I started off with the above slide of my power point. On the tables were different words from the list below. This activity is called Conversation Starter and was a way to get some discussions going about the art work shown on the screen. It will help students to learn the correct vocabulary to use when discussing art.
Next we did the activity You Be the Critic.
You can read about how well it went when I did it with my 4th graders here.
Then we were Curating with Postcards.
Blogged about doing this with my students here.
Then I did this activity that I had never done with my students. See the photo on the left for the steps.
Each person was given an envelope (with a number on it) inside was a postcard of a painting, tracing paper and different colored index cards. I posted the steps, on the power point, one at a time, giving people a few minutes to respond. After all the directions were given people grouped together according to the number on their envelopes. Then they had a discussion based on what they had written down on their index cards. I believe they were a bit surprised to find when they were grouped together it was because they all had the SAME postcard.
The workshop was scheduled for 2 hours and I am happy to say that the 4 activities I choose worked really well in that time frame. I was able to give out goodies from Faber-Castell, they also provided a door prize for both of my presentations. My suitcase weighed a ton with all the swag I packed.
Also gave out pins from the Art of Ed and included some info about The Baker Museum and Traveling Exhibits. To get the goodies I gave out, I emailed representatives from those companies beforehand.
My presentation on blogging which I titled Born to Blog on Friday was very well attended. I used the power point that I made for the Carousel of Bloggers that I was a part of at the NAEA in New Orleans. I did add a few informational slides that were helpful for actually starting a blog.
There was a lot of great feedback from people and I hope I inspired a few of them to start their own blog.
I really enjoyed presenting. I attended a President's Reception and got to mingle with Karen Noble, our outgoing President, and our new President Nicole Crane along with the other presenters. I even got this awesome certificate and a nice thank-you note.
And on another note- My niece, who is a math teacher up north, decided to Google: Storybook Character Costumes for Teachers and look what she found! ME in the second row! You can learn how I made that costume here and what book inspired it!
Thanks for reading!! Would love to hear from people who have presented at conferences. What did you present? How was your experience? Would you do it again?