Thursday, March 23, 2017

Self-Portrait with a Relative

My Honors Art 4 and AP students worked on one of my favorite projects lately- a diptych that is composed of a self-portrait and a portrait of a relative. The self-portrait's are inspired by the pose, gesture and lighting of the image of the relative that is chosen as inspiration. It is always really fun to see what images people are drawn to recreating. Some people stuck to taking recent photos of their parents and others used older pictures of their family member when they were roughly the same age as the student. Students picked a medium they wanted to explore more.  I love seeing all the stylistic differences.  Enjoy, these are always really fun to look at!


Anna and her Dad 

Mia and her Mom

Clara and her sister

Emma and her mom as a high schooler!
Patrick and his Mom

Lisa and her mom both used Snap Chat filters for their photos!

Marina recreated the dramatic lighting in this portrait of her Grandmother as a young woman
Veja and her mom- twins!!!

Kelsey and her Mom at the same age- also twins! Love the complimentary color choices here
Shae recreated this picture of her Uncle with his dog with her dog!

Monday, March 13, 2017

Work Selected for Youth Art Month Show in Boston



My students are participating in a state wide exhibit at the Transportation center in Boston to celebrate Youth Art Month this month. The show is called "United Through Art"

Students in grades K through 12 from across Massachusetts have been selected to have their artwork displayed at the State Transportation Building in Boston. This exhibit, sponsored by the Massachusetts Art Education Association, is part of Youth Art Month (YAM), a national celebration held each year during March that emphasizes the value of art education for all children, and encourages support for quality art programs in schools. 

Across Massachusetts there are numerous celebrations and exhibits happening in schools, in districts, and regionally.  The Boston exhibit, United Through Art, is the only statewide YAM Exhibit in Massachusetts, and features student work from over ninety communities. 

The show will be on display and open to the public weekdays 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. from February 13 through March 31.

The following students are representing my classes at  Wayland High School in this year’s YAM Exhibit at the State Transportation Building.

The artists with work on display are:

Clare Lippincott (12th Grade), Marlee Griffin (11th Grade), Yana Lipnesh (9th Grade), Gabrielle Smith (11th Grade), Shaelee

Comettant (11th Grade), Emilija Iannace (12th Grade).  Their pieces are below!
I'm proud of their great work!

Clare's self-portrait from Advanced Drawing

Mia's beautiful Conte crayon drawing done for AP Studio Art

Gabi's awesome drawing representing a still life assignment in Advanced  Drawing

Marlee's excellent contour drawing done in Drawing

She's lovely scratchboard Chicken done in Honors Art 4

Yana's great charcoal drawing representing Art 1!

Friday, December 23, 2016




My Drawing Class finished up a fun illustration assignment inspired by the book "The Z is Zapped" by Chris Van Allsburg. I have two sections of this class and a few kids in Advanced Drawing also ..but collectively they decided they wanted to illustrate the entire alphabet. I was so happy with the results!




The A was Asleep by Gabi

The B was at the ballet by Yana

The C was crystallized by Marlee

The D was Dangerous by John

The D was defenestrated by Clare

The E was Erased by Amanda

The F was Flying by Grace

The G was Glazed by Andrew

The H was Hardcore by Saman

The I was an Icicle by Isabel

The J was Jousting by John

The K was Kicking by Kaitlyn

The K was Killed by Jack

The L was Levitating by Ava

The M was Made by Matt

The M was Mauled by Jonathan

The N was in the Nursery by Maddie

The O was with an Ostrich by Josh

The P was Psychedelic by Dianna

The Q was Quietly Quacked at by Alex

The R was Running by Rami

The S was Scribbling by Mary





The T was Time-Traveling by Alexa

The U was Unmasked by Valentine

The V was Volatile by Ryan

The V was Vandalizing by Anna

The W was Wrenched by Duncan

The X was Xeroxed by Martin

The Y was Yucky by Isabel

The Z was Zipped by Hallie

Monday, November 7, 2016

very small to very big

My Drawing class just finished up a project that challenged them to enlarge the scale of tiny objects and to create interesting compositions. They had their choice from popcorn, elastic bands, screws and dried pasta pieces.  They picked their objects and then we glued them on small paper plates so they would not move and that their cast shadows would be more visible. I had my Drawing students use graphite pencils to try and capture a full range of value and my Advanced Drawing students use white conte crayon on black paper.  I was so happy with the results!
Dried Pasta Still-Life by Clare

Pasta Still Life by Anna

Amanda's still life composed of rubber bands, dried pasta and screws

by Hallie

Love the mark-making on this one by John

Madi did a nice job with the reflections on these screws

Beautiful Pasta still life by Marlee

Martin's piece 

Pasta still life by Mary
Awesome Popcorn piece by Isabelle