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

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


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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)

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

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!

check out THE MUSE! Teachers as Artists and Student Artists Call for Art


A Bi-Anual Newsletter for Educators, THE MUSE

As art educators, we are constantly searching out great resources that will enhance our teaching, lessons, and knowledge of what’s going on around us. Check out this neat resource that the MaryHill Museum of Art has available. From museum tours and special events to resources and art show competitions.


Have you heard the saying “the cobbler’s children are often the ones with no shoes?” In many ways, art teachers exemplify this adage, working long and hard to bring out the best in their students, often at the expense of their own creative pursuits.
Maryhill Museum of Art in partnership with Oregon Art Education Association and Washington Art Education Association invites teachers to participate in a juried exhibition in our MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center Gallery, showcasing the state-wide talents of arts educators. Washington teachers will be featured March 15 to April 26, 2017, and Oregon teachers from October 6 to November 17, 2017.
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Submit up to (2) hi-resolution images, along with titles, media, dimensions, and the year each piece was made. Include a brief artist statement (500 words maximum). Selected works must be ready to hang on the wall, or in the case of 3-D objects, include a base for display. The jury process is anonymous.
Washington submissions will be accepted January 4 through January 28, 2017; Oregon submissions will be accepted August 13 through September 3, 2017. Email to with TEACHERS AS ARTISTS in the subject line.
Chosen artists will be notified by email; artwork delivery and pick up is the responsibility of the teacher, but Maryhill will do its best to facilitate this. Teachers should be an active member of their state’s Art Education Association, a partner in this endeavor.
Do you know an exceptional art student who would like a broader experience in the art world? Maryhill Museum of Art invites 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 be hung May 5  to June 16, 2017; Oregon students will be featured June 23 to August 4, 2017. 
SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Students should submit up to (3) hi-resolution images, along with titles, media, dimensions and the year each piece was made. Include a brief artist statement (500 words maximum). Selected works must be ready to hang on the wall, or in the case of 3-D objects, include a base for display. Email to: with STUDENT SHOW in the subject line.
Washington student submissions will be accepted from March 10 through March 31, 2017. Oregon student submissions will be accepted from May 5 through May 19, 2017.
Chosen students will be notified via email. Artwork delivery and pick up is the responsibility of the teacher, parents and/or student, but Maryhill will do its best to facilitate this.


2017 NAEA National Convention, March 2-4, in NYC!

Dear WAEA members,

Momentum is building for the 2017 NAEA National Convention, March 2-4, in NYC! Registration is open, great speakers (including Jeff Koons!) are booked, outstanding museums are offering us FREE admission, and HUNDREDS of sessions and workshops are being scheduled at this moment! Are you excited? We are!

Help spread the excitement, offer encouragement, and set registration in motion with these 2017 NAEA National Convention links:

Registration Form<>

Letter of Support<>

“Make Your Case” PDF<>

Museum Discounts<>

Link to 2017 NAEA National Convention Web Pages<>

See you in New York!

Christie Castillo


Educator Training @ BAM

Exploring Art with the Junior League of Seattle at BAM
Saturday, November 5, 9am – 4pm

Join Bellevue Arts Museum and the Junior League of Seattle for a day of professional development focused on arts learning! Our partnership program Art of Discovery: Northwest Art Project takes original artworks from the JLS Art Collection into classrooms across the Puget Sound Region.

We are thrilled to announce that our trainings are open to ALL EDUCATORS!!! You are welcome to participate even if the specific Art of Discovery exhibitions are not coming to your school this year. These sessions will cover widely-applicable themes and tools specifically that are designed to help teachers implement interdisciplinary arts learning in the classroom. Curriculum and lessons are provided, and support WA State EALRS and Common Core Standards.

This opportunity can count towards clock hours (PSESD), and the only cost to you is a small processing fee of $12. The morning portion will include all educators and PTSA docents, and the afternoon extends more specifically for classroom teachers and art specialists in schools.

Please RSVP below:

Exploring Animals in Art // Saturday, November 5, 2015, 9am – 4pm >

2016 WAEA Conference Resources


Thank you to all who attended and presented at the 2016 WAEA Conference.

