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I am a member of my county's IU Arts Advisory Council. Every year we try at
least once, to present a workshop for art teachers that is "hands on" for us
- not curriculum or assessment or any of that junk, but an opportunity for
us to learn a new technique and to MAKE something.
I just returned from our workshop tonight and I feel great. We did Gyotaku
fish printing with teacher/artist David j. Denick from New Jersey. He
brought real fish and within a couple of hours we all had great prints. His
website is www.fishprints.com if you are interested.
We also had Diane Mauer who showed a very easy method of marbling paper with
dyes. She is the author of The Ultimate Marbling Handbook and Paper Art.
She is a wonderfully unassuming presenter and I sure picked her brain.
I came home, after 4 short hours with great prints and marbled papers and
lots of enthusiasm. It was just the lift I needed at this time of the year.
I also want to apologize to several people on the list who asked me for
specifics on certain posts I have made. Last weekend I upgraded my internet
service and in the process lost everything I was saving to respond to. If
anyone remembers anything you asked of me, please feel free to contact me at
I have enjoyed hearing the reactions to your experiences at the convention.
LA was just too far for me this year, but hope I can do NY next year. My
district is pretty negative about workshops and conferences because we can't
seem to get subs.
Anybody in a district found a solution to the sub problem?
I hope you all have opportunities like mine tonight. When I have so many
days when I think I can't do this school thing anymore , I am glad to take
the time to participate in this kind of activity.
We DO have much to give to each other and I always find that art teachers
are SO generous in sharing.
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