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)

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 

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

WA State Fair’s 30th Annual Jr/Sr HS Art Show

Hello Teachers, Students, and Artists:

The Washington State Fair is pleased to offer young artists from the Northwest an opportunity to showcase their best work at the Fair’s 30th annual Junior/Senior High School Art Show. Students, grades 6-12 enrolled in a middle school, junior high, high school or home school equivalent, are invited to participate in what many consider to be the area’s most prestigious show for the artistic community’s younger generation. Thousands of people will view your students’ artwork during the 20 days of the Fair. September 1 – 24, 2017 (Closed Tuesdays & Wed 9/6)

REGISTER ENTRIES ONLINE FIRST between March 1 and June 1

Step-by-Step Instructions


Password Request

Washington State Fair Jr/Sr High Art Show on-line Entry Registration


Friday, June 2, 2 pm – 6 pm OR Saturday, June 3, 11 am – 6 pm

BRING TO: Washington State Fair Restaurant Building (see map, pg. 6) Walk in through the Red Gate on 9th Ave SW to enter grounds. Acceptance of art is at the discretion of show management.

Teachers, Parents, and Students are always welcome to deliver art, Students are encouraged to self-submit as well.   We look forward to hosting you again this year and have some suggestions that we believe will make the Intake run more smoothly and require less of your time.  Please take a moment to go through the following list:

  • Schools will be registered 1-school at a time.  Mislabeled work will be pulled and placed up front for corrections.  Once corrections are completed by the teacher, they can be entered for judging.
  • Some classes from prior years are either not used or renamed, so please use the booklet to identify the classes which apply to the artwork you are entering.
  • Artwork needs to adhere to the matt board or frame with permanent tape. Larger pieces will require more tape.  Glue sticks and lightweight tapes fail in the humid environment of the Fair.  We have had instances whereby students’ artwork ends up on the floor when applied with these temporary methods.
  • School, student name, and a name of the piece must be on the back of each entry.  All labels from prior shows must be removed prior to entering into the Washington State Fair.
  • Artwork framed or matted improperly will require correcting prior to being accepted into the Show.
  • Students’ entries not present for Intake, will not be accepted.  No Exceptions.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.  Our goal is to provide your students with an arena to display their creative accomplishments successfully.  Your assistance in this endeavor will aid us in achieving that end.  We look forward to a very successful exhibit and appreciate the contribution each of you offers with the entries of your student’s creativity.

May is Washington State’s Art Education Month, a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students.  It is a perfect time to demonstrate the value of arts education and to witness and recognize the power of learning through the arts.

Michael J. Hollins, Superintendent Junior Senior High Art

Washington State Fair  |

253-848-1671 |

110 9th Avenue SW | Puyallup, WA 98371

Washington State Fair, Sept. 2-25, 2016 (Closed Tuesdays)

Teen Art Event @BAM

Bellevue Arts Museum’s Teen Arts Council is hosting a special Teen Takeover party at the end of the month.

On Friday, March 31st, the Museum will be open late (5-8pm) especially for teens to explore the galleries, eat free food, and do fun art activities. Download the FLYER, post it, email it, and spread the word. What a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art to meet each other and come hang out at the Museum.

BAM Garden Party Teen Event, FLYER

For more info, contact Julia Miller, Youth and Family Education Coordinator

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: (425) 519-0741| Fax: (425) 637-1799

Call for Submissions, Maryhill Museum of Art


Open NOW till March 10 – March 31

Do you know an exceptional art student who would like a broader experience in the art world? Maryhill Museum of Art invites high school students from Washington and Oregon to participate in a juried exhibition in the MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Gallery.

Artwork by Washington students will exhibited May 5  to June 16, 2017

Click here for a PDF with more information, submission requirements and deadlines.

Attention Photography Teachers!

Dear High School Photography teachers,

I’ve attached three items of interest for you:

1) 2017 Rules for the Washington State High School Photography Competition.

