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 →

The Animal Inside Us

My AP Drawing year one class took on the task of diving deep into the world of animal symbolism in art. We decoded Renaissance artists use of animals to convey meaning, and we looked at how contemporary artists are using animals as symbols now. Students read "Decoding Animals in Art History, From Immortal Peacocks to... Continue Reading →

Sketchbook Progress

This year I have moved from teaching Foundations of Studio Art to teaching all levels of studio art including our AP level studio classes. As a result of this and the virtual then hybrid format this year, I was excited to start more in-depth sketchbook work, especially with my advanced students. Sketchbook work is an... Continue Reading →

Summer Through a Screen

This summer I had to approach the Decorative Fine Arts camp with a new approach. Thanks to the global pandemic, camp was going to have to be online, and inspired by a few supply kit options I had seen in the past I immediately started thinking of ways to create a camp that came in... Continue Reading →

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