Due to the late bus program not launching until October 19th, we will postpone our informational meeting initially scheduled for tomorrow, September 28th. Instead, come on Wednesday, October 19th! The meeting will be an hour in length and Ms. Phillips and Ms. Rogers will go over the format, the kinds of photos we’ll be working on, […]

via Photo Club DATE CHANGE! — Ms. Rogers’ BEAM Blog

Another great year teaching Middle School Art. Every year I am amazed with the quality of work my students are able to achieve. This is truly a reflection on the districts dedication to promoting and supporting the arts!  Please take a few minutes and view the video below.I am sure you will be impressed with the quality of work.

Happy Summer!!!

See what happens when strangers are asked to pose in a photograph together in NYC.

Photographer Richard Renaldi approaches random people he meets on New York City’s streets and asks them to pose in photos together as if they actually knew each other. Despite the fact that these people are requested to show a brief, fake sign of affection to each other, what the photographs reflect is unbelievable. Take a second to watch this 2-minute video and the results will amaze you.

Marble Collection Release Gala

“Spring into Art”

A few weeks ago, I received an email from The Marble Collection director, Deanna Elliot, notifying me that Ms. Rogers and I had been selected to receive the Outstanding Educator Award for their high school magazine.  Naturally, I figured this was something that everyone who participated received, prompting Ms. Rogers to call TMC to verify!  Needless to say, it’s a legitimate honor, and we are very excited to accept this award on May 15th at the Harbor Gallery at UMass Boston.

This distinction would not have been possible without the great work submitted by our photo club, summer photo camp, and/or BEAM students.  This magazine offers a fantastic opportunity for students to have their work critiqued and published outside of school.  The Fall 2015 issue of TMC published thirteen MSMS works in total.  Students are overwhelmed with joy when notified that their work has been selected for exhibit.  Students sometimes face rejection upon submitting a piece, which we view as just as valuable a learning experience.  

The Spring 2016 edition of The Marble Collection includes another four MSMS students, with one of our own featured on the front cover!


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Can you believe today is Opening Day?  The weather is certainly no indicator this week. For the past thirteen years, students in my art classes have been drawing David Ortiz.  His baseball jersey is a frequent site in the hallways of MSMS from early Spring to late October until Tom Brady and Gronk take over.

This Spring  I have decided to have students collaborate on several large scale paintings celebrating David Ortiz.  In each class we select two students to work on the canvases.  All students in all three grades are helping out on this project.  Students in each grade have completed a painting assignment this year, and now the skills and knowledge acquired are being utilized on a collaborative project.

We are hoping to have paintings finished for Opening Day in Boston, which is April 11th.   Keep the homeruns coming, “Big Papi.”






Only 4 Spots Left!!!

Marshall Simonds Middle School

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MSMS Summer Photo Camp enrollment is open!  We are pleased to announce this two-week workshop focused on learning street photography!

Enrollment form PDF attached below!

Summer Photo Camp 2016 Enrollment Form

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Students in  the 7th Grade have been working on their  large scale portrait drawings for about 5 weeks. Students were introduced to drawing pencils, ranging  from number  6b to F. They  now understand the importance of value, texture,  line, contrast,and shading  in creating a drawing.

The finished drawings are beautiful. The students are actually  amazed at what they were able to accomplished. Great Job!

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