Carousel of Animals is Back!

One of the biggest Covid-19 related teaching losses I experienced was in March of 2020 when we left school for what we thought would be two weeks. My high schoolers at Stone Ridge had all just finished a magnificent round of giant chicken wire and papiér mache sculptures. They were gorgeous and ready for the... Continue Reading →

Summer Camp in Action

I am beyond excited to be back in person this summer with my amazing campers! Here are some highlights from our summer so far! You can see the bags that campers decorate to bring home their projects. You can see our differentiated color wheel project, and a even more advanced version done by a fantastic... Continue Reading →

From Start to Finish

This year my Studio II class was one of the MOST resilient group of students I taught. They dealt with the most disruptions to their schedule in an already chaotic year, and STILL, despite everything they showed initiative, challenged themselves to try new things, and gave each other loving support and praise as they lifted... Continue Reading →

Meaningful Objects

In our Studio II class we discussed how objects can become symbolic when we give them context or use them to tell a story. In this case we chose items that told me (the viewer) more about them as a person. In a way this simple object suddenly became almost a self portrait without having to be a... Continue Reading →

Recent Work

Here is a smattering of some recent work by my amazing students, just to show off a little! I am SO proud of them and all they've overcome and done this year! I cannot believe the year is winding down, but I am also ready to cry big fat tears of joy while I watch... Continue Reading →

Paint & Sip For a Cause!

Would you like to paint with me!? I'm trying to raise money for Mary House and provide programming for their middle schoolers who won't have as many fun opportunities this summer! I will provide the materials... and fun! Let me know if you're interested! It could be an activity with friends or colleagues! It could... Continue Reading →

Re-Writing History

There is a long tradition of copying master works as a form of artistic research. As a class we looked at the many ways contemporary artists like Mikalene Thomas, Kerry James Marshal, Titus Kaphar and many others have rewritten or re-examined traditions in fine art. For this project students set out to do their own... Continue Reading →

New Classes and Studio II Landscape Work

This year I have returned to teaching our advanced studio art classes along with one section of our foundations level class at Stone Ridge. I know I mentioned this in my last post, but I am so excited about this! Since our previous teacher in this position was transitioning to another position I though it... Continue Reading →

Still Life as Landscape

Inspired by the travel photographer Erin Sullivan, my AP Drawing year one students were challenged to use everyday objects in their house to create a "landscape". I asked them to paint or draw this scene as a complete composition. For examples of how Erin Sullivan has done this you can read the article here, as... Continue Reading →

Motley Crew

I have only nine seniors in my AP Drawing year two class. As a result I have been relying heavily on one-on-one meetings and small class critiques, both live and virtual, to keep these guys motivated. It is an unfortunate reality that second semester seniors tend to lose a little steam just when they need... Continue Reading →

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