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I saw the poster for this class and knew I wanted to sign up. I love all the layers in the face and the different lines/marks used to describe the eyes, nose and chin. I also really love the colors. I wrote a grant and the amazing PTO at my school agreed to fund my registration! Now I just need to collect my materials and begin!

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Sarah Sze, Triple Point

Sarah Sze, Triple Point (Gleaner), 2013

I am taking a PD class through the EDCO Collaborative called Teaching from Contemporary Art:  A Participatory Exploration. The class is lead by Lois Hetland, a professor at Mass Art and research associate at Harvard University. I first heard of Lois’ 8 Studio Habits of Mind in grad school and they have informed my teaching philosophy and lesson plans over the years. As part of my teacher evaluation, I am drafting a goal related to making studio habits more visible to my students, and am excited to see how this class will inform and impact my goals this year.

At the first class, we looked at the work of Sarah Sze. Sze is a New York based contemporary artist who creates sculptures and site-specific installations using common, everyday objects. In 2013, she represented the United States at the 55th Venice Biennale. Lois had traveled to Venice to see the Biennale that year, so our conversation centered around using Thinking Routines to look at and discuss Sze’s installation Triple Point. Here are a few images of her work:

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Sarah Sze, Triple Point (Planetarium), 2013

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Sarah Sze, Triple Point (Planetarium) detail, 2013

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Sarah Sze, Triple Point (Scale), 2013

What do you see? What do you think? What do you wonder?

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In addition to this blog, I wanted to create a space for parents and students to get to know me, access our district goals, and find pertinent information and policies that guide my teaching. Over the summer I took a PD class called Creating a Classroom Website. Today was the last day of the course and I am excited to share the results! Visit artwithmsem.weebly.com to view my site.