Paint - Back to School Issue
Don't forget to register for
the FAEA 2004 Conference in St. Petersburg.
by Nan Williams
Among many activities at NAEA, I was able to attend two sessions by Dr.
Laura Chapman, who presented the far-reaching results of her research
on No Child Left Behind (NCLB). In a follow-up, she has asked all of
us to respond to her work in preparation for the convention coming up
March 3-8, in Boston. Her request should also be available in the August
edition of NAEA News
We invite you to participate in this survey, and I think it will be
a major advocacy piece when complete. For your reference, you may want
to see the
May issue of Art Education, which has some examples of “worst practices.” To
simplify for you, you can send entries to me at email@example.com and I will assemble them for Dr. Chapman. I hope you’ll participate
in this unusual opportunity to tell about budgets, policies, overloads,
teaching reading, etc., so that our voices can be heard at last!
“As you know, there is much discussion of “best practices” in
art education. My theory is that perceptions of “worst practices” are
too rarely mapped and can be used in clarifying better practices. I am
interested in memorable cases from novice or experienced K-12 teachers of
teachers, collegiate faculty in art or art education, and museum educators."
"In exchange for your help, you will receive a synopsis of all of the
cases. . . .I hope to analyze the cases and report on them (without personal
of the source), perhaps at the NAEA conference in Boston.”
• Worst art teaching practice that you experienced at any time as a student.
• Worst art teaching practice that you have ever observed.
• Worst art teaching practice that you may have used at one time and now
• Worst art education policy that you experienced at any time as a student.
• Worst art education policy that you have encountered as a professional
in art education.
• Worst art education policy that you may have set in motion at one time
and now regret.
Case submitted by __________________________ (Give contact information)
Grade, level, and/or context of the worst case ______________________
Brief description f the project or practice.
Why was the project or practice so memorable?
What long-term effects, if any, did this case have on your own teaching?
Other comments, observations.
|Discoveries to Share From the
2004 NAEA Conference in Denver
By Brenda Dalton
As you prepare for your new year in the classroom open the door to some
remarkable programs and websites that educators shared at the NAEA conference.
ART LINKS TO LITERACY presentors Suzanne Write & Shellie Marker
This is a two year collaboration involving one hundred at-risk families
in the District of Columbia Public Schools, The Phillips Collection (America’s
First Museum of Modern Art) and “Turning the Page” (a Washington
DC non-profit organization) in 2-years of workshops using the museum’s
art, children’s literature and their own talents in a fun educational
program for their children. www.turningthepage.org
Art of the City” is a wonderful educational program for elementary
and middle schools that addresses themes, such as transportation and communication,
through selected works of artists from the Phillips Collection including
Jacob Lawrence, Pierre Bonnard, Paul Klee, and Edward Hopper. It includes
a cross-curriculum Teaching Guide; a CD of over 400 pages; 30 slides; 4
posters; 5 transparencies; and a timeline poster. This is a remarkable
find at only $30.00 (add $5 for shipping and handling). You can purchase
it by sending a check for $35 made payable to The Phillips Collection requesting
the Art and the City Teaching Kit and sending it to: Teacher’s Programs,
The Phillips Collection, 1600 21st Street N.W., Washington, D.D. 20009.
In viewing the Phillips Collection website, www.thephillipscollection,
I discovered an incredible free interactive program on the life of Jacob
Lawrence on-line at www.phillipscollection.org .
The Great Migration of the black population to the northern U.S. cities,
the Harlem Renaissance and the work of Mr. Lawrence are featured. Please
visit this site. You will want to incorporate it into your curriculum.
www.Arts ConnectEd.org presented
by Kevan Nitzberg
This workshop guided us through this wonderful teaching site, which shares
images, educational resources, lessons and “Wizard’s teaching
tools”. You may want to begin by downloading the teacher guide. You
can even create a personal collection of art from these resources to use
in your classes. This site is a joint project of the Walker Art Center,
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts, the Frederick R. Weisman Art Museum,
and the Minnesota Museum of American Art.