Deadline for entry is April 29.

2) A poster to display in your classroom announcing the contest.

3) Photography Instructor Roundtable registration form.

Date: Saturday, May 13 at Kenmore Camera

This is a great opportunity to gather with other photography instructors to learn and share.

Clock hours are available for this event.

Find all the forms you’ll need (HERE):

Contest Poster

Contest 2017 Rules

Instructor ROUND TABLE  From, 2017


Kelly Atkinson

Snohomish County Scholastic Art Award Winners

Congratulations to all the 2017 Scholastic Art Award Artists! (Find out more here)

Scholastic Exhibit Dates for 2017:

Feb. 1-26, Regional Scholastic Art Portfolios Exhibit. EYA Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 10-6 pm; Sat., 10-5 pm; and Sun., 12-5 pm.

Feb. 6-26, ALL AWARD WINNING ENTRIES Regional Scholastic Art Exhibit. Mezzanine Gallery: Mon.-Fri., 10-6 p.m.; Saturday, 10-5 p.m.; and Sun., 12-5 p.m. Exception: Wed. Feb. 8, 10-9 p.m.

Feb. 8, 5-9 pm Regional Scholastic Art Exhibit Opening Reception to honor local student artists.

Feb. 8, 6:30-8pm Scholastic Art Awards Ceremony will be held to honor regional and national award recipients. (Everett Civic Auditorium)

About the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards:

This program gives thousands of students throughout America the opportunity to broaden their creative horizons while earning local and national recognition. The objective is to foster the confidence of young artists and give them the opportunity to be recognized for their creative achievements by the world at large. The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards were founded in 1923, and have become the nation’s largest and longest running program of its kind.

Regional Scholastic Sponsors:

The Boeing Company
BNSF Railway Foundation
City of Everett Cultural Arts Commission
Everett Public Schools

Online galleries for images will be available in early March 2017.

2017 Regional Scholastic Award Winners:


Edmonds-Woodway H.S.  Hannah Noh

Mariner H.S.  Kristina Golonko

Meadowdale H.S.  Mckenzie Beavin

Stanwood H.S.  Amanda Parks

The Art Workshop  Ella Corwin



Cascade H.S.  Megan Carnahan, Carmen Hager, Nhi Luu

Edmonds Woodway H.S.  Jessica Fagan, Hannah Noh

Everett H.S.  Noor Al Huda Al Ghezi, Kaylee McDonald

Explorer M.S.  Connie Chen

Glacier Peak H.S.  Madison Davis (2), Tara Reckling

Harbour Pointe M.S.  Angelia Jarman

Henry M Jackson H.S.  Kelly Boal, Sarah Kang, Nicole McCarter

Hidden River M.S.  Rachel Sheldon

Home School  Abigail Dahl (2)

Home School (Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center)  Willow Cook (2)

J Art Academy  Yohan Cho, Emily Kang, Eunice Kim, Danika Kwak, Erin Park, Sungeun Park, Jenny Ro

Kamiak H.S.  Nadia Domnina, Tania Kerpan, David Kim, OhnShim Kim, Maddie Ludgate, Antonio Mejia Wolf, Jacqueline Oswalt, Yea Rin Park (3), Elise Petersen, Angeline Phan

Lake Stevens H.S.  Florian Dassow, Julia Mott, Alana Smutz

Madrona Elementary School  Giselle Iseli

Mariner H.S.  Kristina Golonko (2), Miah Quesada, Drake Synder

Marysville Arts & Technology H.S.  Kurstin Dumont

Marysville Pilchuck H.S.  Aitana Bonneau-Messarina, Kristy Protzeller, Bryson Sundseth

