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

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

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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)

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

Pro Dev Opportunity: Schack Art How2’s: Adding the “A” to STEM

Schack Art How2’s:  Adding the “A” to STEM

Adding the “A” to STEM will be a game changer in your classroom.  Sign-up for this series of four workshops and learn innovative methods to guide your students toward creativity, collaboration and engagement by incorporating a STEAM model. Each session will explore the key role of creativity and provide activities for making authentic connections between art – and science, technology, engineering, and math. Participants will discover new ways to help students “connect the dots.”  Activities will be grade level adaptable and budget minded.  This course does meet the STEM requirement for certification.

Dates & Times: April 19, 26, May 3, & May 10, 6-8:30 pm, Schack Art Center
Fees: $75 (SPU/Everett SD Clock Hours/SPU Credit available)

Instructors: Mari Atkinson & Jody Cain

ArtsTime Conference

ArtsTime Conference – Register Now!

What:  The ArtsTime Conference is back!
It’s About Art – It’s About Time!   “Embracing Creativity in the Classroom!”

When: March 11, 2017

Where: Tukwila Community Center

Who: K-8 Educators who are:

      • Interested in getting ideas for arts integration into other content areas – ideas you can take back and use right away!
      • Looking for new ideas to inspire their students.

Cost: $79

Clock Hours: 7 free clock hours

More information:

Registration: Link to registration:

Questions:  Please feel free to contact:

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor for The Arts


Phone: 360-725-4966

Pat Sylvia, ArtsTime Conference Coordinator


Attention ESD 121, Check out this Month’s ESD 121 Event

Marta Olson, your ESD 121 Rep has put together some amazing opportunities for her region. Come and join other art educators in your region, get to know one another, and share in some hands on workshops. Have questions, contact Marta

Please DO NOT contact the event locations. Contact your ESD 121 Reps.

FEBRUARY 2017Bainbridge Island Art Museum – The emphasis of this gathering will be on handmade books. (3 clock hours) 

BIAM is an easy walk from the ferry landing in Winslow. Catch the ferry in Seattle as a walk on, and simply walk up a hill from the landing and at the first stoplight is the museum. Great shopping and dinner options in the town of Winslow too!!


Mark your calendars for additional ESD 121 events…

MARCH 2017– Artist and Craftsman Supply, Tacoma. Tour of the store plus a demonstration and studio time for block printing lead by store manager and artist Michael Rives. (3 clock hours)

MARCH 25TH, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00

APRIL 29th 2017 – Daniel Smith art supplies in Seattle.  The emphasis of the day will be on fine watercolors and how to also use student grade materials that are affordable for the classroom. Thom Right will lead a tour of the DS manufacturing center for watercolors and do a demonstration of the materials for us.  This will be a great learning opportunity for teachers to make connections of earth science to the development of artist supplies and tools. (3 clock hours)

            One of our members gave us a challenge for this day to wear recycled fashion and share lesson plans that connect to recycled art.

APRIL 29ND, SATURDAY, 11:00-3:00


MAY 13th 2017 – Is still being planned, but we hope to meet at the Henry Art Gallery at the University of Washington – or somewhere near by from 1:30 – 4:00.  ( 3 clock hours)

Professional Development Opportunity, Art in the Cascades

Arts in the Cascades – Visual Arts

Come spend two nights (March 20th – March 22nd, 2017) in Holden Village with Renee Schneider, a former Disney artist and elementary teacher who runs a non-profit in Orlando, Florida for underprivileged youth (ArtWorks Orlando.) We will have sessions for elementary teachers about integrating visual arts with reading, and for secondary teachers about creative art projects and careers in the arts. There will be other sessions provided by local High School Art Teacher Sue Clouse, and the Holden staff.  Most sessions will be hands-on, and all materials are provided.

$110 includes the boat ride to and from Holden, meals and lodging in Holden Village, materials and sessions.  Parking fees are not covered (at Fields Point Landing or Chelan’s Lady of the Lake boat dock.)  Worth 11.5 CPE credits.

Emily Atkinson

Arts Holden Village

Maryhill Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017

NEWS RELEASE Media contact: 
Colleen Schafroth, Executive Director
(509) 773-3733,
 Maryhill Seeks Teachers for Art Exhibitions in 2017
Washington and Oregon Educators will be Featured in Museum’s Education Center
(GOLDENDALE, Wash., December 19, 2016) – Maryhill Museum of Art, working in partnership with Washington Art Education Association and Oregon Art Education Association, wants to showcase teacher talent.

