Small Boxes of Personality

Inspired by the weird box of boxes I hoarded over the years and saved from the giant purge of our old art classroom, I started the year with this quick warm-up project. Students were asked to create small works of art inside (and outside) of these small boxes. The whole process was completely up to... Continue Reading →

New Digs

So throughout the pandemic, the construction on our campus has continued and finally, this year, our entire arts department has moved into a new space: The Mater Center. Named after a fresco of Mary as a young women dubbed "Mater Admirabilis" meaning "Mother Most Admirable" it is both a dining hall, theater, worship space, and... Continue Reading →

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 →

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 Beginning of the End

So as the end of the year approaches, my students have become deeply involved in their "final exam" for my class. They have signed contracts, which can be found here, and now spent almost 5 days working on these. Their contracts are a signed agreements between me and them that state their intentions for this... Continue Reading →

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