Dec 17


From the about section of Letterheady:

1. overcome by a strong emotion due to a letterhead design.


Much like its sibling, Letters of Note, Letterheady is an online homage to offline correspondence; specifically letters. However, here at Letterheady we don’t care about the letter’s content. Just its design. Click here to submit any letterheads you feel are worthy of exposure. Alternatively, email me the details.



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Dec 16

Zines | Art II

Nov 15

School Spirt Challenge 2015

Oct 15

Radiolab | Colors Episode

(Adam Cole/WNYC)

You can listen to the podcast here, Radiolab.org, or download the podcast and listen on the go!

Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Lost Childhood Object

This week the Art One students are taking on Lenka Clayton’s art assignment Lost Childhood Object.   


Here is a little more info on the assignment, Clayton, and the PBS web series The Art Assignment straight from The Art Assignment’s YouTube Channel.  

This week we visit Lenka Clayton, another Pittsburgh based artist whose work finds meaning in ordinary, everyday objects. For her assignment, she asks you to partner with someone and recreate a lost childhood object, using their memory of the object and the materials you have around you. Here are your instructions:

1. Ask someone to describe an object they made or cherished as a child. Make a mental image of that object

2. Create the object
3. Give the object back to the person (Ideally, you’d do this project in tandem)
4. Document and upload using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be in a future episode)

Check out more of Lenka’s work: http://www.lenkaclayton.com/

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Lenka Clayton, One Brown Shoe

Oct 15

The Art Assignment | Sorted Books

This week the Photography One students will be completing Nina Katchadourian‘s assignment from the PBS web series The Art Assignment.  


Here is a little more about the assignment from The Art Assignment’s YouTube channel.  

Published on Aug 28, 2014
In which we meet Brooklyn-based artist Nina Katchadourian in Lawrence, Kansas, at the former home of American writer William S. Burroughs (1914 – 1997). Nina takes us on her journey of sorting Burroughs’s book collection and challenges you to sort some books yourself!Episode 13 Instructions:

1. Choose a person you know or would like to know better
2. Take a look at/through their library
3. Make 3 stacks of books to develop a portrait of the person
4. Upload it to your social media platform of choice using #theartassignment
5. Fame and glory (your work might be featured in a future episode)

Learn more about Nina’s work: http://www.ninakatchadourian.com/

And read about William S. Burroughs: http://www.burroughs100.com/

Sep 15

Compositional Tools | Steve McCurry

Steve McCurry is an American editorial photographer best known for his photograph “Afghan Girl” which originally appeared in National Geographic magazine.

Sep 15

Famous Photographers: Self-Portraits

Diane Arbus

Andreas Feininger

Man Ray

Self-Portrait with Half Beard, 1943

Gelatin silver print, 7 1/8 x 5 1/8 inches

Nan Goldin


Chuck Close

Jan 15

Journaling and Sketching Emotions

Feelings are often difficult to deal with, and communicating them is even harder.

While researching short videos on emotional intelligence to share with my 2nd Graders during our Expressionist unity I found this brief PBS Parents video.

The video explores a journaling/sketchbook technique to develop and foster social and emotional intelligence with your children, students, and self.

Jan 15

Science Shows Art Can Do Incredible Things for Your Mind and Body

Arts.mic or Mic.com just published an interesting article on art’s effect on the human brain.  Some of the highlights of the article were that “experiencing art decreases stress levels” and that “the brain is hardwired to process art.”  The article also noted that the biggest benefits come from actually producing art.



“Along with the perks of enjoying and experiencing art, there are real-world benefits to making the art with your own two hands. According to a 2014 study, producing visual art improved psychological resilience and increased brain activity for the participants by the end of the experiment.

The study had two groups of recent retirees. One group was given lessons by an art educator and the participants actively created pieces of visual art that displayed their own personal form of artistic expression. The other group was treated more like a discussion class, where they talked about and interpreted selected paintings and sculptures. Both groups had their brains scanned before and after the period of courses.

