National Art Education Association National Convention
All of the sessions I chose to attend relate to goals I had for this conference. I wanted to explore ways of using my concentration area, Metalsmithing, in my curriculum, gaining knowledge from educators and artists regarding the classroom, post graduation. I think with the sessions available to me I was able to meet and exceed the goals I set for myself and for the conference.
Getting Your Student Chapter Involved in Your Local Community
Before arriving at the conference, I took some time to look at the conference schedule to see what was available to me. I found so many sessions I wanted to attend so it was difficult to decide which session I wanted to attend. The first day of the conference was mostly intended for attendees to acclimate themselves to the convention center and attend the Opening Night, but I did find some time to attend a few sessions.
The Tourist Gaze: Becoming a Stranger in Ones Own Tongue
This session discussed the idea of our view about the place ones situated. This was a research based presentation conducted between Columbus, Ohio and Helsinki, Finland. This session introduced ideas in which how we and our students can stand beside ourselves/themselves and learn to appreciate things that we might not appreciate, but what others might about where we live and the activities we perceive as enjoyable. It was interesting research and I think this idea could be a basis of a collaborative project between schools in different counties, states, or countries.
Jewelry! Jewelry! Jewelry! High School Curriculum Presentation
My emphasis is in Metalsmithing, which is not a traditional material used in K-12 Art Education. However, Linda Nelson-Bova shared ideas and experience of how she has built a materials curriculum in the Kansas High School that she teaches at. I had to push my way into the room because there were so many people wanting to experience this session. This gave me great joy to know that other art educators are excited about incorporating Metals into their curriculum. She mapped out how an 8 class in Metals curriculum and the specific projects she has her student complete. I gained so many ideas about projects, setting up a classroom for Metalsmithing, materials, and how a successful curriculum looks. One of my goals in attending this conference was to learn how other art educators are using Metals in their classrooms and I had the opportunity to fulfill this goal within my first hours in Seattle.
Opening Night Event! Crayola and the Experience Music Project
The Opening Night Event was held at the Experience Music Project Museum. The evening was filled with mingling, learning more about how art and music can coexist, viewing award-winning student work and participating in 3 art lesion workshops. The workshops included art projects based on Seattle.
The second day I started by attending the General Session, and then I branched out to different sessions. My group and I also presented this day.
How to Get Your Student Chapter Involved in Your Local Community
This was the session myself and other members of the GVSU Student Chapter presented. It is discussed in more detail in the Conference Reflection piece.
1st General Session Mark Dion: Co-Sponsored by Art:21
Dions work examines the ways in which dominant ideologies and public institutions shape our understanding of history, knowledge, and the natural world.
Art:21 is an organization that produces quality information and documentaries.
Local Artist Series: Using Design and Art as an Innovating Principle at Google
This session discussed the process that the four designers of the Google logos take every time they design a new logo for the Google search page. It was interesting and I gained knowledge of some new approaches in idea development. I also heard about a contest to design the logo that my students can participate in and another way that students can be introduced to careers as artists.
Drawing with the 21st Century Brain
This session mapped out the idea of the importance of drawing to our brains. It was an intriguing presentation. I always find brain research interesting, especially when the benefits of art are linked to the research.
Behind the Scenes of a Non-Profit Community Arts Program
This session was extremely beneficial to me. My ultimate goal after I have taught in a K-12 setting, is to run a community arts program. I learned so much information about the logistics of a community arts program and I also made a few contacts with a program in Texas.
Artist Journal Atelier Workshop
A rather old method, but new trend is the idea of deconstructed journals. Students are always asking what they can put in their sketchbooks or journals. This session gave me a multitude of ideas and also ways of presenting the information to my students.
Ceramics Collaboration between University and K-12 Public Schools
Students from GVSU took part in this roundtable discussion about the collaborative workshop the Ceramics Studio at GVSU started. I went to this session to support my fellow GVSU Art Education friends. The information was delivered very clearly and successfully.
