2020 Conference Workshops

Workshop opportunities include hands on, lecture, and round-table discussion format in addition to engaging keynote sessions and time to connect with colleagues. Attendance verification and CTLE credit are available for up to 14 CTLE hours.

Over 40 workshops are offered with no advance selection necessary; a small selection are ticketed FREE (register for a supply packet) or for a small fee (extended hands-on). A few include supplies that will be shipped to you. Please read workshop descriptions and materials requirements/recommendations carefully prior to registering for Ticketed Workshops. Preregistered and ticketed events are not refundable. 

GENERAL SCHEDULE WORKSHOPS (No Preregistration Necessary)*

Complete Workshop List with Descriptions alt 
General Schedule Workshops are either 50 minutes or 110 minutes. Cancellations sometimes happen due to circumstances beyond our control. Workshops are subject to change without notice.  

*Materials list for hands on workshops will be available soon. General session are open to all participants--materials are SUGGESTED to participate fully in the workshop. 


Please read workshop descriptions and materials requirements/recommendations carefully prior to registering for Ticketed Workshops. To preregister for a ticketed event, select the desired workshop option(s) on the Preregistered Workshops section in the Conference Registration FormPreregistered and ticketed events are non-refundable. 

BLICK Art Materials Workshops
These two BLICK sponsored events are open to all. Material Packets will be mailed with our Swag Box to the first 100 participants who preregister. Preregister to receive your materials kit, and plan to attend the workshop session at the posted time. No tickets are necessary for entry. All are welcome regardless of whether you have the materials kit or wish to attend as an observer. 

Imagined Plants
With inspiration from Dr. Seuss, create a new plant "species" and imagine its importance in an ecosystem. These small sculptures can illustrate the physical properties of existing plants or be entirely new creations. Part ecology, part assemblage art, this Blick Art Materials workshop is full of STEAM.

Supplies Needed:

  • Bamboo skewer, craft stick, or strawStyrofoam block (this could even be from reclaimed packaging, but should be large enough to support the project, at least 2" x 3" x 3")

Suggested/Additional Materials: 

  • A collection of some of the following will be needed:Construction paper, felt, fabric, yarn, beads, chenille stems, wire, shredded paper, pom-poms, tassels, glitter glue, and foam sheets
Whitney Meredith, E, M, HS
Friday 2-2:50 PM
Preregister for FREE Materials (Limit 100)

Value-Added Fiber Landscape
Layers of simple cheesecloth are folded, cut, frayed, and bunched to create dramatic values, texture, and form. In this Blick Art Materials workshop, open-weave fabric creates values ranging from ethereal to opaque against a black background. Pastels may be used to add a bit of color to complete the composition.

Supplies Needed: 

  • Cheesecloth
  • Glue stick 
  • Black construction paper, or canvas board
  • Soft pastels

Suggested/Additional Materials:

  • Clear gel glue
Whitney Meredith, E, M, HS

Friday 2-2:50 PM
Preregister for FREE Materials (Limit 100)

Extended Time Hands-On Studio and Interactive Workshops
We are please to offer a small selection of Extended Time Interactive workshop opportunities to encourage personal and professional interaction in an expanded time frame workshop with limited participants. Please be sure to read descriptions and materials lists carefully before selecting an extended time workshop. Preregistered and ticketed events are non-refundable. 

Weier(s) A Little Different—Creative Intuitive Muses
Explore and create a whimsical muse reflective of your ideas, artistic talent, and personal style. Using the inspiration of Deb Weiers, we’ll paint, collage, draw, and PLAY! We’ll leave with a multimedia experience for the artist within, a class project that can be adapted to any grade, level, and resources that can be used to explore further.

Supplies Needed: 

  • A quiet place to work with little, to no, distraction. If you cannot find quiet, might I suggest the use of earbuds or headphones.
  • Sketchbook and pen/marker for notes or quick sketches of ideas.
  • An 18” x 24” canvas or watercolor paper. While this size is recommended, it is not a dealbreaker. Some of us do not have the workspace to support such a large canvas, or may not have that on hand at the moment. In this case, working on multiple smaller canvases or papers is fine.Do you have any of the Intuitive Paintings we did in other sessions? You could work on top of those!
  • Acrylic paints. I have used anything from Open Acrylics to craft acrylics to Fluid Acrylics. Use what you have. If you don’t have acrylics, you can substitute in any medium of your choice. Just be mindful that you want a medium that will allow you to work freely.
  • Brushes. It’s always nice to have a variety of brushes.
  • Large palette. I’ve used white paper plates, plexiglass, or even a piece of cardboard. (I say large, because the lid of a sour cream container is too small for this project.)
  • Collage paper, magazines, photocopies (You may want to cut out a few eyes, noses, or lips before the session...)
  • Paper towels, baby wipes, or a rag
  • Water container
  • Apron


  • Paint Markers/Sharpies 
  • Scrap 2” x 2” squares of matt board/ old hotel room cards 
  • Blow dryer/heat gun
  • Cell phone to record images throughout the process.
  • Spray bottle of water

Michelle Schroeder, E, M, HS
Friday 10 AM-12:30 PM
Maximum Participants: 30
Fee $15

Rising to the Challenge
Teaching students to develop their own ideas and use their own voice for works of art can seem difficult but adopting a series of challenges in which students explore materials, ideas, and their own creativity allows students to gain confidence and skill without scripted project guidelines. Explore a variety of hands-on challenges using simple materials as you learn how limitations can be the key to unlocking your students’ creativity; take it all back to the classroom as a template for creating your own challenges. 

