Thursday, March 14, 2013

One thing... NAEA 2013

I have never been to a National Art Education Association Conference. Now that I have, I can completely understand why people go back year after year, saving up their dollars to try and make it happen. It was a great experience with wonderful presenters, sessions, and workshops and time to speak and learn with teachers from across the country.

Although there is plenty to share from the conference, I am still trying to process through it all. So, instead of giving every last detail I am going to select an image and share the big idea from the presenter/workshop/session. I hope to have time to delve a little deeper into some of the themes I am going to share, but I think this is a good starting point:

Craig Roland, Ian Sands, Tricia Fuglestad, and Elizabeth Delacruz presented on being a part of a PLN (Professional Learning Network) through the use of online tools.Big Take-away: Being Connected allows you the chance to share and learn from anyone at anytime and grow professionally. 
One of the many stations in the Vendor Hall.Big Take-away: There were lots of chances to try out new and interesting materials - Apparently they make such a thing as watercolor  crayons! 
Teachers sharing about the Heart Houses/Haiti Houses projects.
Big Take-away: It is important to connect with teachers from around the country to see how they work with similar or different ideas, materials, and teaching situations.  

Ian Sands and Robert Sandagata's presentation on New Weird Ideas.
Big Take-away: Failure and risk-taking are a part of being creative and making art; do not be afraid to allow your students this opportunity in the pursuit of making something new.

Transfer Printmaking

Learning about monoprinting with Julia Healy.
Big Take-away: Interesting process to create portraits and investigate people's histories within a community.

Jesus Moroles speaks about his work as a sculptor.
Big Take-away: People don't know what they want; it is the job of the artist to show them.

Discussion with Wayne White, artist featured in the documentary "Beauty is Embarrassing".
Big Take-away: Art should flow between media - a sculpture is a drawing, a drawing is a painting, a painting is a puppet, a puppet is a performance - and it is all connected to experiences. 

Michael Reyes with his High School Art Teacher who entered his work that received a National Scholastic Award.
Big Take-away: Art teachers have the power to change people's lives and help them realize the power they have within. 
Brandon Foy spoke about how his National Gold medal from Scholastic changed his life and prepared him for his future as an artist and creative.
Big Take-away: Don't be afraid to work hard and put yourself out there; his viral YouTube video landed him a job with Microsoft in his early 20s.

New Leadership team for the NAEA
Big Take-away: There are a lot of exciting things to look forward with NAEA - including the next conference in San Diego, 2014!

If you have a favorite moment from the 2013 conference, please share below with a link to images/posts/resources. What did you think of the event? What were some of the things you learned and how will they help you back in your classroom?


  1. Dressing up as a superhero was awesome!

  2. Janine, Thanks for sharing your thoughts. I attended an NAEA conference a few years back in Minneapolis and it really was life changing. Came back with so much drive and passion and propelled me into new curricular areas. I didn't get to go this year, but I am planning to head to San Diego next year. Fantastic thoughts!
    Jeanne Bjork (@bellafiore3)

    1. Thanks, Jeanne. It is such a great conference to participate in and I am sure many are looking forward to the fun in San Diego next year! I hope to see you there!

  3. One of my big take-away's actually came from your presentation! "When things go wrong with computers, don't freak out, it is good for the kids to see you react calmly". Great presentation Janine!

    It was great to meet you in person!

    1. Thanks, Theresa! It was awesome to meet you, too! I am so glad you enjoyed what I had to offer in my presentation. I wish I could take full credit for it, but it is really inspired by what I heard Rushton Hurley say at Mattawan Tech Camp this past summer. It is something that stuck with me and I am happy to pass it on to others!

  4. This is a really great overview of some really exciting things. So much is packed into just a few days. Learning and connecting....looking forward to San Diego already!

  5. ....AND (sorry hit publish too soon) thanks so much for presenting at the Middle Level Medley you rocked it and for taking on Social Media for us!!

    1. Thanks! I am excited to share what I find helpful in my classroom and hope it offers some help to others. I look forward to being the SM person - hopefully I will not let you down! :)

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