Marblehead Christmas Walk Festivities

Marblehead Public Schools Music Department
invites you to attend our
annual Marblehead Christmas Walk Festivities on Saturday, December 3rd!

A big thank you to the Marblehead Chamber of Commerce for a full weekend of music, art, events, and excitement!
Check out the chamber's website for a full list of performances, artisan markets, and family activities:

•    Luminescence, The Jewel Tones, The Grizzly Freakin' Man Singers, Serendipity, and the cast of    MHS Sister Act welcome Santa at Santa's Landing, 9am-12pm
•    MVMS Mixed Chorus perform at Warwick Place, 12:00-12:30pm
•    6th Grade Chorus performs at the Old Town House, 1:00-1:30pm
•    Marblehead Traveling Children's Chorus sings at the Lee Mansion Gingerbread Festival, 2-3pm
•    MVMS Select Chorus and Ovations are caroling along Atlantic Ave, 1:00-2:30pm
•    Village Holiday Pops Ensemble performs at the Old Town House, 3:00-3:30 pm
•    MVMS String Ensemble performs at the Old Town House, 3:30-4:00pm
•    MHS Jazz Band performs at the Old Town House, 3:00-3:40pm on Sunday, December 4

Additionally, please check out MPS Art Exhibits at the Old Town House and National Grand Bank!
Check out the chamber's website for times and locations!


Tiny House Web Site

The tiny house project at MHS now has it's own web site. See it's progress as it goes from design to construction.


Tiny House Trailer Has Arrived!

    This is the trailer that will be the foundation for the Tiny House that MHS classes will be designing. Student in three classes, The Science  and Engineering of Tiny Houses, The Architecture of Tiny Houses and Building the Tiny House, are working together to design and build this tiny dwelling. Stay tuned to see what develops.


Student-led workshops in Studio II

Over spring vacation, students in Studio II were tasked to learn something new using Skill Share (skillshare.com) or other technique-sharing website, and develop it into a short workshop for their peers. During three class periods, students shared what they learned in small groups, providing examples, presentations, demonstrations, and hands-on learning. It was a great opportunity to plan lessons and share information, and everyone learned something extra outside of the art room!

Subjects included:
-Animation lip-synching
-Pen and Ink techniques
-Food photography
-Shoe design
-Character design
-Cake baking and decorating


3D CADD and Manufacturing

The 3D CADD and Manufacturing class has been hard at work creating a student run business, MHS Designs. They have just gone live with their web site mhsdesign.org where you can purchase a variety of items designed and created using the laser cutter. They are also creating key chains for fundraisers for sports teams or other occasions. Special orders welcome.






In November photographer Olivia Parker shared her work with students.  More recently in February we enjoyed the visit of graphic artist Luba Lukova. And on March 11th renowned cartoonist, author, and illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka visited MHS.

Our last visit will take place in April with Rebecca Kamen on April 29th.These presentations are part of a visiting artist series made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Marblehead Public Schools, Inc.



Jarrett J. Krosoczka has been passionate about storytelling through words and pictures since he was a kid. He began his professional career by illustrating educational readers for a national publisher while still an undergraduate at Rhode Island School of Design. Jarrett is a two-time winner of the Children's Choice Book Award for the Third to Fourth Grade Book of the Year and is the author and/or illustrator of more than twenty-five books for young readers. His work includes several picture books, the Lunch Lady graphic novels and Platypus Police Squad middle-grade novel series. Jarrett has given two TED Talks, both of which have been curated to the main page of TED.com and have collectively accrued more than a million views online. His work has been featured on the front page of The Boston Globe and on NPR's All Things Considered.  His Punk Farm picture book and Lunch Lady series are both currently in development as feature films


Internationally recognized, New York based Luba Lukova is regarded as one of the most distinctive image-makers working today. Whether by using an economy of line, color and text to pinpoint essential themes of the human condition or to succinctly visualize social commentary, her art is undeniably powerful and thought provoking. Utilizing engaging composition and energetic contrasts, her distinctive style is powerful in its simplicity and vivid palette.

Lukova's work has been widely exhibited in solo and group exhibitions. Solo shows include UNESCO, Paris, DDD Gallery, Osaka, La MaMa Gallery, New York, and the Art Institute of Boston. Her work is included in the permanent collections of the Museum of Modern Art, New York; Denver Art Museum; the Library of Congress; and the World Bank. She is the author of the critically acclaimed Social Justice portfolio, an evocative collection of social commentary art that transcends language, culture, and politics. The collection has been exhibited around the world and has also gone viral on the Internet.





Marblehead High School is proud to announce the winners of the 2015 Scholastic Art and Writing Awards, the country's longest-running and most prestigious award and recognition program for creative students in grades 7–12. Artists, authors, critics, educators and skilled professionals blindly judged works based on originality, technical skill and the emergence of a personal vision or voice—the original three criteria of the program’s founding in 1923. This year there were over 300,000 submissions nationwide and only the top 5-7% was considered on the National Level for the Gold and Silver Medals. Out of our fourteen finalists eight received a Gold or Silver Key.

