Breakfast & A Workshop

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Breakfast & A Workshop | An AENJ Annual Event

Saturday, January 20, 2018

Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church St., Middletown, NJ


2017 Division Award winner workshops: Alicia Bynoe, Elem; Larissa Danowitz and Morgan Devlin, Secondary


Breakfast & A Workshop 2018

Alicia Bynoe – 2017 Elementary School Division Award
Best Practice session: Brianna McCarthy Portrait

Alicia Bynoe began her career at Liberty Corner Elementary School where she has been teaching for 10 years.  She earned a BA and MA in Fine Arts Education at Kean University, and has been a member of AENJ since college.    During student teaching, she realized she loved working with elementary students because of their innate creativity, they learn through exploration, and are not afraid to fail.  Having this love for elementary art allows Alicia to tap into her inner child and develop fun innovative lessons.  The main objectives of her projects is to nurture confidence, allow students to develop a personal style, express themselves creatively, learn through self-discovery, and gain an appreciation for art.   Throughout her tenure, her students have been selected for the YAM State Exhibition, NJPAC Exhibition, won the Yo Soy, I am contest, Crayola Dreammakers contest, and annually she features their artwork in school wide art show.  She is proud to be an art educator and hopes that every student feels like an artist when they leave her class.

Larissa Danowitz – 2017 High School Division Award
Best Practice session: Adinkra-Inspired Pillows

The door to Larissa’s art career opened in the late 90’s while commuting to college. On route to Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, she passed by murals in progress and decided that was her calling. One day she saw artists working on the mural “Common Threads” on Broad and Spring Garden. This is when she decided to climb an 8ft fence to beg the artist (Meg Saligman) for work. The following summer she got her chance and assisted Meg on the mural, Philadelphia Muses, at 13 th and Locust. That experience turned into working for over 10 years with the Mural Arts Program and painting on over 30 murals in and around the city.

Her multifaceted background has afforded her a wealth of experience that is shared with all who come in contact with her. She enjoys traveling and lecturing as art educator and community muralist. She currently teaches at Overbrook High School in South Jersey and in her spare time, designs and paints murals for private clients and businesses. Larissa is a current member on the AENJ Advisory Council where she has the opportunity to share her enthusiasm for art and involve others in the process. Currently, she is excited about experimenting with new mediums such as video,wood, pottery and glass. Larissa’s role as an artist involve wearing many hats as she continues to create community murals and showcase her independent pieces.

Morgan Devlin – Secondary School Division Award
Best Practice session: “Cub-ular!”

Morgan currently teaches at Ocean Township HS in Monmouth County NJ. She has been there for about 5 years and has been actively growing the program along side other great art educators. She teaches Ceramics I, II, and III. In her courses students can channel their tactile senses and building/sculpting skills as well as drawing and painting techniques. She not only teaches students about artworks and artists but as well as how valuable art is to our lives and how they can translate it into any career path they choose. Morgan tries to instill in them a sense of creative self-efficacy.

B&W’s Morning Schedule
Saturday, January 20, 2018

9 AM – 12 PM

$20 Members

$25 NON-Members – we encourage you to bring a colleague who is not currently an AENJ member!

9-9:45 Breakfast and Networking

9:45-11:45 Workshop – Choose one of the three lessons being presented to participate in

11:45-12 Clean-Up, Raffle Prizes, Certificates and Handouts