On the last day of the conference, I decided to get some hands-on time in the vendor exhibits. I was enjoying myself so much that I ended up skipping a couple of workshops that I planned to attend that day. I think I was just so overloaded and overexcited from the conference that it was nice to just sit and play with paint for a while. Besides, my feet hurt!!! Anyhow, at the Dick Blick booth, we glued an ink nib on the end of a large feather, and then painted and embellished the feather with cording, wire, and beads. I was so happy that mine made it home safely in my suitcase! Here's a few feathers made by other participants while I was painting.
Look at the heart that we found in our paint at during feather painting!
Below, left is blogger Tracy, and the gal on the right - oh gosh I can't recall her name but she had wonderful lime green Nike running shoes and a great spirit.
I also attended a free hands-on workshop sponsored by Michael's. (I must live in the only place in the USA that doesn't have a Michael's store, but that didn't stop me from attending their workshop.) We used a fun new product called Cool2Cast, a porcelain-like casting medium that we used to make pieces for jewelry. When I finally finish painting my pieces and turn them into something, I'll share them here on the blog. Thank you to Michael's for providing these free workshops for conference attendees. It was a pleasure!
Other workshops - wow - so much to absorb and consider that I'm not going to even try to report on them here - but I'll mention that I attended a workshop about masks, another about Rube Goldberg machines, and another abound sculpting with wire.
Is there anyone who went to the conference who DIDN'T take photos of this cool view coming down the escalator? As a matter of fact, the whole San Diego convention center is a beautiful structure, I think the loveliest convention center I've been to, with architectural shapes that echo those of waves and sails, perfect for it's placement right near the waterfront. So even though I'm sure you'd rather see more conference photos, first here's some more from the convention center.
So much of this building would be perfect for use when teaching perspective!!
And I love the patterns of the shadows.
I attended inspiring talks by a couple of artists that I was excited to have the opportunity to see and hear in person. What a terrific part of the convention!
|One of Deborah Butterfield's amazing horses|
|Jaune Quick-to-See Smith|
I also met some new people at the conference, including my new friend Liz who's been reading my blog for a while. Boy is it exciting to be recognized by someone who knows you from reading your blog! I spent some time relaxing and chatting with Liz and I think it's terrific that we have young enthusiastic art educators such as Liz.
Below, here is Cassie in a really fun pencil dress, that she wore when a group of us went out for Saturday night dinner.
Later that night, after the hat party, we stopped in the Ghiradelli chocolate store for a treat, still wearing our glamorous hats. We met other art teachers wearing fancy hats too. If you are in this picture, please let me know; I'm terrible about remembering names, though I know that's blogger Rina on the right, and Pinterest gal Donna in the center next to me.
Home with my feather - enough from the conference for now.