Monthly Archives: September 2010

Parent Night

Last evening, I had the pleasure of welcoming parents of my students into my classroom. Continue reading

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New Studio Classroom

This year started in a new space with some great new benefits. Probably the most noticeable is the air conditioning. Though it has been nice enough to leave the outside door open most every morning, the A/C makes a real … Continue reading

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Standards based rubric frustration

Last week, for the first time, I applied my standards based system for assessment. I really love being able to see the amount of learning each student achieved in each of the standards. For the most part, the students appreciated … Continue reading

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Series of Amazing Events

A few weeks ago, I received contact from a young man named Mark wanting to learn about linoleum printmaking. He and I made arrangements to meet for a one on one workshop. I showed him my small studio and we … Continue reading

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Assessing Without Grades

I’ve never talked with anyone who could explain an objective grading system for the art room. Our culture is littered with phrases that reinforce the idea that no one knows what beauty is, or how to assess it. Have you … Continue reading

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Student work. Amazing smoke

Student work. Amazing smoke, originally uploaded by BoundStaffPress.etsy.com. Arianna has been working on smoke this week. I’ve seen several versions of this. Some were OK, but none were great… until today. She really surprised herself and me as well. The … Continue reading

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Charcoal Self Portraits

Upon returning from break, our first 2D Art project is charcoal self portraits. In the past, I have lectured for a couple of days about the planes of the face, and we have drawn eyes, noses, etc, but the students … Continue reading

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Dry Throwing Clay Pottery

This has been a year of new challenges. I took on the Stagecraft class, and have directed the building of two sets. My students cast silver rings this year, and are working on their first silver soldered jewelry project. I … Continue reading

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CSAP Testing

This week and next week is CSAP week at our school. CSAP is the Colorado Student Assessment Program and is the standardized test that Colorado Dept of Education uses to test the growth and achievement of students. Each morning, I … Continue reading

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New Computer

This morning the director of technology invited me to her office to take delivery of a new 20 inch all-in-one iMac. I had plans for the morning, but I put them aside to set up, and clean my off my … Continue reading

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