The brain scans of the two groups before the classes (T0) and after 10 weeks (T1).Source: Anne Bolwerk/PLOSOne

Of the two groups, the one that produced art reaped the neural benefit of increased connectivity in the brain’s default mode network over the ten weeks of art class. This area deals with cognitive process like introspection, self-monitoring and memory.


As Hyperallergic points out, the researchers speculate that the first group got the gains because of the combination of motor and cognitive processing. They state in the study, “The visual art production intervention involved the development of personal expression and attentional focus on self-related experience during art creation.” Utilizing motor skills and thinking about art together becomes more beneficial instead of doing either separately. “

Click the link below for the full article:

Dec 14

Teaching art or teaching to think like an artist? | Cindy Foley | TEDxColumbus

Nov 14

Specialists in Elementary School Classrooms? (Huffington Post)

Thought provoking article on the Chinese elementary school model, where every teacher is a specialist.





Nov 14

iPhone Photography Tips + Hacks

If you’re interested in photography here are some great tips and tricks that can turn a basic cell phone camera into so much more.

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Oct 14

Michael Stripe of REM Prompts College Students

In a recent SPIN article REM frontman Michael Stripe is prompting students at NYU in a new collaborative project “NEW SIGHTS, NEW NOISE”.

“Each week, Stipe and a different special guest will give the class’ 18 students a prompt, and they’ll respond with ‘100 images and gifs, both found and made, all of which will be uploaded to a private class website,’ and projected on the walls, automatic for the people (sorry). At the end of the class, the space at 80 WSE Gallery will open up to the public so they can see what they accomplished.”

For more on the project check out the whole article:

Wouldn’t this be a fabulous project for a digital photography, digital media, or graphic design class?

Jan 14

Flag Art with a Tasty Twist

“As part of a promotion for the Sydney International Food Festival, the advertising agency WHYBIN\TBWA designed 18 national flags using foods each country is commonly associated with and that would also match the colors of the flag.”


Wouldn’t showing these be great way to help make connections between Art and Social Studies?

Can you guess which countries these flags belong to?






Click the link below to see them all!


May 13

35th Annual Student Art Show at the Barn Gallery, Ogunquit, ME





For the past 35 years, Southern Coastal Maine art educators have been participating in a showcase of student work each year at the Barn Gallery in Ogunquit, ME.  The following gallery is a quick taste of some of the amazing work in this year’s 2012-2013 show.


Mar 12

Photo Response Project: Work in Progress

The students have really been doing a great job with the “Photo Response Project.”  One of my 1st Grade students explained it perfectly, “You just draw how the picture makes you feel.”

Here are some of the images we have so far:

Once all students are done I will bind them together in a book and send them off to NYC!



Mar 12

Art House Co-op’s “Photo Response Project”

For those of you artists and/or educators out there who have never heard of the Art House Co-op you should definately check them out.  They offer various community based art projects throughout the year and are a great place to gain a little inspiration.  My students and I at the Roots and Wings After-School Program at Vance Elementary School are going to be participating in their no fee exhibit “Photo Response.”  

As stated on the website the Photo Response Project Asks Artists to:

“Perform a visual translation and respond to it in any visual medium — just keep the dimensions to 4″ x 6″. Write a (very) short story, draw or paint, manipulate the image itself or simply try something new.”

They will then “exhibit each photograph together with its responses and explore the many directions that emerge from a single starting point.”

Stay tuned for our responses to the image below.    

Mar 12

How many greens can you make?

In preparation for our plein air paintings students were challenged to create as many greens as they could.  Students experimented with mixing primary and secondary colors as well as using green’s complement, red, to create neutrals.  “En Plein Air”  is a French expression which means “in the open air.”

Aug 10

Andy Goldsworthy Installations, Summer Studios, MassArt

Students in the 2D/3D class at MassArt‘s Summer Studios program worked in small groups to create these installations in the Boston Fens.  The pieces were inspired by the work of Andy Goldsworthy.

Aug 10

Figure Drawing, Summer Studios, MassArt

Students in MassArt’s Summer Studios program created these figure drawings while working from a live model.


