I was fortunate enough to attend my first Convention while I was in my first year of grad school at MICA-- both were conveniently located in Baltimore ([coincidental] score!). That first experience was invaluable and got me hooked. Couldn't financially swing it when it was in Seattle last year (as will most likely be the case for the next two years: it will be in Fort Worth and then San Diego) and I was in the throes of student teaching, ie: hair falling out, eczema covering my forehead, cracked tooth, and other stress-related pleasantries. But this year the stars aligned. While my school did not pay for me to attend, they were able to give me two days of professional leave, and for that I am grateful. Off I went, via Bolt Bus on Wednesday night after a day of teaching, to the city I so love.
Wednesday, February 29th, 2012:
I had a one-track mind when it came to my 10pm arrival plans: 1) hug my Hyunny, 2) consume Korean food at Woori Jip. Mission accomplished! I went to undergrad at NYU and then lived in the City for two years after, so it's still a second home. Many of my good buddies have picked up and left (sad face), but Hyun is still there to rescue me from Linsanity, hug me, house me, clothe me, feed me, bathe me, pamper me, and perhaps most importantly, make me laugh. And if all that sounds extremely intimate, well, it is! It's the kind of friendship that can only be borne from meeting in a dorm at the tender age of eighteen.
Thursday, March 1st, 2012:
After somehow managing to wake at 7am, I scarfed leftover rice cakes and got myself on a downtown D train. Waited in a packed line at Starbucks for some coffee as I tried to come to my senses (the funniest thing about going to a Starbucks near the convention site locations was that the lines were constantly packed with art teachers going to the conference-- they gave us huge yellow tote bags, so those were an obvious giveaway, but I was amused to note that art teachers are distinguishable in other ways-- funky glasses, painted boots, artisan-crafted jewelry, colorful attire, etc.), only to be greeted by this scene around 9am at the Hilton sign-in location:
|Art teachers en masse = sign-in hysteria!|
|My conference ID badge.|
I went to:
- Active Engagement in the Elementary Art Room
- Arts Infiltration! Better Visual Assessments in the General Classroom
- Questions of Identity in Art Education: Reflection, Reflextion, RefleXion
- Sew What?: Exploring Sewing and Textiles with K-8
Then it was time for lunch at Heartland Brewery with Lynn and her sis. Immediately after lunch there weren't any sessions that called out to me, so I went across the street to MoMA for the Cindy Sherman retrospective. Free admission for convention attendees, what what!
|Cindy, please make the rain stop. I'm cold and damp.|
Ok, you can stop giving me the crazy eye...
After my MoMA adventure (it was an adventure-- I swear, MoMA is always packed) I went back to the Hilton for one last session, but it was in a tiny room that was filled to capacity. I tried standing in the doorway for a bit, but I was just too tired for that. It was time to call it quits for Day One. Schlepped over to the Columbus Circle American Apparel where I'm sure I was judged for looking like a wet cat / hot mess and bought some shorts, in black, depicted on their website in this priceless image:
(If the model doesn't even look good in them / happy to be wearing them, who will? I wear them under dresses when the weather is warm so that when I am standing on a chair / crawling on the floor / dealing with gale-force winds during car loop duty I don't inadvertently scandalize the children.)
Then Hyun and I met at Whole Foods for a healthy dinner, only to be ruined by yummy chocolate chip cookies from Bouchon Bakery. Don't judge us.
Friday, March 2nd, 2012:
Stopped at Starbucks again, chuckled to myself about art teacher fashion again, and Day Two commenced. I went to:
- Challenges and Creative Strategies: Classroom Management in the Elementary Art Classroom
- Digital Art and the Primary Crew
- Ponder the Potential of Pinwheels: Projects Inspired by Pinwheels for Peace
- Break for lunch with friends Lynn and Emily at Maison
- Looking to Write, Writing to Look
- Artful Thinking and Visible Thinking at Work: Projects for Primary Grades Inspired by Project Zero
|Sepulcher (Viking Burial Ship), 2004|
|I love you guys! So bad.|
|We lookin' good. Just sayin'.|
Sounds goooooooooooooooood :)