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"Creata-Vision" NMAEA 2021 Fall Conference Oct. 23-24
"Creata-Vision" NMAEA 2021 Fall Conference Oct. 23-24

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"Creata-Vision" NMAEA 2021 Fall Conference Oct. 23-24

At Creata-Vision NMAEA Fall Conference Oct. 23-24 2021, be inspired to envision, create, and connect. Keynote Libya Doman will present on disrupting inequitable norms in art education. Due to extraordinary circumstances, our conference is shifting from hybrid to Saturday and Sunday online only.

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Oct 23, 2021, 8:00 AM MDT – Oct 24, 2021, 7:00 PM MDT

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About the Conference

The annual New Mexico art educators' conference provides quality professional learning for art(ist) educators in public and private schools, museums, community organizations, and institutions of higher education. As of October 4 this conference has shifted to online-only Saturday and Sunday sessions and events. 

Recorded Sessions 

All sessions will be recorded for participants to review throughout the 2021-22 school year.


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Be inspired to envision, create, and connect, with keynote, Libya Doman, leading us in a presentation on disrupting inequitable norms in art education. Due to extraordinary circumstances, our conference is shifting to Saturday and Sunday online only. Enjoy participating remotely from home or as part of a small gathering of colleagues in your area. More details about the offerings available online will be forthcoming. In-person attendees will have access to recorded sessions and are welcome to join the in-person audience for live, streaming, online sessions.


Keynote Speaker: Award-winning Art Educator, Libya Doman

Libya Doman is National Board-certified visual art educator and a cultural responsiveness facilitator. Using art and conversation as “mirrors and windows” to seeing ourselves and others, she designs and delivers curriculums, workshops, and keynotes to help educators grapple with topics that are often deemed “taboo.”  Ms. Doman is proud to have a degree from Spelman College; an HBCU. She received a post-Baccalaureate from Moore College of Art & Design. She earned her Master’s in Art Education and 2D Art from TC, Columbia University. Ms. Doman is an Equity Lead for her school. She has served as a professor at George Mason University. She was a member of NAEA’s Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Task Force. She was recently named VAEA Art Educator of the Year and VAEA Elementary Art Educator of the Year.

Professional Awards

Join your colleagues across the state and across educational settings when we honor and celebrate professional award recipients.

Annual Member Meeting and Officer Election

At the annual members' meeting, an online event, candidates will be elected to board positions. The official ballot should have been received by members by September 23, 2021.


Members save money when they register—just one of many benefits—so it wouldn't hurt to join or renew first! Here's the link to join or renew. You will need your member number to register for the discounted member rate. 


Cancellations must be received on or before October 18 in order to qualify for a full refund. Any cancellation after that date will not be refunded. Requests to change registration type from in-person to online will be handled as cancellation and re-registration.

Session Schedule Previews: 

We are extremely proud of the professional content available at this year's conference.

Press and Print on Moist Clay

Presented by Diana Faris, Kathy Skaggs

In this workshop we will make stamps to print and press on moist clay  slabs creating texture and color at the same time. Once slabs are  textured, we will build simple cylinders which can be modified to create  a wide variety of forms.

Shaped by International Contemporary Art – Discovering, Discussing and Dreaming it Up Together

Presented by Litza Juhasz

During this workshop participants will view and explore examples from  international contemporary geometric art. All of the works were  displayed at the Vasarely Museum Budapest in temporary exhibitions from  2018-2021. Conference delegates will discuss their ideas about the art  presented as well as participate in activities that have been used with  adults and children when they visited. All of the tasks have been  adapted for an online workshop. A brief amount of background information  about works will also be presented.

From Extra to Essential:  Effective Strategies for Expanding Your Influence

Presented by Hiep Nguyen, Stevie Ballow

Class sizes are increasing and budgets are dwindling. Why? Simple: a  lack of understanding and respect. But you can change that. Discover 3  effective strategies for using the Draw All You Can method to engage  administrators, teachers, students, and families in authentic artmaking  and turn them into your strongest advocates.

Break the Southwest out of the Golden Coffin!

