New Website is coming!

Dear WAEA members,

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

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


Your WAEA Communications team

YAM Submissions Due This Friday, 2/17

Don’t forget to take part in this amazing opportunity to support Youth Art Month. Submissions are due this Friday (or) if you are planning to attend the WAEA monthly meeting on Saturday, you may bring your students’ art to Nancy at the meeting.

Lets have an amazing showing of WA student artists, send in your artwork for the show! Find out more HERE

Youth Art Month

Scholarship Opportunities

Dear Art Educators,

Central Washington University’s Department of Art is pleased to offer a wide variety of scholarship opportunities to incoming students who plan to major in Art. These scholarships range in amount from $500 to $5,000 and their individual requirements can be viewed here.

In addition, CWU offers Merit Tuition Awards up to $4000 and you will find more details about those awards here. Scholarships and awards submission deadlines are quickly approaching, so make sure to apply right away!

Please share this information with your students. We would also love for them to come and visit us so we can give them a VIP tour of our facilities. For additional information about the Department of Art and to arrange a tour, please contact us at (509) 963-2665 or by email. You can also visit our email address.

Gregg Schlanger, Chair
Department of Art
Central Washington University



Do you have students who enjoy drawing or painting wildlife? This statewide contest is available to ALL students K-12! The annual contest encourages students to observe wildlife and create their vision of the colorful, winged waterfowl that grace wetlands across North America. The objective is to create an original depiction of waterfowl and submit it to the contest; great as a class project or for individual students!

The actual art competition begins each spring when students submit their artwork to their state or territory contest. At the state level, students are judged in four groups according to grade level: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Three first, three second, and three third place entries, along with 16 honorable mentions, are selected from each age group, so there are lots of winners who will each receive certificates, prizes, and recognition. Contest judges select one “Best of Show” from the 12 first place winners. Each state or territory “Best of Show” is entered in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest which occurs in April.

In Washington State, entries are due by March 15, Every Year

For information, entry and reference forms, visit: ONLINE CONTEST LINK HERE

Washington State coordinator information:Michael Schramm, Nisqually NWR, 360-753-9467,

Please help ensure that ALL wildlife artist students hear about this opportunity!

Michael Schramm

Park Ranger (Visitor Services)

Summer Opportunities for Art Educators & Professional Development

 Office of Arts & College News…
Join us for the third annual Creative Advantage Summer Institute

Thursday, August 18, 2016; 9 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Seattle Art Museum
1300 First Ave Seattle, WA 98101
Register here

Creative Advantage Workshops

The third annual Creative Advantage Summer Institute is open to teachers, artists, teaching artists, community members, and anyone invested in providing equitable arts education for all students in Seattle Public Schools.

This free, one-day workshop will include inspiring presentations by national thought leaders, hands-on art-making activities and opportunities to network and collaborate with peers. This year we welcome Robyne Walker Murphy, Cultural Access Program Director from Cool Culture in New York City, as this year’s keynote speaker.  Murphy will share insights on social justice pedagogy and professional development in the arts, community engagement, and more.

Sessions include: 
• Teaching Artists as Entrepreneurs
• Trauma-Informed Practice and Social-Emotional Learning
• Racial Equity and Social Justice in arts education

Advanced registration required, includes lunch and eight (8) Washington State Clock Hours.

About Robyne Walker Murphy
Robyne Walker Murphy is a nationally recognized art and social justice educator and administrator.  Previous to her position at Cool Culture, Murphy served as director of membership development and engagement at the National Guild for Community Arts Education, and as the director of the DreamYard Art Center for seven years. Under her direction, DreamYard Art Center was recognized by the White House as one of the top 12 out of school programs in the nation. She created and co-developed the Social Justice Pedagogy Team, a professional development series aimed at establishing important tenets of social justice education; creating common language across programs; exploring best practices and learning from veteran social justice educators.

Murphy has conducted workshops about art and social justice at conferences and institutions across the country. Her writing on social justice education has been featured in Teachers and Writers and Teaching Artist Guild magazines.  Murphy is a graduate of Clark Atlanta University where she majored in English with an emphasis in African American Literature. She obtained her MFA in Acting from the University of Washington’s Professional Actor Training Program.

WAEA Membership Scholarship, “Mileage to Membership”

The WAEA board is excited to offer a new “Mileage to Membership” Scholarship. Instead of taking mileage reimbursements when board members attend meetings, they can opt to donate their mileage into this new fund. These donations provide scholarships for potential members, for whom the $90 fee is a barrier to participation but are eager to contribute to the WAEA, to receive a free year of WAEA membership. Scholarship awardees are expected to actively participate in the WAEA in some capacity during their free membership year. This could include attending a board meeting, presenting at the fall conference, or writing an article for Splatter Magazine.

