A lot of new business discussion will focus around service to our membership through the new board structure. We hope you can attend and then support the Youth Art Month Celebration at the State Capitol following at 2:00pm. Draft Agenda : Notify us immediately if you will be attending so we can plan for enough brunch items.
NATA LEADERSHIP HELPS OTHERS LEARN - ESU 11 Workshop
Report by Chris Dolan
The area ESU11 art teachers gathered on Wednesday the 4th of February, to have a day of pottery lessons and Raku. In the morning Scott Schwarz, Bertrand K-12 art instructor, gave a talk on the methods of Raku and showed a short clip on the process. He then talked about glazing the bisque ware in preparation for the firing. He then went out to start the kiln and while it was warming, Chris Dolan, Minden High School art instructor, gave a talk and demonstration on the potter's wheel. After she was finished, teachers divided up and some threw on the wheels that other instructors brought, and some glazed their Raku wares. Chris helped teachers to work out problems they were having on the wheel, while others just needed help. When finished they switched sessions of throwing and glazing. When they were finished there, they went outside to Raku with Scott. Everyone got to partake in this event. This was great fun because of the glorious day weather wise, and satisfaction everyone experienced with the end results of their Raku firing. A big thanks went out to Scott for hauling a trailer full of equipment!!
Photos courtesy Scott Schwarz.
Chris Dolan and Scott Schwarz are the NATA ESU 11 Co-Liaisons. Jan Jones represents all NATA members in the South ESU 10 & 11 Region.
26 NATA Members and 6 non-members submitted work for the state display this year. Please try to stop by the capitol during March to see the display and celebration put together by Jocelyn Reiss, Exhibit Chair.
March 21 - 2:00pm - Y.A.M. Ceremony, State Capitol Rotunda
March 21 - 3:30pm - take down show and package for distribution, State Capitol Rotunda
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