Politics and Art


Andy Warhol, Founding Collection, The Andy Warhol Museum, Pittsburgh. (© 2008 Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts / ARS, New York)

Students in 8th Grade have been working on  creating  political pop art pieces related to this year’s Presidential Candidates. I Can not wait to display the finished results!



After five months, our paintings are finally complete!  Each canvas used 160 fluid ounces of acrylic paint by the hands of over sixty students spanning grades 6-8. In total over 200 hours were spent on student collaboration. Artists worked diligently to meet our initial deadline of June, as we had hoped to have Big Papi finished by the end of school last year.  Unfortunately we missed that deadline, but finished just in time for playoff Baseball.

Let’s go Red Sox!

Students and teachers at MSMS may view these works as they’re exhibited in our Media Center.

We have  started a NEW painting with the excitement surrounding the return of a certain quarterback. 



Finished Results


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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.”