Kindergarden and 8th Grade Pen Pals

Kindergarten students at Thomson and Sargent have 8th grade pen pals at Chenery Middle School in Belmont. Each kindergarten student drew a self portrait and a family portrait using crayons for the 8th graders. The 8th graders are using those drawings as inspiration for their current mixed media collage and drawing project that they are working on. They are using the shapes, forms, and colors based on their pen-pals drawings.

In return, each kindergarten student received a letter from their pen-pal. The 8th graders drew much of the correspondence so the kindergarten students can look at the pictures and hopefully get a sense of their pen-pal.

Delicious Donuts!

One of my favorite one day lessons: paper collage donuts!

Fall Observational Drawings

In lieu of any Thanksgiving themed lessons, we did observational drawings of fall items from the Nature Lab. Students drew pumpkins, leaves, gouards, and pine needles.

"Only One You" Rocks

All Thomson students read "Only One You" by Linda Kranz to begin the school year. In art, each student designed and painted a rock to create a rock garden installation around the school. 

Instagram and Twitter

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Fish Fold In Madness

A great early finisher project!

Sketchbooks for all!

Every student at both Sargent and Thomson, Kindergarten through 5th grade, now has a sketchbook they will keep all year long. 

My President Was Black

"One voice can change a room. And if it can change a room, it can change a city and if it can change a city, it can change a state and if it can change a state, it can change a nation, and if it can change a nation it can change the world.”

What's in your bag? A Collection of Collections

This project started in my Remade, Recycled, Reclaimed class at the School of the Museum of Fine Arts with Jesseca Ferguson

The project asks the seemingly straightforward question:

What's in your bag?

It explores a collection of collections, the contents found inside bags of all shapes and sizes -- handbags, tote bags, backpacks, messenger bags. The photographs are self-portraits. Each one is composed, arranged, and photographed by its "owner". When asked the question, reactions were mixed. Some opened their bags up right away, and others were hesitant -- "nothing interesting here" or "let me clean it out first".

I am curious about what people carry around all day. What are their essentials? What does their bag collect over the course of a day? How do the contents reflect their owners, or put simply:

What does your stuff say about you?

If you would like to be included in the collection, please contact me here or @acollectionofcollections.