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

SUMMER ART RETREAT SESSIONS:
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).

FALL CONFERENCE 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

2016 WAEA Conference Resources

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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 …

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

Friday:

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

12 Max Art Show opening reception

Saturday:

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)

Sunday:

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

Keynote Speakers

Ian Sands

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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

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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.

http://aristidesarts.com/

http://www.aristidesatelier.com/

 

2015 Award Recipients

2015 Award Recipients

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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!

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.

News…

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: http://www.nationalartsstandards.org/

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: http://www.sbe.wa.gov/graduation.php#.VgA0Xjbn_DC

Notes…

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: http://nafmenw.org/subcontent.aspx?SecID=925

 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: http://www.pesb.wa.gov/districts/assignment_rule_app

 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: http://tacoma.emuseum.com/emuseum.

Opportunities…

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: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/SpecialProjects.aspx#3

 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: http://waea.net/conference/

 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: http://washingtonstatethespians.yolasite.com/Teacher-Inservice-and-Student-Masterclasses.php.

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: http://www.arts.wa.gov/arts-in-education/poetry-out-loud/registration-and-key-dates

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: http://www.cwu.edu/art/look-me-high-school-student-exhibition-2016

 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: https://www.5thavenue.org/education/youth#rising-star-project

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: https://sites.google.com/site/inlandempireorfforg/workshops

 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: http://www.schack.org/classes/exploring-latino-art-integration-through-art-infused-connections/

 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: anne.banks@k12.wa.us or Sarah Davis at: sarah.davis@k12.wa.us

News?

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: thearts@k12.wa.us

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

EVERY STUDENT READY FOR CAREER, COLLEGE, AND LIFE
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!

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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:

AGENDA HIGHLIGHTS

Friday:

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

12 Max Art Show opening reception

Saturday:

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)

Sunday:

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)

REGISTER FOR THE 2016 FALL CONFERENCE NOW!    http://artasticfallconference.ezregister.com/

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

See you at the conference!

Greetings to all WAEA members!

What a great time of year…. Here’s hoping everyone’s school opened up smoothly with classrooms & studios filled with lots of budding artists excited about all they will create this year. Those shining faces can be very inspiring making early wake-ups worth it.

We are just a few weeks away from an amazing state conference. If you still need to register, be sure to sign-up soon. There’s something for each and everyone at this year’s state conference. If you need a letter of support for your administrator, send an email to me at atkinsonmb@mukilteo.wednet.edu or copresident2@waea.net  along with the name(s) of your admin and I will send you a personalized support letter. Credit or clock hours will be available at the conference, and there are sessions that will fulfill the STEM requirement for certification renewal. This is the best visual art professional development you can get.

The first meeting of the year will be held at Western Washington University, on Saturday September 24th, from 10:30 – 12:30 (with a group lunch option afterward somewhere fun). We’ll meet at the entrance to the Fine Arts Building at 10:30 am.  Parking is available at either the “C” lots, which are free on Saturdays and about a 3 block walk from Fine Arts, or the “17G” reserved lot that has pay stations to pay for a spot a little closer (I believe it’s a $1/hour). This will be a working meeting, as we plan final conference details and pack-up the swag bags. We will need all hands on deck for this meeting, so we are hoping for a strong turn-out. We need a volunteer from someone who is presenting to bring a “test presentation” so we can check the tech compatibility.

Look for my email with the blue buttons at the bottom. These contain links to important documents: the agenda includes dates and locations of all future meetings, the minutes provide a road-map for moving forward throughout the year, and the Constitution and Bylaws have been updated and will be voted on during the Annual Business Meeting at the conference. Our goal is to keep all members informed and included, as this is your professional organization.

As the song says, “See you in September!”
My Best to You,
Mari

Introducing WAEA’s 12 MAX Educator Art Show

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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! For more information and art exhibit guidelines and details: 12 MAX ART SHOW REGISTRATION LINK

WAEA News…

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The conference committee is planning a fantastic professional development event for next fall. But we need YOU to make it the best one ever!