Presented by Rick Shepardson

Is the golden rectangle a compositional device or a coffin? The first  work I show my Video Art class is the 1959 Walt Disney short "Donald  Duck in Mathmagic Land" It begins with Donald stumbling into a strange  world of numbers. Soon an incorporeal voice,  the True Spirit of  Adventure, announces Donald is in Mathmagic Land. The Spirit chronicles  the foundations of western mathematics. In particular, it describes the  Pythagorean golden rectangle's influence on western art; from the  Parthenon to Mona Lisa’s smile.  Donald  eventually tangles himself in  the  rectangle, struggling to conform to its "divine" proportions.  “Sorry Donald,” The True Spirit of Mathematics laments, “….we can’t all  be mathematically perfect.” Hocus pocus and mathematics justify  prejudice. Poor Donald is trapped in the golden coffin.The southwest  United States endures the same Euclidean body shaming. The golden  rectangle dominates chapters of cinematography textbooks. It justifies  paper thin portrayals of indigenous people by white actors with high  cheek bones and roman noses.  The result? Film students are trained to  frame their worlds through a Greco-European lens. How can they use video  art to free themselves from this golden coffin? They can blow it up.

In my presentation, I will share exercises I offer students that  question notions of composition and representation. "Adventures in  Flatland," "Adventures in Light and Shadow," and "Collaborations  with Ghosts" are visual explorations that invite students to explore  the motion picture like modeling clay and finger paints. Video becomes a  medium that can be molded by hand as well as light. Furthermore, I’ll  demonstrate the visually confounding Phenomenology Lab which encourages  students to gain a deeper appreciation for the own perceptions.

Get Published: The Best Advocacy Effort Ever

Presented by Nancy Walkup

One of the best advocacy efforts art teachers can make is to write about  their art programs to promote them. This presentation will share kinds  of publishing avenues that can be addressed such as magazine and journal  articles, blogs, vlogs, websites and more.

NM Contemporary Artist Martin Wannam

Presented by Martin Wannam

Martín Wannam (b. 1992, Guatemala) is a visual artist and educator whose  work looks critically at the historical, social, and political climate  of Central America, specifically examining its impact on the queer  individual. He focuses on the intersection of brownness and queer utopia  that uses the foundation of iconoclasm throughout the tools of  photography, sculpture, and performance for the constant evaluation of  systematic structures such as religion, coloniality, folklore, and white  supremacy.

Campus Outreach: How To Connect Your Student Body With Art and the Creative Process

Presented by Bryan Hahn

This workshop will explore opportunities to connect students at your  school with art and the creative process while being budget-friendly and  welcoming to all artistic skill levels. Outcomes include student  engagement with art and the creation of original art for your school.

K - 12 Teachers and those interested in Museum Education

Presented by Kemely Gomez, Shannon Bay, Joanne Lefrak, Chris Nail, Natasha Brokeshoulder and Elena Baca

Looking for resources for your classroom? Museums are here to help! Join  the Museum of International Folk Art, New Mexico Museum of Art, SITE  Santa Fe, Museum of Indian Arts & Culture, the Hispanic Cultural  Center, and the Georgia O’Keeffe Museum for a presentation on programs  and resources they can provide to your classroom including field trips,  interactive virtual options, activity kits and more!

Pinch Me! Different Methods of Pinch Pots

Presented by Natalie Aragon, Catherine Czacki

Participants will create pinch pots using their choice of earthenware or  stoneware clay to fire at home for functional pieces that connect to  cultural traditions. The pinch pot is the basis for clay skills.

SNAAP Insights About the Futures of Art Education Majors

Presented by Dr. Angie L. Miller

Angie Miller, Associate Research Scientist for the Strategic National  Arts Alumni Project (SNAAP) works with educators, researchers, and  artists to explore the meaning behind the numbers and more. She explains  the basics of SNAAP, summarizes some of the findings on equity,  specifically related to arts education, and shares plans for future  administrations of this valuable national survey.