Meadowdale H.S.  Mckenzie Beavin, Jonathan Walzer

Monroe H.S.  Maddy Axelson, Jenna Davis, Alissa Kraft, Julia Paulson

Olympic View M.S.  Corinne Brown, Jennifer Han, Eleanor Whalen

Port Susan M.S.  Marina Yinug

Sky Valley Education Center  Jerri Brower (2), Aidan Emmons, Annika Lee, Maia McGrath, Abigail Spurling

Snohomish H.S.  Hilary Andersen, Rachael Baughman (2), Kaitlyn Lindsey Gore, Nolan Harris, Haylee Hines, Haylie Irving, Abbi Stempak

Stanwood H.S.  Be’Lit Garrity (4), Amanda Parks (6), Veronica Velazquez (2), Nicole Wierman

Stanwood M.S.  Madelynn Shelly

The Art Workshop  Ella Corwin, Sarah Forrester, Erica Gan, Grace Hettinger

Valley View M.S.  Molly Gray

Voyager M.S.  Kaelana Brown, Justin Dobrescu, Aliyah Fedorov, Trevor Mcnamara, Darya Yemets


Cascade H.S.  Ashley Sedgwick, Alexis Studeman, Noah Winters

Edmonds Woodway H.S.  Hollie Hutchison, Tina Masoum (2)

Explorer M.S.  Andrew Le

Glacier Peak H.S.  Conner Barrett, Hayden Bong, Breaonna Brask, Justice Johnson, Nate McGaw, Nate Spurling

Harbour Pointe M.S.  Jordan Schierbeek

Henry M Jackson H.S.  Nicole Anderson (2), Sara Haines, Sarah Kang (2)

Hidden River M.S.  Nathan Duong

J Art Academy  Yosup Cho, Eunice Kim, Edward Lee, Jonghun Lee, Erin Park (2), Hyunbee Shin, Kaitlin Song

Kamiak H.S.  Tania Kerpan (4), Angie Kim, David Kim, Julia Knapp, Jacqueline Oswalt, Yea Rin Park, Angeline Phan, Euna Sung (2), Lauren Towner

Lake Stevens H.S.  Phoebe Hanson, Meghan Lavelle, Alana Smutz, Dante Strothers, Jerome WyCough

Lynnwood H.S.  Natasha Dauenhauer, Chelan Lenay, Doma Sherpa

Mariner H.S.  Angelica Gomez, Victoria Philp (2), Miah Quesada

Marysville Arts & Technology H.S.  Danica Magolhado

Marysville Pilchuck H.S.  Emmorie Boas, Kristy Protzeller

Meadowdale H.S.  Maria Angere (2), Marcee Barnett, Xuan Zhou

Monroe H.S.  Veronica Daudelin, Tanna Desbiens, Liana Lobchinskiy

North M.S.  Sara MacPherson

Olympic View M.S.  Angeline Lajiness, Ainsley Macdonald, April Richards, Jasmine Tran

Port Susan M.S.  Marina Yinug

Sky Valley Education Center  Keri Anton, Jerri Brower, Emma Picard, Lauren Treit

Snohomish H.S.  Jillian Ballas, Rachael Baughman, Makenna Chapman, Addison Croushorn, Ashlynne Lucas (2), Sara Minogue, Laurel Peterson, Abbi Stempak

Stanwood H.S.  Be’Lit Garrity, Allison Minnick, Veronica Velazquez (2)

Stanwood M.S.  Andrew Hill

The Art Workshop  Sarah Forrester, Erica Gan, Grace Hettinger

Valley View M.S.  Chloe Cartier, Erika Dawson, Madison Kendrick

Voyager M.S.  Jordan Lyons, Christine Pham



ACES H.S.  Calvin Taylor

Cascade H.S.  Grace Bingay, J Brown (2), Carmen Hager, Ivan Osorio, Marie Sanyang, Alexis Studeman

Cavelero Mid-High  Makayla Rodino

Edmonds Woodway H.S.  Hannah Noh

Everett H.S.  Rose Martin, Kaylee McDonald

Explorer M.S.  Madison Bansbach, Claudia Czech, Isabella Kazlauskas, Ayden Nelson, Makena Thatcher