Before you apply, be sure you have looked into other resources for funding, such as your building or district professional development funds, PD grants, a school district foundation or even your school’s ASB. (If you are the sponsor of a National Art Honor Society club, often times your ASB will pay the NAEA Dues as part of the club fees.)

You can apply for a membership scholarship by clicking on this link: MEMBERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP LINK

If you have any questions about the form or this scholarship, please contact our membership chair at:

Visit our Membership Page for more details…

See you @ the Next Meeting!

Join us for an AMAZING meeting and location for our next WAEA Meeting! Located in the historic Slocum House at Esther Shot Park

WHEN: Saturday, January 23rd, from 10:30 – 12:30

WHERE: 360 Gallery, 605 Esther St. Vancouver, WA 98660


(Find out More details below…)

Dear WAEA Members,

First of all, Happy New Year! Sending you heartfelt wishes for a great 2016 full of the arts. This message invites all of you to our first Open Membership Destination Meeting of the year. Details are below and we are hoping for a strong turn-out. You will also find minutes of the December meeting attached to bring everyone up to speed as we prepare for an exciting year’s journey with WAEA.

Plan on attending on Saturday, January 23rd, in Vancouver WA, at 360 Gallery, located in the historic Slocum house at Esther Short Park, from 10:30 to 12:30. A little bit about 360 Gallery: Gallery 360 is comprised of 20 local artists who provide a mosaic of artwork beautifully displayed inside the historic Slocum House. Gallery 360 offers paintings, photography, pen and ink, glass art, jewelry, textiles, and mixed media art. The Slocum House parlor features a boutique filled with one-of-a-kind art gift items. Admission to the gallery is free. After the meeting you are welcome to join us for a bite to eat at Brewed a downtown restaurant at 603 Main St. Come and get fired-up for an art-filled year and take a mini-break from the daily grind. Here is the address to help you plan your trip: Gallery 360, 605 Esther St. Vancouver, WA 98660 Ph: 360-693-7340

Agenda items include updates on budget, conferences, and future plans. We will be going over drafts of revised job descriptions (brought up-to-date to match our changing needs) before replacing former documents. Agenda and reports will be available at the meeting. If you would like to bring something to the table (e.g. reports or topics of discussion), please attend the meeting as another reminder will not be sent.

Hope to see many of you there! Now that the holidays are past, this will be a grand time for getting together with your tribe and hopefully meeting some new folks. Along those lines, we’d like to welcome in Craig Van den Bosch as the WAEA Elementary Division Representative! Welcome Craig – we feel so lucky to have you officially onboard. AND help us welcome in and celebrate our new co-president elect Mandy Hallenius! WAEA is so excited to have such a power-packed creative Board. Woot! Woot!

I wish you all a good week as you work to help all students realize their passions and dreams.

Best to all,


HS Art Competition through CWU

Look at Me: High School Student Exhibition

October 12-17, 2015

Click here for an entry form.

Look at Me: Any self-portrait, image, or representation of oneself.

We are encouraging students from all Northwest Regional high schools to submit 2-dimensional works about how we represent our identity. For example, some students may want to discuss identity through social, cultural, economic, and gendered perspectives; as each of these elements plays a part in how we identify within constructs of family, community, and greater society.

The aim of this exhibition is to feature the best self-portraits that depict the students’ individual identity, and honest self-reflections are specifically desired.


The Look at Me High School Art Exhibition is free to enter and open to juniors and seniors across the Northwest Region. Students are welcome to submit one self-portrait each. These self-portraits must be original, and can be any media that can be exhibited on a 2-Dimensional surface.

Size Requirements

All images must be a maximum of 8″x10″ mounted on an 11″x14″ black mounting board. We recommend something similar to Dick Blick‘s Pure Black Presentation Boards, item number 13700-2005.


All entries must be received by October 7, 2015.

Click here for an entry form, to be attached with your artwork.

Those who enter have the opportunity to win a variety of awards, including cash and tuition waivers.

Delivery of Submitted Work

For delivery, please address work to:
CWU Department of Art
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
  • Each school or student is responsible for shipping and costs associated for shipping work to Central Washington University. CWU will provide return shipping.
  • The department recommends one of two options for shipping:
    • The FedEx One Rate Large Box (dimensions: 12-3/8″ x 17-1/2″), which is a cost of $15.75 one-way.
    • The USPS Priority Mail Large Flat Rate Box (dimensions: 23-11/16″ x 11-3/4″x3″) which is a cost of $17.90 one-way.
  • CWU will provide return shipping in the FedEx One Rate or USPS Priority Mail boxes.
  • Do not fold or roll artwork for shipping; it must remain flat.
  • Students wishing to hand-deliver artwork may do so to Randall Hall between the hours of 1 PM – 5 PM October 5, 6 or 7.
  • All artwork must be labeled on the back, with the entry form securely attached.
  • Artwork will not be sold


The CWU Faculty members will choose the selection of awards based on merit and originality.

Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony will take place at the conclusion of College Art Day, October 17, at 4:00 PM. There will be a variety of awards, including tuition waivers for attendance at Central Washington University. Light refreshments will be served.

For more information contact:

Gregg Schlanger, Chair
CWU Department of Art
400 E University Way
Ellensburg, WA 98926
phone: 509-963-2665

School Art Magazine promotion

Hey Amazing Art Educators,

Looking for a great art educator supplement? Do you need to re-new your SchoolArts subscription or have been tossing the idea around to try out the magazine? We have some of our very own Washington art educators who have been featured in this magazine.

Well… guess what?!

School Arts is now offering a promotion for a year’s subscription for only $10 (originally $24.95)! If it wasn’t affordable then, it may be now. Here’s some info with the promo code (SAFALL15) below, go online and subscribe today at

Best wishes for the start of an awesome 2015-16 school year!



WAEA April Minutes

Hello Marvelous Members,

Our April Meeting was a “task-packed” meeting of agenda items. Thank you to all you came and to all who volunteered for much needed jobs for our 2015 Conference. We certainly are finishing up the 2014 – 2015 school year strong.

So grab a cup or coffee or a bottle 😉 of wine, sit back and read on.

Mark your calendars for the next two celebratory meetings: May 16th and June 6th! Details will be coming soon.

Hoping you are enjoying the glorious sunshine today.

As always, thank you for all you do. You are saving lives and inspiring bright futures.

Mari Atkinson

6th gr. Honors LA & 8th gr. Visual Art

Olympic View Middle School

WAEA Co-President

Please find the following Meeting Minutes from our April Meeting:

WAEA MINUTESApril 18, 2015 Location: Tacoma Art Museum 1701 Pacific Avenue, Tacoma
The Mission Statement of the Washington Art Education Association is to promote excellence in visual arts education, advocacy, leadership, professional development, and scholarship in Washington State.
Presidents: Mari Atkinson and Pamelia Valentine President-Elect: Cynthia Gaub
Secretary: Tracy Fortune (absent)
Treasurer : Katie Hall, Toni MinishElect
Members in attendance:
Debbie Supplitt, Barb Holterman, Cynthia Gaub, Jonathan Lindsay, Marta Olsen, Mandy Hallenius

CALL TO ORDER TIME: _ Start Time: 10:35 am
: Corrected adding Barbara Holterman’s last name / minutes were moved, seconded and approved.
1. State Conference:

       Update on 2015 state conference at Cascade HS Leavenworth (2016 tentative plan w/Portland)
Title and Theme: ARTober Fest – A Celebration of Art Education
Committees were developed and leads, along with a schedule. Please check attachment for details. Consider signing up for one of the committees or leading one of the open spots. We need everyone to play a part. The planning and the participating all fits into the charge given to all NAEA members in NOLA. Our theme and our work truly fits the “Remarks” made by Deborah Reeves to the Delegates Assembly in NOLA.
Dr. Reeves encouraged us to “reach our preferred future. Forward-looking leaders create a vision, design a future, map strategies…and – working in reverse – determine the series of steps that will get us to that vision.”   – Dr. Deborah Reeves

  1. Google for Non-Profits Proposal:
    See attachment for details. Cathy, James and Cynthia attended an excellent session at NAEA on the strategies to help states with communication using Google for Non-profits. This would include emailing contacts, document storage, forms, calendars, YouTube channel. The motion for applying for the Google for Non-Profits account and products for better online presence and cloud storage, forms and team document and email sharing was carried and passed.

    OSPI High School Art Show:

    Date: Friday, May 15th Time: 1:00-3:00 p.m.  We have enough volunteers! Cathy Tanasse and Pamelia Valentine will now attend to help host with Mari Atkinson and Gale Riley. All are invited.REPORTS & UPDATES:
    Treasurer: (Katie) Non-profit status has been updated (Form-990), Balance $15,885.64 ($10,000
    Conference) / Need to return to suggested assignment structure by making Membership Chair also
    available to accept and deposit checks into the WAEA account.
    > ESD Vice Presidents: See attached reports from ESD 189, ESD 114
    ESD 112: Continuing to work on the database and in process of conducting a “Round-up.”
    ESD 105: Tons going on! Katie will post on website. High School Regional Show, Middle Schools Show,
    Dept. of Ecology WA recyclable jewelry show “Message in Materials”

> Advocacy: (Mandy) Update on Arts Advocacy Day in D.C. Excellent training for speaking to Congress; articulation of our wants and needs are paramount. What stood out most to Mandy? How clueless (i.e. totally ignorant – editorial license here) congressional workers are regarding education; especially art education. What is at stake? 30 million dollars available for professional development for art teachers AND evaluating art teachers (TPEP) on teaching art (whadda concept). WAEA will be working toward supporting more members who would like to become involved in advocacy training.
> DVI: (Mandy) Retreats were won in NOLA at NAEA by Utah and Colorado’s art associations. Mandy’s work with DVI brought forward a ton of excitement to Delegate’s Assembly as the winners were announced at the close of our session. DVI is putting WAEA strong on the NAEA radar! All of this helps NAEA consider Seattle as a possible future venue for the national convention. Also, the poster project is underway and images are almost ready for us to vote on.

