2nd Semester has begun…

Well, the second semester has begun. Where has this school year gone??

I have been accepted to the “Feed Your Soul” Summer Teacher Institute at the Maine College of Art in Portland, Maine, that’s at the end of June. I am SUPER excited as a few colleagues that I met at last year’s Summer Teacher Institute in Florida also got accepted so we are stoked to be meeting up again.

What else….the school is apparently trying to unblock WordPress again, but I changed the blogging this semester to only when they finish a project, so we’ll see if that will be better. They haaaated the other site I had to use when WordPress got blocked, and they built up quite a resentment to blogging, so now they either create a StopMotion video of their project or blog a big entry at the end of their project. I wanted it to be organic, and it wasn’t so I didn’t want to fight it. This meant that I now grade more vigorously for in-class participation, which is fine. I should have been anyway, but now their grade is more dependent on being there and working than before.

I’ve been not on Twitter as much, but that’s okay. It became so much to keep up with it all. I’m doing a January Photo Challenge, so that’s been good, but other than that, it’s been pretty quiet on my account.

The Fine Arts Fair is in a few months, MARCH!!!!, so I’m trying to prepare for that too.

Alright, that’s all I’ve got!

Stop Motion GIF Project



Students are going to create a videoΒ using the Stop Motion Studio app, then converting the video to a GIF in Adobe Photoshop. Above is my example (it’s not the greatest, I just threw it together.)

Below are student examples from previous classes.

They must shoot at least 15 frames in the Stop Motion Studio App, that is the only restriction I give them (and school appropriate material in their video). The results are awesome.


Here is the video tutorial I made for my students on how to import the video into Adobe Photoshop and convert the video into a GIF:

*Insert sad march here*

Well, the school officially blocked WordPress to my students, after saying there were too many “content” issues. I’m super bummed. After all the hard work of getting them all set up and everything, and it’s just flushed down the drain.

So, to finish up the semester, I had to switch them all over to Kidblog and get them going. I’m not super impressed with it, as it’s still really glitchy and not posting any easier (they get error messages constantly).

So, here’s the new links for blogs:


They are easier to grade, I will say that. I didn’t have to make a feed, as the site’s main page for each class is basically a feed in itself. It just frustrates me with it’s lack of being able to build out from the blog into a full-blown website.

Always changing and adjusting…..

Merging Forces with Other Art Students

Well, we announced to Twitter and my entire staff that my art kids were bloggin’, and let the school we’re partnering with know that we were ready for comments. Now, I get emails CONSTANTLY about students following my students’ blogs, my blog, and commenting on my students’ work. It’s AWESOME. I am loving the interaction and seeing my students’ faces light up when they get a comment. I had one student who got nine comments within the CLASS PERIOD. NINE. It was crazy! So, I’m trying to push them into commenting back organically, but it might have to be an assignment, since they don’t seem too interested in paying it forward. This generation is about instant gratification, but not so much about giving it, if that makes sense. I’m thinking I might want them to “partner” up with students through the blogs and comment back and forth. We’ll see.

I’ve been trying to update my site so it’s more than just a blog, check it out!

Until next time…

Students Blogs are LIVE

Hey All! Students blogs are LIVE and IN ACTION!!! Feel free to comment and leave them words of encouragement on their blogging journey! Their instructions have been to post an image of their work at the end of the class time and write what they got done in the class period, with as much detail as possible. Some are on the right track. It’s pretty exciting!!

You can also view a live feed here:

Art 2D (H1):
Jacob M
Jacob C
Jae Seong

Art 2D (H4):

Studio Students:

From the End of Last School Year to Back to School Night

Well, I’m almost done with the first week of school! It feels crazy that I’m already starting my fourth year of teaching. I’m hanging out at Back to School Night, and made some great art displays in our display cabinets.

So, while I wait to meet parents tonight, I’ll update from when the last school year ended until now.

I attended the Summer Teacher Institute at Ringling College of Art and Design for the second year, and met some AMAZING people. It was so refreshing to network with people all over the country and I had so many adventures.

While I was at Ringling, one of my friends posted on my Facebook about Ice Dying, which immediately peaked my interest. I had to investigate. So, once all of my July traveling ended, I got home and started researching.
I’m going to dedicate a blog entry to it, and I’m working on a YouTube video of myself doing it. Anyway, the gist is you use ice and let the ice melt the dye into the pre-treated wet fabric, to give it a watercolor effect.
So, I’ve been going crazy with it, to the point that I ice dyed extra fabric from the classroom and used it to decorate bulletin boards.

Now we’re into present day. I’m looking into grad schools, but my car is about to die, so that might be on hold for a bit. I’m looking into Educational Technology, but possibly Art Education that has a studio option in Venice, Italy. I’ll keep you updated.

Until next time! Peace, Love, and Paint Blobs!