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...

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


Summer SPLATTER issue!

The summer issue of SPLATTER is hot off the presses. Read how other art teachers “Renew” and re-energize over the summer. Find out more about the amazing upcoming Washington state art educators’ conference, Artoberfest! Get your hands on a few new lesson plans and so much more…! You don’t want to miss out on reading this summer’s issue of SPLATTER.

Click here to download a pdf of …. SPLATTER, vol. 1, issue 4

Have you missed some other issues? Not a problem, see the archive page for more SPLATTER issues and get up-to-date.



Hello WAEA Members,

My name is Cynthia Gaub and I am on this year’s WAEA Conference Planning Committee. We are committed to creating an event that will be worth your time, money and effort. But we could use your help!
First off, what’s new this year?

1st ANNUAL STATE-WIDE TEACHER’S ART EXHIBIT The WAEA is proud to announce its first annual, state-wide teacher art exhibit! Gage Academy of Art will be hosting the show the week of October 20-24. The reception is open to the public and will be held 5-6 pm on October 24. Join us to celebrate our art teachers as artists exhibit with a wine and cheese reception. Directly after, join Gage teaching artists for free drawing and painting workshops from 6-8pm. Rejuvenate your inner artist through this night of celebrating teachers as artists!

Paul Owen Lewis Our Keynote speaker is Artist and Author, Paul Owen Lewis. I heard him speak at this year’s Scholastic Art Awards and he is an engaging and interesting speaker and story teller.

“Bring it Home” Super Session Several current members presented at NAEA in San Diego and attended great sessions during the 4 day event. This year we are planning on a super session focused on bringing home some of those great ideas. If you attended a great NAEA session and used that information in your classroom since then, we want to hear from you. “Bring Home” this great idea by sharing it with others at the Fall conference.

Reduced Rates for NEW Members! Brand new NAEA/WAEA members will get to attend the conference for free this year! Presenters will receive the reduced “early-bird” rate and an awesome goodie bag for sharing their time and knowledge.


How can YOU Help?

PRESENT SOMETHING: The WAEA is looking for proposals that emphasize this year’s theme of Participate * Educate * Advocate and “Common Core Connections through the Arts”. We are looking for new presenters to share projects and presentations that fit this year’s theme. Deadline for proposals is August 15th, 2014.

NOMINATE SOMEONE: We take time at the conference to recognize great teachers, but we can’t do it without your help. Nominate visual arts teachers in your school or district for one of our many awards. And don’t be shy! Sometimes we have to toot our own horns, so nominate yourself!

INVITE A NEWBIE: Know a new teacher in your district, or someone that is not a member of WAEA. Tell them about the conference and help them join WAEA. The more we increase our membership, the more awesome our organization can be! Encourage participation among your peers.

ATTEND A MEETING: There are open positions within our organization and you never know how simple and fun it can be to participate. Help us shape the future of our organization or just volunteer for some “grunt” work at the conference. You never know how you can contribute unless you ask! I did and now I am making new friends, growing my professional network and even adding to my TPEP goals and successes!

JOIN US ON FACEBOOK: Check out Washington Art Education Association on Facebook and join us!  There is tons of info, job openings, links and opportunities for community networking!  We are a big fun crazy family!

CHECK OUT OUR WEBSITE, Especially if you don’t have a Facebook account, this is a great way to see what we are doing.

So I hope you will save the date for our 2014 WAEA Fall Conference on October 25th, 2014 at Foster High School, Tukwila, WA. We are estimating several hundred attendees and are purposefully planning an educational art inspired day of sessions, great speakers, amazing sponsors, vendors and more. You will not want to miss it. Mark your calendars!

Cynthia Gaub
Conference Planning Committee and WAEA Awards Chair

The Arts – Qualitative Survey

The Arts – Qualitative Survey
AnnRené Joseph

The qualitative survey asks questions regarding teachers using WA State Arts Learning Standards and CBPAs for successful teacher evaluations.  🙂  The survey is brief (only 10 questions), and can be completed in 15 minutes or less.  All teacher information/identification will be confidential.  The received responses will be disaggregated. I am hoping to get back at least five to ten replies.

Participants are able to type their responses into the Word version. SURVEY. Easy to complete and send as an attachment to me at:

Again, thank you.  I will be accepting responses until May 5, 2014.  Please put:  Teacher Evaluation Survey – WAEA in the subject line.

My hope is to present this data in a WAEA conference session in Oct. 2014, and in New Orleans in 2015.  I will probably collect more information in October.

Hopefully, the survey will spark some meta cognition and perhaps encourage teachers to use the standards and CBPAs in their evaluation process.  I am grateful to WAEA for allowing me to present, share, and collect this information (since fall 2011), as am compiling this data over time, which gives it more validity and reliability from all parts of our state.

Again, thank you.  Please let me know if you have any questions/concerns regarding collecting and/or sharing this possibility with our WAEA membership.

AnnRené Joseph, Ed.D. Educational Leadership

CEO and Educational Consultant, More Arts! LLC.

Phone:  206-819-8216 Email:

Motivational Speaker, Professional Musician, Certified FEBI Life Coach, Retired-OSPI Arts Program Supervisor, WA State

Mission: “We are in the business of enhancing lives.” (Wong, 1998)  “Live in divine purpose with intention.”  (Joseph, 2013)  

Mottos: More Arts! Your life is an artwork in progress. (Joseph, 1989) 

Vision and thoughts on leadership: “Listen, learn, and lead; live and leave a legacy.   Dance, sing, act, create, make music and play each day.  Discover the artist within.  Carpé diem.  Seize the day. Relaunch daily.”  “People ask three things about leaders. They are: “Can I trust you?” “Do you know what you are talking about?” and, “Do you care about me as a person?” If the answer to all three is “yes”, then the leader has influence.” (Joseph, 1989) Gal. 5:22-23

Call for Teacher Artwork Submissions

2014 NAEA “Spark” Art Gallery
Call for Teacher Artwork Submissions

Dear Teachers,

Submit your own artwork for inclusion in the Spark Gallery at the 2014 NAEA National Convention. The gallery, initiated by the NAEA Art Education Technology (AET) Issues Group and sponsored by Artsonia, will be available for viewing through the NAEA Convention Mobile App, online, and on the “big screens” prior to Convention General Sessions.

Show off your creativity and submit your favorite creation. Each NAEA member is invited to submit one original artwork for inclusion in the Spark Gallery. Since the Convention theme is Fusing Innovative Teaching and Emerging Technologies, we encourage digital artwork!

Submission Deadline: March 7, 2014

Click here for more details or to submit your entry. NOTE: This is artwork created by you the teacher, not artwork created by your students.

Thank you in advance for helping create this very special art gallery!

Your Friends at Artsonia