Thursday, July 5, 2012


"Every day is a new beginning, Every morn is the world made new." -Sarah Chauncey Woolsey

And we creative people certainly welcome a new start each day! My daily starts are not merely for myself, but also for the 140 students I teach.  Eight projects for eight grades. Task #1: Build their skills and stretch their critical thinking.  Can young people understand what mixed media offers in terms of creative expression?  Are they able to learn the elements of art and principles of design and still pack a punch with a message?  You bet they can!

The Local Park

Eighth graders sure do love themselves.  They love being both an individual and part of the group.  For our 8th grade mixed media workshop, my students took photographs of the school neighborhood (our community/group) and did wonderful things to the photos in the computer lab.  The printed photos were "mixed" with "media" in the art room creating individual expressions of the community using guidance and direction from In This House by Angela Cartwright and Sarah Fishburn.

The Bead Shop

The Local High School

The Chamber of Commerce asked us to create a body of work that could hang together. 
So we decided to unify with the format and somewhat with color.  This made the students' first experience working with mixed media a little easier by eliminating some choices.  The good news: a gold, silver, and bronze medal were awarded to three students at our area competition!  Three cheers!

"A beginning is only the start of a journey to another beginning." - Anonymous


  1. I can't wait to see where you're going, and I want to go there with you. Maybe even take others with us!
    Casalciprano, here we come!

    1. Yes, Eugene! Another trip to Casalciprano for a longer stay would be perfect! Who wants to join us?

    2. Snap! I couldn't think of better company! XOX to you!