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Painted Paper at NAEA Convention in New Orleans!

Want to know what happens at a 
National Art Education Convention? 

Hang on to your hats! First stop we headed over to the Convention Center for the first general session. If you are like me your past experience at the general sessions are hit or miss. Some speakers are fab while others are a little dry. New Orleans nailed it! 

Tim Gunn was in the house at this convention and he did not disappoint. In fact, his discussion type presentation was so intimate and inspirational you felt he was talking to you individually. So many art teachers were moved to tears because he inspired us so greatly. Tim Gunn we love you! 
Ok, time to hit the vendors hall. It really is the Mecca for art teachers. All the big players were there: Dick Blick, Sax, Crayola, Liquidex, Faber Castell, Prang and Elmers Glue to name a few. 
I love this eraser! It is huge.

Hands on Activities 

Building a paper horse 
designing a fabulous outfit out of scraps of fabric. 
 All types of notions!

Need a catalog to find art supplies?
Stop by School Speciality – Sax Arts and Crafts.

We created fun crowns while testing new products from Faber Castell 
and then stopped by their photo booth!

Here Ginger from Paintbrush Rocket and myself are posing with our crown creations!
Next stop is to choose a session. 
 Now this is where there is a problem.
So many great ones and so little time!
 Elementary Carousel of Learning: Teacher Art Blogs
Phyllis Brown of There’s a Dragon in my Art Room, Cassie Stephens, Sheryl Depp of Primary Art with Mrs. Depp, Jen Dahl and myself presented a fast paced session about blogging.

Nic Hahn of Mini Matisse and myself with our blogger buddy Don Masse of Shine Brite Zamorano. Don sent his stand in little Han Solo to keep an eye on us silly girls! 

Another session I attended was Phyl Brown’s 
 “Design Your Art Program to 
‘Say Yes to the Mess’ ” 

Even after teaching for almost 20 years we learned so many helpful tips from this veteran teacher! Awesome session.

Of course Cassie Stephens session was standing room only. 
Are you surprised? 

 Blogger buddy Amy Zschaber from
had a great session for middle school teachers. 

And of course our blogger meet up at the
 Art of Education! 

What great fun with some crazy art teachers!

Now lets head on over for some 
awesome coffee!

Loved walking along the Mississippi River.

Finally, there is the fun art and architecture 
through out the city and French Quarter.

Next, a visit to the 

French Market and Farmer’s Market. 

 You can find everything, even the
 kitchen sink! 

Lastly, the famous Blue Dog Gallery!


And of course 

If you have never been to the 

NAEA National Art Convention, 

hopefully you will consider it! 

What a terrific time to recharge your teaching batteries and gather great ideas
 from others in your field.

Hope to see you in Chicago in 2016!

Keep creating
Laura 🙂

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  • Reply
    Cassie Stephens
    March 30, 2015 at 11:43 pm

    SO MUCH FUN. And, based on how I'm feeling today…TOO MUCH FUN. Love your painted paperin' face, gurl! xo!

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    Paintbrush Rocket
    March 30, 2015 at 11:56 pm

    Very well illustrated Laura, you have a way of capturing the best of something! Makes me want to go back and do it again! Best time ever!

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    March 31, 2015 at 1:29 am

    Great photos! You can just tell what a fabulous time it was. Thanks for taking us on a little tour of your time there!

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    Mrs. Hahn
    March 31, 2015 at 3:02 am

    SO MUCH STINK'n FUN! I loved meeting you! Hope to do it again next year.

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    April 1, 2015 at 12:39 am

    looks like y'all had an absolute blast! thanks for the lil shout out, too:)

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    Christie - Fine Lines
    April 1, 2015 at 3:11 pm

    Thanks for sharing. Felt like I was there!!!

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    Daizy Cushner
    April 2, 2015 at 5:52 pm

    So happy that I was able to attend the NAEA conference for the first time this year 🙂 I really enjoyed your session on art blogging and it was great to meet you.

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    Beth Carter
    April 3, 2015 at 9:16 pm

    Terrific post!

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    April 8, 2015 at 7:43 pm

    Thanks!! 🙂

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    Mrs. Hahn
    April 13, 2015 at 6:15 pm

    Thank you for the inspiration: http://minimatisse.blogspot.com/2015/04/naea-15-elementary-blog-carousel.html

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    curtis03 Lewis
    June 3, 2015 at 8:17 am

    Fantastic photos! I am in love with this NAEA National Art Convention. This convention center is quite close to my home still I couldn’t attend this show. Actually I was quite busy in launching my new business. I would try to attend this art show in next year!

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