Art, Kindness and Connection

Student hands working with clay on a potter's wheel.

The following is the Benediction delivered at Dana Hall Family Weekend Convocation on October 25, 2019.  I am an art teacher, and although they say a picture is worth a thousand words, convocation speeches generally require language, and anyway, I forgot my paintings this morning, so you will have to Continue reading Art, Kindness and Connection

Spreading Paint and Joy

memory project

One of my most meaningful teaching experiences this fall was partaking in the Memory Project with my eighth grade painting students. The Memory Project is a charitable nonprofit organization that encourages independent artists and student artists to create portraits for children around the world facing challenging life circumstances. The portraits Continue reading Spreading Paint and Joy

A Photographic Alphabet: Letters Seen, Found, & Made

ABC photo

One of my favorite assignments for my beginning photography students is the Collaborative Photographic Alphabet. Students are asked to make photographs that express individual letters. Students try to create as many letters as they can, and only a single letter should fill each frame. This is a project as much Continue reading A Photographic Alphabet: Letters Seen, Found, & Made