Please find the following workshop and session resources:

Cathy Tanasse’s – Visual Plagiarization prezi and handouts

Tracy Fortune’s – Push Pots Session

Kate Baker’s – Yup’ik Mask Session: 1) exploration-matrix-info-from-sam   2) my-yupik-checklist 3)  Map of NA  4) Mask Brainstorm Sheet 5)  Indigenous Beauty Images

Diane Stewart – TOOTHPASTE/HANDLOTION BATIK hands-on workshop


The 2016 WAEA Fall Conference will be on October 14-16 on the beautiful campus of Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. Stay tuned for more information to come. For now… don’t forget to mark your calendars to attend.

Washington Art Educators Yearly Conference

October 14-16, 2016

Western Washington University

Bellingham, WA

Wonder what the conference might look like? Heres a Sneak Peak of agenda highlights …



Ticketed Master Class Workshops (5:00 – 9:00 pm)

12 Max Art Show opening reception


Registration (8:00 – 9:00 am)

Keynote Speakers: Ian Sands and Juliette Aristides

Best Practice Lectures and Hands-On Sessions

Vendor Fair

Silent Auction benefitting the Stuart Davis Memorial Scholarship

Art Educator Awards

After Party (7:00 – 10:00 pm)


Ticketed Master Class Workshops (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

Keynote Speakers

Ian Sands


After graduating from the School of Visual Arts NYC (Pop 9 million), Ian took a job teaching middle school art at Roseboro-Salemburg NC (Pop 2,300). After a bit, he decided to try his hand at climbing the corporate ladder. Although he enjoyed working for 9 bosses and relating to Dilbert jokes, he felt something was missing. He decided to take a tiny, minuscule pay cut and go back to teaching. Upon his return he taught at Apex High School and forged new paths in “Teaching for Artistic Behavior” at the high school level. Recently he moved to a new school and is cooking up learning and trouble in equal portions.

He writes a lot

presents a lot

and blogs a lot

Juliette Aristides


How we see the world affects our capacity to appreciate beauty, find meaning, and experience joy. Observing the world is a key component of art and at the center of being human. Join artist and author Juliette Aristides to explore how art instruction holds a key to seeing and living by training the eye to see what it could not see before. Art teachers are often the first people to introduce students to a world of artistic skill and creativity. By taking inspiration from past luminaries, see how art can be used to empower our students to impact the culture with their unique voice.


2015 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

12 MAX Art Show Logofinal

WAEA Educators as Artists – “12MAX Art Show”

12 MAX is an art show designed to honor our WAEA members as artists. ALL Members are invited to submit an art piece!

The 12 inch maximum is to encourage members to produce a small work for the show that will be set up in a gallery at Western Washington University during our October WAEA State Conference. We want to celebrate teachers, museum reps, artists and WAEA members in all capacities during the conference. Please share your artistic endeavors with us and submit your art today!


If you weren’t excited about attending our state-wide All Educator Conference, you should be NOW. See what’s going on, gather educator advice, tips and more. But most importantly, GET A SNEAK PEAK at the WAEA Conference details, workshops and schedule here in the newest edition of Splatter, hot off the presses.



Volume 3, Issue 1 Fall 2016

If you haven’t signed up yet, DON’T WAIT! You won’t want to miss THIS CONFERENCE!(click here)

OSPI Arts News & Notes

The Arts News & Notes

Welcome to The Arts News & Notes from The Arts Office at OSPI. Please share with colleagues and friends who are interested in the arts, and thank you for your support of arts education in Washington State.


Washington State is moving towards the adoption of the National Core Arts Standards (NCAS) as our Washington State Learning Standards for The Arts. The Arts Cadre of Educators representing Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts has been working to carefully review these standards and provide additional content and classroom examples that will support these standards. To view the National Core Arts Standards, please go to:

Arts Graduation Requirement for students in 9th and 10th grades this year

For students in 9th and 10th grades this year (2019 and 2020 graduation), the arts graduation requirement has increased from one (1) credit to two (2) credits. For more information about this requirement, other graduation requirements, and the requirements for those graduating in 2017 and 2018, please go to:


