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I have already put into practice some of the ideas from the Sculptural
Bookmaking workshop. Thank you Ann and Ellen! I have a fifth grade
which has been "challenging" this year! My best lessons have fallen on
deaf ears and blind eyes. But they loved the pop-up books! One guy who
has a real tuff 'tude was so amazed at how his turned out. I wished I'd
had a camera to capture his expression. Priceless!
This installment of the Scurfield NAEA Chronicles will focus on the
free workshops. I knew that with the conference being in DC this year,
with the access to the Smithsonian, I wouldn't get to as many
workshops. But I tried to get to at least an 8:00 workshop each day and
on Sunday I hit a bunch of good ones.
"Summer Reading: Dark and Light" presented by Nadine Gordon Taylor and
Dina Hofstetter on sculptural bookmaking at the secondary level was very
well done and included an exceptional handout.
I took the shuttle down to the National Mall and spent the rest of
Wednesday at the Sackler Gallery and the American Museum of African Art
where I took some great slides. There was an incredible exhibit on
Hindu Religion and Art at the Sackler.
I attended a free breakfast at the Hotel Sofitel to inspire us to
become more involved with Youth Art Month.
"The Power of Wit, Wonder, and Wisdom in a Proactive Classroom" was
presented by Lucienne Simon. This educator has an amazing program in
New Orleans. There were about a dozen primary students who were
co-presenters and they were so well-behaved and adorable. (I saw
numerous school groups at the Smithsonian who would benefit from their
self-control). They had created advocacy brochures to send to President
Clinton and the governor of Louisiana. Lucienne inspired us all to be
more pro-active. I would like her to do a workshop on how she motivates
primary students to create such incredible drawings.
Then I visited the vendors and played Sakura's "treasure hunt" game
which turned out to have big benefits when I won a Web TV! I never win
The rest of Thursday was devoted to an off site workshop, the Colorific
and SVA receptions and two paid workshops.
"The Controversy Over Original DBAE" with Michael DeSiano, Judith
Burton and Peter London would have probably been very good if it had
been booked into an adequate space. At least 100 people squeezed into a
room for 50--or so it seemed. One of the presenters, Pearl Greenberg,
fell and was taken away in an ambulance. I wondered how much the
crowded space contributed to her injury. Peter London is coming to
Wichita State University this summer to present a workshop and I really
wanted to hear him, but the cramped quarters did make it harder to
William P. Kilbourn presented "Creating Whistles, Flutes and Ocarinas
with Regular Clay and Crayola Wet-Set Clay" I was hoping that it would
be more hands-on but with the size of the crowd it would have been
impossible. The demonstration was done via videotape, which for the
presenter was certainly an efficient way to share his knowledge. I
haven't retreived the "Cyber Handout" yet.
My roommate and I then spent the afternoon at the National Mall--so
much to see, so little time. The Sargent show was breathtaking.
Friday evening was the Museum Exchange, which is why I didn't make it
to the ArtsEdNet reception. Imagine a "grabfest" ala the vendors'
booths, but with free posters, postcards, etc. from the art museums of
America! I got lots of great loot, plus purchased five teacher packets
from the Cleveland Museum of Art and the Art Institute of Chicago, and
ordered two more. The Dallas Museum of Art and Los Angeles County
Museum of Art have some packets I want to order. I schedule most
everything else around the Museum Exchange. Please Getty, don't
schedule your reception on that same evening. I want to do both.
Susan Gabbard presented "Japanese Art and Culture: Core Knowledge
Integration". This had changed somewhat from the description and was
mostly about her trip to Japan with the Fulbright group. I am
encouraged to apply for this one!
After visiting the vendors several times--morning and for the Ship
drawing--I had so much loot I had to ship a box back to myself! At
Scholastic Art the sales rep has a huge stack of Roy Lichtenstein
magazines which she says she will pitch in the trash if they aren't
taken and I should take as many as I can carry. I comply with her
request. I then went to the Phillips Collection, within walking
distance to the hotel and free to convention attendees (I'm sure they
recouped that financial gift with all the purchases in the gift shop!)
Again I took a bunch of great slides.
It's now the last day of the convention and so far I've been to a total
of five free and six paid workshops! Pathetic! I have to make up for
Pam Stephens, Elizabeth Willett and Angie Verschage presented "Online
Colaborations with an Artist". Jim McNeill designed the "Escher Bowl"
computer-generated tesselation which is part of the Take 5 "Art and
Mathematics" poster kit. He did an online inverview with a group of
fifth graders and critiqued their tesselations. Apparently he has also
been a keynote speaker for the Texas Art Education Association
conference. He charmed us all with his wit and beautiful illustrations.
I won one of the door prizes--a Take 5 poster. And truly--I never win
anything! But I am on a roll--should I invest in a lottery ticket?
MaryBeth Graborsky presented "The World on a Theme: Teaching
Thematically in Elementary Art Education" This is the art program I
always wanted to have. I am so impressed that I bought her book and
"An Art Education Course for the Classroom Teacher: What Really Works"
was somebody's dissertation. This is well presented, but I'm having
trouble staying focussed. I'm thinking I might take a cab over to the
National Geographic Society to see their Mayan exhibit.
However, the last workshop of the day is Ray Williams' "Teaching About
World Religions Through Art" The reason I make up this list of who to
look for next year is because of presenters like Ray. He is from the
Ackland Museum of Art at U. of North Carolina and everything I have ever
seen done by Ray or Ruth Slavin has been exceptional. He has a very
decent turn-out considering most everyone has left and he doesn't
disappoint his audience. Listening to Ray makes you remember why you
got into art education in the first place--it has the power to change
lives. He gives me two wonderful posters and promises the other three
as they are developed. My cup runneth over!
I made my reservations through TWA Aviator (frequent flyer) and am
confirmed to go home on Monday, but waitlisted for Sunday. As it turns
out, Sunday is one of the biggest flying days of the year. I don't get
on and have to spend another night in DC (and day at the National
Gallery--oh bummer!) I complete taking my 180 slides.
I went to my first national convention in 1990 in Kansas City and have
only missed Phoenix (Andy Goldsworthy!) and Atlanta since. So I guess
you could say I am hooked. Hope to see you all in LA!--Marcia