Friday, March 16, 2018


 Youth Art Month is a national celebration promoting the value of art, the creative process and the importance of quality art education.  For this occasion, the Abington Art Department is currently exhibiting artwork from students in grades one through twelve throughout the Abington Public Library.  The show offers the viewer a broad range of art work in many different media and expressions.  The exhibition of over two hundred and fifty works of art will continue through March 31st.  Additionally, we will host a "Viewing Afternoon" on March 22 from 4:30 - 6:00 for students, their families and the community at large.  Please stop by the library and enjoy the creative efforts of our students.
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Sunday, March 11, 2018

Tetrahedral Kites

The STEAM Class just finished a unit on Air and Space Technology by constructing a large Tetrahedral Kite.  A tetrahedral kite is a multicelled rigid box kite composed of tetrahedral shaped cells to create a kind of tetrahedral cell. This type of kite was invented by Alexander Graham Bell on the road with experiments for manned flight.  One of Bell's larger Tetrahedral kite contained 3,393 cells and was 40'  long.


Congratulations to JG for being awarded an "Honorable Mention" for her "Self Portrait" Drawing at this year's Scholastic Art Awards

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Grade 6 International Lions Clubs Peace Poster Contest

Back in September the grade 6 art classes participated in the International Lions Clubs Peace Poster contest. For the last 31 years Lions clubs around the world have proudly sponsored the Lions International Peace Poster Contest in local schools and youth groups. This art contest for kids encourages young people worldwide to express their visions of peace.

 All grade 6 students created a poster in response to this years theme "The Future of Peace".  Several teachers helped select the 4 top posters and those students were awarded gift certificates donated by the local Lions Club. All of the completed posters (150+) were displayed at the Abington Public Library during part of November and all of December.  With all of the violence we read about it was inspiring to see so many positive images displayed on the walls of the library.  Below are some photographs of the posters and the 4 winners.  

Looonnngggg Overdue Update

My apologies for such a long span between posts.  To make a long story short....lost phone, lost photographs.  New phone and it's time to show everyone what has been happening in Room 2021A.  We are in the middle of the second trimester and despite a few snow days students have been busy creating, problem solving and doing some critical thinking.  

Grade 6 art classes are currently working on a Radial Symmetry project which allows them to discover positive and negative space.  

Grade 7 art classes just completed a unit on Value.  They learned how to use shading and value to create light, shadows and forms.  They just started a unit on Watercolor Landscapes.

Grade 8 art classes are in the middle of a clay unit.  They are creating "Pinch Bowls" to explore a variety of clay hand building techniques.

Grade 7 STEAM classes are working on their "Structures" unit.  They are learning about the different types of structures and the loads and forces the structures are subjected to.  After building two types of paper structures, they moved on to constructing balsa wood towers.  Once completed the balsa wood towers will be stress tested.  
The photographs below illustrate some of the work described above.

Saturday, August 19, 2017

Welcome Back!

                                                                                                     Painting by Winslow Homer

I hope everyone had a restful summer and will get a chance to enjoy the last week before we start another school year.  I spent the summer with my family and our new dog, doing a little traveling, some construction work around the house, unpacking and preparing the rooms in the new school and playing my guitar. I am looking forward and very excited to start another year in our brand new school.  I am almost finished setting up the new ART and STEAM (yes CTD will now be called Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math or STEAM) rooms to welcome students.  With the additional space and new equipment (such as a kiln) I will be able to create new lesson plans and project ideas.  I am also thrilled to be teaching a five grade 6 classes this year.  I have not taught grade 6 for several years and it allows me to use other areas of our curriculum. I hope you get a chance to attend the open house next week to visit your new school.  I am planning to be there, so drop in and say hello. 

Wednesday, April 26, 2017

A Few Photographs From The Youth Art Month Exhibit at The Abington Public Library

Thank you to the staff at the Abington Public Library for hosting another successful Youth Art Month Exhibit.

Hundreds of students and their families attended

Students receiving certificates and ribbons

A few examples of the great student work on display