Friday, November 18, 2011
A great day at my state conference!
My fabulous NY State Art Teachers Association (NYSATA) annual conference started today! These images were from a workshop I attended called The Sweet Art of Vic Muniz, the artist profiled in the wonderful movie Wasteland. (If you haven't seen it, put it on your Netflix queue!) We were given photos that we placed under acetate, and traced with Hershey's Syrup!!! The we used Q-tips and toothpicks to manipulate the chocolate and create values. The results are then photographed, as Muniz does with his incredible artwork. These are some of our results. Pretty cool, huh??
Here's someone doing her tracing with syrup. Yum yum. No finger licking allowed, though.
This morning my coworker and I attended an AWESOME workshop on Visual Journaling, presented by fellow blogger Jen. Her blog is called Art Talk. Anyhow, the workshop was filled with super ideas and was a great way to start our time at the conference. So many great ideas to use!! Here's the results of some "playtime". We used modeling medium over plastic needlepoint mesh as a great stencil, and then removed the mesh (I don't know what it is actually called) and left a nice texture, to paint over and layer. We also sprayed liquid watercolors over various stencils and doilies and sprayed with water to make it drip. Here's an 'in progress' and my fun messy result.
There's a student art display at the conference, and below are the panels set up by me and my coworker (the grade 7-12 art teacher in my district) of a sampling of our students' work. My display is on the left, hers is on the right.
We also attended a brain-numbing workshop on the Common Core Standards, Race to the Top, and associated yadda-yadda and my opinion is that this stuff is so data intensive, so dependent on assessment, so filled with lists and acronyms and theories that it will suck all the joy out of art education. I don't want to have to worry about this stuff. BRAIN NUMBING for sure. But then we got to play with some colored conte at another workshop, so the world is still OK. And it's so good to see and catch up with old friends. I wish the hotel was nicer (it's highly imperfect) and that the temperature controls worked OK, but all in all, it's a great conference so far.
Tomorrow is a VERY BIG DAY. In the morning I'm presenting a hands-on workshop on the amazing trihexaflexagon. If you don't have a clue what that is, don't worry, I'll be posting this year's student results and information about this favorite lesson of mine in about a week when the kids have completed their work. Meanwhile, if you can't wait, I posted about it here last year.
And as if that is not enough, in the afternoon I'll be presenting a workshop called...drumroll please... Come Blog with Me! (Are you surprised?!) It's a 50 minute session, and I just did a dry run in the hotel room and it took me about an hour and a half. I think I'm going to have to leave something out. Pinterest perhaps? But I'm most nervous about the fact that this dopey hotel has weird internet issues, and I'm positively panicked that I won't be able to get on line and the whole workshop that I have been planning for months will go ka-poof!
Wish me luck! I'll tell you about it when I'm back home on Sunday.