Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Attention NY State Art Teachers!!

Hey, fellow NY State art teachers, the call has gone out for workshops for this fall's NYSATA conference, which will be held in November in Tarrytown, I believe. Workshop proposals are due at the end of June. Do you plan to attend this conference?

NYSATA 63rd Annual Conference: A Call for Workshop Proposals

The NYSATA 63rd Annual Conference IMAGINE THAT: Unlocking the Power of Creativity & Innovation in Art Education will take place November 18-20, 2011.

If you think you may attend, I'd like your input on my workshop proposal.

Here's some background to help you:
I've been teaching workshops at the NYSATA conference for a number of years now, and look forward to it each fall.

Last year I taught a workshop on Altered Books. (Actually I unexpectedly taught it twice, reprising it later in the day when a workshop presenter never showed up and a bunch of us, expecting a hands-on session making bobble-heads, were left high and dry.)

The year prior's topic was
"A Plethora of Pleasing Projects and Oodles of Original Ideas". This workshop was almost a disaster when the projector I brought refused to recognize my laptop, which contained a PowerPoint filled with images essential to my presentation. Thank goodness help arrived before too long!

Before that I twice taught hands-on workshops on
The Amazing Flexagon, which combines art with math. Once I taught it as a 1-hour (actually 50 minute) session, and the other time I got more complex in a double-session workshop. I'm thinking about presenting a flexagon workshop again this year.

I've also taught a couple of papier-mache' workshops (I don't want to do this again - too much to bring), and a weaving workshop, and more.

Last year as we waited for the Bobble-Head workshop, some of us discussed what we'd like to see offered next fall, and I'm struggling to remember what ideas were mentioned. I think we mentioned a workshop/roundtable discussion on general art room practices that work - from teaching painting techniques, to cleanup procedures, etc. Maybe a workshop on teaching color? I just don't recall.

So if you've been reading this far, now is where I'm asking for your opinions.

f you plan to attend the NYSATA conference, is there any workshop in particular you'd make a point of attending?

Should I offer another flexagon workshop? Or do you have a better idea?
Maybe something in one of my old posts might be a starting point for a workshop topic? Are you looking for hands-on or lecture style? Please keep in mind that I am not the right person to present a workshop on educational philosophy; so many of you would be so much better at this. It's just not my cup of tea. I've heard too much jargon over the past 35 years and frankly it all blends together after a while and becomes meaningless to me. I no longer absorb any of it.

Anyhow, I'm looking forward to your thoughts, since I need to get that proposal ready! Thanks for your help!!


  1. Your toothpaste batik is really interesting. . .

  2. Hi Phyl, I'm thinking about writing up a proposal for the NYSATA but have never done so before. Could you give me some guidance? I think it would be fun. I'm thinking of something hands on sculptural. Hope you are doing well.

  3. Janis, I'd like to respond to you via email if I can. Can you send an email to me at plbrown3@yahoo.com, or put your email address in a comment? I'll leave a comment on your blog also.

  4. Phyllis,
    I am one of the workshop coordinators for this year's conference. I just wanted to thank you for your blog entry. I'm new to the blog-i-sphere. Wow I am lucky, I fell into this new world. I feel like Alice in Wonderland!
    Terry L-B

  5. Terry, I hope you stop back and read my response, as I don't know how else to reach you. Blogging is the best - it really IS a new world, and for isolated art teachers, we suddenly have a community of peers and we can bounce ideas off each other, and share what we're up to.

    Anyhow, I'm glad you read my post, but unfortunately, though people have commented, nobody has responded to my question as to what workshop to offer. Maybe I'll re-post the question and see if I get some advice!

  6. Hi Phyl I would be happy to attend anything you present - because I know it will be worthwhile! I know that does not really help you BUT..it's true! So I say GO FOR IT! I may put in a presentation as well!
    Smiles - Susan

  7. I personally love anything hands on. I think others enjoy them, too. It is a way of creating with a purpose and secretly for yourself. A few years ago, I presented a classroom management workshop. Peeking into someone else’s room and sharing ideas are also great. Do 2. That way you don’t have to decide! Looking forward to seeing what you chose. Terry