National Art Education Association

Conference 2012

Day One of Sessions: Thursday, March 1
(often there were about 20 workshops to pick from for each time slot)

•Icon Session: Peter Max, Artist
•Publishing as Art Advocacy •Hooray for Mistakes! How “Beautiful Oops” Can Encourage Creativity & Problem Solving •One Year of KindergARTen: A Collection of Art Lessons for Kindergarten

Peter Max
•Became popular in the 70’s •Lots of commercial art products: posters, t-shirts, etc. •Painted presidents and celebrities •Loved astronomy and wanted to become an astronomer •Has made over 1000 posters in the last 20 years

This airplane with his design flew for 10 years and 6 months!

He was on the cover of LIFE magazine and appeared on numerous TV shows.

Barney Saltzberg, author of Beautiful OOPS!
“The person who doesn’t make mistakes is unlikely to make anything.”

KindergARTen Lessons
• Oodles of ideas!

Dinner at a French Restaurant
Catching up with my art education professor and alumni from ISU....

Thursday Night Artisans Gallery and Hatmaking Celebration
Art teachers making hats, buying artsy stuff and eating popcorn. Do you see the crazy guy on stilts?

Friday, March 2
• Digital Storytelling with Young Artists • Featured Artist Talk: Janine Antoni • Approaches to Creating 3-D Sculptural Form: A retired educator’s perspective • “Eating the Other”: Research Lecture on Violence in Contemporary Art • Arts Day– One School’s Art Extravaganza (music, drama, dance, art) • Independent School Arts Educators Unite!– (a session to meet with other private school art teachers)

Janine Antoni
Janine is a contemporary artist whose work focuses mostly on process. She often uses her whole body or different parts of it, such as her mouth or hair and with them performs everyday activities to create her artwork.

She confronts issues such as materiality,

process, the body,
cultural perceptions of femininity, and her art historical roots.

In these works, she has formed a bust of herself from chocolate and a bust from soap. As part of the artistic performance/process she then licks the bust until the face is erased and washes herself until the face on the soap has dissolved. For Janine, the artwork really is about this kind of love-hate relationship we

have with our physical appearance.

Janine spoke a lot about the evolution of her ideas for making art and about how creativity is not linear. How do we nurture the creative process? Can you make an idea come? How is introspection a part of creativity?


Two huge exhibit halls were filled with every art supply vendor imaginable. You could try out art products, see demos, look at books and get free samples!

At the vendors, there were representatives showing off their products, sample projects exhibited, authors signing their books, and did I mention there were free samples?

Sculpture Ideas
This workshop was awesome! The retired educator worked with high school students to create “host forms” from cardboard. Then, they glued other objects to the host forms. In this slide, the students constructed their own “building blocks” from cardboard and then assembled those together. Paint was added to unify the piece.

Connecting with other art teachers..

.. having conversations for hours about the challenges of teaching art in the public schools, trading ideas and sharing stories…

• • • Object Renderings: Creating a series of art based on one object A Year with Art21 Educators: Case Studies and Conversations (using contemporary art in the classroom) Evocative and Provocative Pedagogy: Toward a CultureChanging Curriculum (by Olivia Gude) Super Session: In Conversation with Chuck Close A visit to MOMA ISU art alumni reunion

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Olivia Gude:
An Evocative and Provocative Pedagogy…
•Respects non-linear thinking •Engages students with the world •Allows students to explore vital issues in their life •Reaches students where they are (For example, altering the images common on street signs for students who are in Driver’s Ed) To make meaning in art, students should be able to evoke and share significant memories and arrive at fresh meanings in their art. (For example, creating art about school “horror stories”– a place where students can share their feelings about social/friendship issues) They should explore a wide range of aesthetic practices. How can students participate in contemporary issues?

In Conversation with Chuck Close
He was learning disabled and had a life long neuromuscular disorder. He was a failure in school He cannot add, subtract, multiply or divide. He couldn’t run and chase kids, so he tried to entertain them with magic tricks.

“Ease is the enemy of the artist.”

“Inspiration is for amateurs, the rest of us just show up and get to work.”

"Self-imposed limitations are always good to move you to a new place."

A Visit to MOMA

TASK Party (with Oliver Herring)
-a performance art experienceTASK is an improvisational event with a simple structure and very few rules. All TASK structures, the events, parties and workshops rely on the same basic infastructure: a designated area, a variety of props and materials (cardboard, plastic bags, pencils, tables cling wrap, tape, markers, ladders…) and the participation of people who agree to follow two simple, procedural rules: to write down a task on a piece of paper and add it to a designated “TASK pool,” and, secondly, to pull a task from that pool and interpret it any which way he or she wants, using whatever is on (or potentially off) stage. When a task is completed, a participant writes a new task, pulls a new task, and so on.

Walking through Times Square

SUNDAY: Time for one more session (about Altered Books as sketchbooks) and then time to return to WISCONSIN!:

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