Glacier Peak H.S.  Lauryn Ardry, Allison Curtis, Addison Germer, Justice Johnson, Abby Price, Tara Reckling (2), Cooper Walker

Harbour Pointe M.S.  Alyssa Corona, Grace McKee, Evan Tionquiao, Kailey Ziss

Henry M Jackson H.S.  Nicole Anderson (3), Gabriel Cox, Sara Haines, Andrew Hyun, Sarah Kang, Heidi Kim (3), Alyssa Leigh, Justine Teoh, Tanner Thompson

Hidden River M.S.  Nathan Duong, Alyssa Klagenberg, Rachel Sheldon, Madilynn Valencia

Home School (Stillaguamish Valley Learning Center)  Willow Cook (5)

J Art Academy  Alexis Kang, Jonghun Lee, Erin Park, Chris Shin

Kamiak H.S.  Seriana Cross, Ashley Kearney (2), Tania Kerpan (2), Angie Kim, Kristin Kim, Mary Kim (2), OhnShim Kim, Julia Knapp, Maddie Ludgate, Jacqueline Oswalt (2), Yea Rin Park (2), Elise Petersen, Angeline Phan (2), Sydnee Robinson, Christina Santiago, Iman Sohraby, Euna Sung, Lauren Towner

Lake Stevens H.S.  Meghan Lavelle, Bryanna Semeling, Dante Strothers

Lynnwood H.S.  Rohan Kalia, Taylor Langager, Hannah Lundquist, Fabian Ruvalcaba, Amir Seare

Mariner H.S.  Ana Balderas, Kristina Golonko, Daria Hasanbekava, Vanessa Lombos, Nika Prokopenko

Marysville Arts & Technology H.S.  Suzara Mira

Marysville Pilchuck H.S.  Emmorie Boas, Isabela Cruz, Griffin Hubbert, Kristy Protzeller (3)

Meadowdale H.S.  Maria Angere, Milena Povazhniuk (2), Jonathan Walzer

Monroe H.S.  Alex Beauregard, Jayden Diener, Cheyanne Foster, Mikaela Galdo, Tex Gerritzen, Tiffany Koontz, Liana Lobchinskiy

Mountlake Terrace H.S.  Beatrice Enache

Olympic View M.S.  Mary Aleksandruk, Corinne Brown, Jose De Jesus Del Rio, Munira Kurbanova (2), Katerina Maslyanchuk, Mikayla Pham, April Richards (2), Dulce Rivas, Xotchil Silva, Careana Willis

Port Susan M.S.  Marina Yinug (2)

Sky Valley Education Center  Aidan Emmons, Delores McDowell

Snohomish H.S.  Kierstina Andersen, Jillian Ballas, Kimberly Evans, Easton Glaser, Haylee Hines, William Lepoidevin, Ashlynne Lucas, Amber McCall, Sarah Mustafa

Stanwood H.S.  Gracie Brennan, Be’Lit Garrity (2), Luke Grant, Celia Hand, Marqus Holmes, Victoria Humphreys, Aidan Lee, Zoey Palmer, Amanda Parks, Tyrna Teigen, Veronica Velazquez (2), Nicole Wierman (2)

Stanwood M.S.  Bleu Davis, Madelynn Shelly

The Art Workshop  Sarah Forrester, Kenzie Morehead

Valley View M.S.  Gabriella Cahan

Voyager M.S.  Jordan Lyons, Jesus Martinez, Liyah Tesfay, Vivian Tran

Online Galleries

“Celebrate the West” H.S. Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce its 2nd Annual “Celebrate the West”  High school art competition.

Here is a link to this year’s contest:


Have any questions,

Christine Ogsbury

Western Governors’ Association Foundation



NWESD Regional High School Art Show

Dear Art Teachers and other Friends of High School Art,

If you are a high school art teacher, this email is for you!  If you are not an art teacher, please forward to your nearest high school art teacher!  Thank you for your help getting this to the right people.