THE NATIONAL GALLERY OF ART website www.nga.gov
Visit the teaching resources available on-line at this site. NGA classroom,
lessons and resources, and the loan program are viewable under Teacher
FAEA Elementary Art Teacher of the Year: Article by Mary Cavaioli -
Conference a Success for Broward Art Educators: A large
contingent of the elementary, middle and high
school art teachers from Broward County attended this year's National
Conference in Denver. The weather was great and the sessions were
well organized and informative. It's always an inspiration to be around
creative people who understand you! This is a great opportunity to
discuss and socialize with people like yourself! You come away with
a new sense
of purpose and motivation..........One of the most memborable sessions
attended by many of the Broward teachers was a keynote address given
by two women called "In Her Hands", by Toby Tuttle
and Paola Gianturco. A passion for folkart lead these women on a
world-wide adventure to find other women who create beautiful art
and gave them the means to support
their families by making crafts. Many of the women were from the
poorest countries in the world and have now been given the resources
goods to make money for their families. A great sense of independence
and support for each other has emerged in the groups that were touched
by the help of these two women, Toby and Paola. By the end of the
lecture there was not a dry eye in the room. The book is called "In
Craftswomen Changing the World". The e-mail and website are: in-her-hands@powerHouseBooks.com or www.powerHouseBooks.com
Denver or Bust
By Beverly Williams, Middle School Chair
Do you ever notice the night before a big event you wake up every hour
on the hour checking the clock, worried that you will oversleep? That
was my sleep pattern
the night before leaving to go to the National Art Education Convention in
Denver. I've never missed a state art convention
in 17 years. However, I had never been to a national conference so I was so
excited when I had the opportunity to go. The flight from Tampa was smooth
with no problems. As we approached the airport I eagerly looked out my
window to try to catch a glimpse
of the Rocky Mountains, but I could not see them. What I didn't realize
was that I was looking too low. What I thought were clouds were actually the
snowcapped peaks of the Rockies. Being a Florida flatlander I was in awe. They
were magnificent, amazing, impressive - really big.
Upon landing my companions and I noticed that even the airport structure echoed
the mountain design. Its multiple white teepee-style rooftops added to
the frontier theme of Colorado. After a scenic drive to our hotel and checking
in at the conference registration we eagerly scanned our program guide to plan
our agenda for the week.
Binney & Smith opened the convention with, "Take Teachers Back to the
Psychedelic 60's" at the Fillmore Auditorium, which was transformed into a
Rock n Roll ballroom. Teachers stepped back in time and celebrated the stories
of a new generation of teachers. We were taken back to the days of flower power,
tie-dye and love beads using Crayola's groovy new products in a variety
of hands-on art activities. Later teachers danced the night away while dipping
fruit, marshmallows and Rice Crispies treats into a large flowing chocolate
Of course what art teacher could miss going to an art museum only a block away
from the hotel? We had the great fortune to not only attend, but to view their
exhibit, "Painting a New World Mexican Art & Life, 1521-1821". For
three hundred years Mexican artists living under Spanish rule combined native
with European and Asian influences to create art unlike anything else. Painting
a New World featured an 18-foot-long folding screen, exotic paintings inlaid
with mother-of-pearl, and colorful mosaics made entirely of tropical
convention was packed with workshops, special interest groups and lectures
with many going until 11p.m. At the Middle Level Division luncheon
I met other middle school art teachers from around the country. We
had a great exchange of ideas and projects that we were doing. Our
guest speaker, Dr. Deborah Greh, did a presentation about using computers.
A few great Web sites she shared were: Artcyclopedia (artcyclopedia.com)
a great resource for researching artists. An interesting feature allows
you to list artists by their affiliation with different movements in
Are you ever in need of educational art resources? The National Gallery
of Art (NGA) is the place to borrow these items for FREE!!! The NGA provides
programs that foster awareness of the visual arts and makes its collections
accessible to everyone, no matter how far from the Gallery they may live.
They are: loaned free of charge to educational institutions, community
groups, and individuals. They meet national standards in the visual arts
for k-12th grades. Explore a variety of artists, subjects, techniques
and styles. Lessons contain related activities and discussion questions.
