Del Nero to present a work­shop for Na­tional Art Education As­so­ci­a­tion

‘Junk Mail Fish’ stresses the im­por­tance of reusing and re­cy­cling

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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.

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