The deadline for fall session proposals has been extended to June 15th.  
We are still accepting proposals for the following session types: 60 minute Hands-on Mini Workshop or Product Demonstration, 60 minute Best Practice Session, and “Make and Take” lessons for our Elementary Super Session. (The 2-3 hour Hands-on Workshop proposals closed on May 15th.)
For more information about session types and how to apply, visit the WAEA website: http://waea.net/2016/02/09/now-accepting-workshop-proposals-for-the-2016-conference/

Awards Nominations Needed

WAEA is now accepting nominations for Art Educator Awards to be presented at the 2016 WAEA State Conference. Please submit your nomination for outstanding educators that PARTticipate, Educate and Advocate in your schools and districts. Several awards categories exist and the deadline for nominations has been extended to June 15, 2016.  
Use our easy online form – click HERE to nominate!

All teachers can submit a “vita” of their leadership achievements to assist the board in making nominations for the state and national level. Click here to fill out your WAEA Leadership Vita. 

Read the Spring Splatter Online and coming soon in the Mail.  Submit your articles, student art and lesson plans for the Summer issue by June 15th.

May Board Meeting

WAEA hopes that you will be able to attend the meeting on Saturday, May 21st, from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm, at the Schack Art Center.

The main focus of the meeting will be the fall conference in Bellingham; don’t be left out. We need lots of help so please come and make your voice heard. Many exciting summer opportunities will also be shared.

Please join us after the meeting for Chuck Close Prints: Process and Collaboration, which opened on Thursday, May 12. The cost for the exhibit is only $10.00, so please be sure to have payment ready when you come to the meeting. Parking is free on weekends.

NOW accepting workshop proposals for the 2016 conference

 

October 14-16 2016 Fall Conference

Bellingham, WA “Getting to the Core of Art Education”

Presentation Proposal Types

Type: Pre/Post-Funk “Master Class” Workshops

Length: 2-3 hours

When: Friday Night or Sunday Morning

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

 Format:

  • Teacher gives a short presentation/Demo to guide a hands-on project that teachers can complete within the 2-3 hour time frame.
  • Project should be easy to reproduce in the classroom.
  • Teaching Artist can choose number of participants from min of 10- to max of 35. Class might be cancelled if there are not a MINIMUM number of registered participants.
  • Participants will Pre-select these workshops when registering and pay an extra fee of $30.

 Eligibility:

  • Teaching Artists must be new or current member of WAEA or a cooperating NAEA State member. (any Pacific Region State) OR be a product vendor.
  • Teaching Artists must register and pay for the conference if they are attending any sessions or classes OR have a paid vendor table.
  • Teaching Artists must submit proposals via the online form or in paper format on or before the due date of May 15, 2016.

 Compensation:

  • Teaching Artists are reimbursed up to $10 per person for supplies.
  • Teaching Artists will be paid $30 per hour for instruction.
  • Teaching Artists will submit reimbursement forms with original receipts for actual costs of supplies via the WAEA Treasurer within 30 days before or after the conference to collect the fees listed above.
  • Teaching Artists will receive a “Certificate of Presentation” with a letter to principal/ admin to use as evidence for TPEP.

 Examples:

  • Pottery wheel throwing
  • 3-D sculpting with wire (2015)
  • Drum making (2014)
  • Glassblowing a small pumpkin
  • Altered Books
  • Stained Glass Mosaics

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

Type: Conference Hands-on Mini-Workshops or product demonstrations

Length: 60 mins

When: Saturday Morning or Afternoon

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

Format:

  • Teacher gives a short presentation/Demo to guide a hands-on project that teachers can complete within the 60 min time frame.
  • Project should be easy to reproduce in the classroom.
  • Mini-Workshop Presenters can choose number of participants from min of 10- to max of 35.
  • Participants will Pre-select these workshops when registering and pay an extra fee of $5.

Eligibility:

  • Teaching Artists must be new or current member of WAEA or a cooperating NAEA State member. (any Pacific Region State) OR be a product vendor.
  • Teaching Artists must register and pay for the conference if they are attending any sessions or classes OR have a paid vendor table.
  • Teaching Artists must submit proposals via the online form or in paper format on or before the due date of May 15, 2016.

