Society of Decorative Painters -
1220 E. First St. Wichita, KS 67214
Phone: (316 ) 269-9300 Fax: (316) 269-9191
Hours of Operation: 8:30 - 4:30 Central Time, Monday - Friday
Contact list with Emails and Office Phone Extensions
What a wonderful time of the year. We all have a chance at a new beginning. Now is the time to begin planning those new projects. What will you do? Submit to teach in Wichita for 2011? Submit a project to The DP? How about planning some great beginner’s projects to get non-painters involved in painting? Get those paint rooms organized and paint, paint, paint! Our teachers are an important part of the backbone of the Society. Without you, who would educate and inspire new painters? Enjoy this issue of Teacher Happenings and if you have ideas for future issues, please let me know.
Happy New Year,
Society of Decorative Painters
I am looking forward to seeing you at the 2010 SDP Conference in Wichita! Online registration began on Tuesday, Jan. 5. We have many fun events planned such as the Opening Night Party, (from 7-10 p.m. on Monday, May 17), as well as one hundred terrific classes. Remember, you save money when you take advantage of Early-Bird registration. In addition, we are holding drawings for script money to be used at Expo if you are an Early-Bird, Newbie or Newbie Friend. See your Conference Special for details.
Teachers: please know that I am here to assist you with any questions or concerns. Let me know if I can help! Thank you so much for being a vital part of the Society and a member of our painting family!
Society of Decorative Painters
Business members DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel brush company want to help us recruit new members to SDP. With this in mind, they have generously offered to give a Decorative Painting for Everyone New Member Kit to every new SDP member. This will help all of us encourage new members to join our beloved Society! Each new SDP member will receive a coupon in their membership packet good for one kit. The free Decorative Painting for Everyone Kit includes:
Warmest thanks to DecoArt and Royal & Langnickel! Imagine how much easier this will make recruiting new members. Now, let’s all get out there and spread the word to newbies about SDP and this fun offer!(Back to Top)
By Nancy Genetti, SDP President Recently I had the pleasure of being seminar chair for a chapter that hosted Sandy Aubuchon. What a pleasure. Sandy is a delightful teacher and person. She told me a story I would like to pass on. What an inspiration!
Sandy has been a decorative painting teacher for many years. She has traveled to many countries and almost every state in the United States. According to Sandy, decorative painting has paid for her children's educations and her home. This dedicated artist decided it was time to give back for all the good things decorative painting has brought to her life. She decided to charge a only a minimal daily fee for seminars and presently several companies pick up some of her travel expenses, making her seminars affordable for even small chapters.
Sandy says she feels that one of the reasons she has done so well travel teaching is that she teaches many different styles of painting. It so appealing for painters to try something they’ve never done before and it levels the playing field, (everyone is a beginner when it comes to new techniques!). Plus everyone loves to try new colors, or learn about a particular style or technique with which they are not familiar. Research different styles and teach something new. This will increase your chances of success. There is so much to learn in decorative painting—from strokework to portraits—that you can never learn it all … but you can try!
A long time ago, when Sandy wanted to publish a book, Bette Byrd MDA helped her get started. All Bette asked in return was that when Sandy was successful, that she turn around and help others. And has Sandy done this many times over. If you have questions for Sandy, you may contact her at email@example.com(Back to Top)
Check out this terrific class for teachers that is being offered at the 2010 SDP Conference in Wichita!
Teacher Development Program 2010
8 a.m. to noon, Tuesday, May 18th
Instructors: Priscilla Hauser MDA and Georgia Magarrell TDA
Fee: $40 (There is an additional fee to order the TDP Manual)
Paint a fun project to introduce decorative painting to the beginner painter. Learn these wonderful teaching tips and methods to help you inspire beginners while you become the best teacher you can be! You do not have to register for SDP Conference to attend this class.
Priscilla Hauser MDA will share how to attract beginner painters and keep students. Georgia Magarrell TDA will share tips on copyrights and how to progress through the TDP program to achieve your SDP teaching certification.(Back to Top)
by Sharon Teal-Coray It is morning. I am sitting in front of my canvas and I can tell by looking at the clock that I have been fiddling around here for a few hours. I have been sorting through some photos I took, looking at magazines, cleaning my painting knives, re-arranging my brushes and dusting. Yes, I said dusting! What is the problem? I had a plan for today, and now here I am wasting my precious time.
I got up with the intention of spending the whole day in my studio painting, and oh, what a glorious day to do it! The sun is streaming in my windows. The sky is blue. My laundry is done. The house is acceptably clean. So why aren’t I painting?
It is because the nuisance is back: the artists block!
Some artists say they never have it and don’t believe in it, but I am here to tell you that as sure I have ten fingers on my hands there is such a thing as a "creative block."
I think every artist will experience this at one time or another. You can be painting along with things going smoothly, you love what you are doing, and you finish a painting. The next time you sit down to paint it hits you. You feel like you have no desire to even pick up a brush, you can‘t even figure out what to paint, let alone paint it! What happened?
