Art educators from across the state brought their creative spirit to the Orange Beach Event Center this week for the Alabama Art Education Association’s Fall 2017 conference.
The conference is held in different areas of the state each year and was last held in Orange Beach in 2014.
“Orange Beach is our favorite location,” said past association president and presenter Susie Davis, an art teacher at Mountain Brook High School. “We see the largest attendance whenever we come here.”
In recognition of Alabama’s bicentennial celebration, the group displayed murals that were made at schools across the state in 2000. Lauren Fowler, chair of the association conference, said the murals were discovered in the state archives - only a handful out of about 100 were found. The murals were made by eighth-graders up through 12th grade at the time.
The conference started on Thursday and will wrap up on Saturday, Fowler said. Workshops are held throughout the conference.
Even after 24 years of teaching, Davis said she always learn something new at the conference. “Learning never stops,” she said.
As part of the 2017 conference’s theme, “Dali in the Dunes,” a drawing contest was held, with the winning Salvador Dali-inspired design being printed on the conference T-shirt.