Mr. Curran’s Return from NOLA

Presentation 1: Getting GrittyOn Thursday and Friday of last week, I was attending the annual convention of the National Art Education Association. I flew down to New Orleans after school on Wednesday and returned on Saturday night.

I was busy presenting three sessions, two of which were with my colleague from the high school, Ms. Fine. The third, in conjunction with the Middle Level Division, was a chance to share one of my units with colleagues from across the country.

The big news out of the conference: I’m now officially the Middle Level Director-elect. This means, for the next two years, I’ll be preparing for a two-year tenure as director. I’ll be able to work with art education leadership, participate in conversations about the direction of our field, and support/herald the work of talented middle level educators from across the country!

  • Presentation 1: Getting Gritty
    Getting Gritty: Resilience and Confidence in the Art Room
    The freedom to create can be immobilizing for special populations. Develop strategies for creating an inclusive classroom culture that encourages experimentation, celebrates messiness, and gets gritty. Best Practice Lecture
    Convention Center/Meeting Room 223/Second Level
  • Presentation 2: Middle Level Medley
    A variety of inspiring ideas from the Middle Level Division and Leadership Team will be presented from the unique perspective of the middle level learner and teacher. Best Practice Lecture
    Convention Center/Meeting Room 216/Second Level
  • Presentation 3: Debunking the Digital Divide
    Navigating the digital divide in hands-on art environments can be challenging; bridge this gap by exploring digital tools that enhance traditional studio experiences. Interactive Discussion
    Convention Center/Meeting Room 221/Second Level

February Exhibit at the Wayland Library


February Exhibit Flyer

The Second Quarter exhibit is now on view at the Wayland Library.

We’re in the Raytheon Room, which is downstairs, to the left of the Children’s Department.

We are displaying work from nearly THIRTY students, from grades 6, 7 and 8, in all different mediums.

Our artist reception will be hosted on Saturday, February 7th, from 1-3pm.


Wayland Library Show: December 2014

The December exhibit has been installed, and it looks great! The show runs through January 2nd, 2015.

Many thanks to all our talented student artists who agreed to shared their work with the Wayland community.

Scholastics Art & Writing Awards: Deadline Dec 15th

Interested in sharing your work with the entire state? Maybe even the country? You can submit work to the Scholastics Art Awards program.

The program is open to 7th and 8th graders, who would like to submit work that they created as art students at the Middle School.

Contact Mr. Curran if you’d like to learn more about this exciting opportunity to showcase your artwork.

Links to explore: 

The Scholastics Awards Site | the List of Artwork Categories | FAQs

Display at Wayland Town Building

Congratulations to our talented artists representing the Middle School in the Wayland Town Building. The new display is located in the School Committee hearing room, upstairs near the WPS offices. The display will run through December.

Included artists:

  • Kate  (gr 8),
  • Daniel  (gr 6),
  • Yana  (gr 8),
  • Jake  (gr 8),
  • Carly  (gr 6),
  • Zoe  (gr 7),
  • Matthew  (gr 7),
  • Ellie  (gr 6),
  • Abby  (gr 8), and
  • Chase  (gr 8).

Display of work at the Wayland Town Building

New Display at Wayland Stop & Shop


Stop & Shop in Wayland Town Center

Two talented students’ work is currently on display at the Wayland Stop & Shop. Madi (gr 8) and Hilla (gr 6) both created vibrant and eye-catching pieces that make a great fit for this unique exhibit space. If you’re in the area, check out these young artists’ works on the Community Bulletin Board at the front of the store.


Hilla, gr 6

Hilla, gr 6

Madi, gr 8

Madi, gr 8

December Exhibit at the Wayland Library

A spot on the exhibit calendar recently opened up, and our Middle School art students will be the December exhibitors in the library’s Raytheon Room.

A group of works will be selected by Mr. Curran to represent the fantastic talents and creativity of our middle school art program. Stay tuned for more information about this new opportunity!

The Chromebooks are Coming!

Monday marks the beginning of a new chapter at WMS.

The cases have arrived and have been distributed! In the Art Lab, we’ll be using our Chromebooks to collaborate, connect, critique and create!

Students should be prepared to bring their Chromebooks to class. If we are making a mess, we have a shelf to store them safely. If we’re looking at each other’s work, we’ll use some apps to share feedback. If we’re researching new artists, we’ll have the whole art world at our fingertips!

If you have any ideas for how to incorporate our Chromebooks into our classroom practice, please contact Mr. Curran!

OPEN STUDIO will begin this THURSDAY, Sept 11 @ 2:30

On Thursday afternoons, the Art Lab will host an OPEN STUDIO from 2:30-3:30 pm. This is time for anyone to visit the art lab, make something exciting, hone your craft, test out a new material, or simply bask in the creative atmosphere.

Open to any WMS student, even if you’re not in Art this quarter!

Questions? Email Mr. Curran or stop by the Art Lab.

A Look at the Design Process

PBS LearningMedia continues to publish helpful and interesting resources for educators. This installment caught Mr. Curran’s attention because it highlights the Design Process, which is the underpinning for much of the learning experiences in the Art Lab.


Screenshot of PBS LearningMedia Video: Generating Ideas

The collection found at this page can be useful for Makers of all ages and interest areas. Worth a look!

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