Let’s be friends!  Did you know?  NWESD High School Art Teachers has a public Facebook page!  Have you liked us yet?

The 2017 NWESD Regional High School Art Show is coming up in February.  It’s time to submit outstanding art from your students!  Winners at the NWESD Regional show go on to OSPI and the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show.  As promised, OSPI has created an electronic form for registration.  Using this form should streamline the process.  The Art Show application is now open for submission in the NWESD Region.    To access the form you will need an account in the Educational Data System (EDS).  Once logged in to EDS you will see in your applications list something called Art Show (see image below)

Your District Security Manager will give you access.  If you don’t know who your District Security Manager is, please go to: .

Links to the application and the application User Guide (with step-by-step directions) are available at: .

Once inside the Art Show application you will be prompted to enter information about your student’s and their piece of art to be submitted to the show.

I have attached the USER GUIDE to this email.  It provides detailed views of screens and information necessary to create submissions.  Of note:

  • You will be asked for your student’s SSID (Student State Identifier) OR you will need to search for the student using their name and school.  In order to submit student work to the HS Art Show the student must be registered at your school in the CEDARS system.  (CEDARS is the State of Washington data collection database)
  • You will be asked to enter contact, street address and parent information for your student (very much like the paper form you may have used in previous years)
  • You will be asked to describe the art work and add to the submission form what the student says inspired them to create it.
  • A releases and permissions form is inside the tool and you must have this filled out and signed by the student prior to submitting their entry.  You will be asked to attest to the authenticity of each art piece and to commit to attaching the release and permission form to the original piece of artwork.

You may want to read the guide and collect the information you will need prior to submitting the art in the system.  Once in the system this will give us at NWESD numbers for our show in order to plan appropriate and adequate space. The art itself will need to be delivered during regular business hours, 7:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m., between Feb 20 and Feb 23 to the Everett School District Community Resource Center at 3900 Broadway in Everett, WA.  Once awards are given, the information will be passed electronically on to OSPI so that they can appropriately anticipate the submission to the Superintendent’s Art Show in April.

Thank you for helping to streamline the Superintendent’s High School Art Show application process.  Please know I am here to support you!  Please ask if you have questions or are unable to make this process work.



Joanne Johnson

NWESD Regional High School Art Show

Curriculum Coordinator

Northwest Educational Service District

Teaching and Learning

1601 R Avenue

Anacortes WA 98221

(360) 299-4046

(360) 299-4070 FAX

Together We Can…

National Portfolio Day @ Cornish

National Portfolio Day in Seattle

Presented by National Portfolio Day Association and Cornish College of the Arts.

Saturday, January 7, 2017

Cornish College of the Arts
Main Campus Center
1000 Lenora Street
Seattle, WA 98121
Maps and Directions


Check-in begins: 11:00am
Portfolio reviews: Noon – 4:00 pm
All reviews must end promptly at 4:00 pm
No RSVP necessary but save time at check-in and CLICK HERE to complete the registration form.

For more information, call Cornish College of the Arts at 1.800.726.ARTS

To register specifically with Cornish, CLICK HERE.

Teachers – Let us know you are coming by filling out this form.

