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MiscoeMakerCrew – Our 3D Printing Journey

Wow, am I proud of the MiscoeMakerCrew! Last Saturday we presented as part of the Student Showcase at the New England 1:1 Summit in Burlington, MA. We left Mendon bright and early and carpooled to the summit. Once there, we carried in our equipment and set up the comprehensive table display which included our actively printing 3D printer.

Ready to go to Burlington!

Ready to go to Burlington!

The MiscoeMakerCrew table...

The MiscoeMakerCrew table…

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The Student Showcase started at 9:30 and for the next hour, our table was swarmed with interested educators from across the state.

Owen and Mr. Larkin...

Owen and Mr. Larkin…

Our table was swarmed...

Our table was swarmed…

Everyone wanted to watch the printer, touch the models we had printed, follow the video about our journey, and ask the MiscoeMakercrew to show them how we design models with our iPads using 123D Design.

Everyone wanted to touch the models...

Everyone wanted to touch the models…

And ask the MiscoeMakercrew how we design our models with 123D design...

And ask the MiscoeMakercrew how we design our models with 123D design…

We even met a Miscoe alumni, Mr. Patrick Larkin, who asked to have his photo taken with the MiscoeMakerCrew:

Mr. Patrick Larkin - former Miscoe student...

Mr. Patrick Larkin – former Miscoe student…

After the Student Showcase we listened to Burlington students sharing their iPad experiences, ran around the track for a while, and then it was time for lunch. We were happy to relax, eat, and enjoy each other’s company now that the pressure was off!

Liam with his double cheeseburger...

Liam with his double cheeseburger…

If you would like to know more about our 3D printing journey, watch this video. It shows everything from writing the grant for the printer, to getting the printer, to learning how to design models and print them. Go ahead, click on the photo:

Click on the image to play the video

Click on the image to play the video

 

 

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Where In The World Was Mrs. Gentili?

Top quality professional development is hard to come by for art educators. We are often the only art teacher in a building and are frequently starved for conversation about our subject and how it can best be taught. Our in-district colleagues are available through email and occasional meetings, but for the most part, our network has become global, thanks to social media. I appreciate the support of my school district in providing a substitute teacher so I could attend this amazing professional development event.

I went to San Diego for the three day National Art Education Association convention last weekend. With two days for travel and three days of intense, non-stop art education activity followed by three full school days, I am just now collecting my thoughts to reflect on the experience. First of all, landing in San Diego, where the sun was out and temperatures were in the high 60′s, was a shot in the arm after the long New England winter. Throughout the weekend, the warm weather buoyed us from hotel to convention center to attend the many workshops and meetings.

The video below shows best some of the amazing presenters and workshops I attended. As important to me were the Saturday night gatherings with the NAEA student chapters from MassArt (my alma mater), Boston University, and UMass Dartmouth. Another standout was the “tweetup” at 7am on Sunday of the art educators with whom I exchange “tweets” throughout the year to share lessons, ask questions, and give feedback. We are a global professional learning network, thanks to Twitter, Pinterest, and Facebook.

In San Diego, I met Jaune Quick-to-See Smith, who is a Native American artist of fame and incredible talent. Her work hangs in museums around the country. Although originally from a reservation in Montana, Jaune earned her BA at Framingham State University, just ten miles from my home. She also has an honorary degree from MassArt. My BFA is from MassArt and my degree in Elementary Ed and Master of Art Ed are from Framingham State. It was with these common bonds in mind that I approached Jaune after her presentation. Her eyes grew big at the surprise of meeting someone from Framingham across the country in San Diego and she reached out and gave me a big hug. With all of the amazing memories created at NAEA14, this is one that feels extra special to me.

As I always remind my students, “a picture tells a thousand words”… this video tells a million:

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Click on the image to see the video:

 

 

 

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Congratulations to the Art in the Valley Artists!