Supplies Needed:

  • At least 12 small pieces of paper - 5x7 or smaller. Blank, unruled index cards are perfect
  • Black pen or marker
  • Colored Paper
  • Glue or Glue Stick
  • Scissors
  • A few other favorite artmaking materials
Eric M. Scott (Journal Fodder Junkies, Eric Scott Art Studio), E, M, HS, C

Friday 2:00-4:30 PM
Maximum Participants: 30
Fee $15

 Contemporary Art as Curriculum Catalyst
Join Dr. Marilyn Stewart, along with some notable, provocative, and kid-friendly works of contemporary art, to actively seek insights and ideas for K-12 curriculum planning. Engage in interactive response activities easily transported to your own online or in-person classroom and consistent with the NY State Learning Standards for the Visual Arts. Dr. Stewart was a member of the 12-person writing team for the National Visual Arts Standards and one of the four members who created the “Responding” standards. She is familiar with how the two sets of standards relate. She is co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art and author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, as well as Senior Author of the elementary and middle school textbook program, Explorations in Art, all published by Davis Publications. She will share with you her own process of curriculum development and how contemporary art and artists play such an important role in that work.

Dr. Marilyn Stewart, M, HS
Saturday 10 AM-12:30 PM
Maximum Participants: 30
Fee: $15

Acrylic Glazing: Animal as Symbol 
Explore and experience acrylic glazing techniques to achieve oil like luminosity. In this virtual workshop we will examine the work of contemporary artist, Greg Simkins. To learn and practice these techniques you will choose an animal to paint. Animals have been symbolic to humans throughout history. From Native American Totems, to Greek mythology, you will choose an animal that best represents who you are. (Pets are also an excellent subject matter; anything will work as long as your reference has strong value contrast). We will first learn to create a grey-scale under painting, and then learn to colorize your image using acrylic glazes, and finish by adding highlights. 

Supplies Needed:

  • Hairdryer—very helpful to dry layers (This is a multi layered process)
  • Brushes (various small sizes, small round brush for details)
  • Acrylic Paints: Carbon Black, Titanium White, Any colors necessary to colorize your reference image. (Suggested Palette: Cadmium Red, Cadmium Yellow, Ultramarine Blue, Pthalo Blue, Alizarin Crimson, Yellow Ochre, Burnt Umber, Burnt Sienna)
  • Matte Medium
  • 6x6 Gesso Board – Board is preferred because of its smooth surface, canvas would also work. (We want a small canvas in order to complete within the timeframe of the workshop; know your painting speed to select the size of your canvas.)
  • Pencil 
  • Small Spray bottle of water (optional) 
  • Reference image (In both black and white, and color)
  • Painting palette (paper plate works fine!)

Before Class Begins:
Prime your canvas with a grey mid tone. This can be achieved by mixing white and black paint (Start with white and gradually add black until you have a medium grey tone). Once your paint is dry, draw out your reference image using pencil. Seal your drawing by applying a layer of matte medium. When you apply the medium, dab it on gently as opposed to dragging the brush side to side, being careful not to smear your pencil lines. Once this is complete you will be ready for class.

Nick Napierala, M, HS
Saturday 10 AM-12:30 PM
Maximum Participants: 30
Fee: $15

Creative Painting with Gelli Arts Gelli Printing Plates
This is a guided workshop that will give you step-bystep ways on creating amazing monoprints using Gelli Arts Gelli printing plates paired with a variety of mediums on conventional and unconventional surfaces. We will cover layering paint, one-pull, color layers, stencil resources, texturing with found objects, color theory as it applies to the process, rescuing unsuccessful prints, and print use in mixed media. No matter your skill level (beginners to veterans) this workshop is loaded with techniques for using the Gelli Arts printing plate.

Supplies Needed:

  • Gelli plate: any size—you will get a coupon and $10 gift card when you register for this course (THANKS GELLI ARTS!)
  • scissors
  • stencil material- plastic lid, overhead projector film
  • sharpie
  • brayer
  • acrylic paints (any colors)
  • baby wipes
  • xacto knife
  • texture items- pasta, bubble wrap, stamps)
  • wood blocks- any sizes
  • scrap paper
  • overhead projector film sheets


  • paint markers
  • wood shaped like houses
  • plexi glass
  • fabric (white)
  • textile medium

  • wine bottle
Veronica Kruger, Jan Dylewski, E, M, HS

Saturday 2:00-4:30 PM
Maximum Participants: 30
Fee $15