Monday, September 16, 2013

dream job!

I'm the new animation & multimedia teacher at Glendale High School. Stay tuned for exciting adventures in adolescent design education wrangling...

Saturday, July 13, 2013

It's asphalt, not tar.

The PAGE Museum is awesome and everyone should visit there often. The first week of Adventures in Nature is always at the Tar Pits, and it's always one of my favorite weeks of the summer.
Welcome to the Paleo Lab.
They found Zed when they cut off his head whilst digging for the LACMA parking structure.
 This is the ossuary. Google it!
 Ashley is one of the best Gallery Interpreters I've ever met.
Nature journals
This kid was super rad and made amazing comics...
 I should have offered to buy his sketchbook.
Pictograph books
This little gal, Makoto, was from Japan, and she wrote wonderful stories.
Dire wolf
Don't look now, but I think we're being watched.

Monday, June 24, 2013

Ignite: Pro Bono

Hey, designers working for the greater good! I'm a featured panelist at this AIGA event at HUGE Los Angeles on Thursday and will be leading some fun gamestorming activities on the subject of pro bono design. I'm thrilled to be speaking alongside such delightful and esteemed professionals as social entrepreneur Matthew Manos of and Jessica De Jesus, Senior Art Director at GOOD. Hope you can make it!

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

We Are All Scientists!

I'm back at the Natural History Museum for my third summer of Adventures in Nature, and this is going to be the best year yet. All new exhibits are open, more are opening in July, and we have beautiful, expanded spaces to explore both inside and out. You need to come out and see everything for yourself, but here are some sneak peeks...

Thursday, June 6, 2013

On the road again...

It's almost summer, and that means heading across North America to work with one of my oldest and dearest  friends, Leila Matta, curator of the annual Mercedes-Benz art exhibition series Experiencing Perspectives. Every year, Mercedes-Benz invites hundreds of students, faculty and alum from college art programs at such as Cranbrook and OCAD to exhibit work in their massive corporate headquarters in Dallas/Ft. Worth, Detroit and Mississauga, Canada.

Leila single-handedly built this program from the ground up and it keeps expanding every year. I'm honored to be a part of it because I get to help corporate America support the arts in their local communities and also promote dialogue between academic and non-academic audiences. Plus, it's nice to use that old MFA sometimes... ;)
Shooting the artwork before we hang it.
Heads up!
Lobby swag at the Ft. Worth headquarters; 
check out our sweet sculpture nook in the background.
Squirrel in the conference room by Avery Kelly.
"Hello" by Patricia Murphy. This painting is 8 feet long.
We found the perfect spot for Kevin Todora's "Burger Tower"— near the company gym.
The pros at Unified Fine Arts made sure every piece was well-hung.
Aw, shucks. The curatorial assistant got caught reading on the job again.

Thursday, May 23, 2013

a million bucks

Yesterday was my last day subbing at Hoover High for the year. The students made me feel like a rock star, asking me to pose for photos and adding me on Instagram and Facebook.
Personally, I have no problem using social media to connect with students. We're all human beings sharing in the digital zeitgeist, and I am a multimedia teacher, after all. ;)

Sunday, May 12, 2013

speaking of comics...

Know what's awesome and totally inspiring? Teaching a comics-making workshop to Disney Imagineers. :)
(Just sayin')

Saturday, May 11, 2013

adventures in subbing

I frequently sub for a high school ceramics class in Glendale, and today the teacher asked me to come up with a lesson on paper that was not clay-related. I decided to try a collaborative Superhero Jam. Results were mixed, but the activity did produce a few gems.
This exercise usually only takes about 20 minutes, but for a room full of 36 adolescents it took the entire hour. There was a lot of moaning and groaning ("do we have to?"), because how could I be so cruel as to make them do work on a Friday?
The teacher will have a fun surprise when she returns on Monday.
Above is "Smelly Hair Jeremy and Intelligence Dog."
This eleventh grader has a fine future in cartooning. 
My favorite.
Ah, high school!

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Wednesday is friends-day

Sarah's in town! She's one of my oldest and dearest friends from the mitten and I'm really excited to be spending the week with her. She came to art class at St. Doms today and helped out with the kids (she's a natural). Then we spend a lovely time soaking up the remaining late afternoon sun and coloring my teaching journal.

Photos courtesy of Sarah and Trent.