This post is especially directed toward my blog-readers right here in NY State, though I welcome readers, opinions, and comments from anyone/anywhere!
What types of workshops most interest you at your annual conference? Please help me sort out what to present this year!!
This coming November, NYSATA (NY State Art Teachers Association) will be having its annual conference in Albany, and I plan to be there! For the past 8 or 9 years, I have annually presented workshop(s) at the conference. In the beginning, I chose to do this because I was dissatisfied with workshop offerings and thought I could do better. But I didn't expect the perks. First of all, there's the wonderful people I've met and formed friendships with over the years. Then, there's the reputation it gives you back in your home district. How can your administration help but be proud of you? And then of course, how can they refuse your attendance at the conference when they know you are attending as a presenter as well as an attendee? And finally, there's the refining of your presentation that you have to do in preparation, that certainly makes you better at what you do. I've loved every minute of it, so much that over the past couple of years I went from teaching one workshop, to two, and then to three. Which I'll probably do again this year, crazy as I am!
Now, as a retiree, attending workshops may not always be as meaningful to me as presenting, so I'm trying to decide what my workshops will be this year, as the deadline to submit workshop proposals looms ahead.
So what should I present this year? Below are some ideas I've toyed with -
*Please note: you will not find me offering pedagogical workshops, or workshops on the Common Core, or anything else like that. I know you may need to attend them, and that's fine, but I want my workshops to provide a break, a respite, from all the stress and jargon. I want my workshops to inspire you creatively, to make you smile, and to be a memorable conference experience. So anyhow, here are some of my ideas:
- A repeat of the hands-on flexagon workshop, which I previously taught in 2011, 2009, and 2007. Would there still be an audience? Would attendees be willing to pay a fee of $1 or $2 to cover the cost of the materials? (Remember, I no longer have a classroom to 'borrow' materials from.)
- A hands-on workshop on working in relief with tooling foil. I think I have had great student success with this material. Again, I would need to charge for materials. If this workshop interests you, would you prefer it be a double-session workshop during the day, or a Friday After Dark workshop? (The FAD workshops generally charge a fee of $25 and are a little longer in duration. If I teach it during the day, the materials fee would be no more than $5.)
- A Friday After Dark workshop on relief carving in sheetrock? (I began doing this with my 6th grade students after attending a FAD workshop on this marvelous process, probably 10 years ago. So I'd be 'paying it forward' if I presented such a workshop. But due to time and materials, it would have to be a FAD workshop.)
- A workshop presenting various painting and color theory lessons and processes, with a focus on liquid tempera paint management and cleanup. I suggest this because some of you blog that you don't use liquid tempera because of the mess. While I have nothing against liquid watercolors (they are great!) or brick tempera, I feel we do kids a disservice when we don't give them the 'real' paint experience of dipping a brush into creamy thick tempera. There's nothing else like it!
- A repeat of the altered book workshop or a variation of some other workshop I've already taught? Something papier-mache? Weaving? Another potpourri of stuff?
- Something totally different? Something specific to an artist? (if so, anyone in particular?) Louise Nevelson relief sculpture? (This one could be hands-on, I suppose.) Something based on an art movement? (Surrealism? Fauvism? Pop Art?) A workshop on teaching perspective? Cave painting? Still life? Collage ideas? Or something I'm totally not even thinking of? Perhaps something perhaps you saw me post on the blog you want to know more about?