Colleges participating:

  • Alberta College of Art + Design, Calgary, Alberta
  • Art Center College of Design, Pasadena, CA
  • CalArts (California Institute of the Arts), Valencia, CA
  • California College of the Arts, Oakland, CA
  • College for Creative Studies, Detroit, MI
  • The Cooper Union School of Art, New York, NY
  • Cornish College of the Arts, Seattle, WA
  • Emily Carr University of Art + Design, Vancouver, BC
  • Fashion Institute of Technology, New York, NY
  • FIDM/Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising, Los Angeles, CA
  • Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Surrey, BC
  • Laguna College of Art + Design, Laguna Beach, CA
  • Lyme Academy College of Fine Arts Old Lyme, CT
  • Maryland Institute College of Art, Baltimore, MD
  • Massachusetts College of Art and Design, Boston, MA
  • Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Minneapolis, MN
  • New York School of Interior Design, New York, NY
  • Oregon College of Art and Craft, Portland, OR
  • Otis College of Art and Design, Los Angeles, CA
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art, Portland, OR
  • Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, Philadelphia, PA
  • Rhode Island School of Design, Providence, RI
  • Ringling College of Art and Design, Sarasota, FL
  • Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY
  • San Francisco Art Institute, San Francisco, CA
  • School of the Art Institute of Chicago, Chicago, IL
  • School of Visual Arts, New York, NY
  • Washington University in St. Louis, Saint Louis, MO
  • Woodbury University, Burbank, CA

Reviewing for Cornish College:

If you are planning to review with Cornish at Seattle National Portfolio Day, we recommend you follow the Portfolio guidelines published by the Visual Arts programs.


  • Free parking will be available in the Cornish lots until they are full. Additional paid parking is available at the corner of Virginia and Boren, one block South of Main Campus Center.
  • Parking and barrier-free access for the mobility impaired is available. We recommend you call the Office of Admission at 206.726.5016 or Campus Security at 206.726.5083 for directions to these spaces.

The National Portfolio Day Association

The National Portfolio Day Association (NPDA) was created in 1978 solely for the organization and planning of National Portfolio Days. The Association consists of representatives from colleges and universities which are accredited by the National Association of Schools of Art and Design and which meet the membership requirements of the NPDA. The NPDA is the only organization of its kind, and its membership represents the highest standard of visual arts education available in the United States and Canada. For further information about events and member schools, please visit our website at

National Portfolio Days

National Portfolio Days are educational events for young artists, held at host colleges throughout the U.S. and Canada. No pre-registration is necessary, and there is no cost to attend. National Portfolio Days bring students together with experienced college representatives who review artwork, offer critique, discuss college plans, and share information about their programs. These events are not an examination or a competition. The college representatives are interested in your development, look forward to reviewing your work, and will provide you with helpful information for the next step in your education. We recommend that you use your time at a National Portfolio Day to discuss your work with as many representatives as possible.

At a National Portfolio Day, you’ll get a small taste of what it could be like to attend a professional art program. You’ll see a variety of artwork created by young artists with varying skills and experiences. You may hear many different opinions about your work. Be prepared to discuss the way you develop your ideas, your background in art, and your thoughts about your future direction.

No admissions decisions or scholarship awards will be offered to you at a National Portfolio Day. Some of the colleges represented may accept the portfolio you present as the visual portion of your application, and others have policies which prohibit making a definitive admission decision at the time of your review. All will expect that your artwork will progress in the coming months.

If you are interested in graduate programs, we encourage you to contact individual institutions, as all colleges will not be prepared to review graduate portfolios at National Portfolio Days.

Choosing an Art Program

Art making is a special kind of learning experience. As a potential art student, you’ll especially want to look at each college’s faculty, facilities, and equipment. You should also consider the college’s proximity to museums, galleries, and other cultural resources, in addition to its academic standards, extracurricular activities, location, housing, costs, scholarships, and financial aid opportunities.

We urge you to gather enough information so that you may choose a supportive and stimulating art college environment that meets your individual needs. Try your best to visit the colleges that interest you to get a feel for each school before you make your final decision. Investigate the college’s accreditation and the transfer of their credits, and be sure you understand each school’s degree offerings and majors.

What To Bring To a National Portfolio Day

We recommend that you bring up to twenty pieces of your best, most recent work. Your portfolio can include finished pieces, work in progress, and sketchbooks. Bring your original artwork whenever possible, and please do not spend time and money matting or framing your work. Keep your presentation simple; the work itself is what is of interest to us.