Their resources included slide programs, teaching packets, videodiscs,
CD-ROMS, and DVDs. Order forms and guidelines can be found at www.nga.gov and
may be copied and e-mailed to ExtProg@nga.gov.
The great thing about going to a national convention is that you have
a bigger base of workshops. I went to several excellent workshops. Teacher
Karen Lintner for Mount Nittany Middle School in Pennsylvania presented
a special interest workshop called "The Artist's Book-an
interdisciplinary project on The Holocaust". Seventh graders at my school
study WWII in their language arts, social studies and film
classes. They are always looking for projects that tie into that theme.
Her students read "The Diary of Anne Frank" in their language arts class
as well as learning the history of the time period in social studies.
In art class, students focused on the problem of communicating ideas
visually and abstractly. The project was introduced as a long-term homework
assignment, in which students gathered materials and wrote poems. One
of the language arts teachers had the students write a poem for class
so those students had the option of using that poem in their book. Students
continued working in class on their current project while completing
the homework assignment. Students would bring in their book at different
intervals for her to monitor the progress and to work on problem solving.
The introduction included a description of handmade books, and how limited
editions might include original art, calligraphy and actual objects.
Students were introduced to the idea that books could open in unexpected
ways and encouraged to think about the book as a kind of sculptural object
in which the pages could be different shapes and sizes, or form a shape.
The concept of symbolism was also introduced: how objects, colors, kinds
of lines and shapes could represent an emotion or idea, and how powerful
a symbol can be (swastika). Examples ranged from the light bulb (getting
the idea), to dead leaves (passage of time, death, memories). The parameters
of the project were outlined; Pages would be cardboard, about 4x4 to
4x6, but could vary. These were the pre-cut sizes provided so most students
used them. A minimum of six pages with both sides of all pages needed
to be incorporated in the design. Students also had to use appropriate
binding techniques. The best was saved for last with our guest speaker,
Cheech Marin. Cheech has over the years amassed a large collection of
Chicano art. His humor and love for the arts were a winning combination.
He gave a delightful and informative slide show lecture about his insight
of Chicano culture.
by Rhonda Bristol
Most of the workshop offerings
@ NAEA were just short of overwhelming.
A sense of place – an area for reflection – a soul-nurturing spot
- is usually missing in a mass-produced, architect-directed school environment.
The session: ”A GARDEN, A GALLERY, AND VERY TALL TALES” presented
Friday, April 16th by Debi Barrett-Hayes with Barb Davis, Michelle Hartsfield
and Pam Wallheiser (Floridians) in Denver, gave a blue print to those in
attendance. I was enthralled with this session. These art teachers shared
their mission and vision. We CAN create a gallery space. We CAN bring local
writers into our curriculum. We can couple our efforts, expanding our vision,
to include musical performances and poetry units all with community focus
and support. It was suggested that we adopt school-based initiatives; large
units spanning all classes that span grade-marking periods. These teachers
had all students read age appropriate books. Writers of those books made
appearances at the various schools in those various classes. (Book Fairs
and reading sessions supported this, as did the public library system). Students
were asked to comment on what they had read and to illustrate their commentaries
as well as to illustrate some section of the original story. Some of the
story lines were dramatized and a musical score was created. The garden element
will take years to fully develop, but even with the first plantings, reading
and art events need to be schedules there so that this area is part of the
total learning environment. Stories were read in the Gallery. Stories were
read in the Garden. There was Music in the Garden, Talks in the Garden, Talks
in the Gallery. Well….you’re getting the picture.
I’m inspired. I’ll be conferencing with my principal, co-workers
and community to see when (not if) this can be replicated in the Nassau County
H.S. where I am presently teaching. If, by chance, I’ve caught your attention,
maybe we can form our own support group to cheer, inspire and offer advice
to each other, during this process. Are you Game?
Here’s the premise: In Florida Schools
- All students need a quiet,
green living space
- All students need to be
actively engaged in the Arts
- All students need to be
dedicated readers, ARTiculate speakers and masterful writers.
students need a strong Arts Focus.