The last full day we got to spend at the conference was probably my most memorable day. I had a better grasp at this point about how the conference was being run and how the sessions were broken down. I enjoyed every session I attended.
Navigating NAEA: Best Practices for Preservice Teachers
This presentation was meant for professors of art educators, but I thought I could gain some valuable information, and I did. The most valuable information I walked away with from this session was how to utilize all the information NAEA has online and available to me. I never knew that information and connections were made so readily available on the website. This session also gave me ideas of how I can help other members of our Student Chapter.
From Lead to Thread: The Stitched Drawing
I incorporate a lot of textiles into my own personal artwork and I was very interested to see how Laura Sapelly was incorporating what is thought of as a traditional art medium (drawing) with what is thought of as a craft (stitching). This session provided a detailed description and outcome of a project in which students are using drawing and sewing to create a piece of art work.
Altered Books, Altered Minds
This session was insightful to me regarding how much of an impact an altered book project can make among a vast population of students.
Local Artists Series: Thinking & Looking
Another goal of mine was to see how studio artists are making a living and impacting communities, and how I, an art teacher, can use this to my students advantage. Ginny Ruffler is a glass and sculpture artist that I will tell my students about. She is a lovely artist and she has an amazing story. I walked away with business ideas and classroom ideas.
Creating Community through Shared Sketch Journals
I love the idea of creating community in every possible situation. I think it is important to share ideas with each other and take part in collaborative work. The shared sketch journals are a perfect idea. The most beneficial idea I walked away with was not only having shared sketch journals within the art room, but also in the media centers, and around the community outside the school. This session mapped out clear guidelines and troubleshooting.
Middle Level Medley II: Sharing Best Practices
During this session I attended two different lesson plan workshops for middle school students. I thought it would be helpful because I am Student Teaching in a middle school right now. I gained the knowledge of seeing some projects and ideas that veteran middle school teachers have seen successfully using in their classes. The lessons used the integrative approach.
This entailed seeing and using all of the new materials as well as receiving free samples of products. This was really exciting to me because I got a chance to use and take home free samples of materials I have either heard about or had been wanting to try. I also got a lot of information regarding Graduate Schools and programs all over the country. There were so many hands-on activities and lesson plans for specific products. It was interesting to see how the companies intend for their products to be used. I also left with posters and signs to decorate my future classroom. Some of the posters have 100s of jobs that an artist can pursue, which I think is important to have in an art class, especially at the high school level.
Hands-on Workshop: Vessels for Charity
The Vessels for Charity is an organization that raises money for the arts. It is a great project to do school-wide.
Super Session: Art21 Presents & A Conversation with Mark Dion Artistic Inquiry, Scientific Inquiry, and Inquiry-Based Learning Connecting Contemporary Art Practice with Teaching Practice
In this session the most beneficial idea I walked away with was how many organizations and content-areas in Seattle are benefitting from one sculpture that was created by Mark Dion and stands in the Olympic Sculpture Park in Seattle. This gave me inspiration to really analyze sculptures and art pieces in my community and how I might start building a cross-curriculum unit around sculpture in my community.
Seattle Art Museum
-2010 Scholastic Art Winners
-Nick Cave: Meet at the Center of the Earth Exhibition It was amazing to see the pieces by the Scholastic Art Winners. These pieces are by students in K-12 settings. This exhibit was full of ideas and inspiration. The Nick Cave exhibit was also wonderful and inspiring. He uses found and non-traditional objects in his artwork, which is also fiber/sculpture based. With the rise of craft and found object art this was an enlightening experience that gives me ideas for artist focus in my classroom.
Seattle Olympic Sculpture Park
At Seattle's sculpture park there are many pieces from artists I have learned about and admired over the years. There is also an installation piece by Mark Dion, Neukom Vivarium, 2006, which was the focus of many NAEA sessions. I thought it was important to see this and other pieces first-hand to experience them.