I just returned from the Art Educators of New Jersey annual conference. Each year teachers have the opportunity to join other art teachers from all over the state to take part in workshops, listen to guest speakers, talk with colleges and universities about portfolios and share experiences. This year I worked with my colleague to present a best practices workshop about AP Art Lessons and Strategies. Teaching an AP course can be challenging and rigorous and we wanted to offer other teachers the opportunity to network and build a community of support.
One of my favorite parts of the convention was listening to the artist William Wegman speak about his life's work. He credited his art teacher for the push he needed to pursue art after high school. His work can be whimsical,fun and even beautiful.