Monthly Art News


posted Sep 19, 2017, 6:45 AM by John Brodowski

Hello Everybody!
 We ended last year with an amazing collaborative project between the visual arts teachers of the RNESU school district and the Compass Arts Center in Brandon, VT. The collaboration was called th!NK. The big news this year is that we will be continuing the collaboration with Castleton University. Our drawing will be displayed there this winter and Castleton students will be adding their own drawing to it. The drawing will also be displayed at an art gallery in Burlington next summer. I will be sending notices home to keep parents updated but in the meantime (in case you missed it) check out the links below. Special thanks to our completely amazing Neshobe PTO for their support! Get in touch at if you have any questions or would like to help. THANK YOU! 

A News story about it here: WCAX Channel 3 th!NK

And here is another from PEG TV (the th!NK segment starts around 5:20) PEG TV th!NK

Also! Here is a link to a program focusing on the Choice-Based Art program at Neshobe. It features two of our amazing students!


posted Feb 14, 2017, 9:13 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Apr 10, 2017, 8:14 AM ]

Hello Everybody!
 The visual arts teachers of the RNESU school district have collaborated with the Compass Arts Center in Brandon to create and host a very special event called th!NK this spring. Check out our website - the link is below - to learn more about it. Special thanks to our totally amazing Neshobe PTO for their support! Get in touch at if you have any questions or would like to help. There will be a reception at the Compass Music and Arts Center Thursday, April 13th, from 4-7 pm. Everyone is invited. THANK YOU! 

A News story about it here: WCAX Channel 3 th!NK

And here is another from PEG TV (the th!NK segment starts around 5:20) PEG TV th!NK

Also! Here is a link to a program focusing on the Choice-Based Art program at Neshobe. It features two of our amazing students!

It's been a looooooong time...

posted Nov 17, 2016, 7:43 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Nov 17, 2016, 7:51 AM ]

Hi Everyone - It has been a long time since I have had a chance to update our site. This year has been going well and I want to share some pictures of a fifth grade class to give you a sense of what you might see if you walked in to one of our choice-based art classes. The pictures below are all from a single class on a single day early in November. You will see kids sewing designs, making paper models and plaster Pokemon, drawing and painting a model of Hogwarts, and making collages of mosaic tiles, recycled paintings, and found images of ancient Egypt. At the beginning of the year we really focus on creating a classroom environment were everyone can learn and practice finding ways to become engaged and excited about our work. So far so good!

Digital Arts (Wonderful Wednesdays)

posted Oct 20, 2015, 6:41 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Oct 20, 2015, 6:51 AM ]

During the past several Wednesday I have been fortunate to spend an hour in the computer lab with a great group of students who are interested in digital art. The students created new banners for both the Neshobe Art and Library websites (they actually created MANY new banners for Art and Library so I will be putting new ones up every month or so). Below are just a few examples of other creative work they did while experimenting with tools and software in the lab. Enjoy!


posted Sep 1, 2015, 10:12 AM by John Brodowski

A new year is upon us here in the Neshobe Art room. This year we will continue with choice-based art in grades 4-6 and make a few small adjustments based on our experiences last year. In fact, most fifth and sixth graders completed a survey on their experience in choice-based art at the end of last year. They gave some great feedback including the response from 78 out of 82 students that they preferred choice-based art (the remaining 4 were "not sure") as well as some great suggestions like the ones listed below:

“Go outside your comfort zone and try something new.”

“Go crazy! Do whatever you want to do! Express yourself and enjoy what you do! Think way outside the box and make something unique!”

“You should try different things instead of things that you know.”

“Take your time to finish your project and don’t rush.”

“Do what you love and enjoy it, don’t be afraid to try new things and have fun”

“Find what you like to in Art and do it. Don’t waste your time doing something that isn’t fun to you.”

“Focus on one thing at a time.”

“Listen to directions very well because if you don’t you might not be able to do what you wanted to do.”

“Do what you want to do to come up with brand new ideas”

“You should try every center because you can use everything together.”

“Be creative and imaginative, and just start on a wacky design that will turn into a masterpiece!”

“Don’t start something too BIG unless you know you’ll finish it.”

“Do what your mind tells you to. Go with the flow and put emotion into your work.”

“Use your time wisely. There is so much you can do.”

“Think creatively.”

“Try each center and find something you really like to do. You should also be REALLY creative and not afraid to think outside the box.”

“You should try all the things before you say you don’t like it.”

“Express yourself through your art.”

“Try to stay on task because it will help get your work done faster.”

“If you have a project idea, do it while you can. The end of the year comes quicker than you can imagine!”

