Summer is a wonderful time to read and relax. It's also a great time to clean out the old and make room for the new.
At the beginning of June I attended CEDFA Summit XI in Austin, Texas. CEDFA stands for Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts. Every year for the past 11 years they have held a summit. This is the first time I have attended and it made me wish that I had been able to attend in the past.
In the course of two days I got lots of new ideas and information to think over and bring back to De Zavala Elementary. There were pre-summit sessions. I went to one on Fine Arts and Digital Literacy. I'm hoping to apply much of what I learned when school starts back up. We looked at Animoto and VoiceThread, Wordle and Artsonia.
I attended sessions for elementary art teachers led by Samantha Melvin and Nancy Walkup.
We used a two-part, self-hardening clay to create mixed media portraits. You can see my work above.
Nancy Walkup presented a lesson on Bento boxes. Nancy and I traveled together in 2008 as Japan Fulbright Memorial Fund Fellows. Bento boxes are partitioned lunch boxes. You can find lots of information and ideas for Bento lunches at Just Bento and Cooking Cute.
I came away from the whole thing inspired and thinking about what we'll be doing this next year!