If you have ever contemplated attending the Annual National Art Education Convention allow me to share a little glimpse of why I think you should just "GOGH"!
#NAEA16 was held in Chicago March 17-20, 2016 and welcomed over 5,000 art educators from around the country and world! The annual professional development opportunity highlights art educational issues, teaching strategies, and innovative educators sharing their work. Each conference creates wonderful take away moments that you can gain from attending your state or National Art Education Convention that will provide inspiration for the entire school year.
#NAEA16 provided many moments that I continue to reflect on throughout the coming months. What does NAEA mean to me? The annual convention is an opportunity for...
Networking with #ArtsEd 's most Engaging Makers & visiting Art museums!
One of the most rewarding opportunities NAEA conventions provides is the opportunity to meet and spend time with the #artsedPLN beyond our online chats, blogs, groups or twitter chats throughout the year. My online community of art educators help to inspire and push my practice to new levels. The opportunity to finally meet and hear other educators you admire speak about their classroom is priceless. The first decade of my teaching career was long before social media and the ability to connect with other educators easily online. (I know what you are thinking...How did we ever survive before the twitter chats, FB art teacher group and Pinterest?!?) In the late 90's I was able to connect through the Yahoo Arts Educator groups and VirginiaPen. But, in the last decade we do not have to be isolated on our own curriculum islands in distant classrooms has vanished to being able to be constantly connected. Teachers can now go online to see flipped videos of teaching strategies, sharing techniques and a variety of lessons shared. Educators share through so many different platforms and it is inspirational to be able to really sit down and discuss ideas for the future of art education with my peers. Our society has quickly moved to being constantly connected through social media but the art of conversation is cherished when you can sit down to dinner and talk. I am grateful for the inspiration and most importantly the friendships developed through my #artsedPLN. I consider them my friends, my #artsed family admire and love them dearly.
The convention is three days filled with wonderful talks, presentations, super sessions, award functions, vendors and maker spaces! Here are a few of my favorite talks, moments and inspirations....
During the convention I was thrilled to have the opportunity to present ideas and lessons from my own classroom along a few inspiring members of my #artsedPLN.
Resources from presentations can be found below:
Middle Level Medley on Arts Integration Blog Post & Group Ideas on Cross Curricular Connections
China a Journey through Art: Prezi & Session recordings by Christian Parker Part 1, Part 2, & Part 3
Leading the Way: TEAM Middle : Prezi
The convention had a wonderful interactive maker space this year where NAEA educators set up a variety of spaces where we could explore new technology and innovative projects. The room was filled with a variety of educators set up at stations demonstrating 3D Printing, Animation, 3D Scanning, Sewing with conductive thread, and technology like the Makey Makey. I was intrigued by all the stations and loved seeing the room a buzz with people interacting with the variety of technologies. The hands on approach helps our students and teachers to see first hand how to put the technology to use in our own classrooms. Here is a list of resources from the Maker Space presenters: Thanks to Shaunna Smith! : NAEA Maker Resources
Chicago offers the opportunity to visit some wonderful art museums and public art spaces. My first visit to Chicago was for NAEA06 and I was thrilled to visit a city with such a great art collection. On Saturday afternoon I ventured out with many art educators to the Chicago Art Institute to see the Van Gogh Exhibit and a few of my favorite works of art. The opportunity to see Van Gogh's three bedroom paintings together was a crowded but thrilling experience. Beyond the Van Gogh exhibit I loved the opportunity to linger in front of American Gothic, O'Keeffe paintings and a the wonderful collection at the Art Institute. Hopefully my next visit won't have to wait until the next NAEA convention in Chicago! Chicago, until we meet again... thank you for the memories, inspiration and the view! I would love to hear YOUR favorite moment from #NAEA16?