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Congratulations to the 15 Miscoe Hill students in grades five and six whose artwork has been chosen to be exhibited in the eighth annual Blackstone Valley Art in the Valley 2014 youth art show! Student work was selected because of its high quality and inventive artistic expression for the age group. We are very proud of our students’ creative effort and talent.

The artwork will be on display with the work of other students in Grades K-8 within the Blackstone Valley as well as work from 15 Miscoe Hill students in grades seven and eight.

New this year is a teacher gallery where art educators within the Blackstone Valley may submit work. I will have two of my digital paintings that were done on the iPad on display.

The show is being held at:

Elmwood Street Elementary School
40 Elmwood Street
Millbury, MA

Hours are as follows:

Friday, April 4, 2014, 7:00-9:00 pm – Opening Reception and Show
Saturday, April 5, 2014, 10:00am-12:00 noon – Show

 

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Back row: Madeline Tremblay, Brian St. John, Ethan Lynch, Coby Asselin, Brooke Glasier Middle row: Cameron Duncan, Catherine Casey, Noah Stallcup, Andrew Meacham, Ian Barrette Front row: Vaishvi Patel, Tessa Stewart, Katarina Manzolini, Rachel Pranga, Kacy Morford

Congratulations to all of the students pictured above! Detailed photos of their art follow:

Vaishvi Patel

Vaishvi Patel

Cameron Duncan

Cameron Duncan

Brooke Glasier

Brooke Glasier

Katarina Manser

Katarina Manzolini

Tessa Stewart

Tessa Stewart

Rachel Pranga

Rachel Pranga

Madeline Tremblay

Madeline Tremblay

Ian Barrette

Ian Barrette

Catherine Casey

Catherine Casey

Noah Stallcup

Noah Stallcup

Kacy Morford

Kacy Morford

Coby Asselin

Coby Asselin

Brian St. John

Brian St. John

Ethan Lynch

Ethan Lynch

Andrew Meacham

Andrew Meacham

 

As mentioned above, this year teachers are invited to display their work, so I have submitted two pieces of digital art that I painted on my iPad for the Every Day Drawing Challenge. Here they are:

Zinnias

Digital iPad Zinnias by Alice Matthews Gentili

Digital iPad Teapot

Digital iPad Teapot

Hope to see you at the show! 

 

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Yes, Virginia, There Is A Summer

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And here’s to the lass who can smile…

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Here’s to a fellow who smiles
When life runs along like a song.
And here’s to the lass who can smile
When everything goes dead wrong.

 

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Transformed By Art Sneak Peek!

This is a sneak peek at the 5-12 art exhibit for which we MURSD art educators are scheming and planning. Started this Popplet this morning for collaboration. Click here or on the image to go to the Transformed by Art Popplet:

Transformed by Art Popplet
Transformed by Art Popplet
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Congratulations Youth Art Month Artists!

Youth Art Month 2014

I am happy to announce that five of my students have been selected to display their creative works at the State Transportation Building in Boston. The artwork will be displayed with work from students in grades K through 12 across Massachusetts. This multi-media exhibit is sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association (MAEA) in conjunction with Youth Art Month, a national celebration that emphasizes the value of art education for all children and encourages support for the quality art programs in Massachusetts schools.

The Youth Art Month Exhibit will be on display and open to the public weekdays 9-5 from March 10th through April 25th, Closed Saturdays, Sundays and Patriots Day, Monday, April 21st.  Admission is free.

Please join me in congratulating the following Miscoe Hill artists who are in grades five and six: 

Samantha Katz, Bret Hackenson, Grady Reardon, Thomas Michel, & Jenna Meleedy

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Samantha Katz, Bret Hackenson, Grady Reardon, Thomas Michel, Jenna Meleed

And here are close-ups of their work:

Bret Hackenson

Bret Hackenson

Samantha Katz

Samantha Katz

Jenna Meleedy

Jenna Meleedy

Thomas Michel

Thomas Michel

Grady Reardon

Grady Reardon

Congratulations on this fine work! Happy Youth Art Month…I hope to see you at the show!

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