Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography

One of the big things these last two years of teaching has taught me is that mobile devices are here to stay and are very much ubiquitous elements in our students' lives; they MUST be part of all curricular design considerations from now on! My students, be they secondary or elementary age almost uniformly come … Continue reading Why complete a diploma in Mobile Digital Photography

Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part Two

Please check out Pride in my Students's work: Assembled Identities - Legacy Mural project - Part One for the students' reflections and processes... What follows are the students' artwork as they are displayed in the common spaces of the school.

Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

The graduating class (Grade 11) of visual arts students at Pierrefonds Community High School were given a particular challenge this year… To leave a piece of themselves behind that will both express their growth while here and inspire future students coming to our school… It all started with the following statement & question…”In a few … Continue reading Pride in my Students’s work: Assembled Identities – Legacy Mural project – Part One

Pride in my Students’ Work: Their first student art show in a real gallery

Theme: Panic to Power - Your journey through Covid:  You are invited to create a unique artwork of your own design that expresses how you feel about the last two years of Covid and what it feels like to come out of this pandemic. This will be part of the Mental Health Month in May 2022.Method of the artwork: … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Their first student art show in a real gallery

Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

My mentor started this project by asking the students to draw 20 different kinds of lines on a large (14" x 17") piece of white paper. she verbally suggested that all the lines criss cross, as much as possible. She then instructed they colour in a focal point in a bold color and using rule … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Reviewing Lines as an Art Element

Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick-ish Papier Mache

What follows are a few progress photos of a last minute Papier Mache project my mentor asked me to do. I wasn't able to complete the process with the students because of the format in which it was delivered. However, I learned that such a project can easily be given with a little more planning … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick-ish Papier Mache

Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick Colour Values Activity

The following is the basic outline presented to my students. I had three separate groups doing this: for only 75 mins a week... Flexibility for completion was needed... this project lead up to several others that covered the MEQ curricula for Grade 8 visual arts and incorporated additional elements of the International Baccalaureate program. I'm … Continue reading Pride in my Students’ Work: Quick Colour Values Activity

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Six: Adding Anecdotes

See Part 5 for previous version... I was asked to bring it in to a single page and add a personal teaching story. I know that two of my biggest challenges are talking about my intentions and being concise about it... Well, I gave it a shot... I'm grateful for any feedback you can give … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Six: Adding Anecdotes

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

In my last post (Part Four), I shared my most recent Teaching philosophy and my concerns about the length and potentially repetitious content... I'm weighing the pros and cons of what adding more to mine might be and would love your feedback. First, this addition would bring the whole thing to be longer than three … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Five: Do I include a teaching story?

Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.

See Part Three for the previous reflections... I guess the subtitle could be: "How the heck do I make this more concise and still keep the passion I feel about it?" So, I started the new semester on January 5th, 2022... dove into teaching my high school classes online with the help of my amazing … Continue reading Building a Teaching Philosophy – Part Four – Open to criticism & feedback.