Friday, December 16, 2011

BASC Fall 2011: Sculpture Class Photos

BASC Fall 2011: Sculpture Class

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Thursday, December 15, 2011

Selected Person of the Week on Patch.Com

Proud to be selected Person of the Week by my local Patch.Com. Writer Monica Orbe does a great job capturing the essence of what I do in her feature article. I am very thankful to everyone who has supported me over the past few years. I love teaching art to young people in Southern Westchester and hope to continue doing this for many years to come!

Friday, December 2, 2011

BASC Fall 2011: Wooden Sculptures

I opened the plain, brown cardboard box and I was immediately excited by what I saw - hundreds of odd shaped wood pieces! Lumber stores and online school suppliers often sell inexpensive bags of left over wooden pieces. It is a great way to recycle wood bits that might otherwise get thrown away. In addition, the wood bits provide children with a very open-ended activity. Each child got about 25 pieces of wood. Some children liked the round shapes while others stuck with traditional Popsicle sticks and a few interesting shapes. Everyone came up with unique ways to put the pieces together on their support. As each sculpture evolved the children saw an apple, people, a castle, or a tea party. One girl decided to make a pleasing design using the assorted shapes. Wood Glue and Tacky Glue dried fast and held the wooden pieces together well. Next week the children will paint their wooden sculpture.

Friday, November 18, 2011

BASC Fall 2011: Recycled Sculptures

A cereal box, yogurt containers and toilet paper rolls are transformed when they are joined together with masking tape and painted orange. Other interesting shapes also emerged from cracker boxes, egg containers and water bottles. Seeing waste turned into art felt good. Materials for creative projects can be found everywhere even in your recycling bin.

Friday, November 4, 2011

BASC Fall 2011: Sculpture Class




Recently I taught my students how to create Soft Sculptures (also called "paper stuffings" or "paper sculptures"). Students quickly came up with their ideas: an owl, a girl, a pumpkin, a spaceship, a sword, the planet and a football. Students brought their ideas to life using brown butcher paper, staples and newspaper strips for stuffing. Paint helped to add more detail. It was exciting to watch the children turn ordinary materials into realistic looking 3-D objects.

Sunday, October 23, 2011

BASC Fall 2011: Sculpture Class



I am excited to be teaching a sculpture class at the Bronxville After School Club. Each week I introduce new materials and guide the children on how best to use them to create their own unique objects. The first week we used gluey string and balloons to create bowl like objects. No two were alike. Children got messy while they were dipping string into glue and placing it on the balloon. A week later most of the ballons had deflated but left behind the string molded in a concave shape. The swirls the string made created interesting designs. During the second class children used Dots and mini marshmallows to connect toothpicks. We learned that the toothpick structures with square foundations or that used multiple triangles were the strongest.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Book Cover Design

Honored to have designed the cover of MYLAR, a collection of poetry, which is being published by BlazeVOX. MYLAR will be available on Amazon and Kindle.

The author, Eric Wertheimer, Ph.D., is a Professor of Humanities Arts & Culture at Arizona State University in Phoenix. Eric has published poetry in Exquisite Corpse, Perihelion, Diagram, Shampoo, Adirondack Review, Muse Apprentice Guild, among other journals.

Monday, August 22, 2011

Graduate Student Art Show


Join me on September 7th at
Manhattanville College
for the Graduate Student Art Show
View two of my original collages as well as other student artworks


Sunday, July 31, 2011

Hoff-Barthelson Preschool Teacher

I have accepted a full-time teaching position at Hoff-Barthelson Preschool, a private preschool in Scarsdale, NY. I am looking forward to teaching children ages 3 & 4. The first day of school is September 12th, but I will begin working in late August to prepare for the upcoming school year.

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Hoff-Barthelson Summer 2011

I am teaching elementary art from June 27th - July 29th at Hoff-Barthelson Summer Arts Program in Scarsdale, NY. Hoff-Barthelson is the largest community music school in the country and known for its excellence in music training as well as the arts.

