Jun 16

The Memory Project


May 16

Surrealist Games | Altered Book Poems

Nov 15

Famous Photographers: Gordon Parks

Gordon Parks, “The Invisible Man (Self-Portrait),” 1952

Gordon Parks Links
Government Work Series
(Click the link above to view more photographs from this series.)
American Gothic, Washington, D.C., 1942

Harlem Gang Leader Series
(Click the link above to view more photographs from this series.)

Nov 15

Monet & Lillie

This photograph by one of my Photo One students reminds me so much on Claude Monet’s Impression Sunrise, 1872.

Nov 15

Intro to Handlettering | Made By Marzipan


Oct 15

What can you do?

Paul Smith (1921-2007), American, Typewriter Artist

When people would tell him “I could never do that!”, artist Paul Smith would always reply, “What can you do?”

Paul was born with cerebral palsy in 1921, but he never let this get in the way of doing extraordinary things.  

“Cerebral palsy is a neurological disorder that affects body movement, muscle control, muscle coordination, muscle tone, reflex, posture and balance. It can also impact fine motor skills, gross motor skills and oral motor functioning.” – cerebralpalsy.org

Sep 15

Oscar Muñoz

Sedimentaciones [Sedimentations], 2011 (2 HD video projections, colour, sound, 42 min 27 s, 41 min 42 s, on wooden tables)

“The strategy of dissolving the image reappears in Sedimentaciones, a photographic development table on which there are numerous photographs arranged in lines, with various blank sheets between them. The photos are extremely varied in nature, ranging from universally known images to others that are very specific to a Colombian context, personal portraits by the artist and anonymous, generic images. There are two developing trays at opposite corners. A hand takes a photograph from the table and puts it in a plastic tray filled with liquid in which the image dissolves. The paper emerges white and is then randomly placed in one of the lines. On the other side of the table another hand takes up one of the empty sheets and slides it into another tray. On taking out the sheet, the image has magically re-formed on it and the hand places it in the line of photographs. The process starts again in the other corner. Through this alternation we thus witness the ceaseless life and death of the image.”


Interview on Process

Sep 15

The George Eastman House | History of Photography

Learn More about The George Eastman House here.

1. Before Photography

2. The Daguerreotype

3. Talbot’s Processes

4. The Cyanotype

5. The Collodion

6. The Albumen Print

7. The Platinum Print

8. The Pigment Processes

9. The Woodburytype

10. The Gelatin Silver Process

11. Color Photography

12. Digital Photography

Sep 15

Embrace the Shake

We started the semester in all our classes by watching Phil Hansen’s TED Talk “Embrace the Shake.” How can we create within constraints?  How can our weaknesses become the fuel for our work?

Mar 15

Home Practice Spotlight March 2015

It’s amazing to see how many hard working artists at CRES have a home practice as well.   

Here are a couple examples of recent student work from home. 

“Sheep Doing People Things” by Sylvia 3rd Grade (The first image on the upper left illustrates two sheep doing a little Irish Step.)

This horse was created by Ella M. In 4th Grade

This drawing of the Nubble Lighthouse was created by Hikaru 3rd Grade.

Dec 14



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

Tour of the 2nd Annual Summer Sketchbook Spectacular Exhibit

Here is a quick tour of the 2nd Annual Summer Sketchbook Spectacular Exhibit at Chases Garage Gallery, York, ME.  To all of you who made it and participated…THANK YOU!

Also, a big thanks to Cait Giunta and Ned Roche the Co-Owners and Directors of Chases Garage for hosting the exhibit, helping hang, and for being such great ambassadors of the arts on the Seacoast. Thank you.

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Nov 14

Artist Spotlight: Kailee E.




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Q:  What grade are you in?

A:  2nd Grade

Q:  What is your favorite subject?  Meaning, what is your favorite thing to make artwork about?

A:  Dogs and Birds. and I like doing cats too.

Q:  What is your favorite color?

A:  Pink

Q:  How do you feel when you’re making work? 

A:  I feel really good because art is my favorite subject.

Q:  How do you want people to feel when they see your work?

A: Good.

Q:  What are your favorite mediums to use?  What are your favorite materials in the CRES studio? 

A: Texture boards.  I like the Inspiration Station.

Q:  How did you start making work about birds?

I use to like bugs, but now I like birds.  I really like seeing birds come to my feeder, I have a bird feeder outside my house.

Oct 14

Creative Process

During the first month of school we’ve been focusing a lot on the creative process.  There are so many similarities in how artists, musicians, writers, and engineers work through problems.

Here are some examples of flow charts I found on the creative process.






Currently I’m working on developing my own chart for my classroom.

Are you a creative thinker?  If so, I’d love to hear about your process.  Please feel free to email me @ artedgeek@gmail.com

Oct 14

Muscle Woman

Muscle Woman
, 2014, Sam D., 4th Grade, Collage, 12″x18″

Oct 14

Average Day

Q: What was your idea? Your concept?

A: The title is Average Day.  The man is just watching TV, things are happening around him and he doesn’t notice.

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Oct 14

Sketchbook Prompts as Inspiration

Since September students have been working on finding inspiration through sketchbook prompts and the Inspiration Station.



Here is a quick little video showing the artists in action!

Oct 14

5-Year Old With Autism Paints Stunning Masterpieces

This Boredpanda article is a must read.  There are so many types of intelligence.



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Oct 14

How does nature inspire you?

For the first two weeks of school we went outside in the garden in search of inspiration in nature.  Here are a couple of the students discoveries.  Along with observational drawing many of them also fell in love with collecting and rubbings.

