Theme: The Art of Design: Form, Function, and the Future of Visual Arts Education
March 26-28 - New Orleans, LA
The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world's largest art education convention.
General Session: Art
Local Artist Series: THINK / DRAW / MAKE: Bringing Works of Art Into the
Speaker: Thomas Mann
423D is metal artist and jewelry designer Thomas Mann's personal take on the mysterious event of how creative mental visions of the artist become a physical reality. His theory, directed principally to practicing artists, is even more revealing to art educators in understanding how to foster the creative spirit through process and why the role of Art Educator is one of the most important in society.
Workshop: Ready, Set, Design: Bringing Design Into the Art Classroom
Speakers: Tim Gunn & Caroline Payson
Tim Gunn and staff from Cooper-Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum will present a special version of Cooper Hewitt's Ready, Set, Design challenge inspired by Tim's work on “Project Runway". Participants in this hands-on activity will need to “Make It Work" through brainstorming, prototyping, and presenting solutions to open-ended design challenges under time and material constraint. After experiencing the design process, participants will be inspired to integrate the activity into their own art curriculum throughout the school year.
Super Session: The Works of Margarete Bagshaw
Speaker: Susan Gabbard
NAEA Convention Program Co-Coordinator Susan Gabbard presents the work of Margarete Bagshaw, and the new Pablita Verlade Museum of Indian Women in the Arts. Margarete's large monumental canvases honor the artwork of her mother and grandmother and are truly a testament to the significant place the women of her family hold in the art world—together they form the only documented full-time professional female painting dynasty of Native American women.
|General Session: Celebrating Our Profession|
Speaker: Dennis Inhulsen
NAEA leads the field of visual arts education. Join NAEA President Dennis Inhulsen and the recipients of 2015 NAEAAwards, to celebrate the leader within all of us!
|Super Session: Critical Making: Making the Future|
Speaker: Rosanne Somerson
Rosanne Somerson is a furniture designer, educator, and President of RISD. At Rhode Island School of Design (RISD), students are immersed in a culture of “critical making," in which the hand and mind combine to envision and create essential objects, experiences, and meanings. This session illuminates how RISD nurtures creative practice, from conceptual spark to finished outcome.
|Super Session: Art Education by Design: It's Everywhere!|
Speakers: NAEA Design Issues Group (DIG)
Have you ever said, “Students, look around! Art is everywhere…?" As art educators, we frequently use that phrase when in fact we may actually be referring to examples of design. How are they the same and how are they different? This session brings to life how design thinking is fundamental to art education and why it belongs in your art curriculum and classroom!
|Curriculum Slam: Assembling Comprehensive Contemporary Art & Design Curriculum|
Speakers: Olivia Gude, James Rees, Lydia Ross, Steve Ciampaglia, Nick Hostert, Catherine Muller, Raja Schaar, Ann Gerondis, Jake Myers, Madeleine Stern, Kate Thomas, Ron Wigglesworth, and Rachel Valsing
Join colleagues Oliva Gude, James Rees, Lydia Ross, and more as teachers from across the continent share curriculum in a fast, functional, and fun format. Curated by the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, each performative presentation introduces fresh activities and artmaking approaches.
|Local Artist Series:
Terrance Osborne |
This award-winning New Orleans artist grew up in the inner city and drew inspiration from his diverse and colorful social surroundings. With an underlying interest in art, largely fueled by his family, he was fascinated by color and worked with whatever materials he could get his hands on. In 1991, he received the guidance of artist Richard Thomas and was finally able to paint with passion and expression.
|Local Artist Series: Vision and Dreams: An Artistic Journey|
Speaker: Chris King
This teaching artist shares a variety of artwork and stories of his life as an artist and educator, as well as insight into his creative process and journey. He'd like to inspire the audience by showing that art is much more than the accumulation of technical skills; art is a language that empowers people to feel that his or her voice is important, no matter how loud or soft—whether it is written, spoken, painted, or sculpted.
|Local Artist Series: Expressing Personal Voice|
Speaker: Ann Schwab
Blending photography, drawing, and installation, this mixed-media artist explores processes of coping with physical and emotional trauma in her professional art practice. As an arts educator at the New Orleans Center for Creative Arts (NOCCA), Louisiana's Arts Conservatory for high school students, she nurtures personal expression and individuality in her students' artwork. Employing critical thinking strategies in her studio/classroom, she inspires her teenage students. Their work and hers will be showcased.
|General Session: Welcome Shoppers|
Speaker: Lisa Hoke
Over the past twenty-five years, Lisa Hoke's artwork and installations have been featured in more than twenty one-person shows and seventy-five group exhibitions. With her installations growing in scale, material multiplicity rules including materials such as zippers, buttons, chair legs, drinking straws, thread, wax, napkins, coffee filters, burlap, paint, clothing, windshields, car mufflers, webbing, chain, pipes, sand, dog food cans, baby food jars, champagne glasses, glasses, mirrors and most recently, cast off colored packaging. The session will focus on the process of moving an idea from its inception to a monumental site-specific artwork.