Photo Album of Mt. Vernon Public Library Artist Residency

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Artist Residency: Mount Vernon Public Library

Children collaged with brightly colored tissue paper on wooden frames at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Using glue thinned with water and sponge brushes to apply the tissue the children quickly got to work. When the wooden frames ran out the children continued collaging using white paper as a surface to collage.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester, a nonprofit programming organization.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

Artist Residency: Mount Vernon Public Library

The 3rd collage workshop in a month long artist residency at the Mount Vernon Public Library focused on mosaic collage. Children collaged patterns of small pieces of colored paper on stencils and white paper. Children chatted with each other about their lives while carefully cutting and gluing small pieces of paper to their canvas. They steadily worked through the workshop and produced beautifully designed collages.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester, a nonprofit programming organization.

Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Artist Residency: Mount Vernon Public Library


As I read Snowy Day by Ezra Jack Keats to the children at the Mount Vernon Public Library I asked them to think back to what it was like just a few short months ago when their neighborhood streets were piled high with snow. The children were quiet and focused on the story as I read. I pointed out the bright colors and shapes Keats uses in the book. After the read aloud I gave each child a shoe box, colored construction paper and cotton balls to collage a scene from Snowy Day. Using mostly colored construction paper the children came up with their own wintery scenes inspired by the book Snowy Day.

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Artist Residency: Mount Vernon Public Library



Jennie's Hat by Ezra Jack Keats was inspiration for a collaging project at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Children collaged their own hats using a wide variety of materials and glue. Students were excited about the selection of materials - ribbon, fabric, tissue paper, origami paper, maps, lego instruction booklets and so much more. Each hat was unique and expressed the children's own point of view.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester, a non-profit programming organization.

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Masters of Arts in Teaching with Distinction


I received my Masters of Arts in Teaching with distinction on Thursday May 20, 2011 from Manhattanville College. I will be certified by New York State to teach Early Childhood (birth - grade 2), Childhood Education (grades 1 -6) and Visual Arts (K -12).

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Artist Residency: Mount Vernon Public Library

I will teach free collage classes every Tuesday afternoon throughout the month of June at the Mount Vernon Public Library. Children will collage in a small group setting with hands-on instruction. Reserve your spot today! Classes will be held June 7, 14, 21, 28 from 3:30pm to 5pm.

This artist residency is funded by a grant from ArtsWestchester, a nonprofit programming organization.

Mount Vernon Public Library
28 South 1st Avenue
Mount Vernon, NY 10550-3473
(914) 668-1840

Friday, April 15, 2011

Student Teaching Blog

Since January I have been blogging several times a week about my experiences student teaching at an urban elementary school in Southern New York State. Share my journey as a student teacher in the 4th grade and now in the 1st grade at: http://darakane.wordpress.com/

Thursday, April 7, 2011

2nd Annual Student Research Day


On Wednesday April 6, 2011 I presented "Moving from Intuition to Formal Self-Study: A Novice Teacher Documents Knowledge Transferred" at Manhattanville College during the 2nd Annual Student Research Presentation Day. You can visit my E-Portfolio to read this article and see the powerpoint presentation.

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

E-Portfolio

I have created an E-Portfolio where you can review my resume, learn more about my teaching philosophies, and see images of me teaching in the classroom. Click on the link below my photo to go directly to my E-Portfolio.

Sunday, March 27, 2011

Selected to Present Teacher As Researcher Paper

I have been selected to present Self Study: Improving Teaching Practice From Year to Year, a research paper that discusses self-study and its role in improving a teacher's practice.

It is a great honor to present my paper to the Manhattanville College community and share my knowledge and experience using self-study.

Teacher As Researcher Presentation is on Wednesday April 6, 2011, from 4 - 7pm at Reid Castle, Manhattanville College, Purchase, NY.

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Student Teaching

Presently I am student teaching at the Jefferson Elementary School in New Rochelle, New York. I will complete my student teaching on May 6, 2011. My student teaching experience completes my Masters of Arts in Teaching program at Manhattanville College. I expect to receive certifications to teach Early Childhood (birth - grade 2), Childhood (grades 1 - 6), and Visual Arts (K - 12) from New York State.


Follow my student teaching blog: http://darakane.wordpress.com/

Saturday, January 8, 2011

Gourmet 2 Go Buys Original Collages

Gourmet 2 Go in Bronxville has just opened serving fresh & delicious food. The owner, Gary Schnorr, bought two of my latest collages to hang inside near the seating area. Gary bought the pieces after reading an article on the Bronxville Patch about local Bronxville artists who have online shops on Etsy, a website for artists who sell handmade items.

Stop by Gourmet 2 Go when you are in Bronxville and enjoy a wholesome meal while viewing original artwork.