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Some of the conference presentations I find most valuable as a teacher feature hands-on demonstrations. With that in mind, I offer you something else to add to your list of “Things to Check Out at the Conference” this year! Potter turned printmaker, Mitch Lyons will be doing a demo on making clay monoprints – bright and early Friday morning! I love printmaking with students, and I feel like they’d be very into these techniques (and the results):
Check out Mitch’s work at his website, and read the description below:
Mitch Lyons, innovator of the clayprinting process and author of The Art of Printing with Clay, will be demonstrating at this year’s PAEA Conference on Friday, October 7th, at 9:00 AM.
Since 1968 Mitch has been pioneering his image making from a slab of leather-hard stoneware clay. Mitch will demonstrate how he applies colored slips, one color over another, and then builds a design using textures, slip trailing, pastels, and stencils. Once ready to print, a moistened piece of paper/canvas is placed over the slab. Pressure is applied using a rolling pin to transfer the clay slips onto the substrate to create a one-of-a-kind clay monoprint. Using very simple techniques and tools, he is able to achieve very sophisticated results. You’ll be inspired to take this simple, non-toxic printing process back to your own classroom to teach your students!
You can view examples of Mitch’s clay monoprints by visiting his website mitchlyons.com. Several videos are also included on his site that show the process in action. Visit him later at his booth in the vendor area where he will have his book, DVDs, calendars and more for sale.
Rande Blank has been the Director of the MAT in Visual Arts Education program since 2012 and a faculty member with UARTS – Art + Design Education department since 2003, teaching graduate courses, and mentoring students in their practicum experiences. Most recently she has been selected to be on the Advisory Council for the Design-Ed organization and the Director of the Higher Education Division for the Pennsylvania Art Education Association. (Text borrowed from http://www.uarts.edu/users/rblank )
Support Your NAEA Student Chapter Through Fundraising Events: University Student Panel Discussion
Friday at 2:00 – 2:50 PM
University faculty and students discuss advocating for professional association participation, fundraising activities, conference proposal writing, and art education studio workshop opportunities. Experience pride and success with your university chapter.
Design Thinking as a Problem Solving Process: 5 hands-on participatory activities
Sunday at 9:00 – 10:50 AM.
Teach students to become independent, innovative and thoughtful decision-makers. Apply the design thinking cycle where problems are identified, solutions proposed, produced and evaluated. Participate in design activities to explore process.
Hello art teachers! Today I’m giving you another conference sneak peek – one that I’m guessing LOTS of us would be excited to master. Like so many of us who work in underfunded art departments, Aaron Weber knows the struggle. Check out his description of his presentation below, and pencil it in – Saturday October 10 at 2pm!
Worried about your lack of supplies and your almost non-existent budget? FREE ART SUPPLIES will provide tips and tricks for utilizing materials in different ways, collecting items that can be used in the classroom, and making supplies from ingredients you probably have in your kitchen cabinet. All processes are fun and easy, and can become a lesson in itself. You’ll even be excited about all of those catalogs and the unwanted paperwork you collected at the conference.
Here’s another great conference session coming up – jot this one down!
Erica Mandell’s session is called “Social Justice in the Art Classroom: An Interactive Kara Walker Study” on Friday 11-11:50:
Are you interested in incorporating activism through the arts into your program? Here is your chance to give your students tools to advocate for social justice issues they believe are important. During this session, I will share information on Kara Walker, give attendees conversation starters for empowering students and introducing activism in the art room, and give attendees a hands-on look at this lesson. Attendees will work together in groups, creating paper silhouettes representing social issues that are important to them.
Are you intrigued? I am. See you there!
If you are a mobile art room teacher, that is to say- art on a cart, then be sure not to miss Liza and Amanda’s presentation at this year’s PAEA conference! I have the pleasure of knowing them both, and can attest to their creativity and problem solving when faced with any issue their teaching environment throws at them. Both ladies are art educators in the School District of Philadelphia, and have been involved in art education for some time now. Get connected with them- attend their presentation!
Art on a Cart: Celebrating the Challenge!
Sunday October 9, 2016 at 11:00 – 11:50 AM.
Take advantage of PAEA to connect and build community face to face with other art on a cart teachers. We will discuss some of the unique challenges, both large and small, facing art on a cart teachers and share and collaborate on creative solutions. From cart hacks to mixed media solutions, advocacy and troubleshooting shared space, it’s all fair game! Come to share ideas, workshop challenges, and participate in discussion and activities for teaching art on the go.