Highlights of my last day at the NAEA Convention:
1. More Olivia Gude. This Super Session highlighted her philosophy of contemporary curriculum in which her students are able to share significant personal experiences. Students should use the arts to explore vital issues; the curriculum should reach students “where they live.”
2. Assessment. What are fair methods to measure student growth in the arts? And how should that evaluate a teacher’s effectiveness? These questions and more were discussed by leaders from Delaware and New Hampshire. In Delaware two performance tasks are required of visual art students at different levels: create a piece of art and respond to it. More at the Delaware Department of Education website.
3. Chuck Close, in another Super Session, was on the stage in discussion with NY chronicler Irving Sandler. Life, art, education were their topics of discussion. One of my favorite lines: “Inspiration is for amateurs; the rest of us just get to work.” Chuck Close also commented on what he saw as a movement in the arts among young artists who choose to work together collaboratively.
4. TASK party. TASK is an improvisational, open-ended participatory event with a simple structure and very few rules. Artist Oliver Herring and many educators took part in this collaborative art experience.
5. Dinner at Mesa Grill. A superb meal with friends. No Bobby Flay, but a perfect way to close out a wonderful weekend!