Nov 5-8, 2015 The Renaissance hotel in Asheville, NC hosted the NC Art Education Association conference. This was a great opportunity to network with other teachers of NC, to explore new processes and materials for teaching art, learning new techniques for being a successful art teacher, and have fun.
I was so lucky to take part in five different hands-on workshops over this long weekend. The first one was an all day ceramics workshop at Odyssey Clay in the River Arts District taught my Jennifer Hoolihan of Highwater clay. During this day, we learned how to build tall slab vessels using roofing felt and we also learned a technique to create clay masks. The workshop was tons of fun and I learned a lot. I can't wait to share this knowledge with my students at school and at summer camp.
Another exciting part of the conference was taking two art workshops where I experienced the fun art of starting with a styrofoam ball and just glueing all of the things into it to make a crazy sculpture. We finished it by adding a layer of spray paint. I LOVED doing this process but wouldn't teach it to my students unless I found a better adhesive. Mine is falling apart sadly. The other workshop was inspired by the artist Alberto Giacometti's sculptures. We created small wire sculptures with tall lanky bodies in movement and covered the sculpture with modeling clay. To finish it off and make it look metal, we painted on metallic paints. This was super fun and I hope to do this project with my students asap!
Anther highlight from the weekend was meeting some awesome NC art educators who are doing awesome things every day in their classrooms. There is no better inspiration than meeting other art teachers.