Compensation:

  • Mini-Workshop Presenters are reimbursed up to $5 per person for supplies.
  • Mini-Workshop Presenters may register at the discounted early-bird rate.
  • Mini-Workshop Presenters will receive a “Certificate of Presentation” with a letter to principal/ admin to use as evidence for TPEP.
  • Mini-Workshop Presenters will submit reimbursement forms with original receipts for actual costs of supplies via the WAEA Treasurer within 30 days before or after the conference to collect the fees listed above.

Examples:

  • Artist Trading Cards
  • Copic Markers Demos
  • Encaustics for the Elementary Classroom
  • Batik Made Easy
  • Easy Woven Yarn Pockets

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

Type: Conference Best Practice Sessions

Length: 60 mins

When: Saturday Morning or Afternoon

Format: Teacher gives a best practice lecture about a successful program, curriculum, lesson or advocacy activity. Attendees are drop-in based on interest.

Eligibility:

  • Session Presenters must be new or current member of WAEA or a cooperating NAEA State member. (any Pacific Region State)
  • Session Presenters must register and pay for the conference if they are attending any sessions or classes.
  • Session Presenters must submit proposals via the online form or in paper format on or before the due date of May 15, 2016.

Compensation:

  • Session Presenters may register at the discounted early-bird rate.
  • Session Presenters will receive a “Certificate of Presentation” with a letter to the principal/ admin of their choice to use as evidence for TPEP.

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

Type: Conference “Make and Take” Super Session

Length: 90 mins

When: Saturday Afternoon

Format: Teacher has a table in a room with 10-15 other teacher tables with a quick “Make and Take” activity. A tri-board display is suggested with samples shown, Lesson Plan/ directions are provided to take away and supplies are available for teachers to sit and make the project.

Eligibility:

  • “Make and Take” Presenters must be new or current member of WAEA or a cooperating NAEA State member. (any Pacific Region State)
  • “Make and Take” Presenters must register and pay for the conference if they are attending any sessions or classes.
  • “Make and Take” Presenters must submit proposals via the online form or in paper format on or before the due date of May 15, 2016.

Compensation:

  • “Make and Take” Presenters are reimbursed up to $50 total for supplies.
  • “Make and Take” Presenters may register at the discounted early-bird rate.
  • Session Presenters will receive a “Certificate of Presentation” with a letter to the principal/ admin of their choice to use as evidence for TPEP.
  • “Make and Take” Presenters will submit reimbursement forms with original receipts for actual costs of supplies via the WAEA Treasurer within 30 days before or after the conference to collect the fees listed above.

Online proposal Form: http://goo.gl/forms/ZEM6uOLbe0

Rubric for scoring all sessions and workshop:

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2016 WAEA Conference and LOGO Contest

Planning has begun and we couldn’t be more excited!

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

We are also excited to announce our LOGO DESIGN CONTEST for the conference! Create a design for our theme, “Artastic: Creativity is Core” and email it to splatter@waea.net by February 26, 2016. Have fun and show us your Creativity!

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WAEA 2015 Award Recipients

The Washington Art Educator Associations would like to congratulate our 2015 Award Recipients! These art educator awards were honored at the 2015 WAEA Artoberfest Conference Awards Luncheon this weekend in Leavenworth, WA.

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Washington State Art Educator of the Year: Rick Wigre

Wigre, Rick, STFThe Washington Art Education Association is proud to announce the 2015 “Educator of the Year” has been awarded to Rick Wigre of Everett Public Schools’ Jackson High School for his accomplished work in Visual Arts and Technology.

Mr. Wigre’s versatility is reflected in his dedication to his personal artistic practice. Since the 1970’s he has pursued a professional art practice in drawing, painting, intaglio, ceramics, glass, photography, and stone carving. He has worked with famous artists like William Morris, Dale Chuhuliy, and Margret Tomkins. He brings this wealth of experience into his graphic design and digital arts classrooms. He has been leader in many professional and technical organizations in the computer, visual arts and graphics design industries. He has also been published in several industry journals and magazines.

The hundreds of awards that his students have brought home show how his passion and technical skills successfully motivate and inspire them. Many of his students have followed through with education and careers in the arts. They range from technology arts, video games, graphic designers, video production to a variety of fine arts careers.

His accomplishments are extensive and have been recognized by many other organizations. He has received a number of awards prior to this recognition, including Advisor of the Year for Washington State from the Washington Technology Student Association, Technology Teacher of the Year for Washington State presented by IBM and Technology and Learning Magazine, National Award for presented by NASA and National Science Teachers Association and National Computer Graphics Contest Adviser Award.

