The photo to the left was me with a fellow blogger, 'Mrs. Impey', who blogs at Art Room 104. She's been posting a lot of really valuable information on her blog, especially for other NY art teachers. It was a real pleasure to meet her! If you haven't visited her blog yet, stop in and see what she's up to!
Meanwhile - I've had a lot of questions about my workshops and my handouts. I taught three workshops, all wonderfully successful.
The first workshop "Great Ideas with Recycled Materials" was jam packed - I had made 65 copes of my handouts, and I didn't have enough for everyone in the room! So if you are one of those people who didn't get the handout, please email me or leave me a comment on the blog with your email address and I'll get it right out to you. (If you leave your email address, I suggest you write out 'at' and 'dot' to prevent getting spam. I unfortunately can no longer give out my email address on the blog, because I have become a big spam target. I have also had people ask if they can 'have my PowerPoint presentation'. To that request, I will have to say NO. My PP was mostly images of student artwork from my classroom, with a few students appearing in the slides as well. I spent many hours assembling and editing the presentation, and I want to retain ownership of the images. Sorry, but I hope you understand.
This workshop was not rocket science, or some miraculous innovation. I talked mostly about uses for cardboard shipping boxes, and cereal box cardboard, though I touched on several other materials (old CD's, shoe box lids, assorted junk, magazines, etc) as well. If you are a regular reader of my blog, you've already seen many of the projects that I talked about in my workshop, and can find them here on my blog by scrolling through my labels on the right, and clicking on 'recycled art'.
My 2nd workshop was called "Get Stuck on Papier-Mache", and, like the prior workshop, I had an image-based PowerPoint, handouts, and also many physical samples of the various projects I discussed and demo-ed. I would say about 50 people attended this workshop. Sorry these photos below are sideways, but I'm trying not to argue with Blogger these days, so sideways will have to do. On the left I am demo-ing my unique papier-mache process, and on the right discussing the construction and painting of an ice cream cone.
"Time to Play with Papier-Mache" was later the same day. My goal was to give people a chance to try out the stuff I demo-ed in the morning, so that they would have at least a partially completed sample to take home. I think there were about 25 people, and about 1/2 had attended the morning workshop. Participants made a wild assortment of papier-mache cats, pigs, ice cream cones, and masks, as well as some unexpected things that I will show you. Here's some of their work.
And this one guy made a super-awesome huge fish, beginning with a structure of rolled newspaper tubes. Again, this was something totally different than anything I had shown. Kudos to the wonderful creative people who attended my workshop! It was so much fun - I'd love to see all the creations finished.
By the way - while I don't have photos, I did also attend some really nice workshops. Since I am not an active teacher, I only attended hands-on fun stuff; I totally skipped out on workshops about the Common Core, and SLO's and assessments, etc. Lucky me! I attended a workshop on making paper beads - though after the fact I can tell you I will NEVER do this again. UGH. Tedious! I also attended a fun workshop where we experimented with painting using the edges of cardboard triangles. And I attended a 'Friday After Dark' workshop where we explored using chalk pastels with some under-painting on textured paper. I guess I had never used really GOOD pastels, because I was blown away by the intense vibrant colors. And the teacher was the wonderful person who gave me the Art Teacher Barbie last year - my best gift EVER! (totally not kidding!!)
All in all, it was a fantastic conference!
Finally, here are some photos from a couple of keynote speakers, both of whom wowed me with their bodies of work, and the deep thought processes behind the work. Very impressive. Keep in mind they were shot from way back in a crowded theater presentation, so there are people's heads at the bottom of the photos. The first two pieces are works by Jennifer Heckler.