New Website is coming!

Dear WAEA members,

We have great news – our brand-new website is coming soon! For the last several months your Communications team worked hard to transfer all WAEA current information and archives to the new platform. We believe that new website will be fun and easy to use. Unfortunately it is hard to maintain both websites simultaneously, and some information might not be updated on time.

We appreciate your patience as we work hard to finish that ambitious project.


Your WAEA Communications team

Call to Action: 2018 WAEA Presenter Proposal Form

WAEA is looking for presenters for both:

* The 2018 WAEA Summer Art Retreat in Tieton/Yakima WA August 5-8th and
* The 2018 WAEA Fall Conference in Tacoma Oct 5-6th, 2018

We are planning to have 3 types of hands-on session at the Summer Art Retreat. For this event we are mostly looking for presenters to lead Master Class Workshops (3 hour sessions).

We are planning to have several types of sessions at the Fall Conference. These include Hands-On Mini Workshops, Best Practice Sessions, Product Demos and Extended-Time Master Classes. Most Fall Conference sessions are 60 minutes.

Please complete the form below if you are interested in being a presenter at either or both of these two 2018 WAEA events.

Fill out the Form

Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month information is out….

2017-2018 WAEA-YAM Deadlines and Important Dates

Flag/Banner design – Due Date: Friday, February 2, 2018

Fri., February 2    Flag/Banner designs due digitally to Nancy Jordan at
March 2                Design made into vinyl flag/banner and shipped to national YAM chair in Wisconsin
March 22-24        Flag/Banner and YAM student artwork displayed at NAEA-YAM Museum in Seattle, WA
Fri., May 18          Flag/banner presented at OSPI High School Art Opening in Olympia, Washington, 1-3 p.m.


Student Art Exhibition – Due date: Friday, February 16, 2018 (MSD school district closed Feb. 20-24)

Fri., February 16     Artwork due to Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo, WA by 4 p.m.
Wed., February 28 Artwork judged by Schack Art Center staff, and teachers informed
March 1-April 16    Exhibition Dates, Schack Art Center, Everett
Thurs., March 8      Awards Celebration, Schack Art Center, Everett, 5:30-6:30 p.m.

Find out more on the YAM page

2017-18 YAM Information and forms (DOWNLOAD)

Student Succeeds Art (ESSA) Plan – Take Action!

All hands on deck! You are invited to provide input on our state’s revised Every Student Succeeds Art (ESSA) Plan. The public comment period is open until September 5.

For information and a copy of the plan, a link to the survey for input, and a summary document, please go to:

Also, you might be interested to know that ArtsEd WA has complied some guidance for arts educators when responding to the public comment survey. This information is located at:

Guess where Nationals are this year?

The 2018 NAEA National Convention will be held March 22-24 in Seattle, Washington at the Washington State Convention Center and Sheraton Seattle Hotel. 2018 NAEA National Convention Theme: Art + Design = STEAM

The largest gathering of Visual Arts Educators is being held right HERE in Seattle. If you are looking for avenues to grow as an art educator, inspiration, and premier professional development – attend the National Art Educator Conference.

About the Conference

The NAEA National Convention is an annual event providing substantive professional development services that include the advancement of knowledge in all sessions, events, and activities for the purpose of improving visual arts instruction in American schools. As such, it is the world’s largest art education convention.

The three-day Convention includes over 1,000 participatory workshops, panels, seminars for job-alike groups…research reports, discussions, exhibits, and tours…keynote addresses by world-acclaimed educators, artists, researchers, and scholars…with the opportunity to connect with your colleagues from all over the world. Each year, some 110-200 exhibitor booths displaying the latest art textbooks, high-tech software, prints, slides, curriculum materials, equipment, and programs, as well as the latest studio and art history media are made available for examination and review by art educator delegates.

It is a professional development opportunity to update oneself on the vista of state-of-the-art materials to advance visual art instruction in local art programs. All sessions and events are 100 percent content-oriented and substantively based. There are no non-content functions such as golf, sightseeing, shopping tours, and the like. Sessions are scheduled daily from 8:00 am to 11:00 pm.

Registration Information

Preregistration (through 2/15/18) | Onsite Registration (after 2/15/18)

Active NAEA Member: $175 | $205
Student NAEA Member: $115 | $135
Retired NAEA Member: $130 | $160
Guest/Spouse: $130 | $160
Non-Member: $235 | $265

3 Easy Ways to Register:

  1. The online convention registration system will open in late September, which will allow attendees to purchase ticketed events in addition to their registration.
  2. Fax/e-mail this form offsite link download Acrobat Reader including your credit card information to 703-860-2960 or
  3. Mail this form offsite link download Acrobat Reader with your check or credit card information to: NAEA, 901 Prince Street, Alexandria, VA 22314

No purchase orders can be accepted.

