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View the "Back to the Future" issue of In Perspective as the Arizona Art Education Association gets ready for our annual state conference Nov 5-7, 2015 in Prescott, AZ.

Transcript of In Perspective August 2015

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    Ba ck t o S ch oo l A nnu al C on f er en ce I s s ue 2 0 1 5


  • All across the state we celebrate and savor the finale of each

    school year and look forward to the family and fun times in store. And then...the day arrives when it's time to return; refreshed and revitalized with the charge of inspiring and welcoming students of all ages. Our classrooms and offices transform from the empty storage of desks and shelves to the 21st century learning laboratories of best practices and purposeful planning for the new academic year. Along with many Art Educators across Arizona and colleagues around the globe, I reflect and dig deep into the past where I might find pearls of wisdom to carry me into the new term. My present challenges of administrative expectations, advocacy and engagement are greeted with fortitude as I find solutions and good attitude. Energized this summer by visiting fellow artists studios, I improve my current practices and pass along, what I intend, offers momentum for my students future.

    As an artist my reflections include cooler climates and

    collections of ephemera, photos, and special vintage boxes of memories. Layers of paint have become conversation starters for my new appreciation of the past. I visited an historical artists studio and the architecture inspired me to capture shapes and textures of sustainable fixtures in my classroom environment. Wooden bowls, woven baskets and cases with doorknob handles ground my classroom studio practices in old reliable ways. Less plastic. More meaning. The pristine organization of fellow artists encouraged me to clean out, clean up and showcase my studio in more order to demonstrate presentation of preferred qualities as an artist. Racks and holders serving as function and fun added clarity to my classroom assisting in behavior management and respect of materials. We all love that. The aesthetics of a broom, dustpan and a Chinese fan on a blue wall conveyed a message of intrigue and delight in me. The simplest materials; held in high regard. All of these may sound minor, but when the pressure's on to meet deadlines and new initiatives, I find that these adjustments keep the wheels rolling smoothly.

    We all value the art room as a sacred space and everyone

    who enters is regarded as an artist. I am inspired to elaborate on the pure imagination of every learner; encouraging them to draw their own conclusions about what they see and how it functions in their artistic expressions. Displaying materials, tools and techniques as works of art makes use of every interaction. Writing into my curriculum the traditional still life observational drawing for reverent contemplation, mixed with the contemporary practices of

    architectural stencils and straightedges, lay in my hands of instructional practices like the complimentary white drapery of the classical art making of masters. Remembering that the softness and comfort of culture, tradition and humanities offer learners, young and old alike, nurturing moments to relate and connect. Bringing in personal archives, photos and fixtures, share vulnerability as an artist with artists who are finding place as they gather insight into their own endeavors. I adjust my curriculum for the younger artists to offer structure in repetition to strengthen and improve their confidence. This is grassroots advocacy, when we send a student home beaming, with such a personal position of artistry. I brought in a new plant to my classroom. I build relationships through caring for these and other natural found objects and treasures. My students stop at the door before leaving and ask about the mini Djembe drum and the polished tigers eye stones in the nature table. We tell stories and share memory and meaning. I played all summer through professional development opportunities. It reminded me that the students in my classroom are not interested in how smart I am or how many books I can recite, but more importantly, where we relate; through playing, creating and connecting these are engaging strategies. I have developed a play day for artistic behavior practice. This is not a reward day but an imagination building day. We converse, laugh, compare, challenge and celebrate together.

