The convention features many presenters and some famous artists too. Deborah Butterfield, has works in museums and outdoor spaces around the world. Her sculptures are unique sculptural forms based on horses constructed in wood and cast in bronze. The opportunity to see her in person and view her works will be worth the price of admission itself, but there is more. Terryl Whitlatch is a globally renowned creature and concept designer who has worked for Pixar, Lucasfilm Ltd., Walt Disney Feature Animation, and more. Can't wait to see her presentation and bring back some tips for our budding Design, Animation and Sculpture students. Jaune Quick-To-See Smith was born in the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation in Montana and is known for her paintings and prints. These are just a few of the glittering line-up of art super stars who will be speaking at the conference.
In addition to all the art stars I'm thrilled to meet many of the dedicated art educators I've made online connections with in my Personal Learning Network (PLN). Their talents and advice have enriched my teaching numerous times. I can't wait to meet them in person. A few of those I'm looking forward to seeing include Ian Sands from Apex H.S in North Carolina, Janine Campbell who teaches Middle School in Michigan, AllisonFuller-Mulloy who teaches in Chattanooga, TN, and Matt Cauthron an Apple Distinguished Educator who teaches in Southern California. There are so many others I hope to meet.
There is also a big social meet up on Sunday morning with many more that are innovators with technology and art. Craig Roland is sponsoring this event. He is the founder of the ArtEd2.0 ning network and also is Associate Professor of Art Education at the University of Florida in Gainesville, Florida.
So the next time you see me I should be lighter, brighter, maybe a bit tan, but mostly I will be INSPIRED by the Spark of inspiration that is the National Art Ed Convention!