TODAY’S AGENDA! More pages of notes and more on which to reflect. Looking more and more like that reflection time will be post-conference. We’re off at 6:30 AM to get in line for the cup sale!
Twentieth Annual Cup Sale
Coordinated by Richard Wehrs
Continue to build the NCECA Fund for Artistic Development, designed to provide opportunities for artistic growth through scholarships, residencies and programs, including the Regina Brown Undergraduate Fellowship, and at the same time build your collection. Purchases are limited to three cups.
9-9:30… Can’t decide!
K–12: Transforming Classroom into Gallery: Teaching Interpretation Using Live Conceptual Artwork
By Hannah Traynham
Push the limits of conventional teaching methods with this lesson in collaborative interpretation of conceptual art. Come interact with a live installation sculpture used to expand boundaries in learning. Transform your classroom into a gallery setting, teach your students to interpret and create meaningful artwork.
Lecture: The Old Weird Claymerica
By Garth Johnson
The 1960s and‘70s were a time in which ceramic artists challenged orthodox ideas of beauty. Artists like Clayton Bailey and Rimas VisGirda used humor and performance to skewer traditions and
Program. This lecture is devoted to preserving the“weirdness” that is missing from 21st Century ceramics.
K–12: Master/Mini Clay Class
By Doug Jeck
This session is modeled as a 45–minute class work assignment, from prompt start through clean
up. Participation is limited to 45 stations with materials provided. Drop–in observers are certainly welcome, but materials and time are finite. There is no late start for this. It’s a hands–on project that I’ve altered and implemented for graduate students, pre–schoolers, the homeless, the elderly, experts, and beginners, and is deceptively rudimentary. We will begin with a brief explanation of the project,“Kitchen Sink”, and some discussion about its parameters, applications, and modifications. We will end with a clean room and 45 artworks that evidence your radically varied approaches to the theme. My hope is that this class session will introduce different strategies for exploring clay and the infinite ideas and behaviors that orbit the stuff, as well as to produce an intriguing small exhibit.
Lecture: Boredom, Skill, and the Creative Act
By Janet DeBoos
We don’t think much about what boredom really is, other than that it should be avoided. But there are positive aspects to boredom – it can be cultivated as an antidote to a culture of“more”and “new”, and can be an essential partner to skill and deep creativity
Awardees / Honorees
Honorary Member presentations to Ruth Braunstein and Don Reitz
NCECA Excellence in Teaching Award presentations to Chuck Hindes and Jack Troy
NCECA Outstanding Achievement Award presentation to Bill Strickland
NCECA Regional Award of Excellence presentation to Jean Griffith
K–12: Dangling From the Edge of Technical Knowledge into the Precipice of Creativity
By Anna Wiehe
Through qualitative research, art educator Anna Wiehe discovered that although teachers envision art class to foster creativity, emphasis on technical knowledge took so much precedence that creative development was only an afterthought. This interactive lecture will explore how we can balance programs to teach both art–making skills and foster innovative ideas.
2:30 - 3 PM
K–12: The Relevancy of High School Ceramics: Change or Perish, We Are On the Edge
By Susan Hanley
Without fear you can integrate your ceramics program into the core curriculum and become a relevant part of the instructional plan of small learning community, multiple discipline education. Learn how to expand your lessons and become a major force. This is an exciting time for ceramics. Bring your questions.
GO SHOPPING at the Exhibitor’s Hall, collect posters, etc. Run back to hotel and drop everything off!
Teaching Ceramics Online?!
A watershed of trends and changes are occurring in college level instruction, often from pressure to develop innovative teaching methods. For years, I believed that it would not be possible to make the jump to electronic instruction for ceramics courses, however, I have found that hybrid online Ceramics classes are possible. This NCECA Connection will focus on the sharing of ideas for successful online ceramics instruction.
Openings at the Seattle Design Center
Dinner at the Space Needle!
Too tired, again, to write much, but boy, did I take a lot of notes today! Truly an outstanding and thought-provoking day at NCECA. What a gift it’s been to be able to attend. I hope to write more while I’m in line for the cup sale tomorrow. Meanwhile, enjoy the pictures.