Friday, October 30, 2009

Happy Halloween

My favorite Performances Arts teacher, Linda

Edgar Allan Poe stopped by with my studio crow, Eleanore

One of my favorite seniors, Hector.

I had a great time today as a living Catrina.
The students got a kick out of my version of the famous skeleton.
My International Baccalaureate students turned in their cigar box shrines today and the shrines are AMAZING! Check back Sunday to see them.
Happy Halloween!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Virginia's Shrine



"Originally, the cigar box was decorated with a Spanish theme, so I just went along with it.
I decided to title it "Carmen's Garden" because of the flowers; it just suits it."
Virginia is a junior in my painting class.

Monday, October 26, 2009

Cigar Shrine in Memory of Marlene

Front and Back Cover


Detail of the Front Cover
The love of learning.

Detail of Back
In loving memory of Marlene Scott
artist, teacher, mentor and friend.

Art History
Jose Guadalupe Posada, Diego Rivera, Jose Clemente Orozco and Frida Kahlo

In memory of all the great teachers
that inspired, motivated and opened our eyes to the importance of knowledge.

Four students and myself have been busy creating cigar box shrines that we will donate to Rebecca's Shrine Auction. The auction will be raising funds for the education of street children in
Oaxaca, Mexico.
As an educator I decided to create a shrine to honor my inspirational teacher/friend, Marlene Scott. She was an accomplished fine art artist/teacher that I am proud to say made a difference in my life.
All this week I will be posting my students' shrines.

Sunday, October 25, 2009

First Semester Pastry Creations

Our oldest son Gian-Patrick is a first semester pastry student at Johnson & Wales.
During the past two months he has proudly sent us photographs of his creations.
This week he e-mailed us a few more and warned ME that he had better see his pictures on my blog.
You are probably thinking "hey mom why haven't you posted his work?"
Story be told Gian has been taking pictures of his work using his cell phone and for some reason Johnson & Wales doesn't have a food stylist hanging around to accessorize and glamorize. I must also tell you that Gian comes from a family of prestigious photographers. For some reason he forgot to take the necessary equipment to light the shots. With that being said, his father and I with the help of photoshop, spent three hours this morning trying to enhance his work for all to view.
We are VERY proud of Gian and look forward to Thanksgiving when he comes home.
We are planning on buying him a camera and a book on food styling. Ha ha
Hope you enjoy.

Sunday, October 18, 2009

La Calavera

My husband Chris is lending his cigar for the affect.

My skeleton (calavera) is the symbol for the circle of life in the Day of the Dead celebration.
He is all dressed up and is the presenter of our first Day of the Dead poster.

Mrs. Maggio's Art Room presents:
Dia de los Muertos, A time to celebrate family history.

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dia de los Muertos

The other day I was at the craft store getting a few things for my cigar box shrine that I'm doing for Dia de bloglandia when I saw a bin full of these plain paper-mache skulls.
Two days later nothing was done on my shrine, but I had these great Dia de los Muertos inspired skulls.
I am always going off in different directions but somehow manage to come full circle.

Monday, October 5, 2009

Johnson & Wales Family Weekend

Family picture at Gian's favorite sports establishment.

Monsters everywhere!

Artful Fashion

OUTSTANDING graphic artwork

These lovely ladies asked me to join them for cake.
The grand dame on the left heard it was my birthday and offered me her hat.

Although the events planned at Johnson & Wales were rained out, Gian managed to show us some of his favorite spots in Providence.
Gian is doing well, his grades are promising and he even said he was glad to see us!
It is such a joy watching my children grow up.


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