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  • Area art teachers share learning experience at conference

  • Last week, Heather McCutcheon had the chance to share her tricks of the trade.

    The Herkimer Central School District art teacher was one of three Herkimer County art educators who presented at the 64th annual New York State Art Teachers Association Conference in Rochester.

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  • Last week, Heather McCutcheon had the chance to share her tricks of the trade.
    The Herkimer Central School District art teacher was one of three Herkimer County art educators who presented at the 64th annual New York State Art Teachers Association Conference in Rochester.
    “I decided if I was going, I was going to present,” McCutcheon said. “I was definitely nervous, but I got through it.”
    The three-day conference titled “Art is the Common Core” was attended by more than 500 art educators and featured 115 workshops and extended class sessions.
    Other local teachers also presented:
    • Donnalyn Shuster from the Frankfort-Schuyler Central School District presented “Everything You Have Wanted To Know About Youth Art Month.”
    • Jody Wilmarth Golem form West Canada Valley Central School District presented “Art History Based Lessons For All Ages.”
    McCutcheon conducted workshops on “Incorporating the Common Core Into Your Smart Board Lessons” and “You Are Going to be a Graphic Designer.”
    Though the room in which she presented her first workshop had about 15 seats, so many people showed up it was standing-room only, she said.
    “It was definitely surprising,” she said.
    Not only did McCutcheon teach, but she also learned a lot, especially in the iPad class.
    “I learned about the iMovies app,” she said, adding that she’s going to use it in her curriculum.
    “It’s professional development for one, and it’s just an important networking tool and just learning new information,” she said.
    McCutcheon then was able to bring that information back to other teachers in the district.
    “It’s kind of neat seeing where this is broadening all over the state too,” she said.

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