Art Teacher Staff Day (this past Friday) with Bruce Taylor

The Regional Art Teachers came together, this past Friday, to work on making sense of Common Core in the art room. We worked with Bruce Taylor, author of and expert in, “Common Sense Arts Standards, How the Arts Can Thrive in an Era of Common Core.” For more information visit

We spent the morning listening to ways in which we can incorporate the common core into our already existing lessons. It was refreshing to hear that we are already including common core, we just need to include the correct vocabulary to document what we are doing. The afternoon was spent in a breakout session with Bruce, using his method and vocabulary to take already existing ideas/ lessons and make them Common Core approved.

Everyone left with a copy of Bruce’s book and a feeling of relief, that not only is there a place for us in this world of Common Core, but we are excelling at it and is one of the subjects that has the ability/ flexibility to really make kids THINK.

Thank you to SLU, the TLC, SLL BOCES, and FRAM for making this professional development day possible.




2014 St. Lawrence County Arts Council Artists Studio Tour


Free and open to the public.

Saturday and Sunday / November 15 &16 / 10am-4pm

SLC Arts. 315-265-6860.

Visit the site, or use one of the brochures handed out during class to locate the studio locations. Have fun! Be sure to use your manners and dress appropriately.

Students, if you visit one or more of the studios, please comment here with your reflections and experience. This is for extra credit!

St. Lawrence County Arts Council Community Mural

Yesterday, Artistic Congress walked over to the St. Lawrence County Arts Council to help complete the Community Mural they started last year. There were about 12 squares left to paint. Students worked together to complete the mural. We had a great time and really appreciate the work that went into this mural. People from all ages and abilities worked on this mural, it is a true community project.

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Plein Air Festival in Potsdam!











Come join us for three days of Plein Air fun in any medium!
Anyone can register to participate; festival artists are not restricted to painting. Friends & family welcome!
“Plein Air” simply means “in the open air” and is traditionally used to describe the act of painting outdoors.
There is a long tradition of Plein Air painting in the region including the celebrated work of Canton-born artist
Frederic Remington. The Potsdam Plein Air Festival is scheduled as the final in a series of North Country
Plein Air Festivals in Paul Smiths, Morristown, Tupper Lake, Saranac Lake, and Old Forge but is the first
of its kind to take place in Potsdam.
Community members are invited to this three day event around the Village of Potsdam.
Events are free & open to the public to meet regional artists, watch them work, and purchase
freshly-finished artwork in person. The Plein Air Festival is held during the Potsdam Public Museum’s
annual Sandstone Festival: <>.
Plein Air Festival – community events schedule
artist Nancy Brossard creating a Plein Air painting
Artists of any skill level who work in any medium are invited to register for the festival.
While this is not a juried show so anyone can register to participate, cash prizes will be awarded for
Best in Show, Juror’s Choice, and People’s Choice. Artist registration is open now through September 10th:

Graphic Design Class

My first project for the Graphic Desgin class I am, in at Nazareth, was due tonight. We had to take a picture of lines and they could be organic or inorganic. Then with a few steps on Photoshop we changed, altered, and filtered these photos to look like amazing designs. Here are a few examples of ones I did:

This started out as an old wooden bridge. I changed the hue, I flipped the fence vertically and horizontally, and then played with other adjustments and filters to create this image.

This started out as a fence with tall sand dune grass from North Carolina.

This image started as pumpkins, which you can kind of still see.

And this image started as a big tree from the Adirondacks. This was a really fun and easy graphics project to start class off with. I think this would be a great lesson for high school and even middle school students to do over a one to two day period. It really made me excited and eager for our other projects and I have already started to pick up new things on Photoshop that will help me with editing my photos for my business!