WA State Fair’s 30th Annual Jr/Sr HS Art Show

Hello Teachers, Students, and Artists:

The Washington State Fair is pleased to offer young artists from the Northwest an opportunity to showcase their best work at the Fair’s 30th annual Junior/Senior High School Art Show. Students, grades 6-12 enrolled in a middle school, junior high, high school or home school equivalent, are invited to participate in what many consider to be the area’s most prestigious show for the artistic community’s younger generation. Thousands of people will view your students’ artwork during the 20 days of the Fair. September 1 – 24, 2017 (Closed Tuesdays & Wed 9/6)

REGISTER ENTRIES ONLINE FIRST between March 1 and June 1

Step-by-Step Instructions


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Washington State Fair Jr/Sr High Art Show on-line Entry Registration


Friday, June 2, 2 pm – 6 pm OR Saturday, June 3, 11 am – 6 pm

BRING TO: Washington State Fair Restaurant Building (see map, pg. 6) Walk in through the Red Gate on 9th Ave SW to enter grounds. Acceptance of art is at the discretion of show management.

Teachers, Parents, and Students are always welcome to deliver art, Students are encouraged to self-submit as well.   We look forward to hosting you again this year and have some suggestions that we believe will make the Intake run more smoothly and require less of your time.  Please take a moment to go through the following list:

  • Schools will be registered 1-school at a time.  Mislabeled work will be pulled and placed up front for corrections.  Once corrections are completed by the teacher, they can be entered for judging.
  • Some classes from prior years are either not used or renamed, so please use the booklet to identify the classes which apply to the artwork you are entering.
  • Artwork needs to adhere to the matt board or frame with permanent tape. Larger pieces will require more tape.  Glue sticks and lightweight tapes fail in the humid environment of the Fair.  We have had instances whereby students’ artwork ends up on the floor when applied with these temporary methods.
  • School, student name, and a name of the piece must be on the back of each entry.  All labels from prior shows must be removed prior to entering into the Washington State Fair.
  • Artwork framed or matted improperly will require correcting prior to being accepted into the Show.
  • Students’ entries not present for Intake, will not be accepted.  No Exceptions.

Thank you for your attention to these matters.  Our goal is to provide your students with an arena to display their creative accomplishments successfully.  Your assistance in this endeavor will aid us in achieving that end.  We look forward to a very successful exhibit and appreciate the contribution each of you offers with the entries of your student’s creativity.

May is Washington State’s Art Education Month, a time to celebrate and strengthen arts education in our schools for all students.  It is a perfect time to demonstrate the value of arts education and to witness and recognize the power of learning through the arts.

Michael J. Hollins, Superintendent Junior Senior High Art

Washington State Fair  |  www.thefair.com

253-848-1671 |  mikehollins@gmail.com

110 9th Avenue SW | Puyallup, WA 98371

Washington State Fair, Sept. 2-25, 2016 (Closed Tuesdays)

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


OSPI Art News and Notes


New Arts Learning Standards – Formally Adopted!

Superintendent of Public Instruction Chris Reykdal formally adopted the new Arts Learning Standards for Washington at a spectacular event at Elk Plain School of Choice in the Bethel School District. The students performed an amazing showcase of the arts that included band, orchestra, choir, musical theatre, and first graders tap dancing. “Education involves the whole child,” Superintendent Reykdal said. “The arts are a part of that. They engage all learning styles, and they lead to powerful and life-long habits, such as creativity, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking. The arts provide our students with keys to understanding the world around them and strategies for learning, interpreting, and expressing their thoughts.” A huge “thank you” goes to the Arts Cadre of Educators representing Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts who worked to carefully review the standards and provide additional content with Suggestions for Students and Examples that will support these standards. To view the new standards, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/Standards/default.aspx


The Superintendent’s High School Art Show

High school students from all nine Educational Service Districts (ESDs) have been participating in the ESD Regional shows that have been taking place in March. Finalists from the regional shows are moving forward to the state show and will be on display at OSPI from April 3 – June 1, with a reception and awards ceremony on Friday, May 19 from 1–3 p.m. at OSPI. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtShow/default.aspx

iGrants Reporting OSPI Bulletin B001-17: 2016-17 details the annual reporting requirements and timelines related to the implementation of assessments and other strategies in Social Studies, The Arts, Health, Fitness (RCW 28A.230.095), and for Educational Technology (RCW 28A.655.075). The deadline for the form package is June 30, 2017. For more information, please go to: http://www.k12.wa.us/assessment/OSPI-DevelopedAssessments.aspx

My Public Art Portal – The Washington State Arts Commission (ArtsWA)

To view the State Arts Collection through “My Public Art Portal,” a searchable, web-based database holding more than 1,300 of the Collection’s 4,500 artworks, please go to: http://www.artswa.org/mwebcgi/mweb?request=home

Story House: Select Works by Women Artists of Color

In celebration of Women’s History Month, My Public Art Portal presents a selection of figurative, narrative, and conceptual artworks in the State Art Collection created by sixteen women artists of color. Representing diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and creative processes, these artists are unified by the expressive power of their work. Click artwork titles to explore the artists’ varied investigations into identity, gender, heritage, community, and social justice. To view this collection, please go to: http://www.artswa.org/mwebcgi/mweb?request=record;id=28;type=901


2018 WMEA Conference

Session proposals are now being accepted for the 2018 Washington Music Educations Association (WMEA) conference to be held in Yakima, February 15-18, 2018. Deadline for submitting proposals is April 15. For more information, please go to: http://wmea.org/proposal.aspx