Aug 10

Wire Figure, Summer Studios, MassArt

Students in MassArt’s Summer Studios 2D/3D course created these wire figures while working from a live model.

Aug 10

50 Drawings Project

Students drew a single object 50 times experimenting with media and viewpoint.

Aug 10


Students combined various animals to create their own mythical creatures out of clay

Apr 10

Social Issue Collage, Lowell High School

After studying the work of Romare Bearden students created collages that addressed many of the social issues we are dealing with in America today.

Some of the issues addressed were:  prescription drug abuse, war in the Middle East, the portrayal of women in the media, and the loss of childhood innocence

Mar 10

Peter Max Figure, Drawing II, Lowell High School

Students spent several classes creating figure studies of other students playing Twister.  They then incorporated one of their figures into their psychedelic artwork based on the work of Peter Max.  To get into the “groove” we listened to music by: The Beatles, Pink Floyd, Jimi Hendrix, The Grateful Dead, The Doors, and Jefferson Airplane.


Jan 10

Still Lifes, Drawing I, Lowell High School

For the Still Life unit students in my Drawing I classes created a still-life a day, with each day being an introduction to a new media.

Some of the mediums we covered were: charcoal, sumi-ink, soft pastel, and graphite.

Dec 09

Cubism and the Figure

This unit started with traditional figure drawing techniques, then students were asked to break the figure down to more basic forms using Cubism to convey an emotion.


Cubism and the Figure Lesson Plan

Cubism and the Figure Rubric


Nov 09

Shepard Fairey Inspired Self-Portrait

This sophomore wanted to create a self-portrait inspired by the work of Shepard Fairey.  First he used a digital photograph to create several stencils.  Then he used those stencils with spray paint to layer the image.      

Nov 09

MLK Jr. Group Drawing, Studio II, Lowell High School









Each student in my Studio II class was given a 1″x1″ black and white image to enlarge on a 4″x4″ square using colored tape.  Unaware of the image as a whole, students had to consider scale, and positive and negative space to create their individual squares.  Once each student had finished we pieced the mat board squares together to create this image of Martin Luther King Jr.


Nov 09

Chuck Close Inspired Gridded Self-Portrait, Lowell High School

Oct 09

Line Drawing, Drawing I, Lowell High School

Aug 09

Group Drawing, Summer Studios, MassArt

This group drawing was created using charcoal and a reference image from National Geographic during MassArt’s Summer Studios 2D/3D class.

Apr 09

David Hockney Inspired Photomontages, Lowell High School

Students in my Dark Room Photography class went into color with this photomontage project.



Apr 08

Paint for Peace

(Image Taken From www.sidewalksam.com)

Students in  my Drawing II classes worked on the “Paint for Peace” project which was started by Boston-based artist Robert Charles Guillemin,  better know as Sidewalk Sam.  The project which first started on the streets of Boston is aimed to promote peace, as well as to curb youth violence in the Boston area.  My students worked together in small groups stenciling doves in front of each outside door of Lowell High School.  Each dove has a purple banner underneath it which reads “Stop Violence-Create Peace.”

This project empowered students to create peace in our community while also adding to the aesthetic appeal  of our campus.

Thank you to Sidewalk Sam, ArtStreet Inc., and the City of Lowell for enabling us to make this happen.


Dec 07

Shibori Backdrop, Studio II, Lowell High School

Working with students and teachers in the disciplines of  Dance and Studio Art in the Fine Arts Academy of Lowell High School, Lowell, MA, my  Studio II students used the Japanese surface design technique of Shibori to create this backdrop for the Fall Dance Performance.

The concept behind the performance was “Color Theory.”

Oct 07

Slow Shutter Dance, Lowell High School

Students in my Studio II class worked with students in the Dance I class to create these moving images.  The Dance I students held Christmas lights while they danced and Studio II students snapped away capturing the images using a slow shutter speed.  

The images were then printed and pieced together to create a mural in an empty store front in Downtown Lowell.