NAME NW All-Northwest Audition Materials

The 2017 audition materials are now available for students. Important recent edits have been made to the string and wind audition materials. For links to these materials, please go to:

 Match Course Content to Endorsement

The Professional Educator Standards Board (PESB) has an application that allows school districts and individuals to look up the course, endorsement, or certification number and see what courses an individual can teach and be considered “within assignment”. To access this application on the PESB website, please go to:

 Tacoma Art Museum’s online collection database

Tacoma Art Museum’s online collection database is designed to make the museum’s 3,800 object collection available online. This site was launched in 2011 and continues to be a work in progress with new objects and information being added to the database regularly. Images are available to view for educational purposes only. To view the collection, please go to:


Elementary Music Curriculum – A Grant Opportunity

The Children’s Music Foundation is providing a music curriculum for Pre-K, Kindergarten, and First grade students, through a grant program supported by the legislature, that provides start-up costs and materials for this music curriculum. Schools can apply by completing this online application. For more information, please go to:

 The Washington Art Education Association (WAEA) Conference

WAEA’s conference will be held on October 14-16, at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. For more information and a registration link, please go to:

 Washington State Thespian Fall Teacher In-Service

The Washington State Thespians will be holding a teacher in-service on Friday, October 14, at Garfield High School (400 23rd Avenue in Seattle).  For more information, please go to:

Poetry Out Loud – 2016-17 School Registration is now open 

Any school serving students in grades 9-12 may register to participate in the Washington State Poetry Out Loud program. Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA) joins other state arts agencies in partnering with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation to support Poetry Out Loud, a poetry recitation competition that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. For more information, please go to:

Annual College Art Day @ CWU & Look at Me: High School Student Exhibition

The Department of Art at Central Washington University is sponsoring its annual College Art Day and Look at Me: High School Student Exhibition 2016 on Saturday, October 22nd. These events are for high school juniors and seniors who are interested in pursuing a college degree in visual art. They will be able to participate in hands-on university art studio classes from eight different studio areas. All entries must be received by October 12. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to:

 Rising Star Project

The 5th Avenue Theatre’s Rising Star Project offers students the chance to develop professional skills through the process of producing and performing a show on The 5th Avenue Theatre mainstage. For more information and a link to the application, please go to:

Inland Empire Orff Chapter: Chapter Sharing

The Inland Empire Orff Chapter, an affiliate of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association, is a non-profit music organization dedicated to the promotion of the Orff Schulwerk process of teaching and its implementation. For more information and a list of workshops being offered this school year, please go to:

 Exploring Latino Art: Integration Through Art-Infused Connections

This ten-hour workshop is designed for the generalist teacher and explores the cultural complexity of Latin American art forms and guides teachers through projects that help students learn basic art skills used in making this diverse cultural art. For more information, please go to:

 Do you have student artwork for display?

The OSPI Arts office would like to extend an opportunity for your school or district to display student artwork in the superintendent’s executive conference room. Students whose artwork is displayed will receive certificates of appreciation along with the honor of having their work on display at our state education office. For more information and/or to schedule a block of time for a display, please contact: Anne Banks at: or Sarah Davis at:


If you have news that is of a statewide interest and you would like to it have considered for inclusion in this newsletter, please submit to:

Enjoy the arts!

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor
The Arts – Dance, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Phone: 360-725-4966

Led by State Superintendent Randy Dorn, OSPI oversees K-12 public education in Washington state. Our mission is to provide funding, resources, tools, data and technical assistance that enable educators to ensure students succeed in our public schools, are prepared to access post-secondary training and education, and are equipped to thrive in their careers and lives.

WAEA Award Winners for 2016

Congratulations! ~The Washington Art Education Association is pleased to announce the awards for 2016.

~Museum Educator of the Year: Nancy Bell, Schack Art Center, Everett
~Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Judith Weden, Outlook Elementary, Sunnyside SD
~Middle-level Art Educator of the Year: Kate Ebert, Poulsbo Middle School
~Secondary Art Educator of the Year: James Andrews, Kingston High School
~Art Educator of the Year: Dan Brown, Okanogan School

A celebration in their honor will take place at the “Artastic” Fall Conference on the campus of Western Washington University. Awards presentations will be made at a special luncheon to be held on Saturday October 15. We offer congratulations each of the award winners on their remarkable accomplishments as Art Educators in Washington State!


