Thursday, November 8, 2012

  So, I haven't posted in about a week, but it has nothing to do with the weather, I promise!  I want to let everyone know who has asked  - we are fine!  Here in northeastern NY we dodged the bullet.  We were prepared for scary weather and power outages, but it never happened.  When Sandy was devastating the coastline, we had some strong winds and rain, but nothing really out of the ordinary.  Then yesterday, when it was snowing in NYC, we didn't even get a flurry. My heart goes out to all the people whose lives have been so disrupted, and I hope that your will find your way back to some normalcy soon.
 Now on to the post!! I've been busy.  In a week, I'll be heading to my state conference, even though I am retired now.  I'm attending for 3 reasons:
  1. I'm a member of the Board of Trustees, serving as rep for my region
  2. I'm teaching workshops.  Three of them.  Yikes.  That's why I've been busy.
  3. I love art conferences; I love the people; I love it all!

So, with three workshops to prep for, I've been creating PowerPoints and handouts, and collecting and packing all the visuals and materials I will need.  Holy moly, I have a lot to bring with me!
 One of my workshops is called Get 'Stuck' on Papier-Mache.  If you've been following my blog for a long time, you know that papier-mache is just about my favorite thing on the planet.  I love paint, and I love color, but I LOVE those buckets of slimy goo!  So I'm sharing my unique techniques and then, later in the same day, I'm doing a hands-on workshop where participants can try out the techniques from my earlier workshop.  My other workshop is about easy ideas with recycled materials.  The images on today's post are just a small sampling of student papier-mache.  I wanted to include more, but I've been fighting with blogger tonight.  I promise I'll give lots of details after the actual conference!.

For my last photo of the  post, I'm sharing a Halloween pic of me from a couple of years ago.  The kids all knew what artist I was - the bandaged ear, the ratty old clothes, the red beard, and the candles on my hat are all hints...


  1. oh Phyl,
    I cannot wait for more details! I am phobic about papier mache --i think the most daunting aspect is that i teach almost 200 students per grade level and I don't want to start something that I am really unsure of, be in the middle of it with 200 trusty followers and have to admit defeat because something happens that i didn't plan for.
    have fun at your conference!

    1. Oh, Sadie, really, it should be the easiest thing ever! The only challenge with 200 kids per grade level is making sure you have adequate storage for work-in-progress. Otherwise, it an be a snap if you have some basic tips. I don't know where you are located, but wish you could come to my workshop on Rochester NY!

    2. Phyl,
      I am in NJ right where Sandyndid her worst--we have been out of school since before the storm struck and will return this Monday.
      Hope you have a great time at your conference!

    3. Thank you, Sadie. And I hope your life returns to some version of normal very soon. It has been heartbreaking watching what you all have been going through. I'll admit I've never been to the Jersey Shore, but I did spend learn to swim in the ocean at Far Rockaway, where my grandfather owned a beachfront bungalow. So sad to see hat has happened. I'll bet you are thrilled to get back to school! (And I imagine the kids are too).

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  3. Wish lived closer so I could come!!!! LOVE those ice cream cones!!!!

    1. Wish you could too - it would be so much fun to have all my blogger friends in the room!