If you bring slides of work that is too large or fragile to carry, or digital representations of work that is time-based such as video, animation, or performance, it is your responsibility to ensure that the work may be viewed. You may choose to bring your own slide viewer, video camera, and/or laptop to show your work. Be advised, however, that you will not have access to an electric outlet.

2017 Vans Custom Culture

Reserve your pairs today! Registration is now open for the 2017 Vans Custom Culture Contest.


About Custom Culture
Vans Custom Culture was created to inspire and empower high school students to embrace their creativity through art and design and to bring attention to diminishing arts education budgets. Vans believes everyone should be empowered to express themselves creatively and should be given the tools to do so.
Custom Culture is a national high school customization competition using blank Vans shoes to be customized around specific themes. Once your school’s designs are completed, they go through a voting process to narrow down our top 50 entries. Then, it’s up to your school and classmates to garner votes from the public to choose our top 5 that go on to compete in our final event. Schools in the top 5 are flown out to Los Angeles, CA to celebrate their artwork and have noted judges votes on the grand prize winning submission, worth $50,000!
NEW FOR 2017!!
We have an additional design component that will be featured on our Vans Customs page. Students are challenged to create a design or print that best exemplifies Technology in Design on a supplied 11×14 sheet of paper.
The winning custom design will be announced on our Customs page ( on Friday, May 5, with the design available for the public to use when creating their custom shoes.

Youth Art Month

The theme of this year’s Youth Art Month is:  United through Art

Youth Art Month (YAM) was started in 1961. It is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art and art education for all children and to encourage public support for quality school art programs across the Unites States. The National Art Education Association, as a national sponsor through The Council for Art Education, administers the program at the national level, and Washington Art Education Association administers the program at the state level. The program provides a medium for recognizing skills developed through visual arts experiences unlike any other curriculum subjects, including: Problem Solving, Creativity, Observation, and Communication.

There are two ways to be involved with Youth Art Month in Washington State. Firstly, students may submit a design based on this year’s theme, United through Art, for the vinyl YAM flag/banner (designed to hang vertically or horizontally). It will hang at the NAEA Convention YAM Museum in New York, NY, and then be displayed at the Annual Superintendent’s High School Art show in OSPI offices in Olympia, WA. We try to vary the grade level (elementary, middle, high) of the winner each year.  Secondly, teachers may submit student artwork for a juried YAM Student Art Exhibition at the Schack Art Center, Everett.

All students must complete the Artwork/Photography Release Form to participate in any of the YAM activities. Participating teachers must be a member of the WAEA.

Sargent Art is the generous sponsor of the YAM Juried Student Art Exhibition prize structure this year. There is a Best of Show $1,500 cash prize for the winning student, and their teacher receives $2,000 worth of classroom art supplies. The other categories are: one Elementary School winner (K-5), one Middle School winner (gr. 6-8), and one High School winner (gr. 9-12) who each receive $100 worth of art supplies, and their teachers receive $300 worth of classroom art supplies. There will also be a Gift of Participation for each school and Certificates of Participation for each student. The best reward, though, is that all student work is exhibited for a month at the Schack Art Center in Everett, Washington. Students and their families really enjoy seeing artwork displayed professionally. Teachers, please mat the work ahead of time or ask the YAM chair for assistance/advice on matting artwork. Information, guidelines and necessary documents will be attached in an upcoming email. Feel free to contact the YAM Chair, Nancy Jordan, at

Deadlines and Important Dates

Flag/Banner design – Due Date: Thursday, January 12, 2017

January 12           Flag/Banner designs due digitally to Nancy Jordan at

February 1           Chosen design made into vinyl flag/banner and shipped to national YAM chair in Wisconsin

March 2-4           Flag/Banner displayed at National Art Education Association YAM Museum in New York, NY

May 19                 The student(s) of the winning flag/banner will be recognized at Annual Superintendent’s High School Art Show reception and awards ceremony, Olympia, Washington, 1-3 p.m.


