Student artwork from each school in South Brunswick was selected at the District Art Gallery last year to be printed in the District Calendar this year.  The calendar was printed in black and white and distributed to all families, but the artwork is currently featured in a color video on the homepage of

The calendar artist from our school is 5th grader Connor for his "Different is Good" painting from last year! 

Congratulations Connor!

When I visited the Percolator App Facebook page last night, I saw that the app developers had posted a link to our B.A. Artsonia gallery featuring the percolated images that our 4th graders created in art class!  This will be so exciting for students to see that the people who invented the app we are using are connecting with us and sharing our work with the world.  The people at Percolator and I have also been connecting on Twitter too!  I received a direct message the other day from them asking about how my students enjoyed the new animations in their updated version. They also shared that they are working on a video version.  It looks like we have even more to look forward to from the talented folks behind this cool app.  See B.A. "percolated" artwork in these two Artsonia galleries: 

Learn more about Percolator here: 
The Education Foundation of South Brunswick is a private non-profit organization that focuses its support on enhancing student development and school facilities, encouraging excellence through innovative teaching and learning, and promoting school and community partnerships.  

The organization offers a grant program that provides $500 for individuals or $1000 for a cooperative grant.  I submitted an application that I titled, "iPad 2 Could Provide Numerous "App"ortunities for B.A. Artists", and received notification that my grant application was approved.  Two more iPad2's will be purchased for the Visual Arts Program at B.A. by the spring. We currently have four, therefore, this will make a total of six. More students will now be able to utilize this 21st century device as a valid art making tool and will be able to create digitally in a variety of cross-curricular lessons. 

I am honored that my grant proposal was accepted and thankful to all of the members of the Education Foundation of South Brunswick for putting this technology in the hands of my students.  

Other grant recipients and I were recognized tonight at the Board of Education meeting. It was especially nice to be able to thank a few of the members of the Board of Trustees in person to let them know how meaningful their contribution is to my students and our B.A. Art Program.  

I highly recommend that other teachers consider applying for this grant when it is offered again next fall! Learn more about the Education Foundation of South Brunswick here:
Woooooo Hoooooo!!!!!!!!  Our B.A.  Art Blog won the Edublog Award for "Best Teacher Blog"!  This is an incredibly HUGE honor to receive this GLOBAL recognition and I am thrilled to share it with so many people.  

Mrs. Tricia Fuglestad, Dryden Elementary Art Teacher, nominated our blog and is the reason why winning this award was even possible.  Tricia's blog was a finalist tonight in the "Best New Blog" category and "Best Use of Audio/Video/Podcast". Congratulations Tricia! 

I have been admiring Tricia's teaching philosophies and strategies and have been learning so much from her for years.  She has helped transform the way I teach by sharing her work with me and so many others through her numerous art videos, tutorials, wikis, websites, and more.  When I first joined Twitter about a year ago, Tricia introduced me to all of the art education people in her PLN.  In a very short time frame I was welcomed and became a part of this fabulous group.  We share and learn from each other on a consistent basis, encourage and support each other.  I am looking forward to meeting everyone in my PLN for the first time this March in New York City, where Tricia and I will be presenting with Theresa Gillespie (another awesome art teacher from Illinois) at the National Art Education Conference.  Thank you Tricia for the nomination and for representing me at the awards tonight! 

B.A. students, parents, teachers, administrators, staff, my family, friends, PLN, and everyone in our South Brunswick school community deserves to share in this joy with me! We won because you read our blog and because you all took the time to vote!  This award is so much more than winning a contest.  It symbolizes how much art education is valued in our school and township!  I am so proud to teach art in a district that recognizes the importance of art education for our students and supports my efforts as a visual arts educator. 

Over the summer, our district's web/media release policies were updated, which enabled me to post videos and photos of students.  One of the reasons I created the B.A. Art Blog was to open the lines of communication with students and families so that the learning that is going on in the art room can be shared and seen in their homes.  Students feel an even greater sense of pride when they know that their work will be published online here in our blog and in their online Artsonia galleries.  They are excited to learn and set high goals partly because they look forward to sharing their work with an authentic audience of family, friends, peers, other teachers, professionals, and even strangers. 

I am an advocate for 21st century readiness and believe in offering my students various opportunities for critical thinking, creativity and innovation, collaboration, and communication.   I hope that this website and blog will inspire and empower them to continue to develop as artists and global learners and contributors!

Thank you again to everyone who voted for us to win the Edublog Award for Best Teacher Blog! 
Congratulations to all of the Art Education blogs, resources, wikis, and learning networks that were nominated and recognized this year! The Teaching Palette blog by Theresa McGee and Hillary Andrlik were finalists in the Best Group Blog category.  Art Education 2.0 by Craig Roland was a finalist for Best Use of a Social Network.  Hashtag #artsed was a finalist for Best Twitter Hashtag and as previously mentioned, Tricia Fuglestad was a finalist in the Best Use of Video/Audio/Podcast and Best New Blog! Way to go Art Ed!!!!!

View the list of the 2011 Edublog Award winners and finalists here:
To put things into perspective, here are some of the statistics: There were 1792 nominations.  The Edublog site had 65,175 visits since November 14th.  There were 135 blogs from around the world nominated in the “Best Teacher Blog” category.   52 made the short list, including us.  The B.A. Blog won the “Best Teacher Blog” with 665 votes!

Thank you to all of the Edublog folks who put in many hours of work to create this global blog awards contest, monitor and collect votes, and for enabling so many amazingly talented professionals gain global recognition for their blogs and resources!