Registration and payment must be received by the published earlybird deadline in order to receive discounted rates. If not, onsite registration rates apply. Membership must be current at time of registration and throughout the Convention.

Hotel Information

Book your Convention accommodations at special rates, available on an exclusive basis. Below are our official hotels:

Sheraton Seattle Hotel – HEADQUARTERS HOTEL
1400 Sixth Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Grand Hyatt Seattle
721 Pine Street, Seattle, WA 98101

Hyatt at Olive 8
1635 8th Avenue, Seattle, WA 98101

Find out more here...

Award Winning WA Art Educators of 2017!

The Washington Art Education Association is pleased to announce and recognize the Award Winning Educators for 2017. From all the Art Educators across the State of Washington, these are the Amazing Educators that are Educating, Advocating, and Leading in Art Education. Congratulations educators and thank you for your service!

Art Educator of the Year: Jessica Holloway, Bellevue

Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Andrea Johnston, Tukes Valley Primary, Battleground

Middle-level Art Educator of the Year: Mari Atkinson, Olympic View Middle School, Mukilteo

Secondary Art Educator of the Year: Trinity Osborn, The Bear Creek School, Redmond

Museum Educator of the Year: Samantha Kelly, Tacoma Museum of Art, Tacoma

Outstanding New Art Educator of the Year: Emily Jacobson-Ross, Lake Washington

Art Administrator of the Year: Gail Sehlhorst, Seattle

The Washington Art Education Association will host a celebration gala in the fall, with location, date and time to be announced.

The Washington Art Education Association is affiliated, at the national level, with the National Art Education Association. The mission of the WAEA is to promote excellence in visual arts education, advocacy, leadership, professional development, and scholarship in Washington State.
The WAEA has more than 300 members, including Arts Specialists at every level, with arts representation from administration, museum, retired and higher education. There are 3 elected officer positions, ten appointed chairpersons along with past-presidents and president-elects who serve as the WAEA Board of Directors.
WAEA advocates for quality arts programing across the State of Washington and the Pacific Region by offering professional development, professional publications and other resources.

Congratulations to these award winning art educators of 2017
Gale Riley
Washington Art Education Association Awards Chair

Congratulations to this year’s Stuart Davis Memorial Scholarship recipients

“Congratulations to the 2017 WAEA Stuart Davis Scholarship winners!  Please look for their stories in our Splatter publication in the Fall of 2017.”  ~Marta Olson, WAEA Scholarship Chair

Hailey Fisher

Southridge High School

Kennewick School District

Teacher: Corrine Lechelt


Serena Lantz

Eastlake High School

Lake Washington School District

Teacher: Laura Flagg

Aiden Lee

Stanwood High School

Stanwood-Camano School District

Teacher: Gail Merrick 

WAEA Summer Leadership Retreat

Save the Date

August 8-10, 2017

WAEA Summer Leadership Retreat

Business and pleasure wrapped in an artistic package!

Event Starts: Tuesday August 8, 2017 @ 4:00pm
Event Ends: Thursday August 10, 2017 @ 2:00pm

Please Register by June 5th, 2017

Up to 10 clock hours available (FREE)

All WAEA board members, committee chairs, ESD and division reps… plus anyone interested in serving in a leadership role in WAEA is invited to this summertime business and pleasure retreat. Last summer’s retreat was a great event with lots of business, bonding and playing!

Business activities will include new leadership training/ orientation for any new members to the advisory board. This will include a review of policies and procedures for your role and how to access Google Docs and other board benefits and resources. As a team we will also write the new 2018-2022 5 year strategic plan and update WAEA policies/procedures and the annual WAEA budget. ESD and Division reps will brainstorm outreach ideas. The Co-Presidents will share out info from our Pacific Region Leadership Conference.

Pleasure activities will include art making workshop, sight-seeing trips,  ghost-hunting, wine-tasting and karaoke!

GOLDEN Paint workshop with Barbara De Pirro : Mixed Media

An hour workshop/lecture all levels and backgrounds; from painters, mixed media, fiber to sculptural artists……ideas for all! presentation covers a wide variety of techniques for use in a wide range of media. Learn about paints and mediums, including Watercolors. Gain an understanding of each product and their different attributes. Learn how to make the right choices in grounds and paints for the best intended application. Learn what to put under paint, and how to create washes, stains, and collage. We also cover the use of stencils, paint markers, pastels, and pencils, as well as the creation of encaustic-like effects. This is a great place for beginners and experienced artists alike to learn new techniques and be inspired by innovative applications. Attendees will receive Information packets & free samples.