Student Art Exhibition – Due date: Friday, February 17, 2017 (MSD school district closed Feb. 20-24)

February 17         Artwork due to Harbour Pointe Middle School, Mukilteo, WA by 4 p.m.

March 1st             Artwork judged by Schack Art Center staff, and teachers informed

March 4-30         Exhibition Dates

March 9               Awards Celebration, Schack Art Center, Everett, 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Note from Cornish regarding the Western WA Scholastic Art & Writing


Preparing to help your students enter their artwork into the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards? Here are some tips to help you ensure their entries are strong:

1. A clear image is an effective one! If size allows, scan artwork in the office or with the help of your local copy shop. If a student’s work is too large, photograph the work outside in overcast weather or indoors with even lighting. Be sure to crop to the edges so that there are no distractions from the artwork. If photographing an object, photograph it with a neutral-colored backdrop.

2. Choose to show work that is unique to your students! While class assignments can be great for practicing technical skills as an artist, the judges can see when everybody is sending in the same one. Encourage and guide your students to choose from self-directed artwork or work made outside of class.

3. Work that makes the judges think is often the strongest! Being able to draw like Michelangelo isn’t the only way to win awards. Artwork that conveys a message or demonstrates careful thought about a subject is often just as compelling as traditional work.

We look forward to seeing all the wonderful work our Washington state students have produced this year!

You can find more information about how to submit work by visiting our website here

DEADLINE (for WA State Regional Scholastic Art & Writing, not Snohomish County)

December 15, 2016 (before 11:59pm ET)

For additional questions and support, email Hanna Myers, the Washington State Regional Affiliate Coordinator, at


Sharron H. Starling
Director of Admission
Cornish College of the Arts
1000 Lenora Street | Seattle, WA 98121
206.726.5017| Fax: 206.720.1011


Scholastic information

3 Steps to Enter

1. Sign Up
Create an account at to begin submitting your work to the 2017 Scholastic Awards.

2. Create and Upload Your Work
The Scholastic Awards look for work that demonstrates technical skill, personal voice or vision, and originality. After you have created your work, you can upload it to your Scholastic Awards Account. Once you have logged in, follow the instructions to upload all of your submissions into the system. Every category has specific requirements so please read the Guidelines and Category Descriptions carefully. Note that you will need your educator’s email address.

3. Send in the Required Forms
After uploading your work, print your submission forms and have a parent/guardian and an educator sign them. Specific Form and Submission Fee requirements and instructions can be found below. Please carefully read through the instructions as you go through the registration process.

Submission Fee

Entry fees are $5 per individual submission and $20 for portfolios. See Fee Waiver information below.

Fee Waiver

Students for whom submission fees would be a barrier to participation may request a fee waiver. Please have a parent or guardian sign the Fee Waiver Form.  Include the fee waiver form when you mail your signed submission form(s) to complete your registration.

Image Requirements

Digital Image Requirements

  • Artwork must be submitted as a digital file in JPG, GIF, or PNG format (PSD, BMP, PDF, RAW, or TIF files are not accepted).
  • Print dimensions must be at least 5” x 7” or approximately 13 x 18 centimeters, and image resolution must be 300 dpi.
  • 3-D submissions may include up to 4 images. Please include a ruler or object for reference to indicate scale in at least one of the images.
  • Submissions allowing for video uploads must be .mp4, .mov, .wmv, .avi, .mpg, or .mpeg files.
  • Video Game submissions must be .exe, .zip, .rar, or .swf files, must also include a 250-500 word gameplay summary in the provided text editor, and a gameplay video.

Mailing Address

Hanna Myers
Cornish College of Art
1000 Leonora Street
Seattle, WA 98121


All students will be notified of regional awards by February 3, 2017.


More details to come!


More details to come!