A Piece of Art, A Piece of Heart

Middle School art students working on their Art Exchange projects.

This December on Dana Hall’s Day of Community Learning, I was given the great opportunity of facilitating one of the workshops that would support the theme of this year’s program: “Building Bridges and Sharing Spaces.” This theme serendipitously aligned with the overarching goals of the Memory Project, an organization that Continue reading A Piece of Art, A Piece of Heart

Women Making With Mathematics

Some work from the "Women Making With Math" gallery show

During my sabbatical last spring, I spent a lot of time exploring, appreciating and contributing to the world of “mathematical art.” Among other things, I created looped animations, designed 3D-printed jewelry and other more abstract forms, and produced carefully-distorted sheets of lined paper. I was also able to interact with Continue reading Women Making With Mathematics

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