Silent Narratives for Silenced Voices: Wordless Narratives in Art Curricula and Visual Art Research

Presented by Jeff Horwat

The speaker will introduce wordless narratives as a method for teaching  design, visual literacy, and doing visual art research. A brief history  of wordless novels will be presented before addressing different design  strategies, approaches used to create stories, and how these strategies  can be used to create narratives that explore, study, and research  social and emotional phenomenon. Lastly, frameworks for reading these  visual stories will be provided. Historical exemplars will be shown as  well as relevant projects produced by the speaker and their former  students.

NM Contemporary Artist Edie Tsong

Presented by Edie Tsong

Edie Tsong (Taiwanese American) is an interdisciplinary artist and  writer. Her collaborations Snow Poems and Love Letter to the World  invite the personal narratives of participants to transform public  spaces into intimate ones. Tsong has exhibited internationally and is  represented in public and private collections including the New York  Public Library and the Library of Congress. Tsong is a VONA alum and the  regional chair of Kundiman SW for Asian American writers. She lives and  works in northern New Mexico with her daughter.,

NM Contemporary Artist Sharbani Das Gupta

Presented by Sharbani Das Gupta

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The Art of Drawing Hands, Comparative Artistic Anatomy

Presented by Michael M Hensley

Drawing has long been held as the foundation of the visual arts and  drawing the human hand is arguably the most challenging of all drawing  activities. This session will provide an introduction into the elements  of drawing along with an overview of artistic anatomy and idealized  proportion. Participants will have the opportunity to compare human and  animal anatomy. The objective is to increase foundational knowledge and  to provide participants with a deeper understanding of the underlying  structure of the human hand. In a fun and engaging way participants will  learn the art of drawing the human hand.

The session activities will consist of interactive participation and  guided demonstrations. Participants will gain new insights into  concepts, and methods to improve observational skills, along with new  ways of exploring the correlation of art, science, and mathematics. This  is a fun and engaging way to explore the art of drawing the human hand.

Teaching with Your Mouth Closed: Replacing Concept Lectures with Student Team Learning

Presented by Mare Sullivan, Gwen C. Katz

Time to replace mini-lectures with more culturally responsive strategies  that allow student teams to experience “Aha! moments” as they develop  important concepts? Participants will experience one of these strategies  - process oriented guided inquiry learning (POGIL) - to discover how it  might work in their studio art teaching environments.

Drawing From Disaster - Finding Healing with Draw All You Can

Presented by Hiep Nguyen, Stevie Ballow

Isolation, insecurity, displacement, discrimination, violence -- to live  is to experience trauma. Give your students the tools they need to  process their experiences and tell their stories through drawings using  our innovative Draw All You Can method and “Trauma and Healing” drawing  cards.

Art Saves Lives: Art-based Social Justice Projects

Presented by Nancy Walkup

NAEA’s position paper on Art Education and Social Justice supports the  belief that art can provide a meaningful catalyst to take action around a  social issue. Come learn about art-based social justice projects you  can do with your students that have grown into National and global  efforts, such as Pinwheels for Peace and The Memory Project.

Expressive Image-Making

Presented by Mario F. Bocanegra M. & Scott Golem

Form is the backbone of art and design—from it flows emotions and  sensations when we observe a striking piece of art. Form allows artists  and designers to discover and apply a visual language to complex ideas.  Expressive Image-Making will challenge participants to explore an  open-ended creative process in which spontaneity through purposeful play  is more important than a ""finished"" product. Participants will learn  to study the “process” itself and ways of handling uncertainty to let go  of control. Each step in the workshop will set new questions and  possibilities as the creative process unfolds the unexpected. The  image-making process involves a wide range of found objects with  transparent, reflective, and porous qualities, which will serve as  agents to modulate and activate color, pattern, scale, texture, light,  shadow, and movement in front of the camera. This process will enable  participants to work intuitively and discover a visual vocabulary that  resonates with them.

Found Object Printing

Presented by Scott Golem, Mario Bocanegra

This workshop will turn 3-D objects into 2-D art through relief  printmaking using found objects to create unique imagery. We will supply  a variety of selected objects which are press friendly for participants  to use to create a free form collaborative printing experience that can  be brought back into their classroom or professional work.

