June 6, 2016
Last week members of the New Mexico Art Education Association (NMAEA) attended the Summer Summit Workshop at Mesalands Community College. The workshop focused on developing and refining the educator’s artistic skills and to network with other teaching professionals in a collaborative professional development setting, according to the NMAEA website.
The workshop was hosted by D’Jean Jawrunner, Fine Art Faculty at Mesalands. Jawrunner is a long-time member of NMAEA and received the 2016 New Mexico Higher Education Art Educator of the Year Award. Joel Kiser, Fine Arts Faculty at Mesalands, also assisted Jawrunner with this event. During the workshop, attendees received a tour of the foundry, participated in some print making activities, and created resin-bonded molds that were poured on Friday. Some of the educators helped pour the molten bronze in the molds. A total of 15 K-12 and retired art educators from Albuquerque, Canada, Ft. Sumner, Santa Fe, and Tucumcari, participated in this workshop.