We decided that we needed to get some regional art teachers together over the spring break (this past week). After considering serious professional development topics, we decided that what we REALLY wanted was a relaxing art-making play-date!
I suppose I should explain who the "we" are. It includes me, obviously;
I serve as region rep to the state board of our art teacher
organization, NYSATA. And it also includes my "partner-in-crime", our
region chairperson Kathleen. (You can see Kathleen in the photo below with the skeleton apron.) We enjoy working together as a team to
plan for our region. Kathleen is a newly joined member of the Fiber
Guild, and thought it would be fun to use this "play-date" to give folks
a chance to try their hand at wet-felting, and spinning, and such. At
this idea, my spirit took a nose dive, because, well, I'm kind of
sensitive to wool. Being around a lot of it makes me itchy, and makes
my eyes water. So would this mean I couldn't participate in the play
date? I didn't want to be left out. So Kathleen suggested that, in
another room, I lead a workshop in embellishing usable/wearable items,
with oil-based paint markers, acrylic paints, and more.
So we organized the day, free for our region members, and
got the message out. There was some skepticism among others we work
with; they guessed that everyone would be busy starting their
vacationing and wouldn't be interested. But it turned out great! I
think, in the end, 15 people showed up, and all had a relaxing fun day
learning, playing, and creating. You can see some of the items people made, in this picture of the whole group, below. That's me in the red apron.
In the "wool room", people were making wet-felted flowers,
and learning to spin batting (I think I'm saying that correctly, but
I'm really not sure). And also, dyeing silk scarves! (I admit to
sneaking in for a bit and dyeing a scarf or two...)
In "my" room, participants were embellishing mostly tote bags, aprons,
and shoes. Everyone got to experience
everything, switching rooms after lunch.
The photos in this post are all from this fun, relaxing,
artsy day!! We invited our neighboring region as well, and one person
drove three hours to come and play with us!!! She's a blogger too; you
can read her blog here. That's her in the pic below, working on her tote bag.
Did you get a chance to make anything fun over spring break? Did you create alone, or did you get to have an art play-date too? It can be inspiring to see what others will create in a group setting!! By the way, I worked on a couple of things - besides my scarves, I also embellished my Blick tote bag, and also a pair of old clogs in desparate need of an update! Here they are!