The photo above is a screen capture by Tricia Fuglestad.  See Tricia's awesome blog here:
Thank you again Tricia!

Watch Tricia's video below that shows art ed stats and awards (including a screencast of our winning moment where you can here Tricia say, "Oh My Gosh, She Won"!). 

I have been anxiously awaiting the release of the new Percolator 2 app update and was so excited to receive an email notification to let me know that today was going to be the day!  

Yesterday, I photographed Ms. Moke's 4th grade "Different is Good" portraits and added them to my DropBox folder on my iPhone. The DropBox app is installed on each of our four art room iPads.  It is an app that wirelessly pushes all pics that I want to share to every device and computer that I have.  This way, all photos will be ready for students to work with in seconds.  DropBox is free.  Learn more or create your own account here:

Students took turns importing their artwork into "Percolator" and explored various filters. This new version offers exciting new editing options. The "Stars" and "Treble" settings were two of their favorites! When students were happy with the way their altered artwork looked, they saved their images to the photo gallery.

See their "percolated" artwork in their Artsonia galleries here.

If you are interested in adding Percolator to your app collection, learn more here:
Kindergarten artists painted penguins in the snow and created "one of a kind" designer hats for them to wear.  They used our interactive whiteboard to help identify and draw the shapes of a penguin digitally first. Practicing digitally helped them paint physically on their papers. 

Watch the video above to learn more about this lesson and see talented Kindergarten artists working in the art room. 

Visit our Artsonia gallery to see more penguins.
Remember to leave compliments for these artists and join fan clubs. 
Many people enjoy visiting New York during the holiday season.  One of the highlights is viewing the holiday windows that are so artfully done by department store artists.  This year did not disappoint.  Typically, I see these windows at night.  This year, I saw them during the day, and surprisingly they were even more magical.  At first I thought that the sun glare was going to be a distraction.  I found myself having to get very close to the glass to see all all of the elements of the displays clearly.  I held my camera up to the glass to attempt to take a photo, and that is when I noticed that there was an American flag in the reflection. From my perspective, it looked as if the mannequin was blowing air from her mouth to make the flag wave. I took pics, and then as an afterthought created a video of my stills.  Watch the video above to see the stills come to life.  I wish I had thought about making a stop frame video at the time because I would have held my iPhone more still to create a smoother video.  Regardless, I still think it is pretty cool. 

See more photos of mannequins interacting with reflections in the embedded slideshow. Another exciting discovery was when I realized that many American flags were appearing in reflections on many different windows.

If you are planning on visiting NYC to admire the store windows, be sure to look for reflections too!

Brandon Dominguez is a nine year old boy who has brain cancer. He is a student at Greenbrook Elementary, another school in my district. Last night, I saw Brandon’s website and read articles about Brandon and how people in the community have been coming together to support Brandon. Though I do not know Brandon personally, after reading about him, learning about his interests and about this past year that he has had cancer, he touched my heart deeply. 

Instead of teaching the lessons I had planned for today, I shared Brandon’s website and story with my students in grades ranging from Kindergarten to 5th. I discovered that some students know Brandon or have heard of him. A couple of students were former Greenbrook Elementary students who shared stories about how their school came together for Brandon. 

In art class, students made cards featuring meaningful symbols and images that they know Brandon will appreciate. Many students wanted to draw cakes after reading about how much Brandon loves the Cake Boss. Others drew tributes to the Dallas Cowboys, inspired by the photo of Brandon featured on his website where he is smiling a big smile and holding an autographed photo of Tony Romo. We are hoping that Brandon will smile when he watches this video and receives our cards and sculpture cakes. We are thinking about him and hoping he feels better soon. Please visit to learn about how you can help support Brandon. There, you can make a donation, purchase a t-shirt, see pics and videos, and even leave a comment for Brandon to read. Stay Strong Brandon!
I am so honored that Tricia Fuglestad (incredibly inspiring art teacher in my PLN) has nominated my B.A. Art Blog for the 2011 Edublog Awards in the category of "Best Teacher Blog".  If you would like to support my students and our B.A. Art Program, please vote!  Voting will be counted one time per day from each IP address from now until December 13th.  Here is a link to vote:

You can also click on the nomination badge in the sidebar to access the link to vote!

To vote, scroll to "Best Teacher Blog" under "Category", and scroll to "Brunswick Acres Art Blog" under "Best Teacher Blog".

Who else will I will be voting for?
Best New Blog: Dryden Art by Tricia Fuglestad
Best Educational Wiki: Fugleflicks by Tricia Fuglestad
Best Use of Video/Audio/ Podcasts: Dryden Art 
Best Group Blog: The Teaching Palette
Best Class Blog: Art at Apex High
Best Use of Social Network: ArtEd2.0
Best Free Web Tool: Artsonia
Best Ed Tech/Resource Sharing Blog:The Art Teacher's Guide to the Internet

Mrs. Theresa McGee, art teacher at Monroe Elementary School in Hinsdale, IL participated in the International Day of Peace by having her students make Pinwheels for Peace

She then shipped her student's pinwheels to various people to help spread the message of peace to others.  Mrs. McGee created a Google Map that reveals the many destinations that her student's pinwheels have traveled to.  We were thrilled to receive three pinwheels! Visit the Google Map link and click on the Brunswick Acres pinwheel marker on the map to see a photo of 2nd graders holding the pinwheels in our art room!  Take a moment to view some of the other photos of the various pinwheel locations.,-74.556656&spn=0.281458,0.494385&iwloc=0004b34a206fa5639ad34

Our plan is to continue to spread the message of peace by giving them to others.