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Self Portraits on display March 11, 2014

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For the next month, 15 students will have their self portraits on display in Superintendent Young’s office.  The 4th, 3rd, 1st, and JK students show a lovely progression of knowledge and skills in regards to self portraits.  This timeline of sorts is a small sample of self portraits that every student will create every year.



Doodle 4 Google February 28, 2014

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Ever notice how Google changes their logo a lot?  A competition is being held for students to design an upcoming logo!  And there are big prizes to go along with it!  This year’s theme is “If I could invent one thing to make the world a better place”.

Go to the Doodle 4 Google website for more information, as well as a submission form.


Multicultural Arts Center Show February 11, 2014

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The CPS district show looks beautiful!  The Morse School is represented by 3 4th graders, showing their atmospheric perspective cityscapes:





4 2nd graders are showing their Greek amphoras:



And 3 1st graders are showing their self portraits:



And finally, I was happy to see 6 former Morse students who now attend Putnam Ave Upper School showing their work as middle schoolers:

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Annual City-wide Art Show January 29, 2014

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The Cambridge Public Schools is having an art show at the Cambridge Multicultural Arts Center!  Every elementary and upper school will be represented by 10 students, as well as high school work.

This year, the Morse School is showing artwork by 3 4th graders, 4 2nd graders, and 3 1st graders.  I’ll post pictures of their work next week.

If you would like to attend the opening reception:
February 6th
41 Second St., East Cambridge


Free art workshop this Sunday! January 24, 2014

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Gallery 263, our kind annual art show host, is offering a free workshop this weekend.
Sunday, January 26th, 2-5pm
263 Pearl Street

Upcycled Collages is a hands-on family-friendly workshop with the artists from Life of Materials offering guided instruction on creating sustainable art. Participants will learn about dynamic composition making through the development of original two and three-dimensional collages, using the artists’ own working materials including old t-shirts, twine, wood, and more. Workshop is drop-in, free and open to the public, supplies will be provided.

 Feel free to e-mail: with questions about this workshop!”


Art at the museums October 23, 2013

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Do you or your student want to create more art at home?  Check out this article on; it shares 5 opportunities of art-making at local museums.  The Boston Children’s Museum, ICA, MFA, Peabody Essex Museum, and the Harvard Museum of Natural History are highlighted.  Sounds fun!!


Free Artist Visit October 18, 2013

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This is free!  Check it out!

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Art Studio Notes September 17, 2013

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1.  Students in JK-2 have Art once a week.  Students in 3-5 have Art twice a week.  Be sure you know which day(s) your child has Art so that appropriate clothing can be worn.  The Art Studio does not provide smocks, so if wish for your student to wear a smock, it must be kept in their cubby in the classroom and worn to Art.
2.  Do you want to volunteer?  There are several opportunities for working in the Art Studio, especially in the lower grades.  Please email Aimee Kerr for more information:
3. Donations!  The Art Studio gladly welcomes donations of: newspaper, shoe boxes, toilet paper tubes, paper grocery bags, along with almost any other crafty thing you can think of.
4.  I want to introduce Ms. Kong, my student teacher for the first 8 weeks of school.  Ms. Kong is a graduate student at BU’s College of Fine Arts.  Over the next 5 weeks or so, Ms. Kong will be taking over more and more of the weekly classes. 

my summer project August 19, 2013

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Well, I didn’t get to work on all the half-finished paintings i have in my home.  The one project I did complete was a commissioned piece for the DCR.  All of the state parks in MA have “iron rangers”, or metal donation receptacles.  Every year they have a call to artists to paint these rangers, in hopes that the color will draw attention to the need for donations.  I submitted a design for a ranger at Natural Bridge State Park, in North Adams.  I was selected!  My design is inspired by Sol Lewitt, whose large body of work is on display at MassMoCA, a museum only 5 minutes away.  The natural bridge is comprised of marble and stone layers.  I painted an abstract version of the bridge as I though Lewitt would.  The back of the ranger is inspired by his work, Wall Drawing 419.

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See you in a couple weeks!


Happy Summer! June 24, 2013

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Whoops!  Last week was our last week of school, and therefore I was too busy for updating.  Have a great summer and I’ll see you all in September!  Maybe i’ll update with some art of my own that i hope to get to this summer…