    I wake in the morning new every day and wonder what it will

    be like, sometimes with more energy than others! Now adorned with these new pearls, through reflection; a summer well spent, my past is the present; a gift & I am prepared for the future. Michelle Lindsay I wish you the best year ever. I look forward to seeing you all At the 40th Anniversary Conference in Prescott

  • Back to the Future: Celebrating the Past, Present and Future of AAEA

    The 2015 conference marks the 40th anniversary of AAEA an affiliate of NAEA. Learning from the past helps us build a better future. This conference will allow us to reflect on the changes in "technology", "art-making", "advocacy", "teaching methodology" and "assessment" and how it affects us as art educators today and moving forward. Set in beautiful, cool pines of Prescott, Arizona Pinerock Camp and Retreat Center is the perfect setting for our conference. Pinerock will change the way you view Camp. Comfortable lodging, home cooked meals and spacious meeting rooms are just some of the amenities you find at Pinerock. The Journal Fodder Junkies will be our keynotes this year. Be prepared to be bombarded with ideas, techniques, and suggestions as you allow your creativity to take hold. The Journal Fodder Junkies keynote address tactics and targets: what are we aiming for? will address classroom methodology while their hands-on session visual journals will fuel your reflective side giving you techniques and tools for visual journaling. Throughout the weekend we will reflect on our past as an organization sharing memories and highlighting those who paved the way. We will honor our current innovators during our Awards ceremony on Friday evening and indulge in a Desserts of the Decades bar. And we look towards our future as they lead hands-on sessions or lectures inspiring us to go back to classrooms and try new things. Join us as we come together to share memories, create new ones and shape our future as art educators.

    We look forward to seeing in you in November! Tracy Perry and Sara Daffe 2015 AAEA Conference Chairs


    Visual Journal Station will be open 24 hours in the 80s cafe

  • Silent Storyteller with Michelle Lindsay: Participants will look at Beth Cavener Stichter's work and create a clay relief sculpture that communicates life's sometimes hardest emotions to share; hardship, vulnerability, loss, grief, and loneliness. Through texture, scale, proportion and contortion, Stichter translates her self Portraits through emotive expression.

    Adaptive Art Lessons with Jessica Soifer: Come play and learn! In this workshop you will learn how to accommodate for the special needs students in your classroom. You will learn how to make adaptive tools and create meaningful lessons.

    Meaningful Art Activities on a Shoestring Budget with Pam Stephens with Janay Wiggins, and Elisa Wiedeman: Come play and learn! In this workshop

    you will learn how to accommodate for the special needs students in your classroom. You will learn how to make adaptive tools and create meaningful lessons

    The Blau Reiter (Blue Rider) for Elementary with Beth Olsen: This workshop moves through the artists of the Blau Reiter: Wassily Kandinsky, Franz Marc, and Paul Klee, and their abstract art styles filled with pure, expressive color, fantasy, and symbols, with influence from music and childrens art. In this multimedia workshop, we will focus on using the art element color to express emotions, fantasy, motion, stillness, energy, and temperature.

    Mission Impossible - Vintage Polaroid Transfers with Jessalyn Carpino & Julia Miller: Thanks to the Impossible Project, we can now bring back instant film and the beauty of Polaroid transfers. Through this workshop we will teach you how to use your smart phones to print and transfer your instant film to create a beautiful vintage image which could then be altered in a variety of ways. A great project for both photography and visual arts classes.

    Grow a Mandala with Kelsey Mapston: Mandalas originated as a Buddhist practice to quiet the mind, symbolize unity with the world and focus intention. This workshop is an introduction to a meditative, inexpensive drawing project that teaches spacing and radial symmetry. Use any drawing medium and a concentric circle template to grow a mandala.

    New Century Tools with Mary E Odom: Utilizing apps on tablets/iPads and GIMP or Photoshop to create mix media pieces. Students take what they've learned when using technology and work with recycled materials to tell visual stories. Visit the Vendors: Each attendee will choose one "visit the vendor session" during sessions #1, 2, 4 or 5. Most of our vendors also have hands-on activities at their tables. This is an opportunity for you to sample new materials, meet the vendors personally and discuss any particular needs you may have in your schools.


    friday nov 6, 2015 9:00-10:50

  • Teaching Students the "Art" of Following Directions, the FIRST Time! with Veronica Vasquez: Special area teachers are pressed for instructional time and long to maximize their instructional time. If classroom behavior management is not in

    place- the learning will not take place. Creating a classroom environment that reinforces positive behavior, stimulates attention