Mr. Wigre’s abilities to inspire students is universally known and appreciated. When his award was announced at JHS, para-educator Jean Sarcletti sent him the following accolade, “Congrats, Mr. Wigre!!! I am always amazed at what you are able to get from kids of all backgrounds. It is inspiring to see them realize that they DO have talent….and that can only come when someone shows them their path. You ROCK!!!!”

“From the first years of my teaching art in the public schools back in the early 1980’s, I have respected those teachers who have won this award. It defends teaching art as an honorable vocation and champions’ art as a necessary passion for our students and our culture in the company of my friends, family and colleagues in art, I feel flattered to receive this award.” shared Rick.

Elementary Art Educator of the Year: Jennifer Lundgren

JL_Jennifer Lundgren in Person!The Washington Art Education Association is excited to share the 2015 “Elementary Level Educator of the Year” has been awarded to Jennifer Lundgren of Montlake Elementary for her excellent guidance of visual arts students.

Jennifer has created an art curriculum at Montlake that is outstanding. She was bequeathed a program that had kids coloring in worksheets from coloring books. The kids last summer had their art show at Seattle Art Museum!” says Bridget Backschies, a parent at Montlake Elementary who nominated her for the award.

Every kid at the school considers art among their favorite classes at Montlake. She is a true artist and sees the potential and creativeness in all of the kids.” continues Backschies.

Ms. Lundgren strives to create authentic art experiences. With that in mind she holds community shows and events along with planning student exhibitions at the Seattle Art Museum. Show and Tell will be on view this November 2015.

When told she would receive this award Jennifer shared, “Winning this award is a great acknowledgment for all arts programs! As art teachers we are aware that our programs are in a constant state of vulnerability, and without our extra effort can be the first to be cut on a budget.  In a time when arts across the country are threatened by lack of funding, I am really so honored to represent the Montlake community, which truly believes that arts education is fundamental to the development of all children. This award has further validated the direction of our program, and the efforts of our school, families, students and educators of which value arts education.

Middle School Art Educator of the Year: Jennifer Heller

photo (1)Washington Art Education Association has awarded the 2015 “Middle Level Educator of the Year” to Jennifer Heller of Eckstein Middle School for her passion and dedication.

Ms. Heller is an excellent art teacher. She tells students how to do a project, gives them the tools and leaves the creativity to them. She is patient and funny and full of energy.” says Mrs. McGreevy, a parent at Eckstein who nominated her for the award.

Treena Sterk, the Principal Eckstein Middle School, has also been impressed with Ms. Heller’s work. “Eckstein Middle School is very proud of art teacher Jen Heller who joined the Eckstein team in 2013.  Her love of art and of teaching was immediately apparent.  On that first day, and on each day thereafter, Jennifer Heller provided an individualized experience in art.”

Sherri Kokx, her former principal had this to say about Ms. Heller, “I have had the pleasure of working with Ms. Heller at two middle schools.  As Eisenhower Middle School I was introduced to the magic that is Ms. Heller. She engaged students that were otherwise not engaged in school.  Her creativity and passion for art and for her students was contagious. Any time I visited the classroom students were engaged in art and Ms. Heller was busy giving them constructive feedback. She pushed and they met her expectations.”

This year Ms.Heller has guided her 8th grade class in a community beautification program – turning our water fountain wells into beautiful pieces of art work using glass mosaics. It’s truly a gift that the school community will enjoy for years to come.

“Winning this award is an honor. It enforces in me what I’ve known all along; that I’m doing something right, that fine art is so important to so many children and it has not been forgotten. Winning this award will fuel me to continue working so hard in the classroom and as an advocate for art education.shared Jennifer about this new achievement.

Secondary Art Educator of the Year: Ed Crossan

EdC_Art StudioEd Crossan of the Thomas Jefferson High School in the Federal Way School District is the 2015 “Secondary Level Educator of the Year.”

Ed Crossan has taken several professional development workshops from me, and I have had the honor of visiting his classroom and watching him teach first-hand. He is very passionate about learning new art skills and sharing them with his students. He is a National Board Certified Art Teacher and works tirelessly to create meaningful art learning experiences for his students.” says Mandy Hallenius, the President and Co-Founder of The Da Vinci Initiative who nominated Ed for the award.

