Please note that I am wishing to share my personal experiences at the convention to show what others can do with information I have gathered. Many art educators are unable to attend the national conference due to shortfalls with money or school activities. Information given out at conferences should be shared with all so we can stay up to date with current trends in art education. This may be from a personal perspective, but I didn't want to give the impression of saying, "look what I'm doing, everyone!" I merely just wanted to share the wonderful ideas I gave gained or have given.
We began day 2 with the vendors again, and yet again...ran out of time. The vendors at the convention take up a HUGE hall, and you need at least three trips with an hour each time to visit them properly. Vendors at the conference include: portfolios, materials/supplies, art travel, ceramic products, college/universities, curriculum, dvds/cds, fundraising, photography, posters/visuals, software, textbooks, and more! If you're browsing this, please share your favorite part of the vendors in my comments, or ask questions about any materials listed above. I encourage sharing of ideas, even with the exhibitors!
Next on our list: Our presentation on the "Crayon Box That Talked: A District Collaboration" was beginning! A few months ago, I shared a blog post about our school district's collaboration on the book "The Crayon Box That Talked" by Shane DeRolf. To see my previous post, just click here instead of searching my archive!
Sorry the picture is so dark, I just wanted to show how awesome it was to present with my co-worker!
After our presentation, we sat in on The New National Standards for Visual Arts: A Progress Report. I'm pleased to say that the updated visual arts standards should be completed and public by the end of the year, before 2014! I highly recommend you visit and download the NEW VISUAL ARTS STANDARDS UPDATE to inform your administrators on what's going on!
What's a better way to end a busy day? Visit an art museum! The special exhibit at the Kimball Art Museum was Bernini: Sculpting in Clay, and if you're in Ft Worth, I highly recommend it! Bernini's sculptures are amazing in detail, pose, and texture. I love looking at the ways he captures the folds of fabric, or the curls in the hair. I wish you can take pictures of exhibits like these to share the amazing details we see in the shows.
Lastly, I would like to share how awesome Ft Worth has been in promoting the arts in education. Flags like these were hanging all up and down the street promoting our conference and welcoming art educators from across the country. Thank you, Texas, for your support!