Since most of you can’t attend the 2014 NAEA Convention in San Diego, we went for you! We’ll be detailing many of the sights and sounds of this great event right here. We’ll be posting live throughout, so visit often and refresh this page for the most up-to-date posts!
Jessica: We leave for San Diego in one day! I’ve got all of my sessions and presentations planned out. Here’s a sneak peek at many of the activities we have planned for the convention, which you’ll be hearing more about right here as the convention takes place. If you have any questions during the event, be sure to add them to the comments section so we can answer them! One thing I’m excited about is the expanded AOE Booth this year. We purchased a double-wide booth so that we’d have plenty of room to engage with AOE Readers, and also put on a fantastic Blogger Meet and Greet – and thankfully that shipped a few weeks ago. (more photos later)
Derek: The AOE Team will be representing this year’s NAEA Convention – we will have 8 great team members in attendance! Alecia Eggers, Derek Balsley, Ian Sands, Jessica Balsley, Kelly Berwager, Nic Hahn, Sarah Dougherty, and Sarah Welch. Many of the team members will be posting sights & sounds from the convention LIVE, right here!
Jessica: Do you have any questions for the team? What would you like to see from the big event? Any companies you’d like to hear from or products you’d like to see in action? Be sure to post your thoughts/questions in the comments section, below! We’ll answer as we can!
Jessica: The blog world is going to be well-represented at this year’s NAEA Convention (can’t wait to see you all in-person) check out all of these great posts:
Jessica: Follow along with the convention via Twitter:
Jessica: The AOE booth is all set up and ready for tomorrow! The exhibitor hall is a bustling place, can’t wait to see all the great swag and action here tomorrow morning!
Alecia: Hopefully you are all getting signed in, swanky, and ready to join us for free drinks at 7:00!
I signed in for the conference at the convention center today and was already like a kid in a candy shop when I saw the ribbon table to tailor name tags!! What a fun way to “spark!” up a conversation with another art educator! (Yes those are guitars on the bed cover – Hard Rock Hotel!)
I also got a sneak preview of the exhibitor booths going up when helping set up the AOE booth!! I’m so excited to chat with all the vendors and art educators!
Jessica: AOE hosted a social for art teachers last night – Lots of great conversations, and of course, we had the beautiful bay sunset behind us to enjoy on the outside patio. Thanks to all the art teachers who came out last night!
Derek: Art teachers are lined up, anxious to get in, and the AOE Team is
ready for them. ;)
Jessica: Ian and I presented on “using iPads in the art room without sacrificing the art” and all teachers agreed: stop the segregation of art and technology! Use technology to make art and enhance the artistic process. Check out Ian’s article from this week for 5 ways to do just that!
Jessica: Conference Etiquette 101: Can you leave a session if it’s not what you expected? My answer. Yes! It’s your conference and you can shape it. Catch as much as you can! Be polite, sit in the back if you may need to leave. On the other hand, if you need to enter a session late, I say go for it. Thoughts everyone?
Alecia: This fantastic app and cool tool help your students visualize lines and planes when developing a perspective drawing. Check them out at http://www.miiraartisttools.com!
Alecia: These fun color sticks from Jack Richeson & Co, Inc. are clean, easy to use and have the ability to appear as pastels or as poster paint depending on the pressure you apply. There are metallic, neon, and basic colors, and now fabric and textile Playcolor sticks as well!
Alecia: We can now trace to transfer and make Lino prints at the same time! Make these prints even more fantastic with Jack Richeson’s new Solucryl Resoluble Acrylic Paint. You can let it dry and re-wet it without diluting to bring it back to its liquid state!
Alecia: We all know our favorite “Getting to Know Artist series” of books and DVDs, but did you know they also have a “Getting To Know All About Art” series? Concepts are organized within chapters for quick and easy viewing. This set can be purchased individually or as a set: Line in Art, Color in Art, Shape & Form in Art.
Alecia: Learning coding and computer programming can be fun! At Sean Justice’s session. He teaches creative programming for art teachers at Columbia in New York. Two of my favorite quotes from his session:
“Technology: a tool to engage with your environment”
Sarah: Conferencing can be invigorating and exhausting all at the same time. Must haves for navigating the conference: comfortable shoes, water, a big bag for carrying swag, and the AOE couches for a quick rest!
Derek: Good news readers, we’re going to be giving away 3 “Keep Calm and Teach Art” T-shirts – not at the convention… but right here! If you’re reading this, you can win! All you have to do is leave a comment or question about the convention below this post, and you’re entered to win! We’ll choose three random winners, and send your t-shirt via mail! (remember to log-in when leaving your comment so we can contact you if/when you win!
Jessica: I sit down to a presentation and my heart immediately fell as I sat in the chair, 5 minutes late. The presenters were reading every single word in a monotone voice, behind the podium, hardly looking up.
I give it a chance for 5 more minutes. The information is quite good, so I stay. (see conference etiquette 101 from yesterday). However, I thought one of the no-no’s of presentation delivery says “Don’t read” – The flip side, is they can cram in so much more detailed information by reading. They don’t forget anything, but the passion is lacking. Is passion a key element to any good presentation? Does reading your entire 50 minute presentation lack the gusto needed to engage an audience?
Sarah: As promised, we are bringing you the best of the swag. Teachers are taking home full size samples, books, flash drives, buttons, and bags to carry it all home. Hope they left space in their suitcases!
Jessica: Blogger Meet and Greet! Great people – so glad we could all engage in-person.
Jessica: I am so impressed with students from my alma mater, as I watched them present with their professor, Lea Lovelace on “Using a Critical Eye When Looking at Pinterest and Social Media.” Preservice teachers entering the field of art education AND elementary educators who want to incorporate art into their curriculum don’t always know the “Good” from the “Bad” when it comes to looking at resources. We can easily “pin” something and not really understand what it means for the artistic process, or what the actual artistic learning targets are.
This is a great question for all of us to ponder as we find ‘Cute’ lessons around the web. Just because something is “on pinterest” doesn’t mean it’s necessarily good. Great job ladies!
Jessica: Seeing Deborah Butterfield speak today, meeting her in person and having my book signed was one of the highlights of the conference. She was delightful and her process and body of work’s evolution over time is fascinating. This also captures me personally because I took my students to see her sculptures every year at the local art center. She was running behind in finishing up her speech, and asked a full crowd, do you need to get somewhere? NO! We all yelled. How could you leave?
The website just went up yesterday. Phil just announced it to us today!
It offers a library of high quality educational visual art videos accessible to educators without having to go through YouTube. You can supplement and reinforce your teaching while cutting your research time.
You can also create assignments for your students, view videos and see printouts to help with the fundamentals as well as creative thinking. Printouts are available to help you create value exercises, draw a circle without a compass and more.
The site also aims to help students let go of the end product and engage solely in the creative process.
We hope to do an in-depth review on the site on AOE soon!
Sarah: Great words of wisdom from Ann Bedrick’s session on student-directed and choice-based learning and teaching.
Jessica: Corral: the folding art horse is a neat product for studios with little space.
Hopefully this post inspires you to attend more professional development opportunities in the future, including the annual NAEA Convention, the bi-annual AOE Online Conference, and AOE Online Classes.