Fort Worden

Port Townsend, WA

Accommodations are dorm rooms with twin sized bed. Dorms have shared hallway bathrooms. Event will include all meals at the cafeteria dining complex.

Registration fee includes all food, room and activities.

$150 for single dorm room

$100 for shared dorm room

Download and Print Flyer (here)

Mark you calendars for two upcoming exhibits at the Schack Art Center!

The work of eight Mexican/Chicano artists are featured from April 27 through June 3. The art showcases a rich history that exists as a result of Mexican migration to the Northwest.

The Dance of the Black Fish, 2016, Oil/canvas, Alfredo Arreguin

Over the Rainbow: Alfredo Arreguín April 27 – June 3
Opening Reception: April 27, 5-8pm

This solo exhibit will be a small retrospective covering many periods of his work since arriving in the Pacific Northwest more than six decades ago. For decades Arreguín has specialized in creating canvases exploding with ornate patterns and bright colors. His paintings often include imagery of pre-Columbian cultures, the landscapes of Mexico and portraits of iconic cultural figures such as the painter Frida Kahlo.


CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the PNW  April 27 – June 3  Main Gallery
Guest curated by Dr. Lauro H. Flores
The exhibit, “CONVERGENCE: Contemporary Mex-Xicano Art in the Pacific NW” will showcase the rich history and art that exists as a result of the Mexican migration to the Northwest.

The curator, Dr. Flores, explains that the works included will “epitomize the diversity of our community and the range of interests and activities that have defined the evolution of a Chicano/Mexican aesthetic expression in the Pacific Northwest over the last sixty years.

Pro Dev Opportunity: Teaching with Primary Sources Conference

Teachers, do you teach with stuff–primary sources, that is?….Then save the date! Want to try it out but aren’t sure how? Want to do it better? Need a collaborative and fun environment for brainstorming? Save the Date! The third Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference is coming to Portland, Oregon Tuesday, July 25th. Attendance is free and aiming to bring together a multiplicity of professions (artists, scientists, historians, educators, librarians, archivists, museum professionals, digital humanities etc. all welcome!)

The conference is put on by the Teaching with Primary Sources committee of the Reference, Access, and Outreach section of SAA, and will be held at the Portland Art Museum.

Rolling updates will be available via our website so check back often! #SAATPS

The third annual Teaching with Primary Sources Unconference with members of the Washington Art Education Association. The TPS unconference will be held on Tuesday, July 25, 2017 from 9:00am – 5:00pm in Portland, Oregon at the Portland Art Museum.

This free event is open to everyone interested in using primary source material for teaching, from all institutions and with all levels of experience. It’s a place where educators from all backgrounds can get together and help each other with beyond-the-textbook teaching. There will be a variety of workshops and attendee-driven conversations, covering all aspects of teaching with primary Sources. Registration will begin in early summer.  To receive updates about registration & other event-related activities, sign up here. For ever-evolving details on the 2017 event, visit

Please let me know if I can answer any questions,

Prudence Doherty

Public Services Librarian

Special Collections

University of Vermont

538 Main Street

Burlington VT 05405



Arts Impact 2 Day Summer Conference

From Puget Sound Educational Service District, Learning & Teaching Department: Arts Impact 2 Day Summer Conference

Arts Impact is hosting a two-day conference titled Engaging Heads and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Arts. Each day of the two-day conference begins with an opening session by Arts Impact Director, Beverly Harding Buehler. Then select from a range of classroom-ready sessions in dance, theater, and visual arts that are infused with social emotional learning. Discover the power of arts-infused learning and assessment strategies for deepening student engagement and raising achievement.

Type: 2 day conference

Title: Engaging Heads and Hearts: Social Emotional Learning and the Arts (PreK-8)

Location: Puget Sound Educational Service District, 800 Oakesdale Ave SW, Renton, WA 98057

Date: June 27 & 28, 2017

Time (Pacific Time): 8:30 am – 4:00 pm each day

Cost: $150 for one day, or $250 for both days (lesson plan and studio fee included)

For more information:

Meg Hannan
Senior Coordinator, Arts Education
Arts Impact   Facebook

Nominate Now!

Hey everyone,
We need nominations for the 2017 WAEA Awards in ALL categories!
Those who go above and beyond to promote visual art education and opportunities for students need to be recognized!
Please get a jump on it and nominate before our next board meeting, which is March 18th at the Schack Art Center in Everett. (and come Join us!)
The Award nomination deadline is May 2rd.

Go to

Under ‘Awards,’ click on the category in which you want to nominate someone. Make sure you have both the correct contact information for them, and for you.

If you have any issues or questions you can email me!
Thank you!