For the national convention, I'm currently tossing around the following ideas:
- An "everything you need to know to be successful" workshop on papier-mache. Due to the logistics of papier-mache, it cannot be a hands-on workshop; it would simply be informational. It should come as no surprise to long-time readers of this blog that papier-mache is a favorite medium of mine, and I really LOVE to share what I've learned over the years, to help others be successful. I'm not sure if this is a topic that would be approved for a national workshop, though I think it could be a popular choice.
- A hands-on workshop on flexagons, linking math and art, focusing in particular on the marvelous 'trihexaflexagon' (with a taste of the 3-dimensional 'kaleidocycle', which lately has shown up on Facebook being referred to as a 'flextangle'). I've taught the flexagon several times at my state convention. This would need to be one of the double time slot workshops; it can't be done in 50 minutes!
- A presentation on blogging, together with Cassie Stephens and Laura Lohmann (Painted Paper). We were three of the five presenters at a blogging carousel at at this year's convention, and the room was so full that people were unfortunately turned away. It was a whirlwind of a workshop, so we thought maybe we could do something in more of a classroom presentation style rather than the carousel format.
- Other ideas?????
- A repeat of a hands-on workshop on tooling foil, that I presented successfully two years ago. It's another favorite medium of mine to teach.
- An informational presentation on easy 3-D projects for elementary programs, since I'm convinced that 3-dimensional work is often avoided due to logistics and storage. Maybe this would also be suitable for the national convention?
- A hands-on workshop using roofing felt. I did this in a regional workshop and everyone had a fabulous time and was super-happy.
- An informational workshop with all the details about the fabulous and ridiculous toothpaste batik process. Due to logistics of drying time, it cannot be hands-on.
- Perhaps some great projects using plaster bandage?
- Possibly some sort of 'Friday After Dark' extended hands-on workshop, though at this point I'm not sure what! I've taught sheet rock carving for 2 years in a Friday After Dark workshop, and need a different idea, as I'm tired of lugging around pounds of Sheetrock!
- Other ideas? Altered books? Something to do with weaving? I taught an informational altered book workshop maybe 5 years ago, and also taught a hands-on weaving workshop a while back.
- Or, after 36 years teaching, I've got some unique ideas for collage, or for painting and working with color, or for.... Oh my. What to do?? HELP.