Tuesday, March 12, 2013


Dear Fellow MNPS Art Teachers,
Each of us works very hard each day making a difference in our students lives.  Collectively we also have the power to make a difference in the broader Nashville community.   Our district-wide work with this year’s study of Red Grooms has inspired parents and students at Lockeland Design Center to make an organized effort to renew interest in the Tennessee Fox Trot Carousel. The following blog site was created to provide you with a place filled with resources and information to inspire your students to write letters in favor or against returning Red Grooms’ carousel into public use.  There are many local organizations and leaders interested in seeing the carousel being restored and they tell me the only thing missing is US, the community voices.  
By focusing on such a positive and educational project we can also demonstrate the amazing changes that teachers can make when working together with autonomy, purpose and mastery of our subject.  I hope you will join in the fun and engage your students in the mind opening process of advocating for the arts in our community.
Please visit:   http://tennesseefoxtrot.blogspot.com/  to learn how you and your students can become involved in this history making endeavor.
Thank you,
Camilla Spadafino
Art Teacher
Lockeland Design Center

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

East Nashville Magnet Middle School: 8th Grade

East Nashville Magnet Middle School 8th graders studied Red Grooms and one point perspective with Ms. Bellgardt. Red Groom’s Looking up Broadway, Again! was the focus of a Paideia seminar that helped the students focus on the main ideas behind the painting.  The students used photographs of Nashville city scenes to inspire them to create uniquely Nashville cities in one point perspective.

Sylvan Park Elementary

Here are the photos of Red Grooms inspired art created by the kids at Sylvan Park Elementary School. You will see that in one of the photos, we have a personally autographed poster by Mr. Red Grooms. He kindly dedicated it "For the Sylvan Park students" and signed it, "Best Wishes, Red Grooms". The poster is his famous limited edition print of the Ruckus Taxi. From a photo taken of the poster, Sylvan Park Art teacher, Mr. Robert Green, created a 3D Lithograph construction of the actual Ruckus Taxi. As well as asking the students to create their own variation of the Ruckus Taxi with a 3D Lithograph construction.
We hope you find this Red Grooms inspired art work as inspirational as we do. 

Monday, October 29, 2012

Tulip Grove Elementary: 2nd - 4th Grade

When I think of Red Grooms...I think of his amazing works dealing with cities.  My 4th graders created "windows" into apartment buildings.  We created our city street in one of our main hall ways.

3rd grade looked at Dali Salad.  They created self portraits with their head being on a bed of their fav. food. This was done in tempera paint.  

2nd grade looked at Ruckus Taxi. They created mixed media taxi using collage & marker.

Ted Edinger: Art Teacher