My second session of afterschool art led students through two activities- one, where we looked at an image and then colored and shaded a line drawing of the same image in order to practice observational skills and how to create volume. Then the second activity involved students creating their own still life, photographing it, and projecting [...]
This week marked the first session of Tom Alpern’s project with Jennifer Carney’s third grade class at Crystal River Elementary School (part of the ARTISTA outreach program pairing teaching artists with classroom teachers). After witnessing the captivated gazes and laughter from the students, there is no doubt that they deeply en [...]
Okay, this is my diatribe about the GREs…I seriously don’t understand how they can be used as any kind of measurement of a person’s abilities. If you don’t make the right decision in a matter of +/- 60 seconds, you’re doomed. It doesn’t matter how rested you are, how well you can discern complex life prob [...]
If you haven’t heard about the Rubber Room, this is your scary wake-up call. Check out this episode on This American Life. Briefly, the Rubber Room is the nickname of the place where the New York City Board of Education sends teachers when they are put on probation for an indeterminate length of time. Pretty much, instead of going to [...]
In this newsday article, it states that the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is focusing a new research project towards examining the qualities of effective teachers. Yeah, what does it take to be a good teacher anyway?
This topic is of extreme interest to me, especially with my new momentum in professional development for teachers and ar [...]
Art Prize. Ever hear of this before? I just found out about it, and I am astounded and really want to attend one year- it’s the largest art award for any artist- $250,000. This year’s contest was just won by Ran Ortner for his work “Open Water No. 24″ Here’s an image of the artwork:
If you haven’t seen this film, I recommend finding it and sitting down with a notepad. While it is only a partial view of the politics and issues in global education, it certainly makes a point about how the U.S. compares in the international educational system.
This past Tuesday I began teaching the first of a three part afterschool art program at Carbondale Middle School. Anderson Ranch is facilitating the first session, and then two other organizations will take turns to cover the entire school year.
I decided to focus my 6 week project on [...]
What do you wonder?
“What do you wonder?” That was the title and focus of the seminar session I presented this morning at the annual state conference for the Colorado Art Education Association. With an 8:00am start time and coffee barely kicked-in, I felt fort [...]
Check out the documentation from an amazing week at the summer Habla Teacher Institute 2009.
Especially check out the children’s section of the website which I co-taught and designed with Karla Hernando, who did a fabulous job of documenting our work.
Woo whee! It has been a jam packed few days in Boston and Cambridge, MA, where I have been attending the Arts Education Partnership (AEP) National Fall Forum titled “Charting a Course for the Arts and 21st Century Learning.” See their website for more info: http://www.aep-arts.org/
I have thoroughly enjoyed my time meeting, greet [...]