We are pleased to announce that we have over 120 registered participants for fall conference! Thank you for your early registration! We will be able to accept further registrations and lodging without raising the fees, however workshops are filling and lodging on location may become unavailable. To get what you want, register ASAP!
Bart Vargas : 3-D Mixed Media Workshop:
I will demonstrate how I both teach students how to, and how in my own professional practice, I build polyhedrons out of everyday cardboard. Using this readily available, recyclable, democratic material, simple supplies, and easy to use templates downloaded from the Internet, we will build geometric mathematical forms that have been studied since the dawn of civilization. These geometric forms are a great way to connect the Arts to many other academic disciplines. From the natural world such as the crystalline forms of geologic minerals, to the biological anatomy of viruses and oceanic radiolarians, to the world of chemistry, and how these shapes help us understand the ionic bonds of atoms and molecules, and to the worlds of Art, design and architecture.
Besides referencing so many possible academic topics, building cardboard polyhedrons, and then designing or decorating their surfaces any way we choose, from drawing, painting, collage, assemblage, veneering, what have you… we can have infinite creative possibilities for fun! Participants may collect natural objects, found objects, or trash to incorporate into their individual projects. The cardboard polyhedrons will serve as a blank canvas for the artists.
Lorinda Rice, Curriculum Facilitator
Lorinda Rice is the Art Curriculum Specialist for Lincoln Public Schools. She also serves as past Co-President (2012-2014) of the Nebraska Art Teacher Association. Rice was the NAEA Elementary Division Western Region Representative and served on the NAEA Leadership Taskforce. She is a practicing artist exhibiting at the Burkholder in Lincoln, NE. Lorinda taught both elementary and high school art for 14 years.
Deborah Woracek, Naturalist
Deb grew up with her father serving in the US Air Force. Born in Japan, lived in Alabama, Georgia, Morocco, Kansas, England before moving to Bellevue in 8th grade. She was a certified floral designer (20+yrs.) before returning to college and becoming a Naturalist for Fontenelle Forest in 1987. Woracek has helped develop UNO's Aim for the Stars Math & Science Camps, is a certified Nebraska Master Naturalist, a storyteller, and serves on the Executive Board for Nebraska StoryArts, as well as the Executive Board for Nebraska Master Naturalists. She also knits, crochets, and is learning how to weave on her new Harrisville floor loom. Married for 39 years with a grown son, she now lives in Bellevue with her husband and 2 cats.
SCHOLARSHIP CONTEST FOR K-8 GRADERS
Use your artistic skills to create a 9” X 12” landscape drawing of what you dream of becoming when you grow up. Nebraska students in kindergarten through eighth grade are eligible. The Nebraska Art Teachers Association will select 12 winners who will receive $1,000 each. Winners will receive contributions to a NEST 529 College Savings Plan account. Sponsored by First National Bank Omaha. If you are an NATA Member and would serve as a scorer for the contest, please notify Debbie Kippley ASAP.