This has been a big year for virtual conferences since many art associations have switched their formats from in-person to online. This year I'm virtually traveling to present in Georgia, Texas, Michigan, and Illinois to share a Keynote and presentations about our transdigital art and augmented reality. I also had the opportunity to host a Twitter chat for anyone thanks to the Grundlers who host #K12artchat
The Arlington Heights Library Art Show was canceled last May. I had all the banners ready to go already. They were just tucked away in my room all spring and summer long. When I returned to the building I decided to hang them in the hallway outside the art room. I know you can't come and see the art yet, so I took lots of photos and video to share it with you virtually. I even captured the augmented reality effects for the transdigital pieces. Take a look below or go to this link.
Fourth grade had a wonderful trip to the Art Institute of Chicago. We had a docent guided tour, lunch with a beautiful view, a chance to see Van Gogh's three Bedroom paintings on special exhibit, go on a scavenger hunt, and see President Obama's motorcade on the way back to school! Many of the teachers tweeted images and messages from the trip using the hashtag #drydenartic. I'll share them below.
3 resources that made this trip better:
The highlight of all highlights was this:
Last year I was out of the swing of things since I had to take time off tohelp my husband in his recovery from a serious injury. He and I both went back to school this year and with that came my desire to present at the National Art Education Conference in Chicago. Fortunately, my district supported the entire art team when we expressed our interest in this amazing professional development opportunity.
iPad Animation iDeas
The last time I did an elementary carousel I had a cozy little group around my table for each rotation. This time it was a ridiculously large group. My 50 handouts ran out after my first two rotations so I posted them below.Use this link to my ever increasing collection of digital art lessons online to find each iPad animation idea numbered below.
I hope this doesn't look like bragging, but I wanted to create a visual that shows the awards I've won in my career. If you knew my story of how I struggled all my life with painful shyness and was almost fired my first year due very much to my inability to step into the role as leader in the classroom then you too would see this image as an encouragement. I started to bloom as a teacher as soon as I took a step outside of my classroom. The sunlight of community and water of encouragement helped me grow in the soil composed of students who keep me firmly grounded.
Presentations I attended
On Friday morning I woke up at 5am to commute again into the city hoping to arrive in time to catch Janine and Cassie present on Leaving a Legacy. Their presentation was so inspiring. I was particularly touched when I saw that Janine included two slides that gave me and my students a shout out. So honored! But, I must say the whole experience was sweetened by sitting next to Cathy Hunt from Australia. I've been following her for years online and was thrilled beyond belief to finally meet her face to face.
When I first learned that I won the AET Outstanding Community Service Award I was so grateful not only for recognition, which is wonderful, but for the opportunity to thank the people in my personal learning community who have done SO much to support me during my struggles following my husband's very serious injury. My speech attempted to explain how my view of community changed dramatically from a group I threw ideas into to a place that wrapped me in kindness then I was incapable of giving. Then kindly held my hand while I worked on getting back into the world again. I've learned so much about love and selflessness while on the receiving end from my community. I spoke specifically of the financial donations, the catered meals, the cards of encouragement that plastered the hospital walls, the continuous comments via Facebook of prayers for recovery, and the many hands that reached out to lighten my load with sub plans, attempts at including me in things without adding stress, and not giving up on me though I was out of the teaching world for an entire year. It was so wonderful to see so many of the friends who played such an important role in sustaining me through my hardships. How humbling that they chose to honor me when really THEY (you!) are the ones that should be honored, emulated, and applauded. My personal learning network taught me what true community means.
My other DoInk Animation lesson ideas:
I wasn't able to attend theNational Art Education Association Conference this year since I'm on a medical leave to help my husband recover from a motorcycle accident. I had 4 presentations scheduled: one alone, and three with others. I planned on canceling all of my involvement and just watching the action from the sidelines this year via twitter. However, one of my co-presenters, Alice Gentili, suggested that she would present my material for me so that our presentation could continue. We had a plan to share about how our students' art experience is enriched by extending the learning digitally. I decided to take her up on the offer and put my thoughts together in a video format. She pieced my ideas in with hers in a powerpoint and played my video segment to the conference attendees (how cool was that!). View her presentation here. S0, even though I was far away form my friends in NOLA, I was still able to share my classroom with them.
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Part of being a good art teacher is advocating for Arts Education. I grew up without an elementary art teacher and have always felt that many opportunities for building confidence, self-expression, and understanding the world around me were missed because I didn't have a visual art specialist throughout my education. Keeping our art program strong and helping schools across the state develop stronger programs is at the heart of my advocacy. So, I hopped the bus to Springfield along with dozens of arts teachers from Illinois to participate in the very first Arts Advocacy day to meet face to face with the policymakers. I tried to capture the experience via twitter. Take a look:
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