This post is dedicated to my fun week at the SCAD Summer Educator Forum. I wanted to document my adventures in Savannah, but also give a peek at the program in case you are an art teacher that has stumbled upon this post that may want to go but maybe you weren't sure what to expect.
Honestly, I have been wanting to attend this program for a while. The main deterrent for me was always money as I knew I would be paying everything out of pocket. This past fall, when I was at the FAEA conference, I passed the SCAD booth in the vendor hall per usual and got some info from the table. I saw that there was a $100 off coupon on the marketing...okayyyyy. Maybe that was a sign?
When I got back to my hotel room I saw that one of the classes being offered was FASHION ILLUSTRATION! That was definitely a sign. When I returned from conference I registered for the SEF- and I am so glad that I did.
If you are 'always on a budget' like me let me assure you that this really is a great value. For the cost of registration your lodging is included. Now, it ain't the Hilton folks- it's a dorm, but it sure better than the dorm rooms I knew back in the day! You also get ten meals at the dining hall (which is right next door...many food options, and it's good!) They also had an opening and closing reception with drinks (!!) and passed hors d'oeuvres and I gotta say- it was pretty fancy. There are afternoon and evening activity options that add to the value of the experience (both monetarily and overall). Materials are included for your two workshops. Literally, you could just show up and everything you need will be there. Oh, and transportation while you are there is taken care of- and believe me, you will appreciate those moments in the AC...Savannah in the summer is hottttttttt!
(Left) I was worried there wouldn't be a shower mat or curtain- there was. I actually brought two small rugs from the Dollar Tree to put in front of the sinks. (Middle) The bed is a Twin XL so either pay for the linens from housing or bring some...and bring a nice thick blanket! The AC works great, and if you like to bury yourself in a blanket in a cold room then you will be in heaven. And believe me- you are going to want it to be cold. (Right) Pic from my room after I got settled in a bit. I planned it where I would get there early enough to unpack, shower and take a NAP before any planned events.
That first day is really just getting there and getting moved in. They had a general meeting for everyone at the art museum with a really inspirational speaker and then a reception in the lobby area. I headed out after with my roommates Jen and Heather to get pizza. We made sure to get back and get some rest for our first full day.
I just wasn't feeling it. I felt like this might be a better idea for October- the images just looked 'ghost-like'. Plus, I kept seeing all the pride flags for June and all that COLOR just called out to me.
So I just decided to change the theme, to go with something more colorful, to go with my gut. But I wasnt sure exactly what to focus on, like- what is the most COLORFUL theme I could possibly choose?
...and then I heard a little
voice in my head say;
And when 'Mama Ru'
speaks, you listen.
If you know me, then you know I love some drag queens- and I LOVE watching RuPaul's Drag Race. The costumes, the choreography, the makeup- I love it, every single sequin and 8-count. It is such an art form, and I really appreciate what they do. And I support Pride month.
So this month to my favorite queens from the show, starting from season one through season eleven. I am depicting each of the season winners along with some of my personal favorites. Towards the end of the month I will be including some of the 'All Star' winners and I think we all know who the final piece of the month will be;
Here are the first nine queens;
NOTE: I just realized I skipped over the season 2 winner! Sheesh! No shade, I promise- just an honest mistake. Looks like I will have an extra piece in there this month!!
Will try to get that one added tomorrow or later this week...don't want the order to get too cray. -JLG
So far summer break is great and I am LOVING every second. I told my husband I wanted to turn in my keys on the last day of school, jump in the car and go on a road trip- so we did!
Our first stop was Asheville to see our friend, Frank. He and John have known each other since elementary school and have stayed friends.
I claimed a spot at Frank's table to be my 'studio' space for the duration of the trip. At the time, I felt like I knew what I wanted to do for June- a series of my 'big eyed gals' (perhaps a version of my 'Butterfly Bellas') using white colored pencil on black paper. I had found a pad of black paper before we left for our trip, everything was packed. I was pretty sure that this is what I wanted to do for the month...until I wasn't. More on that in a bit, or maybe the next post...
On the way home we made a pit stop in Savannah. I'll actually be going back later this month for a week-long workshop and I can't wait! One highlight of the night (besides pizza at Vinnie Van Go-Go's!) was stopping by the Arts and Crafts Emporium. I feel like the name has changed (?) but years ago I actually used to sell my angel paintings there. I rented a small space and would re-stock my work there when I could, but it spanned the time that we lived in NC and even CA so it was a little tough. To me, if I made enough in sales to cover my monthly rental it was worth it- and I did that every month (!) and even had some months where I made above that, too. My biggest success there was when the owner of an event company from Boston purchased one of my angels, and then contacted me to create a HUGE order for an upcoming event she was hosting. It was definitely worth my time. Who knows, maybe I will try it again.
And THAT is how I started my summer- a fun road trip to the mountains with my man. We were originally going to head to Key West but I think the cooler mountain temperatures were just what we needed.
And I worked on my art BUT, I decided to switch it up after day four- gonna put that in the next blog post.
I am hoping that for summer I can do a better job updating my blog and get my final art pieces updated faster. Figure if I put it out there then maybe that will happen.
Well- surprise! Cat's outta the bag. They all were excited to receive their gift!
...and then I had some days left and I was trying to decide who I wanted to draw...and I didn't have to think about it too much because I looked to my immediate female support system.
Overall with this series it is overwhelmingly female. In fact- my original intention was to make it all female, but then I had two male seniors...and my colleague is a man. So I did make those exceptions, but the rest stayed true to my original intent- portraying those that inspire me, a large part focused on my students.
...just a gal trying to get this art out of my soul to share with the world on a DAILY basis...no big deal...check out my ramblings!-JLG