Hayley Coleman: Silver Key (Drawing) and Honorable Mention (Art Portfolio)
Ana Curtin: Gold key (Drawing)
Lily Dolin: 2 Honorable Mentions (Painting) and a Silver Key (Drawing)
Alexa Ehrenberg: Gold Key (Art Portfolio)
Hannah Fobert: Honorable Mention (Drawing)
Olivia James: Honorable Mention (Sculpture)
Annie Krivit: Silver Key (Drawing)
Lindy Miller: Honorable Mention (Art Portfolio) and Gold Key (Mixed media)
Cam O’Connor: Honorable Mention (Photography)
Amber Orozco: Honorable Mention (Comic Art)
Cordelia Roberts: Silver Key (Drawing)
Madeleine Rule: Two Honorable Mention (Drawing and Portfolio)
Annabelle Walsh: Honorable Mention (Drawing)
Amanda Zarni: Two Silver Keys (Drawing)

Regional ceremony for Gold and Silver Key winners will take place at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston on March 7, 2015. Gold Key work will be on display at 808 Gallery at Boston University (Address: 808 Commonwealth Avenue, Boston, MA 02215) from March 7 to 15, 2015.



You don’t have to be starving to be an artist. What better way to correct the misconception that there are no profitable careers in the arts than by inviting successful artists to share their experience? The MHS Unified Art Department is presenting its 2014-15 visiting artist series. This speaker series is made possible thanks to a generous grant from the Friends of Marblehead Public Schools, Inc.  Four successful and internationally recognized artists will share their work and talk about their life experience to MHS general student body. Each presentation will be followed by a workshop giving students the opportunity to get some feedback on their own work from each guest artist.

First in the series of four, photographer Olivia Parker will present her work on Wednesday December 10th. On February 4th coming from NYC graphic artist and designer Luba Lukova will talk about her work on social justice and social awareness. Illustrator Jarrett Krosoczka, author of the children series The Lunch Lady, will appear March 11th. The series will conclude with Rebecca Kamen whose work explores the connection between science and art.



New MHS iPad Cart: First Test Drive in the Art Wing!

A new MHS iPad Cart was made possible with a grant from FMPS and a gift from the Class of 2014. 3D Design 2 students are shown here photographing their work in progress, which is then uploaded to a class blog. Comments and assessments can now be posted spontaneously, independently, and collaboratively in real-time, when students are the most engaged! 


New Opportunities for Art Lovers!


For many years MHS has offered a Studio 4 Honors/Art Major option for highly motivated students, but beginning this year, MHS is also offering Studio 2 Honors as well as Studio 3 Honors classes.

Honors students complete one art piece outside of class each quarter, inspired by curriculum content. They also are required to visit an art gallery or art museum each semester, and write a short reflection on their experience.

Studio 2 Honors students also completed summer assignments, using playing cards as a reference, using a variety of media and applications. The resulting art pieces showcase the range of talents and ideas in this year’s class- we can’t wait to see what they create! 

Studio 3 Honors summer assignment was a self-portrait with a twist: If you were a pair of shoes what would you be? Medium and format were up to the artist.


In September Andrew Scoglio and Nick Gould joined MHS Unified Arts Department. We are excited to have them on board and are looking forward to sharing their talent and expertise.

Andrew Scoglio (left) directs the a cappella program and teaches chorus and general music classes at Marblehead High School. Mr. Scoglio holds a Bachelor of Music degree in Music Education from the University of Massachusetts Amherst where he studied voice and piano. As a singer in the UMass Chamber Choir, Scoglio toured Germany, Austria, and the Czech Republic, performing in famous venues such as Melk Abbey in Austria and the Lobkowicz Palace in Pargue. In addition to his teaching schedule, Mr. Scoglio maintains an active schedule as a free-lance singer. He recently joined the roster of the Tanglewood Festival Chorus which performs year round with the Boston Symphony Orchestra and the Boston Pops. Mr. Scoglio is a recipient of the Massachusetts Music Educator's Promising Music Educator Award. In his free time, Andrew Scoglio enjoys running, hiking, and spending time with his family's two cats, Linus and Lucy.
Nick Gould (right) serves as the theatre teacher for Marblehead High School. Mr. Gould earned his Bachelor of Fine Arts in Theatre Arts at the University of Texas at Arlington, where he completed both the Performance and Design plans for graduation, and he holds a Master's Degree in Theatre from Emerson College. Since beginning his journey in theatre as a freshman in high school, Mr. Gould has found success as an actor, director, designer, playwright, and stage manager. In addition to teaching, he continues to work with local theatres to improve his own technique. Currently, he sits on the Board of Directors for Colonial Chorus Players, a community theatre group in Reading. In his spare time, Mr. Gould likes to write and play video games. He invites everyone to check out his website, nickgould.weebly.com, to see highlights from his theatrical career.