Super Simple Silkscreens, Printing with Underglazes

Presented by Diana Faris, Kathy Skaggs

Have you ever wanted to try silk screening on clay but were intimidated  by the process? Help is on the way. In this workshop we will use common  craft store materials to make frameless silk screens to print onto clay.

Art in Behavioral and Mental Health

Presented by Audra J. Blea, Keith Legoza

In this session, I will explain how to implement art therapy ideas,  along with verbal de-escalation techniques in regards to  children/students affected by mental and behavioral health issues, both  in the classroom and in the community.

Algorithms in the Art Room - Replacing “Cookie Cutters” with “Recipes” for Authentic Artmaking

Presented by Stevie Ballow, Hiep Nguyen

Many young artists struggle with idea generation in a Choice-Based  Classroom; the lack of clearly defined project goals or process  limitations can be overwhelming. Discover how the addition of artmaking  algorithms (“recipes”) can inspire these students to explore artmaking  through the lens of problem solving and iterative processing.

Sketchbook Disciples: Connection in a Time of Disconnection

Presented by Jill Dooner, Cynthia Hanna, Michelle Sanchez-St. Andre, Elizabeth Olive

This session provides an exemplar of a way to foster collaboration and  art making amongst art educators through a collective sketchbook  exchange. Participants will be provided with an organizational structure  and shared outcomes, including viewing the completed works of New  Mexico art teachers done  during the COVID-19 pandemic.

NM Contemporary Artist Shel Neymark

Presented by Shel Neymark

Shel Neymark, b. Chicago IL, 1951, BFA Washington University in Saint  Louis, 1974, full time artist since 1974, resident of Northern New  Mexico since 1976. Presently I live in Embudo with wife Elizabeth Riedel  and dog Skippy. Ceramics and glass are my primary media, but I also use  light, cement and metal. My pieces have been installed in public places  and private homes throughout the United States. I made three large  outdoor public pieces in New Mexico that include large fountains,  sculptural elements, seating areas and landscaping: The Rosalie  Doolittle fountain at the Rio Grande Botanic Garden in Albuquerque;  Heritage Walkway in Artesia New Mexico; and Las Palomas Plaza at  Geronimo Springs in Truth or Consequences New Mexico. A fourth public  piece, Map/Mural of the Embudo Valley is installed in Dixon NM. The  exploration of color is a primary concern in my work. I am currently  working on a series of glass sculpture that explores the physiology of  the human body and on interactive pieces which use electronic  components. Participants collaborate to complete the pieces through  their senses.

Indigenous Culture and a Culturally Responsive Art Education Curriculum

Presented by Kelly Luzzi

The purpose of this presentation is to inform art educators on how to  include indigenous culture and arts in their curriculum in a way that  empowers the culture, educates students about the culture and does not  appropriate. Educators this opportunity will feel more comfortable  including their new knowledge into their own lessons.

"Body Mugs" After Paulus Berensohn

Presented by Catherine Czacki

Ceramicist, writer and dancer Paulus Berensohn created a highly unique  practice that firmly grounded his ceramics in his teaching. One of the  lessons Berensohn taught students was the pinch formed “body mug,” a  method of hand building that extends out of the humble pinch pot, yet  expands on the notion of a pinch form by creating a mug with a handle  out of a continuous piece of clay. The appeal of this form is the  challenge it poses, to think with the material, to slow down and create  something that potentially deviates from symmetrical or more  perfectionist strategies of creating usable ceramics. The “body mug,” is  both a sculpture, and a utilitarian object, that can also include an  intimate reflection on who the intended user is. Is it for yourself? How  do you hold a cup? Do you need to dent or mold the cup to suit a  particular way of holding? Is it for a friend? What can you reflect of  their personality, their way of consuming or holding objects in this  form? Berensohn’s lessons frequently ask a maker to slow down, consider  the stages of making, and follow some of the more intuitive and  idiosyncratic possibilities of working in clay, while also returning to a  basic desire within making art - play. This session will help  participants expand from the earlier pinch pot workshop, consider the  multiple ways working with pinching, which requires no additional tools,  and how this can be incorporated in the classroom. For local  participants, there will be an option to make and later fire a “body  mug” using donated glazes. For remote participants, a link will be  provided where educators can apply for an institutional request to  access Berensohn’s book with lessons on pinching, Finding Ones Way with  Clay: Pinched Pottery and the Color of Clay.