Nancy Bell has been involved in promoting arts education through curriculum development and implementation in Everett for almost two decades. She also has supported local teachers by providing professional development along with free art curriculum and a lending library of classroom resources. Nancy has trained 1oo’s of art docents and classroom volunteers. Students have gained valuable opportunities to view and study art, show art, and compete for prestigious awards because of Nancy’s dedication as a Museum Educator.

Judith Weden has been teaching for 21 years and is an Arts Specialist at Outlook Elementary. She completed a Masters of Education from WSU with a Thesis: “Art and the ELL Connection,” and has written Visual Arts curriculum content standards and assessments for Sunnyside School District curriculum guides. Judith has received grants, participated in writing Washington State Art CBPAs, and annually organizes and displays student art work for Sunnyside School Districts “Art Walk.”

Kate Ebert took on the challenge of the vacated art teacher position in her school when it was determined that otherwise, it would go unfilled. She advocated for the arts to the extent that she put her career on the line, in time, completing an arts endorsement. She writes and aligns curriculum, working with the district administration on implementation strategies. Within her building she is an advisor to the Art Club, Anime Club and the Leo Club. Kate is an ESD 114 Vice President for the WAEA. Kate was also recently recognized in The Kitsap Sun in the “Teacher Spotlight.”

James Andrews has taught art for 18 years; advocating for quality arts programing within his school, district, community, and the State. He assisted in the creation of an Arts Boosters organization in order to support all the arts (dance, music, theatre, and visual arts), and successfully organized the annual arts event: The Festival of The Arts. James has also been a tenacious arts education advocate on the State level. AnnRene’ Joseph has stated about James: “His continued lobbying on this issue, both to the legislature and the State Board of Education, with the support of my office and position, had a positive influence in the passage of a two-credit graduation requirement in our state’s new CORE24 graduation requirements. This requirement, passed during the 2010-2011 legislative session, was enacted into law for the graduating class of 2019 (the freshman class of 2016).”

Dan Brown has successfully developed an outstanding sequential visual art study and studio program in Okanogan. As the only art teacher for both the middle and high school, Dan has single-handedly developed and implemented all of the art curriculum for the past 25 years. Dan has received numerous awards, including: a Golden Apple Award 2011 KSTS TV and Pemco Insurance, WAEA Secondary Teacher of the Year 2001, Washington State Teacher of the Year finalist 2000, North Central ESD Excellence Award 1991, (Okanogan School District) North Central ESD Excellence Award 1988 (Soap Lake School District). Dan has shown professionally at the Confluence Gallery from 1995- to the present. Public work and collections: “Jailbirds” Sleeping Lady Resort, Leavenworth, “Bringing Home the Bacon” Twisp Ponds, Twisp, “Fishing the Stillaguamish” Arlington, “Flight” Quotewizard, Seattle, and is currently working on his 975th work of art. He also supports various charities: Alatheia Therapeutic Riding Arena, Loup Loup Ski Bowl, Wenatchee Valley College Foundation, Rotary International, and Community Action (student held soup dinner event). Dan works tirelessly in support of quality arts programs on behalf of the Okanogan community, for which he cares so deeply.

Register NOW for the State Conference

Art Educators and Enthusiasts,

It is not too late to register for the WAEA State Conference. Interested in seeing what the details of the day(s) might entail, want a sneak peak at the agenda? Have your first look here:



Ticketed Master Class Workshops (5:00 – 9:00 pm)

12 Max Art Show opening reception


Registration (8:00 – 9:00 am)

Keynote Speakers: Ian Sands and Juliette Aristides

Best Practice Lectures and Hands-On Sessions

Vendor Fair

Silent Auction benefitting the Stuart Davis Memorial Scholarship

Art Educator Awards

After Party (7:00 – 10:00 pm)


Ticketed Master Class Workshops (9:00 am – 12:00 pm)

For a full version of events, download a copy here. (please note it may be subject to change)


Have more questions or want to REGISTER, see our Conference Page for more details.

See you at the conference!