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2016 Tennessee Art Education Association
Professional Development Conference
Watkins College of Art, Design and Film
Dr. Deborah B. Reeve is the Executive Director of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), located in the Washington, DC metro area. Appointed in February 2007, she is charged with the stewardship of NAEA’s mission-‐advancing visual arts education to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding.
Michael Bell has helped students earn over ten million in scholarship offers over the past five years alone. Bell has produced 6 National Rising Star Award Winners in Art, the most prestigious award presented by the National Art Education Association (NAEA) to just one student artist in the country annually – all back-to-back, six years in a row. Four of the past five years Bell’s students earned over two million annually. Michael Bell has not only excelled in the world of education, but also in the art world, as a renowned American artist. Bell is best known for his narrative series paintings and for his infamous portrait clientele, which included the late John Gotti and numerous actors from hit television shows and movies such as the Sopranos, Goodfellas, A Bronx Tale, The Capones, and more.
Workshops at a Glance:
Claudia Lee - Handmade Paper Boxes: Students will learn to design and create a pattern for their box using handmade paper. We will cut out our patterns and learn the different ways they can be constructed and embellished with stitching and collage. These boxes will be very sturdy and functional as well as beautiful and fun!
Paul de Marrais, Painting With Oil Sticks: This workshop will get you started in a brand new kind of painting experience. Five years ago, I began learning how to make oil sticks and have created my own user-friendly brand. Oil sticks are oil paint in a stick form made of walnut oil, natural waxes and dry pigments. It's a great way to paint. You won't need smelly solvents and the mountain of gear associated with traditional brush painting. I will show you how to do both a traditional painting and also techniques that lend themselves to more experimental approaches. In the classroom, I believe oil sticks are an excellent way to introduce students to color theory, color mixing and many other key concepts of painting. We all share a common 'crayon' experience from our childhood and these sticks are the ultimate crayon experience but with rich color, creamy handling and the exciting possibilities of oil painting. I'll demonstrate and show how to create textures and effects with an inexpensive embossing heat gun. I will supply each artist teacher with a starter kit of oil stick colors and with ample supply of boards on hand. Come join me and you will be amazed at what you can create with these oil sticks!
Charles Osten, Jewelry Making: In this workshop, participants will create an 18” bronze Viking knit chain with end caps and clasp. You will also complete a fine silver pendent using PMC3 and learn of the similarities and differences to ceramic clay. PMC was developed in the early 1990s in Japan by Masaki Morikawa. The material consists of microscopic particles of pure silver or fine gold powder and a water-soluble, non-toxic, organic binder that burns off during firing. Success was first achieved with gold and later duplicated with silver. It is an awesome medium to work with. Come see for yourself.
Nancy Walkup - Bridging the Curriculum through Art: This hands-on workshop will offer secondary teachers a chance to explore culturally based ephemeral art experiences while making meaningful connections between science, language arts, and visual art. "The term “ephemeral art” refers to works of art that are not intended to be long lasting or permanent; for example, works made from paper. The approaches we will explore transcend the inexpensive medium of paper by the use of sophisticated techniques.” Workshop activities will include mono printing, paper cutting, stenciling, and photography.
David Gamble and Danielle McDaniel - Peep holes, Glazes, Firing and the Clay Lady: This will be an introduction to the Peep Show Competition sponsored by Skutt Kilns. Clay techniques will be explored and glazes will be introduced that can be taken back to the classroom and shared with students. There will also be a presentation on kiln firing. Here’s your opportunity to ask experts all your pressing need to know questions. The Clay Lady Studio will host an art show for the Tennessee Peep Hole Competitors in Spring 2017. Be prepared with the info to include your students.
Grace Eckert - Fibers for the Classroom: Participants will each make a simple loom (to keep) and learn to weave on it. Looms may be long for a scarf, or rectangular for a bag. Fiber project ideas suitable for classrooms and suggestions for tying fibers in with many enduring ideas will be discussed. Instruction sheets and help will also be available for finger knitting, Kumihimo braiding, rope twisting, paper basket making and many other fiber techniques that only require inexpensive and easily available materials.
Bryan C. Baker – Endless Landscape Book: Come create an exciting book-form that will have its’ viewers traveling through an endless landscape. The finished book will have over 16 feet of hidden and revealed landscapes. It is constructed with eight interacting foldouts and a uniquely designed binding stitch. The pages will proceed to switch back onto themselves very quickly; the beginning becomes the middle and the end magically becomes a halfway point. Making graphite rubbings from a shared collection of thin relief blocks will create the book’s interior. This curious book is truly fun and lends itself to experimentation and collaboration. Please bring a pair of tough scissors and an x-acto blade handle that can hold #11 blades.
Tatiana Potts - Dry point with Monotype: This course will explore dry-point technique and a variety of monoprint methods using Lexan. The beginning of the session will include an introduction to dry-point technique and the image creation on the plate. Then we will print the image and add the color background using various monotype techniques.
Baymont Inn and Suites
2350 Elm Hill Pike
Nashville, TN 37214
**Contact the hotel directly at 615.871.0222 to receive the discounted rate of $120. Reservations must be received by Wednesday, September 28. Any reservation received after September 28 will be subject to availability and regular room rate.
Hotel closer to venue:
Millennium Maxwell House
2025 Rosa L. Parks Blvd.
Nashville, TN 37228