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8th Annual Conference for Rockland County

Visual Art Educators: Celebration of the Visual Arts
Date: Tuesday, November 5, 2013
Time: 9:30am – 1:30pm
Location: Rockland Center for the Arts (RoCA), 27 South Greenbush Rd, West Nyack, NY
Audience: Visual Art Educators K – 12
Cost: FREE

9:30-10:00am Registration & breakfast

10:00-11:30am Systems tour & studio workshop

10:00-11:30am Life Drawing: Session 1

11:30am-12:00pm Lunch break (please bring a bag lunch)

12:00-1:30pm Evaluating Your Art Students: Brainstorming Session

12:00-1:30pm Life Drawing: Session 2

Systems Tour & Studio Workshop

Educators are invited to take advantage of an interdisciplinary exhibition tour & workshop program based on RoCA’s current exhibitions. Systems is an interactive field trip program for school groups (grades 2nd - 12th) that explores the innovative methods artists employ to both create and view art. Students are introduced to contemporary art and then invited to respond to the work on view by creating their own art in RoCA’s studios. 

The exhibition Systems explores how artists use components and relationships within a carefully determined structure. Artist Penelope Umbrico’s work reflects obsessive research in an installation of appropriated photographs found online. Both Devorah Sperber and Bradley Hart use low-tech pixilation methods to recreate well known digital images. Sperber transforms hundreds of thread spools into handmade pixels that create unexpectedly cohesive images. Hart creates photo-realistic images that are segmented systematically using bubble wrap injected with color through syringes. Adam Schultz’s "Emoticon" is an animated cartoon set into motion by a bicycle powered by the viewer.  Used and found 35mm film is manually altered by Martha Colburn in both Media Project Spaces. Other exhibitions on view at RoCA include Thomas Lanigan-Schmidt's Mysterium Tremendum and Almost Everything: Elise Engler. 

These exhibitions illustrate a myriad of possibilities for art making and are on view October 20 through December 20, 2013. This interdisciplinary art program is offered Wednesday through Friday mornings (10:00am-12:00pm). Fee is $200 (up to 25 students), supplies are included.

Drawing the Human Figure
10:00-11:30am - Session #1
12:00-1:30pm - Session #2

Enhance your figure drawing skills while sketching from a professional fine art model. This life drawing workshop will begin with a half an hour of short, warm-up exercises followed by one long pose. The focus is on individualized instruction in a relaxed, non-judgmental working environment. Please bring your drawing materials and paper to the workshop.

Instructor: Dan Dugan

Evaluating Your Art Students: Brainstorming Session