Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Professional Development for Art Educators

Often, area art teachers get a special day to come to Cloud County Community College for a professional development day.  The art director, Barb Stevens, asked me to be the feature "career artist" for this event today in Concordia, Kansas, about 80 miles from here.  Eight art teachers attended.  I demonstrated a technique for them today, the "ins and outs" of using pastel on velour paper.  We had an excellent day. Interesting - that when polled, most of these teachers - DON'T get time to do their own art.  Having taught school myself, that is completely understandable.  Some of the regular class students dropped by to get a quick view of what was happening, but since this day was for the teachers, they didn't get to stay long.
I would have to say this is one of the most positive art lessons I have done in awhile.  The group was very friendly and fun!  They all dug right into the new surface.  Below is a small representation of the great work that was finished by them.  I will post my (2) demos on my next post.

You might recognize my gourds/pumpkins at the bottom of the photo.
As always, everywhere you go, you end up making some further contacts and connections. 
As they say..."What goes around....comes around."


Leann said...

What a wonderful day for the teachers. Full time jobs don't leave any time for personal art development, and it is so important!

Victoria on Okinawa said...

What a great successful opportunity you had. The photos are great too. Thank you for sharing your experience.