Del Nero to present a workshop for National Art Education Association
‘Junk Mail Fish’ stresses the importance of reusing and recycling
EASTON — The Academy Art Museum’s director of ArtReach and community programs, Constance Del Nero of Easton, recently was elected by the National Art Education Association to present a workshop at its annual convention in Seattle, Wash.
“NAEA received over 1,700 presentations this year; selection relied upon scoring criteria for the blind peer review and selection process,” said Kathy Duse, NAEA executive services and convention and programs manager. “The peer review process ensure(d) each proposed presentation receive(d) three separate blind reviews that employ(ed) careful thought and consideration in terms of Statement of Purpose and Some of the “Junk Mail Fish” created through Constance Del Nero’s workshops are pictured. Outcomes, Organization of Content, Relevance of Topic and Impact on Practice.
“The caliber of this year’s presentations was excellent — making the acceptance of 801 sessions (approximately 45 percent) highly competitive.”
Del Nero’s workshop, “Junk Mail Fish,” was born from a request by the Midshore Riverkeeper Conservancy, now known as ShoreRivers, in 2012 to create an art project to complement its environmental science curriculum.
Del Nero designed a STEAM project that taught children about the importance of reusing and recycling, explained the basic anatomy of a fish and led them on a creative journey to design their own fish and collage it with unwanted paper materials.
STEAM is the acronym that stands for science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics, and represents a group of core subjects deemed most significant for 21st century learning.
To date, more than 1,500 local schoolchildren have participated in the program.
In 2016, Del Nero offered a “Junk Mail Fish” workshop at the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum in St. Michaels. Parents and children worked side by side on their fish. Del Nero wrote an article about the experience, which appeared in the June 2017 issue of Arts and Activities, the nation’s leading art education magazine.
Constance Del Nero, director of ArtReach and community programs at the Academy Art Museum, was selected by the National Art Education Association to present a workshop at its annual convention in Seattle, Wash.