The very 1st Hero Teacher Project Interview. So many words of wisdom coming from TK here. We hit all the main issues in Public Education; What is working and what are our areas of need. For example, ” When we over emphasize grades, when we over emphasize test scores; I think what’s lost is learningContinue reading “The Full 40 Min Interview with Takeru Nagayoshi 2020 MA Teacher of the Year”
My experience as a virtual art teacher during the 2021 school year with an art grant to make murals.
Well, it was a looooong winter! To say that students and teachers alike were all ready for a break by April was an understatement. However, we did something that kept us going. We had a purpose and a project thanks to UConn. By April my classes had produced 6 collaboratively designed murals. I noticed early on that getting the kids the art kits was one thing. Having enough consistency between students to all produce fully painted artworks was quite another. We took those challenges of inconsistency and turned them into positive expression.
During January 2021 I completed the first mural sized portrait of a series that I have named the Hero Teacher Project. It is of Narciso Moquete the outstanding 4th grade teacher that was voted the 2019 Hartford Teacher of the Year. Narciso and I met shortly after he had won the award in the fallContinue reading “The Hero Teacher Project”
Last year I received the Rogers Innovative Educator Grant from the Neag School Education at the University of Connecticut. The plan was to implement a mural program at the school where I teach art, McDonough Middle School of Hartford Public Schools in Hartford, CT. But plans are just ideas on paper and paper is easily altered.
Emotional color theory self portraits. We studied Plutchik’s emotional color wheel which lead us to self portraits as defined by the colors we chose to represent the 8 basic emotions. “Psychologist Robert Plutchik states that there are 8 basic emotions: joy, trust, fear, surprise, sadness, anticipation, anger, and disgust. Plutchik’s wheel of emotions illustrates theseContinue reading “2019-2020 A Social Emotional Learning year thus far…”
I had no idea how talented the kids up in Hartford are. Well, these Middle Schoolers got some mad skills, yo! I challenged one 8th grade class with what they would want to see in Hartford in the future and show it in a mural. We decided to inspire future McDonough students to make thatContinue reading “Hartford Passion”
At McDonough Expeditionary Middle School in Hartford CT I have enjoyed my first semester as a full time Art Teacher. Here’s some of the work we completed in 6th, 7th, and 8th grade art classes. We explored line, shape, form, and did a LOT of work with pattern. Ultimately, we created one acrylic painting onContinue reading “McDonough Middle School – Hartford CT”
The Excelsior District of San Francisco’s only public sculpture completed in 2014. It was a great project with A LOT of creative freedom and a fabulous community to work with. A true community accomplishment! I’m proud to have played a part. And it still looks great in 2018! “A tremendously talented and dedicated Project Team was organizedContinue reading “Ever Upward”
We is in dream country, the BFG said. This is where all the dreams is beginning.” In 2016 I got the opportunity to help promote the opening of a newer branch of a local brick and mortar bookstore in Novato, CA, Copperfield’s Books. They had these big windows in front of their children’s section thatContinue reading ““Dream Jars” mural at Copperfield’s Books Novato, CA”