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Student Teaching, Patapsco: Friday with Fundamentals
April 14th, 2011 | No Comments


Behold! My prototype for the printmaking mini unit I’m doing with my fundamentals students.

Student Teaching, Patapsco, Week 1
March 20th, 2011 | No Comments

With my first week in high school student teaching complete, I will admit, I miss teaching elementary school. It’s interesting enough to have witnessed the developmental differences between 3rd graders and 5th graders, and how they see the world. Admittedly, it was also nice having my students treat me like a deity. In high school, the same self-driven enthusiasm for completing an assignment feels rare. But, at least it’s there.

The Breakdown
Though Patapsco High is a public school, the schedule works off an odd system. The day is split into four, hour and a half periods. 3rd period is 2 hours long, with a 30 minute lunch placed in one of four blocks. I’ll be teaching three classes (Multimedia II/III, Fundamentals of Art, and a Photo II/III class). An interesting variety.

Thanks to my cooperating teacher, I have a seating chart and roster for all the classes I’ll be teaching, as well as a binder full of other teaching resources specific to BCPS. Learning the names of my students in a class of 35 is tough, but I’m slowly learning them.

On a side note..
My students have started asking me all week if I am related to the artist who shares my last nameI’ve started saying yes.

Student Teaching, Secondary Placement
March 13th, 2011 | No Comments

As part of the Master of Arts in Teaching program at the Maryland Institute College of Art, I must complete two student teaching placements. Tomorrow I begin my secondary placement at the Patapsco High School & Center for the Arts.

This should be good.

Gingerbread School House: 4 groups, 3 outcome.
December 10th, 2010 | No Comments

A mini activity involving gingerbread house building materials among 4 groups, with specific limitation on each group. Here are the 3 out comes.

Art as Pedagogy: A Gallery of Responces
December 8th, 2010 | No Comments

Pedagogy assignment responces for Psychology of Teaching and Learning, Maryland Institute College of Art, Fall 2010.



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MICA Commencement 2010 and Collective Visual Unconscious
May 15th, 2010 | No Comments

The Poster for Collective Visual Unconscious

Collective Visual Unconscious is my contribution to the Commencement Exhibition at the Maryland Institute College of Art.

The installation displays a pool of dreams together on one screen, and so illustrates the connections and similarities between the dreams of one individual and the dreams of the many, as suggested by Carl Jung’s Collective Unconscious. linked is the website that supports the visualization, which can currently be found in the MICA’s Brown Center BR217 until 5pm on Monday the 17th.


Keyboard Cube
May 8th, 2010 | No Comments

After exhibiting at Maryland’s Robot Fest, I had some video snapped for my project. If the 3x3x3 LED Cube looks familiar, that would be because it’s the one I’ve been prototyping.

The Project, called KeyboardCube, has the LED cube communicate with the computer using the Standard Firmata script. Then using a processing sketch, the pins on the Arduino board are activated and deactivated creating the animation of LEDs in the cube. The Sketch also draws the ASCII characters to the computer screen.

LED Cube 3x3x3 with Arduino
April 20th, 2010 | No Comments

As promised this is the 3x3x3 LED Cube I prototyped off the bread board in an earlier video. Now it’s all soldered together on a nice Perfboard.

Again, built while following the “LED Cube and Arduino Lib” tutorial on Instructables and built as part of a class, “Electronics for Art and Design.”

Via LED Cube 3x3x3 with Arduino

LED Cube 3x3x3 with Arduino On Breadboard
April 13th, 2010 | No Comments

This is a 3x3x3 LED cube built while following the “LED Cube and Arduino Lib” tutorial on Instructables. Built as part of a class, “Electronics for Art and Design.”

This video is a little dated as the cube has been transferred to a perf board. An update will come in the next week or so.