“Be creative and don’t worry about what other people think of your artwork.”


posted Feb 4, 2015, 9:09 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Feb 4, 2015, 9:12 AM ]

Hello Everyone! The choice-based art online portfolios continue to evolve... some students (see Grace C.) have done a meticulous job maintaining their portfolios, while others are still building the habit. Before the winter break the choice-based art students were given a quick survey and asked to share something they'd learned since beginning choice-based art. Here are just some of their responses:
  • “I’ve learned that inventing things is very fun.”

  • “I’ve discovered that art is fun just to explore and experiment. I have come up with lots of ideas by doing those two things.”

  • “I learned that I am more artistic than I thought I was.”

  • “I discovered that when you work hard and put a lot of effort in the thing you are making when you are done you feel proud and all the working you did pays off.”

  • “I discovered that you can make things that haven’t been invented with the things around you.”

  • “A thing that I learned was that sometimes you can’t make things as complicated as you want.”

  • “I discovered you’ll appreciate a lot more if you stick with it and work hard on it.”

  • “I have discovered how to access inspiration from my emotions and thinking of creative IDEAS from my doodles and the world around me.”

In other news, most classes are working on, or have recently finished their Square One Art projects. Order forms for this years projects should go home around March 24 or so. The opening of Brandon Artists' Guild annual student art show will be taking place this Friday (February 6th) from 5-7 PM. The show will be up all month and can also be viewed during any of the galleries normal daytime hours. 

Online Portfolio Launch!

posted Nov 12, 2014, 10:21 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Nov 12, 2014, 10:21 AM ]

During November we will be working to get the online portfolios of students in grades 5 and 6 up and running. Students in grades 4 will hopefully follow in the not-too-distant future. The online portfolio will be a very important component of choice-based art. Students will use it to document their work and reflect on their progress and learning. It will also be a convenient way for students to share their work and their learning with family and teachers. If you look at the sidebar on the left, click on student portfolios, then on "Grace C." you can view the very first Neshobe student entry into the world of online art portfolios!

**If you can't find the link on the sidebar you can click here: Grace C.

October 2014

posted Oct 8, 2014, 10:29 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Oct 8, 2014, 10:29 AM ]

The Neshobe students in Grade 4-6 are off to a strong start in their transition to choice-based art. It is a transition that will take some time but students have already made some great discoveries and created some exciting artwork. Below are just a few pictures of some of what has been created. Eventually we will work towards creating an online portfolio for each student and the students will be responsible for updating them with pictures and information about their work. Some students chose to display their work here at school. If you get a chance to check out the lobby you can view their work (in person) along with some information about each piece, including the title, medium (what it's made out of), and an "artists statement" describing their project.

Students in grades K-3 have been working on a variety of projects from learning about lines, shapes, patterns, and symmetry (by creating butterflies) to creating clay dinosaurs. Right now students in grade 1-3 are creating artwork inspired by the Mexican holiday "Day of the Dead". 

Choice-Based Art!(?)

posted Sep 10, 2014, 12:19 PM by John Brodowski   [ updated Sep 10, 2014, 12:27 PM ]

For students in grades 4-6 the art program at Neshobe is in the midst of a transition. We are beginning to work with an art class model called "choice-based art". Below is a description of what choice-based art means (the description was borrowed from a fellow choice-based art teacher and slightly modified by me).

Our classroom currently has a drawing, collage, painting, sculpture, printmaking, clay, and paper mache center. The centers are opened gradually (only drawing and collage are open this week) to ensure that each one is mastered (or at least under control) before moving on to the next. Much of this experience will be new for everyone so we will be patient, work hard, and constantly check in to see if choice-based art increases student's, engagement, excitement, creativity, and overall enjoyment of art.  

Welcome to 2014-15!

posted Aug 25, 2014, 4:58 AM by John Brodowski   [ updated Aug 25, 2014, 7:19 AM ]

Last year ended in a whirlwind of excitement (as it always seems to in the art room). On June 16th grades 3 and 4 spent the entire day outside creating "Land Art" inspired by the artist Andy Goldsworthy. This was a big day for everyone and required a huge amount of planning, coordination, and dedication on the part of students, teachers, staff, and parents. Thanks to everyone who participated (pictures from the day are below.)

And there's more! Students in 5th grade finished their marble runs and set the art room up for an evening of fun for all. One of our inspirations for this project was "Caine's Arcade" (watch a video here: Caine's Arcade). During the celebration of student learning families, friends, and classmates were invited to come and try out the student-created games. That evening, MANY people visited over the course of a few hours. Everyone had a great time playing and being inspired by the creativity and hard work of the fifth graders! (pictures are below)

This year promises more excitement and new ideas in the art room so check the website and talk with your kids to stay updated!

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