As part of this new initiative, educators from both states are invited to participate in juried exhibitions in Maryhill Museum of Art’s MJ Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center during 2017.

Washington educators will be featured in an exhibition on view March 15 – April 26, 2017, with submissions accepted between January 4 and January 28, 2017.

An exhibition featuring Oregon teachers will take place October 6 – November 15, 2017, with submissions accepted from August 13 to September 3, 2017.

In order to apply, teachers must be current members of either Washington Art Education Association or Oregon Art Education Association.
Interested teachers can download submission guidelines and further information at:
Questions? Contact Lou Palermo at 509.773.3733 x. 25 or via email at

Housed in a glorious Beaux Arts mansion on 5,300 acres high above the Columbia River, Maryhill Museum of Art opened to the public May 13, 1940 and today remains one of the Pacific Northwest’s most enchanting cultural destinations. The museum was founded by Northwest entrepreneur and visionary Sam Hill, who purchased the property and began building the house with dreams of establishing a Quaker farming community. When that goal proved untenable, Hill was encouraged by friends Loie Fuller, Queen Marie of Romania, and Alma de Bretteville Spreckles to establish a museum.

Maryhill Museum of Art boasts a world-class permanent collection, rotating exhibitions of the highest caliber, and dynamic educational programs that provide opportunities for further exploration by visitors of all ages. On view are more than 80 works by Auguste Rodin, European and American paintings, objects d’art from the palaces of the Queen of Romania, Orthodox icons, unique chess sets, and the renowned Théâtre de la Mode, featuring small-scale mannequins attired in designer fashions of post-World War II France. Baskets of the indigenous people of North America were a collecting interest of Hill; today the museum’s American Indian collection represents nearly every tradition and style in North America, with works of art from prehistoric through contemporary.  

Maryhill’s William and Catherine Dickson Sculpture Park features more than a dozen large-scale works by Northwest artists. The Maryhill Overlook is a site-specific sculpture by noted Portland architect Brad Cloepfil; nearby are Lewis and Clark interpretive panels. Four miles east of Maryhill is a life-sized replica of Stonehenge, Stonehenge Memorial, which Sam Hill built to memorialize local men who perished in World War I. Nearby, the Klickitat County War Memorial honors those who have died in the service of their country since World War I.

The museum was placed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1974. In 2001 the museum was listed as an official site of the National Historic Lewis and Clark Trail and in 2002 was accredited by the American Association of Museums. In 2012 the museum opened the Mary and Bruce Stevenson Wing, a 25,500 square foot expansion that is the first in the museum’s history. The new wing boasts the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Education Center, a collections storage and research suite, a new cafe and terrace, and the Cannon Power Plaza with an installation of sculpture, and sweeping views of the Columbia River Gorge and Mount Hood in the distance.

Maryhill Museum of Art is open daily from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., March 15 to November 15. Admission is $9 for adults, $8 for seniors, $3 for youth age 7-18 and free for children 6 and under. Admission to the Stonehenge Memorial is free; it is open from 7:00 a.m. to dusk daily.

Sandwiches, salads, espresso drinks, cold beverages, and freshly baked desserts and pastries, as well as a selection of local wines are available at the museum’s cafe, Loie’s, from 10:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. daily; the Museum Store features art and history books, jewelry, Native American crafts and other mementos.

Maryhill is located off Highway 97, 12 miles south of Goldendale, Washington. Drive times to the museum are 2 hours from Portland/Vancouver, 3.5 hours from Bend, 4 hours from Seattle, and 1.5 hours from Yakima. For further information, visit

SAM supports Educators


The Seattle Art Museum is a great resource for Educators. They offer a wide variety of workshops, resources and clock hours to the educator community. Be sure to check out their calendar of events and the great opportunities for Professional Development.

Here’s a snippet of what’s coming up:

SAM’s next educator workshop is about Jacob Lawrence’s The Migration Series:

Additional information about SAM’s other educator programs and workshops (for additional clock hours) can be found here:

Clock hours are always given for free for all educator workshops.

General information for schools and educators can be accessed here:

As a reminder, SAM’s Teacher Resource Center (TRC) is available where teachers may have access to curriculum (multiple subjects and grades), books, posters, videos, and objects available to check out as desired. If they aren’t sure what might be helpful, SAM’s librarian can assist with that. Anyone may register to be a TRC borrower.

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!