Professional Development Day 2018

Professional Development Day

November 6, 2018 / 9am to 3pm 

For the twelfth year the Art League will be offering Professional Development Workshops for Art Educators/Artists. The workshops are being held in the art studios at the Art League of Long Island and can be contracted through BOCES Arts-in-Education Service, through which school districts are eligible for State Aid reimbursement. These workshops will take place on 11/6/2018 and run from 9am-3pm, at a cost of $140 per registrant. Light refreshments will be available, with a half hour break at noon- bring a bag lunch.

Registration for these workshops can be submitted using the Google form. When registering for a workshop, teachers must list their first and second choices, as space is limited and workshops may fill.

Workshop offerings:

Jewelry: Stamped Copper Pendant (Antique Spoon Pendant) – 184-AE-36
Instructor: Dana Neger Lagos
Beginner Stamping is fun and empowering! Release frustration in a unique "Metal Workout” by hammering metal into a lovely 3-piece circle pendant by repurposing coins, and incorporating your ‘word of truth’ with stamping! This workshop will examine the tools and techniques used for stamping metal; enjoy a day of Jewelry making with a bang! Hammer, torch, anvil, and polishing machine will be demonstrated. Walk away with an original pendant!

Mosaic Art – 184-AE-22
Instructor: Kelly Schulte-Smith
The possibilities for mosaic art are endless! Learn the basics of mosaic art such as cutting glass and/or tile, using a pattern to layout your design, we will be using non-traditional techniques to create a mosaic bangle. Tools will be provided; mosaic supplies include: beads, glass, tile, glue and bangle. Designed for all skill levels, beginners welcome!

Felting Fun! - 184-AE-23
Instructor: Justine A. Moody
Explore the modern possibilities of the age-old process of felting! This workshop teaches the basics of traditional wet felting by taking raw natural fibers such as wool and silk to create a wet felted flower brooch, small wall hanging, or various
vessels. Students will learn the process of combining fibers through agitation and compression to create a solid fabric with endless color and texture. Transform natural fibers into fabric and art! Bring your own towel and prepare to have some Felting Fun!

Monotype Printmaking - 184AE-27
Instructor: Stephanie Navon-Jacobson
Monotype, or the “unique print", is the most painterly of printmaking techniques making it ideal for artists who work in oils, watercolors, pastels or other graphic mediums such as charcoal and pencil. Encourage science and math skills through color theory and overlapping colors, measurements by changing the proportions of various colors when mixing, or through geometric stencils. Monotype may also be used to illustrate stories! Bring your enthusiasm and imagination to discover the possibilities of this spontaneous, expressive art form!

Sculpture: Mask Making - 14-AE-37
Instructor: Paula Feiner
Masks originated millennia ago and have been used in thousands of ways by many different cultures through history and have been used for rituals,ceremonies, hunting, feasts, wars, performances, theater, fashion, and more.
Masks are 3-dimensional sculptural objects that reflect ancient and present-day cultures. In this workshop you will use exaggeration, repetition of shapes, design and color, and your imagination to create a mask influenced by different cultures. Using additive techniques, you will build a sculptural mask with plaster cloth, cardboard, paint and found objects. This project can be modified for elementary, middle and high school levels. Participants must bring: scissors, hot glue gun, hot glue sticks.

Ceramic Wheel Work - 174-AE-35
Instructor: Gina Mars
Designed for those who have never worked with clay, as well as those with some experience; this workshop covers basic techniques of wheel throwing through demonstrations creating cylindrical forms. These forms will then be transformed into mugs, pitchers, bowls, covered containers, and a few surprises from your instructor. Students will also be introduced to methods of adding textures to wheel thrown work and the use of colored slips will be explored. Learn how to prepare the clay for throwing by wedging; wear "studio" clothes, leave the hand jewelry home (and bring your own towel!) Throw pieces in the morning, trim them in the afternoon! Decorative techniques will be also be demonstrated, as well as proper cleanup procedures for a ceramic studio. Additionally, students will learn simple glaze chemistry, kiln loading and maintaining a kiln. Students are encouraged to ask questions throughout this informative workshop.(Note: Finished pieces will not be fired, it is suggested that you make arrangements with your coworkers to fire your pieces at your local school district kiln.)

Zentangle - 174-AE-32
Instructor: MaryAnn Scheblein-Dawson
Zentangle® is a method of drawing beautiful complex looking images using simple repetitive pattern. The unusual designs evolve “one stroke at a time” in an unplanned yet structured way. Established artists can use the method as a creative exercise for inspiration. The added benefit is relaxation & stress relief, which come from directed focus -like yoga for your mind. Students can use this life skill to help them deal with stress through art. And since there is no way to do it “wrong”, it’s fail proof, which encourages even the most “non-artistic” students in your class. Zentangles are great for art journaling and once you learn the method you can create your own patterns, or “tangles” which can be used as a prompt for storytelling, mathematical patterns, grids and more. For examples see

Pastel Portrait Painting with Model - 174-AE-4
Instructor: Donna Harlow Moraff
Work from a live, costumed model and learn the immediate effects you can achieve with this versatile, exciting medium. Explore edges, values, color harmony, composition; and the various techniques and effects of pastel application. Special emphasis will be placed on draftsmanship and “learning to see,” as well as how to build color. Through demonstrations and in-depth discussions, our enthusiastic instructor will show you that pastels are fun to work with, easy to learn, and user friendly!

Teaching Digital Art using Adobe Photoshop - 174-AE-8
Instructor: David O. Miller
Learn basic techniques of producing digital art utilizing Adobe Photoshop. This one day workshop will cover essential features such as: digital painting and drawing tools, digital sketching, brush creation, color basics, using photography and much more. During this one day workshop students will paint a still life using both digital pen and ink, and oil painting techniques. Lots of helpful hints and shortcuts to teach this complicated application will be discussed. Space limited to six participants.

Many thanks to Blick Art Materials, sponsors of Professional Development Day 2018!

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