In every New Year since I can recall, dieting has been one of the top 5 resolutions everyone seems to make. It also seems to be the one everyone breaks!  This New Year, Ms. Rogers and I decided to put our photographers on a diet that they will hopefully maintain throughout their entire lives. Happy picture taking in 2017!


Once again, Marshall Simonds Middle School students have had more pieces published (8) than any other school represented in the latest edition of The Marble Collection, an outstanding High School level arts magazine.  The mission of The Marble Collection (TMC) is to cultivate creativity and excellence in the arts by engaging teen artists and writers in a publication process that affirms their voices and deepens their learning. Student work is selected from roughly 600 works submitted annually through their website. Participating teens are represented by more than 200 public and private schools and community organizations across the state.

The Marble Collection Magazine is  a juried, professional-quality publication, and the only statewide print-and-online magazine of the arts featuring artwork, photography, poetry, creative writing and spoken-word poetry videos by Massachusetts students in grades 8 to 12.

Congratulations to the following MSMS students and to all students throughout the State who have work published in the Winter 2017 Edition:

  • Layla Robinson – My Grandmother, photography
  • Sarah Owens     – Lost in the Crowd, photography
  • Olivia Perry       – Raindrops on Rose, photography
  • Julia Papasodoro – Brad the Artist, photography
  • Sydney Craig   – Rose Colors, photography
  • Aaron Rippin-  Chalkboard, photography
  • Hailey Woods –  From the Roots, photography
  • Neil Pandit – 4th of July, photography





















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.