Professional Development Day 2020

Dear Educators,

We are pleased to announce the opening of registration for Professional Development Day 2020!

For the 14th year the Art League will be offering Professional Development Workshops for Art Educators/Artists. Like everything else in 2020, Professional Development Day at the Art League will be a little different. The Art league is offering 2 sessions of virtual workshops in the morning and afternoon on Tuesday 11/3/2020. A lunch hour virtual lecture is included with all registrations. All Workshops take place via Zoom.

The schedule for the day is:

• 9am-11:30am: Morning Workshops
• 11:45am-12:15pm: Lecture: The Role of Creativity in Managing Stress During
the Pandemic
• 12:30pm-3pm: Afternoon Workshops

See below for 3 workshop choices, and lecture. The cost per 2.5 hour workshop is $60 per teacher, and includes the Lunchtime Lecture. Registration for the lecture only is $15. These workshops can be contracted through BOCES Arts-in-Education Service, through which school districts are eligible for State Aid reimbursement. CTLE certificates will be issued after completion of workshops.

Registration for these workshops must be submitted through this Google form, and are taken on a first-come first-serve basis. Teachers may register for both sessions of a workshop. When registering for a workshop, teachers must list their first and second choices for the morning and afternoon workshops, as space is limited and workshops may fill.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Andrea Manning at (631) 462-5400 ext 225, or by email at


Virtual Professional Development Workkshops for Art Educators/Artists 2020:

Indicate your workshop selections on this Google Form. Please inform the Art League if billing is to be submitted through BOCES or direct to participating teacher.

Instructor: Howard Rose
Morning (9am-11:30am), & Afternoon (12:30pm-3pm) Sessions

Calligraphy ImageCalligraphy is the art of forming beautiful symbols by hand and arranging them well. It’s a set of skills and techniques for positioning and inscribing words so they show integrity, harmony, rhythm and creative fire. Learn to understand the design of the letters, the tools, repetition and practice to get the hand and mind to work together. Starting with with a sharpened pencil, and graduating to ball point pen and marker. Learn the formation of the letters and practice the main rules of creating wonderful writing - example: angles, pressure, height, consistency, and
hand coordination. Observe Instructor Howard Rose demonstrate with a dipping pen and ink. This will be your start to falling in love with the art of calligraphy. Learn about the supplies and the technique, and where you can buy the correct tools and start your journey to loving the art of calligraphy. See Materials needed here.


Mosaic Art in the Style of Picasso
Instructor: Kelly Schulte-Smith
Morning (9am-11:30am), & Afternoon (12:30pm-3pm) Sessions

The possibilities for mosaic art are endless! Learn the basics of mosaic art using materials you have at home, while exploring cubism in the style of Picasso. Learn about mosaic materials and techniques from the traditional to non-traditional. Be inspired by the fractured perspective, and graphic nature of Picasso’s paintings to create mosaics with color and movement. Designed for all skill levels, beginners welcome! Find extended materials list here. Bring any material that inspires you! Materials should include a base (or substrate) material to create the image, and glue. These materials can be found around your house!



Polymer Clay
Instructor: Lesley Delia
Morning (9am-11:30am), & Afternoon (12:30pm-3pm) Sessions


Polymer Clay is a versatile plastic compound used by artists and craftspeople all over the world. In this introductory workshop students develop a basic knowledge of the properties and potential of polymer clay as an artist’s medium through a lecture, and
demonstration of a “cooperative” polymer clay cane. A polymer clay cane is a log of polymer clay that's made with a design that runs the entire length of the log. Slices from the cane reveal a design and all slices from the cane will have identical designs. The cooperative clay cane is a collaborative process for up to 10 students to create a complex cane from each of their simple canes. Registrants will receive an outlined lesson plan and full materials list for the lesson, and a recording of the workshop to
follow along on their own. Live workshop will include a Q&A. This workshop is a Lecture and Demonstration and requires no materials. Optional materials to follow along are listed here.


The Role of Creativity in Managing Stress During the Covid-19 Pandemic
Lecturer: Laraine Pincus, Ph.D, LCSW
Lunchtime Lecture (11:45am-12:15pm)


Those who care for others (educators, parents, health care workers, etc.) are facing many types of stressors as a result of the COVID-18 pandemic. In order to be effective in our roles, it is important to take a few minutes to think together about the ways to replenish and cope and support each other through this difficult situation. Dr. Laraine Pincus is dedicated to sharing resources with the community about how to decrease stress during this crisis. This lecture will cover the stressors people are experiencing, common responses to these stressors, mental health/wellness strategies, and art as a therapeutic tool in reducing the stress response.