Well - it took me a few days to let all of the wonderful things about NAEA 2014 sink in …and working on national board writing ...and prepping for benchmark next week ...and also getting back to being a momma, wife, and Mrs. Kalcevic, the art educator. Whew! It's been a busy week, but I know we're all busy. So…what did I glean from the wonderful weekend of NAEA in San Diego??? It was an absolutely beautiful setting for our conference. I enjoyed walking outside and getting to enjoy the sun every day.
I met a lot of fantastic folks at the conference, too. Going to conferences and conventions are the best networking opportunities. It was great to put actual people with the faces and names from the art teachers group on Facebook. If you don't belong to it, search for it and ask to join the group!
Now, I didn't take very many photos or selfies with other bloggers or teachers. I think I get caught up learning and exploring in the moment rather than taking photos. I wish I had taken more… but there is always next year, right?!
I went to some great sessions where I learned more about technology in the art room, more choice-based art room ideas (I can't wait to implement these.), and super sessions featuring artists like Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith and Deborah Butterfield. It was also wonderful to be able to talk with vendors in the exhibit hall about the latest products and resources that could make the art room better for our students. I am going to list some links below of some supplies, resources, and blogs you should check out when you have time….
Wow! I discovered this great little project during one of my vendor explorations. Every 20 paper beads will provide access to clean water for one person in a village in Tanzania. I am going to create a small choice center in a bin for my kids to do this if they so choose. Check out the link (click the title above) for more info!
Thank you to a friend who gave me her ticket to a hands-on workshop sponsored by Michaels arts and crafts stores. This workshop was taught by Aleene's (tacky glue/craft queen) daughter, Tiffany Windsor, who showed us how to create with her product, Cool2Cast - a very cool plasteresque, porcelain-like material and alcohol inks. Very fun! During this workshop I got to sit next to Phyllis Brown of There's a Dragon in My Art Room blog.
NAEA Middle Level
I know I mentioned this… but I also presented at the convention with fellow middle level art teachers during a medley/carousel session. I presented info about what I have learned as a TAB choice-based art educator. If you are a middle level teacher, please join one or all of our social media sites to stay up-to-date on the latest in our middle level division. I learned a lot from the other teachers who presented, too. One that stuck with me w/out looking at my packets and notes - check out Stacy Lord's blog and her article in SchoolArts about Safe Havens (and Stacy created our middle level logo to the left, too!).
NAEA Social Media sites
OK… I have more information and links I can share, but I will save some others for my upcoming blog posts. Thanks for reading! Let me know if you attended the convention and what was most valuable for you. If you didn't attend, remember you can download the free NAEA 2014 convention app and get all of the handouts.