Adding the “A” to STEM

Learn how to embed visual art concepts and connections into the STEM areas and establish authentic ways to guide your students toward creativity, collaboration and engagement. This class takes place on April 19, 26, May 3, and May 10. For more information and a registration link, please go to: http://www.schack.org/classes/art-how2s-2017-adding-the-a-to-stem/

Arts Opportunities for Students and Teachers at Centrum

Located in Port Townsend, Centrum, in partnership with OSPI, gathers young artists, scientists, and teachers together. Artists working in the fields of visual art, writing, theater, movement, and music will provide young artists opportunities to learn new ways of thinking, seeing, and being. Opportunities in 2017 include:

Western Governors High School Art Competition

The Western Governors’ Association is proud to announce “Celebrate the West,” a regional art competition that challenges high school students to create works inspired by their state. The deadline for submissions is April 30, 2017. For more information and a link to the entry form, please go to: http://www.westgov.org/news/351-news-2016/1288-enter-celebrate-the-west-high-school-art-competition-launches-second-year

UW Climate Change Video Contest

The UW Climate Change Video Contest is open to high school students. The deadline is April 30, 2017. For more information, please go to: http://depts.washington.edu/sefsccvc/

Creative Advantage Workshops – Teaching and Learning with LBGTQ Youth

This interactive workshop unpacks strategies and techniques to help highlight the perspectives of young people, offering critical insights and personal experiences. Participants will gain skills and techniques to build community in diverse classroom settings. Open to any interested teaching artist, community organization, arts advocate, teacher, or arts specialist. To register and learn more about this workshop and others the Seattle Art Museum is offering, please go to: http://www.seattleartmuseum.org/visit/calendar/events?EventId=55429

Writing, Art, and Film Contest for Students

The Holocaust Center for Humanity is sponsoring a writing, art, and film contest that is open to students in grades 6-12. The entry deadline is May 1. For more information, please go to:


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

VALA Eastside Seeks Featured Artist For Redmond Arts Festival


VALA Eastside is currently seeking a Featured Artist to lead a community art project during Redmond Arts Festival, July 7-9, 2017 with a stipend of $2,000 paid to the artist/artist team to cover all planning, materials and implementation of the project.  Attached and below is the press release with more details.

Download the flyer here:  2017_VALA_RAF_ Featured_Artist


Marisa Mouton Provo
Communications Director
VALA Eastside
Follow VALA Eastside on Facebook 


Marisa Mouton Provo


Teen Art Event @BAM

Bellevue Arts Museum’s Teen Arts Council is hosting a special Teen Takeover party at the end of the month.

On Friday, March 31st, the Museum will be open late (5-8pm) especially for teens to explore the galleries, eat free food, and do fun art activities. Download the FLYER, post it, email it, and spread the word. What a great opportunity for teens who are interested in art to meet each other and come hang out at the Museum.

BAM Garden Party Teen Event, FLYER

For more info, contact Julia Miller, Youth and Family Education Coordinator

Bellevue Arts Museum

510 Bellevue Way NE | Bellevue, WA 98004

Phone: (425) 519-0741| Fax: (425) 637-1799


Call for Submissions, Maryhill Museum of Art


Open NOW till March 10 – March 31

Do you know an exceptional art student who would like a broader experience in the art world? Maryhill Museum of Art invites high school 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 exhibited May 5  to June 16, 2017

Click here for a PDF with more information, submission requirements and deadlines.

Golden Artist in Residency

Dear Educators of Scholastic Art and Writing Student Award Recipients,

The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers and Golden Artist Colors are partnering to offer an unprecedented opportunity for Educators with a student who received any level of recognition in the 2017 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards. Three educators will be invited to participate in a two-week artists’ residency in a sylvan setting in upstate New York through the Sam & Adele Golden Foundation.

For more information and to apply, visit www.artandwriting.org/golden today. Deadline for applications is April 14, 2017.

Golden Educators Residency (pdf)

ESD 121 News and Gatherings

Dear ESD 121,

  All members welcome!

Check out the March – May  2017 Gatherings…

MARCH 2017– Artist and Craftsman Supply, Tacoma. Tour of the store plus a demonstration and studio time for block printing led 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)

No reservation necessary.

Have questions, contact Marta Olson, Co-Chair ESD 121  (mARTa@theswallowkingdom.com)


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: http://www.k12.wa.us/Arts/ArtsTime.aspx

Registration: Link to registration: https://form.jotform.com/63368412076962

Questions:  Please feel free to contact:

Anne Banks, Program Supervisor for The Arts

Email: anne.banks@k12.wa.us

Phone: 360-725-4966

Pat Sylvia, ArtsTime Conference Coordinator

Email: Artstime2017@gmail.com

Now Taking Nominations for our Annual WAEA Awards

Please consider nominating someone for our annual WAEA Awards. We have a current need for “Tribute Award” Nominations, which we need by the end of February!

This is an award recognizing a lifetime of service and the recipient is usually a career educator who has held a significant role in Arts Advocacy. Often the recipient is a retired educator who has been a WAEA Executive Board member. It is the WAEA highest award.


You may also use this form for other awards, deadline May 2nd.

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)

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

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


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


Attention Photography Teachers!

Dear High School Photography teachers,

I’ve attached three items of interest for you:

1) 2017 Rules for the Washington State High School Photography Competition.

Deadline for entry is April 29.

2) A poster to display in your classroom announcing the contest.

3) Photography Instructor Roundtable registration form.

Date: Saturday, May 13 at Kenmore Camera

This is a great opportunity to gather with other photography instructors to learn and share.

Clock hours are available for this event.

Find all the forms you’ll need (HERE):

Contest Poster

Contest 2017 Rules

Instructor ROUND TABLE  From, 2017


Kelly Atkinson