, sky, skiing, sunrise, city, meeting someone, Honduras, laughter, family time, Little Compton, 40 Beaver Pond Rd., Grace Kelly, green grass, happiness, the sun, painted toenails, eyes, clouds, lights, foliage, dessert, friendship, smell of wood burning in the fireplace, chic clothing store, classical music, old European cities, modern buildings, my room, Caribbean, Augusta National, good story, shell fish, trees, new baby's smile, sunset, funfetti cake, mountains, autumn, insects, beach, forest, night, my grandmother's hands, the top of a mountain, sunny morning after snowfall, candle light service on Christmas Eve, Vermont, waves, camp fire, rings, feeling loved, watching your parents joke around.

I was a little surprised and very encouraged by the depth of some of their responses. Music and love were listed the most often (what else is there after all?) and, in spite of the toughest, longest winter in their short lives, quite a few students listed snow. I remain hopeful about the future of the human race.
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