Oct 14

Specimen Studies

We have been on the hunt for inspiration in all of our surroundings.  Some of the students have been very excited about the specimen studies they’ve been creating during class.

If you are interested in purchasing your own specimens, below you will find some links:

6 Real Bugs Insect Paperweight Specimens Collection
Bug Specimens (Cricket, Locust, Yellow Leaf Beetle, Crab)


Sep 14

Finding Inspiration in Nature

We spent the first two weeks of school looking for inspiration in nature and our surroundings at CRES.  Here are some images of the artists at work.

Sep 14

Welcome Back! What are sketchbooks?

Welcome back to a new and exciting school year in the CRES Studio!






We’re starting off the school year by working in our new sketchbooks.  Students will keep their sketchbooks for three years to show their progress and help them keep track of what inspires them.

I started the lesson by asking students some questions about sketchbooks.  Here are their insightful responses.


Why is a sketchbook a tool?

  • You practice in it.
  • You use it for ideas.
  • To sketch your ideas and plan it all out. -Lucy K.
  • It is ideas that you might want to do.
  • It’s a draft for drawing in.
  • Sometimes pictures will help me more than words.
  • If you’re going to make a house you need to sketch it first.
  • Always sketch before you paint.  You can erase sketches, but you can’t erase watercolor.
  • A sketchbook is a place where you put your thoughts.
  • A sketchbook is a tool because you use it to build something bigger.
  • It’s a place you can try new things

Why is a sketchbook a great place to try new things?

  • You don’t want to waste paper.  If you do it in your sketchbook first, the paper won’t go to waste.   
  • You can do experiments in your sketchbook.
  • If you mess up in your sketchbook it’s ok it’s not your final piece.
  • A sketchbook is a good place for trying thing out and see what works and what doesn’t.
  • Explore your mind. -Jack
  • If you want to draw something you can put it in your journal or sketchbook.
  • if you make a mistake you can just erase it as many times as possible, do it over until you’ve got it right.

Why are mistakes important to keep?

  • You can make a mistake into inspiration. -Maddie
  • You can keep an accident, because you can make it into a “happy accident.”
  • The reason why you keep a mistake is because you could turn it into a masterpiece.
  • There are no mistakes when making art!
  • You can get great ideas from mistakes.  Like happy accidents.  You can learn from mistakes and make your drawings better.
  • It’s good to learn from our own mistakes.
  • It’s just your sketchbook, not your whole life…don’t over react over anything.
  • You can turn your mistake into something else.
  • Keep your mistakes in your sketchbook so you can look back and not make the same mistake again.
  • There are no mistakes just happy accidents. That means if you make a mistake you can turn it into a beautiful drawing.  -Lexi R.
  • You can learn from your mistakes. -Cami

Why do most artists, writers, or other creative problem solvers keep a sketchbook on them at all times?

  • You can put your feelings in it.
  • It’s good because you can write down or sketch your ideas.
  • If you have a great idea write it on a piece of paper.
  • You might want to bring your sketchbook with you so you can draw stuff you like.
  • It’s good to sketch in a sketchbook
  • When you are inspired… don’t fear… get it!

Why might you write in your sketchbook?

  • If you make a picture and name it, write it down so you don’t forget it.
  • To tell about your art.
  • You could draw the picture and then tell how you made it.
  • You could write down your idea and save it till you need it.
  • You can put your feelings in so you don’t hurt.
  • To tell whats in your picture.
  • You can write about your picture or instead of drawing the picture you could write it out the idea.
  • You can have writing in your sketchbook because later you can read the ideas and make it into art.
  • You can write a tip for another drawing. -Cami

Sep 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 73


“Design a Tree House: Draw/Paint one and journal about it’s special features.”

(This prompt was borrowed from artjournalist.com.)

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 72


“Stars & Moon: The summer is a great time to go stargazing- make a page about something related to the stars or moon.”

(This prompt was borrowed from artjournalist.com.)

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The photo of the super moon above was taken by my scientist/artist partner Dan Esposito.

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 71


What do you love/hate about the beach?

(This prompt was borrowed from artjournalist.com.)

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 70


What is your favorite way to keep cool?

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 69


“Sunshine: For many of us, summer is the only time we ever get to see the sun! Create a page about soaking up the rays or staying in the shade.”

(This prompt was borrowed from artjournalist.com.)

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 68


What are your favorite summer scents & smells?

(This prompt was borrowed from artjournalist.com.)

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 67


What is your favorite food?

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 66


Create something inspired by your favorite song.

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 65


What is something you dislike?

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 64


What is something you feel you couldn’t live without?

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 63


Try drawing a still life or scene made of all white.



Andrew Wyeth, Off at Sea, 1972, tempera on panel, Private Collection. © Andrew Wyeth

My Inspiration:

This week I had the good fortune of seeing this piece at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC in the exhibit:  Andrew Wyeth: Looking Out, Looking In.

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 62


What is your favorite animal?
















This week I’m visiting one of my favorite artists and dear friend Daniel McClendon at his studio and gallery, The Lift Studios, Asheville, NC.  Daniel’s primary inspiration is animals.

You can see more of his work on his website @  http://www.danielmcclendon.com 

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 61


What connections do artists and scientists have?  How do they use problem solving?

Boston artist Nathalie Miebach uses scientific data to create her sculptures.

Nathalie Miebach: Art made of storms

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 60


Peek Inside


Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 59


What is your favorite fairytale?

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 58


On the Road Again

Aug 14

Summer Sketchbook Spectacular 2014: Day 57


Fresh Start