You have the dreaded block! I have discovered, however, that it really isn’t the horrible thing we think it is. It is just time for your brain to take a rest. Being creative takes a lot of energy—brain energy—and eventually your brain needs a rest. You need these down times, because they give your brain time to cultivate new ideas. So when it happens, just let it happen. I’ve tried to force it and just keep painting, but nothing I did helped and everything I painted looked like a kindergartener had done it!
I found that at these times, I just need to do something else! For the best results, however, I discovered that I need to do something that is NOT creative, something that is completely in a different realm. I like to clean and organize my studio or my kitchen. This gets my mind off the fact that I can’t paint. The reason I can’t paint, though, is because I have run out of ideas … period!
My mind needs to have time to come up with some new ones and once I have given it a rest, it starts coming up with all sorts of things. It is very exciting when this happens and a period of high creativity always follows this down time.
So there you have my personal solution for "creative block." Just don’t fight it. Let your brain relax and focus on something else. Your imagination will return with the great ideas you thought you would never have again!
Visit Sharon's blog for other art related articles.(Back to Top)
I am an SDP Ambassador in Oregon and as we start a new year, I will keep in my heart and mind the happy faces of children receiving treatment at the Shriners Hospital for Children in Portland, Ore. These smiles are the result of the more than sixty treasure boxes that were painted by SDP members all over the United States and sent to me to help fill our Portland area quota for 2009. I would like to take this moment to say "Thank You" to everyone who sent me boxes for this wonderful cause, and to pray that they continue to help us. The children love them more than you can possible imagine. What a wonderful way to bring a smile to a child's face during such a serious time in their lives. Thank you, thank you, thank you!
Help keep this wonderful program going. Please send painted photo boxes or shoe boxes to:
2485 SW Giese Loop
Gresham, OR 97080
The Treasure Boxes for Kids program: In 2006, "Ladybug" Jan McCraw approached SDP with the idea of a program to create hand-painted treasure boxes for children in hospitals. The SDP Foundation agreed to help establish such a program and a task force was formed. Many SDP chapters rallied to the cause and started painting boxes for children receiving care at Shriners Hospitals for Children. These young patients are often given small gifts to divert their attention from their pain. Treasure Boxes are containers the youngsters can use to store their toys and take them safely home.
The program has now spread to other continents, where painting is done for area children’s wards. Now that the program is well-established, SDP’s task force has met its goal. The program is now administered by Treasure Boxes for Kids, a non-profit organization registered in the state of South Carolina, by Jan McCraw. We enthusiastically encourage our SDP members to continue to participate in this caring endeavor. Chapter participation in the program meets the requirements for community service needed to achieve the annual Chapter Achievement Award. Painting Treasure Boxes can also be used as a way to introduce non-painters to decorative painting.
Information about the program can be found on Jan McCraw’s website at www.ladybugcreations.com. The program has an active mailing list which can be joined at http://groups.yahoo.com/group/TreasureBoxArtists/join.(Back to Top)
Teachers: would you like to see your name in print? Would you like to see your project featured in The Decorative Painter? The staff is always looking for new and exciting projects to feature in the magazine. You just may have the perfect new design to compliment the theme of one of the issues of The DP. Go to decorativepainters.org and click on The DP Magazine, then the Submit heading at the top to download the submission guidelines.(Back to Top)
Would you like to teach at conference and see your project featured in the Conference Special catalog? The selection committee is on the lookout for fresh and different projects. You do not need to be a "big brush" to teach. We need newer teachers to come forward as those who have taught for many years begin to retire. Go to decorativepainters.org and click on 2011 Wichita Conference to download the teacher's packet for 2011. The deadline for submission is June 16, 2010. We look forward to seeing your projects.(Back to Top)
Do you teach beginner students that may not have heard about SDP? Why not order some back issues of The Decorative Painter to give to them and inspire them to join? DPs are available by the case for shipping costs only to teachers and chapters for recruiting purposes. What a great way to introduce students to SDP, help them understand what we do, and show them what a wonderful magazine we have! Here are the details:
Have you considered enrolling in the Teacher Development Program? Those who complete the program are entitled to use the initials TDA, (Teacher of Decorative Art), and to say that they have been certified as a teacher of decorative art by the Society of Decorative Painters. The manual contains information on a diverse range of topics including identifying learning and teaching styles, classroom management, business management, and so much more!
Several decorative painting teachers and industry leaders contributed to this outstanding reference tool. The Teacher Development Program manual clearly demonstrates that effective teaching is a "learnable skill." Order your copy today by ordering online at the SDP website(Back to Top)
Are you looking for a terrific and inexpensive way to reach painters? Spread the word about your seminars, packets, and more with our most economical advertising option ever! Our 1/6-page, (2.375” x 4.875”), full-color ads in The Decorative Painter are now just $200 each when you schedule four ads. Create your own high resolution, print-ready ad or we can design one for you for an additional $30. Contact Dawn Kolaskey at (316) 269-9300, ext. 119 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book your ads today!(Back to Top)