Archive for May, 2014

Painting Kids.“Harvard President Drew Faust recently wrote of students overlooking the benefit of following their “interest in art or linguistics or any of the other humanity disciplines.” The trend towards employable subjects like math and science is reflected in decisions of college students as well as decision-making in primary and secondary schools. Funds have been cut in more than 80 percent of U.S. school districts since 2008. The very first programs to go are often disciplines such as music, art and foreign language.

The president of Harvard is not alone in her concern. Groundbreaking work of cognitive neuroscientists reveals what we think are “extras” are central to strengthening our minds. Studying Mandarin or music as a child might do more for your adult brain and long-term economic prospects than studying biology” Read more at:

6th Grade students ‘Built themselves Wild’ by using the website This is a fun website where students can create a digital human and add animal characteristics and even put themselves in an animal habitat. Once finished, students find out interesting facts about their creative animalistic character.

View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: May 23rd 2014, Taught Rotation 3: March 17th 2014, Taught Rotation 2: January 17th 2014, Taught Rotation 1: September 3rd 2013, Taught Rotation 4: April 29th 2013, Taught Rotation 3: March 14th 2013, Taught Rotation 2: December 8 2012, Taught Rotation 1: October 11th 2012, Taught Rotation 4: May 8th 2012, Taught Rotation 2: December 2nd 2011, Taught Rotation 1: October 5th 2011, Taught Rotation 5: May 24th 2011, Taught Rotation 4: March 23rd 2011, Rotation 3: January 4th 2010

6th grade students viewed a powerpoint regarding merged animals created with Adobe’s Photoshop. From here, students combined three animals in order to create their own original endangered animal. Students then created a poster for individuals to learn more about their endangered animal and what individuals could do to help save their animal and it’s habitat.

View all of these students’ merged animal poster creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: May 12th 2014, Taught Rotation 3: March 10th 2014, Taught Rotation 2: December 16th 2013, Taught Rotation 1: September 4th 2013, Taught Rotation 4: April 19th 2012, Taught Rotation 3: February 23rd 2012, Taught Rotation 2: November 20th 2011, Taught Rotation 1: September 28th 2011

8th grade students in the Zombie showcase class worked very hard to create Zombie Drawings and/or Watercolor paintings. Students created these undead characters in just 1 week!

View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: May 12th 2014

8th grade students in the Labyrinth showcase class worked very hard to implement the elements of S.T.E.A.M. into their innovative Labyrints. Students review our Labyrinth Pinterest page for ideas. From here, students first planned out their designs, then grided out their form core boards and proceeded by measuring out their designs. Students then used exact knives to cut their creations and hot glue guns to construct their Labyrinths. Finally, students used acrylic paints to finish their projects. Students did all of this in just 1 week!

View all of the students’ creations on Artsonia at:

Taught Rotation 4: April 28th 2014