Fall IAEA Conference!
What better way to spend your weekend than surrounded by close to 500 art teachers from all over the state?! The highlight of the conference was getting to hang out with MY middle school art teacher who inspired my career!
I kicked off the conference by leading a workshop on Roy Lichtenstein inspired self portraits captured on Comic Book Camera. It's always a bit scary presenting to you peers- especially when you are asking them to use technology, but the workshop was a huge success! The teachers got right down to taking their portraits and editing them on this nifty app before transferring to 15" x 18" sheets of tag board and outlining and adding color. To create Lichtenstein's trademark BenDay dots, we used a variety of stencils and honeycomb ribbon to get the desired mechanical look. Here's a finished product from one of my students...
The rest of the day was filled with workshops, food and fun! Saturday I presented one of my favorite lessons inspired by graphic designer Milton Glaser. The project is based off Glaser's silhouette portrait of Bob Dylan, but the goal is to simultaneously transform yourself into a character from Greek Mythology. It was a shame there another session right on our heels, because the participants (including my middle school art teacher- how cool?!) were so engrossed and didn't want to stop! I must say my students love this project equally- here's a few quick pictures: