I can't even imagine what kind of planning goes in to make a national
conference! It was great! The "free admissions to the museums" was
especially helpful. I went to the MOMA twice, the Met three times and the
Guggenheim, Cooper Hewitt and American Craft museums. With the MOMA and
American Craft museums only a half a block from the hotel, it was easy to run
over if you had a "dead" hour. Just wish I had budgeted my time to make it
to the Whitney and Frick Museums also.
I went to some excellent sessions. One that really sticks out in my mind was
Faye Scannell's "Make the Ordinary Look Extraordinary". Since it was at 8:00
am on Thursday I managed to leave my room without my little notebook so I
took extensive notes all over my convention schedule. There was the general
session afterwards, but nobody wanted to leave so we all stayed until 9:20
until we were forced to vacate the room. These are my favorite
workshops--where people just share the art lessons which have worked for
them. I picked up many good ideas and was reminded of several I had
forgotten about. During the same time slot, my roommate went to Nancy Walkup
and Pam Stephen's "Bridging the Curriculum Through Art" which she said was
also excellent. "The Science of Art" by Rosie Riordan was full of unique
ideas--but tell me, why do they stuff these very popular presenters into very
tiny rooms? Then they schedule a research presentation which draws maybe two
dozen people into a ballroom? I know, just like the mixup with the
scheduling (20 elementary sessions one hour, 20 museum sessions the next
hour) it's all done by the computer. Can't that be part of the formula put
into the computer? Whoever judges and selects the presentations give each
one a code--large room, etc.
I also enjoyed Mary Bortz and Lynn Horne's "Clay for All Ages", Dennis Dake's
New Art Basics "Teaching Metaphoric Thinking", Joanne Guilfoil's
"Architecture in Art for Young People", Ken Vieth's "Innovative Problems in
2-D and 3-D," Carolyn and Bunki's "Oodles of Ideas," Harvey Goldstein's "The
Joy of Enrichment".
A workshop which looked promising from the description but was totally
incoherent was G.E. Washington's "Milkweeds Monarchs and Juvenile
Delinquency" I got the feeling that whatever he was going to present had not
materialized and he was just filling--and wasting--time. This makes me
totally crazy when there are always at least six different places I want to
be during any one hour. Another presenter read her entire presentation to
us--which to me, is presentation death!
A group of us from Kansas went to a French Cooking School in Soho for dinner
on Saturday Night. The food was delicious and gorgeous--very special. All
in all the time went much too fast! Looking forward to Miami in 2002!