|The view from the hotel in Naples, FL|
This fall has been extremely busy with travel, exhibitions, yard sales, and more, but the biggest thing has been the conferences. Over the past few years, Dave and I have been very fortunate to be able to attend at least two fall art education conferences each year, and this year was no exception.
|Working on the keynote for FAEA|
October found us in Naples, Florida presenting at the Florida Art Education Association's
Conference where we gave a talk about being artists and educators. We even tied in my analogy of teaching being a giant hairball
, and aptly enough we titled it The Artist, the Educator, and the Hairball
|Dave giving some directions during our workshop|
We also led a hands-on workshop on the visual journal, and had a good group of art educators engaging, reflecting, and creating.
|Dave's journal during the FAEA workshop|
Later in October, I presented solo at a completely new venue for a completely different audience. I was honored to present at the International Association for Animal Hospice and Palliative Care
Conference in Tysons Corner, VA. At the urging of my wife, who is a licensed veterinary technician, and a good friend, who is a veterinarian, I put in a proposal for using the visual journal as a means to cope with the stress and grief of pet loss. It was nice to present to a different audience on the power of art and the visual journal.
|The conference packet and my journal page for the IAAHPC Conference|
Dave was able to attend the West Virginia Art Education Association's
Fall Conference in Daniels, WV. He presented multiple seminars and hands-on workshops to a new audience of art educators. (Sorry, I don't have any photos.)
|A view of the mountains from the town of Breckenridge.|
And finally, Dave and I just got back from Breckenridge, Colorado for the Colorado Art Education Association's Fall Conference
, where we presented a keynote and two hands-on workshops. We stuck with the same topic that we used in Florida for our keynote, and we presented a workshop on opening up to creativity and one on the visual journal.
|Journaling in our room at the CAEA Conference|
It's been an awesome month of connection, and I've thoroughly enjoyed working with and inspiring not only art educators, but also folks in the veterinary field. I feel truly at home when I'm sharing my art, myself, and the power of the visual journal, and as a self-employed artist, I am now free to do more of this type of thing. I am truly grateful to everyone responsible for making these events happen, and allowing me to share my journey and my passion.
|Workshop participants priming the pump of creativity|
If you'd like to share in the journey, make certain to check out all of our upcoming events
. If you'd like for us to come to your school, your association, or your studio, please contact us
, and we can work out the details. We are always looking for more opportunities to share and connect.
|Dave gearing up for our CAEA keynote|
Thank you to all the board members and all the membership of the FAEA, IAAHPC, WVAEA, and CAEA for making it all happen.
|Art teachers just gotta make some art!|