Japanese Ghosts and Demons and What They Can Teach Us about Being Human

Presented by Leslie Fagre , Kemely Gomez

Explore the world of Yokai, Japanese ghosts and monsters, to discover  themes relating to gender, social isolation, and confronting fear and  oppression through creative expression. A power point presentation will  introduce you to several Yokai creatures and categories (human and  non-human) and we'll share Yokai art projects for different grade levels  to use with your students.

Mixed Media Cyanotypes

Presented by Diane Lea

Using the 180 year old, highly-accessible, UV-exposure photography  process of Cyanotype, participants will explore the medium beyond the  creation of photographic prints and use it to build personal mixed media  collages and journal pages.

Wandering, Wondering, and Making: Creating Multi-sensorial Relationships with and in Natural and Virtual Environments  

Presented by Gigi Yu , Maria Aragon

In this workshop, participants will use wondering and wandering through  multi-sensorial experiences – smelling, seeing, touching, moving,  drawing, and assembling - as they interact within their natural  environments. In particular, walking will be viewed through the lens of  contemporary art practice. As we re-enter classrooms, we are all,  students and adults, responding to various forms of stress and  uncertainty. At the same time, the natural environment is a place where  we can heal, find relief, and create new meanings. By guiding through  walking explorations and experimentations and creations with found  materials, the environment, and drawing exercises, the workshop  facilitators will provoke participants to use their imaginations and to  see the extraordinary in the mundane. Through shared provocations,  participants will interact and create within their environments, and  share their experiences virtually using Padlet and large and small group  conversations.  Although this workshop is virtual, participants will  feel connected through the sharing of contexts and experiences.

NM Contemporary Artist Reyes Padilla

Presented by Reyes Padilla

Reyes Padilla’s paintings, murals, and site-specific installations have  sold to a variety of collectors and museums, including the State of New  Mexico, the City Of Braddock, Pennsylvania, and the Mesa Contemporary  Arts Museum. Padilla's installation titled, ¡Mira, Look!, was purchased  for the permanent collection of Explora Science Center and Museum in  Albuquerque in 2016. He has been awarded a fellowship with SOMOS ABQ. In  2019 he received the Distinguished Alumni Of the Year award from  Central New Mexico Community College. In 2021 Padilla was the lead  artist for New Mexico’s first permanent traffic mural. Born in Santa Fe,  Reyes Padilla currently lives and works in New Mexico.

Gelli Prints CAN Become an Art Piece!

Presented by Shirley Pelot

We will make gelli prints and use them to create a 2D piece of art that  you will have previously photographed and printed out in black and  white.  This lesson will be about values.  We will make patterns of the  b/w copy, tracing them onto our prints.  Then cut and paste to put  together our wonderful art!  

Collaborating with Communities: Equitable Practices in Theatre Season Selection

Presented by Ricky Quintana

How can we build more diverse and inclusive theatre seasons that reflect  the needs of students, align with the mission of your department, and  spark interest of audience members all while striving for more equitable  practices in decision-making? In this session, we will re-imagine a  theatre season selection process through reflection of ENMU's 21/22  Department of Theatre and Digital Filmmaking Season Selection Committee.

Green-Screen Photography and Animated GIF’s for Elementary and Secondary Art Classrooms

Presented by Justin Makemson, Emma Tietgens

This hands-on studio workshop explores the basic steps in producing,  controlling elements within, and publishing animated GIF’s through  available technologies and open-source platforms (including Google  Slides). Green-screen photography and GIF animation will be explored in a  way that is developmentally appropriate for elementary and secondary  grade-level student-artists.

Yoga for Creative Rejuvenation

Presented by Cynthia Hanna, Mary Durfey

In this session, take some to breathe, be mindful, do some stretches so  that you are focused for your next conference session. Taking a break  can also help to rejuvenate the creative process. These yoga and social  emotional learning tips and techniques are also easily transferable to  use as brain breaks for you and your students during busy school days.


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