In addition to his teaching work, Mr. Crossan promotes community involvement through a number of after-school clubs. His Graphics Design club worked with the Gay Straight Alliance Club to design a marketing campaign. His Applied Arts and Design Class raised $15,000 to create a community garden for the Thomas Jefferson High School campus.

Mandy continues to sing the praises of Mr. Crossan in her recommendation for this award. “I recently ran into him and a group of his students on a Saturday at the Frye Art Museum. Any art teacher that inspires so much passion in his students to give up their Saturday to visit an art museum, not to mention donating his own personal time to his students, is deserving of being recognized as an outstanding art teacher.

When told of the honor Ed shared, I’m thrilled that people outside my building appreciate the work that I’m doing with students and for the good of the school. I love my job and am happy to come to work every day, this award gives me even more reason to continue our work to support the Arts, and create future advocates for Arts Education.”

Washington Distinguished Service Award: Andrea Schweikl

AndreaSchweiklHeadshotFor the first time in many years, the Washington Art Education Association has awarded the “Washington Distinguished Service Award.Andrea Schweikl, an art docent at Nautilus K-8 in Federal Way is this year’s recipient.

The passion that she shows for the arts is unexplainable! She works far more hours then she is paid. The kids love her!” says Mrs. Munsey-Snyder, the Nautilus PTSA President who nominated her for the award.

Mrs. Munsey-Snyder, continued to sing Andrea’s praises “One day they were chanting ART, ART, ART on a Cart! She is inventive! At one session she had music playing and asked the kids to feel the music and do the art based on how you felt. I cannot express in words how much of a difference Andrea has made at our school for the kids and teachers. In my mind she has already won!”

When told she would receive this award Andrea shared, “Thank you to those who nominated me. It’s good to know when you are appreciated and this award has helped me know that what I have done with the Art on a Cart program at Nautilus K-8 is appreciated – even more than I thought. Since I started teaching art classes, I have been continually amazed at the creative advances students have made. Whether it’s the simple act of how to hold a pastel (so it won’t break in their eager hands), tying a knot, or a more complicated task such as binding a book or sculpting a clay figure, I absolutely LOVE what I do with the students at Nautilus. I believe art education is very important. As a child, I was always a very visual and “hands on” learner. Art and design have always helped me bridge through and understand the different subjects of science, literature, math and technology. My hope is that it will help those students with those things as well.

2015 Tribute Award Dr. AnnRené Joseph

In May, Dr. AnnRené Joseph was honored at the OSPI High School Awards Show for her lifetime contributions to the WAEA and Visual Arts Education in the state of Washington. AnnRené’s contributions have been endless. Because of the excellent letters and recommendations her accomplishments were forwarded on to the NAEA to be considered for a National award in the category of Administration.

National and Regional Elementary Educator: Lisa Crubaugh

Lisa Crubaugh is a WAEA past president and continues to be an active participant in the WAEA. This year her accomplishments were forwarded on to the NAEA to be considered for a both a Regional and National award. The rubric for National Awards includes a significant amount of board participation on the state, regional AND national level. In addition to great classroom teaching, nominees must also publish, perform, volunteer, lead and serve a members of a variety of committees. The standards are very high and rarely reached until a teacher nears the end of their career. The board is pleased to nominate Lisa for these awards. National and Regional winners are announced at the NAEA Convention in March.

Congratulations to our 2015 Award Recipients

These amazing individuals have been recognized as outstanding art educators and individuals who are pouring their passion and knowledge into their specific fields of art education. We proudly announce our 2015 WAEA Award Recipients…

Art Educator of the Year: Rick Wigre

Elementary Educator of the year: Jennifer Lundgren

Middle School Educator of the year: Jennifer Heller

Secondary Educator of the year: Ed Crossan

Washington Distinguished Service Award: Andrea Schweikl

We will be personally recognizing these individuals at our Award Ceremony during the “Artoberfest” WAEA Conference. Join us as we acknowledge their dedication and efforts for art education and show your support by attending the Award Ceremony. See the Conference Page for more details.

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