   > YAM: (Nancy and Laurel) No report available. Please think about a couple of decisions regarding YAM entries as far as a policy for double-dipping student work in contests.

> SCHOLASTIC: (Jonathan) Very successful year with National Winners in art (check the website ) along with Golds and Silvers in writing. More to come as Washington State grows as an all-state affiliate.

> SPLATTER: (Cynthia) Lots of news! Please see attachment. We will be designing a sign-up for regular features for Divisional Reps submissions. This could be a favorite lesson that works with your grade level or suggestions for class management, anything pertaining to your area. Be thinking!
April deadline extended to the 30th. Theme for the summer issue (due date June 15th) is Summer Rejuvenation / Inspiration; how do you refuel? Think. Write. Submit. Let your voice as an art educator be heard.

> WEBSITE: (Trinity) Continue to be sure to send Trinity updates and news of events in your district / school. There are a number of Night of the Arts coming up for us to attend and help support.

NEXT WAEA MEETING DATES:  May 16th, 10:00ish, somewhere on Bainbridge Island 😉   Details will come your way. This will be a fun gathering to make it easier for our ferry-taking-folk to attend with more conference details to be worked out.
June 6th we head to the East in the Yakima area. Let’s set-up some carpools!


WAEA Full Board of Directors 2015-2017
WAEA Exec Board
Mari Atkinson
Co-President Pamelia Valentine
President Elect Cynthia Gaub
Secretary Tracy Fortune
Katie Hall Elect Toni Minish
Regional Representatives / Role: Vice Presidents WAEA ESD
See ESD 112, 171 & ESD 189 Collaborative Representative Teams now acceptable
Faye Scannell
(3) ESD 114: PORT TOWNSEND · SEQUIM · PORT ANGELES · NEAH BAY · FORKS Lorinne Lee (on leave)   David Cassel
(4) ESD 113: ABERDEEN · WHITE PASS · OLYMPIA OPEN (Amada Lang has resigned)
(5) ESD 112: VANCOUVER · LONG BEACH Barb Holterman and Debbie Supplitt
(6) ESD 101: SPOKANE · PULLMAN Sherry Syrie
(7) ESD 171: NORTH CENTRAL PART OF THE STATE: Cyndi Noyd and Don Collins
(8) ESD 105: YAKIMA: Position is OPEN
(9) ESD 123: Tri-cities: Position is OPEN
Divisional Representatives:
Elementary Representatives: Kellia Brinson
Middle School Representative: Nancy Jordan
Secondary Representative: Tracy Fortune
College Representative: Mandy Hallenius
Administrative/Supervision Representative: Jonathan Lindsay
Museum Representative: Lynda Swenson
Retired Teacher Representatives: Carl Clausen Clausen
Art Education Student Representative: Emily Jacobson-Ross jacobsonre@cwu.EDU
Committee Chairs:
   James Andrews a
Advocacy/Arts Time Ginny Lane
Awards Cynthia Gaub  
Scholarship Carl Clausen and Laurel King
Webmaster / Communications Director: Trinity Osborn
Youth Art Month Representatives: Laurel King and Nancy Jordan
Publication Editor: Cynthia Gaub

Check out the Art Happenings Page!

Have you checked out the Art Happenings Page?

Lots of great art events occurring in February and March. From checking out the Scholastic winning artists in Everett to attending several student gallery shows in Kirkland.

North Middle School is having an Evening of the Arts event in March along with the Youth Art Month Exhibition at the Schack Art Center.

Show your support for the arts and attend one of these amazing Art Happenings!

Do you have an event coming up? Are you celebrating Youth Art Month in unique ways at your school? Let us know and we would be glad to spread the word and share with our community. Send your information to: Trinity Osborn,, with your details and a blurb about your event.

see Art Happenings

Come to a WAEA Meeting

We will be having our next two WAEA Meetings at Showalter Middle School. Come and join us. Want your state’s art educator association to be better than before? Have ideas to help improve the art education in our state and in your peers’ classrooms? Get involved and give your input. We’d love to have you!

September 13th, 2014 at Showalter Middle School from 9:30AM – 1PM

October 11th, 2014 at Showalter Middle School from 9:30AM – 1PM

Showalter Middle School

4628 South 144th St.

Tukwila, WA 98168