National Convention – Orlando-
an AP Conference Overview
Hiers and Patricia Lamb
2004 AP National Convention was held in Lake Buena Vista at the Disney
Swan and Dolphin Resort Hotels on July 15th-19th. The conference
began on Thursday evening with a reception that featured the work of
30 AP Studio Art students selected from AP programs throughout the
world at the June reading. Florida was represented in the exhibit by
students from Seminole and Fort Lauderdale. It was a very successful
evening with wonderful food, great student art, and lots of discussion
among the conference attendees.
An all-day workshop on Friday, presented by Patricia Lamb, Polk County
Schools, was absolutely outstanding. The room was packed with artist educators
and AP readers from around the United States. The session included information
about the AP program, the grading process, slide presentations, and several
group discussions. The group applauded her when she finished!
Sessions on Saturday were provided by the Cleveland College of Art and
Design and the Studio Art Test Development Committee. Another session presented
information about encouraging diversity in the AP classroom and how to
approach the concentration portion of the portfolio. The sessions provided
a wealth of information about expectations, materials, and formats for
the AP Studio Art portfolios.
Marilyn Stokstad, author of Art History presented an additional session
entitled “Broadening The Base: Teaching Art History in the Age of
Material Culture”. Marilyn was also available for a book signing.
Her new revised edition includes a section on color theory. She was outstanding!
Pearson Prentice Hall, Academic Book Services and McGraw Hill were a few
of the many vendors offering materials for educators to preview and use.
The exhibit hall was filled with participants looking at the latest textbooks
and curriculum materials. The College Board also offers many publications
through their bookstore and is available on-line.
On Monday, an all day post-conference workshop on Vertical Teaming was
presented by Jerry Stefl from the Art Institute of Chicago. Jerry is
one of the pioneers of the vertical teaming initiative and is the author
the College Board’s publication, "The AP Vertical Teams Guide
for Studio Art". The workshop illustrated visually the expectations
for work from student artists at the emerging, proficient and advanced
levels beginning in middle school. Strategies to help students move
through each of the
levels were presented and discussed.
In conclusion, the AP National Conference was a great way to gather information
from a variety of sources about the Studio Art program. Both beginning
and experienced AP teachers found something of interest.
How PBCATA got a Website
by Linda Stevenson, Northgrade Elementary, Palm Beach County,
Why doesn't PBCATA have a website?" The answer to that question
made me Webmaster of the Palm Beach County Art Teachers Association.
As the past president of PBCATA I saw a need for a website. Information
was getting to our members through the preschool meeting, the quarterly
newsletter and word of mouth but it wasn't getting to anybody else.
Most schools in our district have access to the Internet and a website
like a great way to distribute PBCATA information to the rest of the
district. (Our former webmaster
was unhappy with our previous host and was unable to change it before she moved
So where do I start? As newly appointed Webmaster I didn‚t
have a clue. I did have friends who worked in the computer industry and I convinced
them to give me a quick tutorial. I found out the difference between a domain
name and a web page. A domain name is the Internet name or address of the website
and a web page is what is actually at the address and what I wanted the world
to see. I also learned you have to pay for both. First I needed to find a domain
name that is different than anything else. This part was easy because PBCATA.org is
unusual (the .org is for non profit organizations)
Second I needed to find a web host, which is a company that will keep the web
pages on their computer and serve them out to the Internet. The PBCATA board
agreed that the Treasurer would sign up for the website so the next year's
bill would go directly to her and there would be no need for reimbursements.
Which company do I choose? There are a lot out there. Most companies will register
the domain name for you when you sign up for website on their server, but you
are on your own after that.(Note: be carefuI using free domain registration.
Many times you don't "own" your domain name outright. Instead,
the hosting company does and thus you are locked into their webhosting and
a complicated (and expensive) web building application like Dreamweaver.
Nor did I need something like that for what I wanted to do, which was
get PBCATA info to our members and others. The solution was NetworkSolutions.com.
(Note: Network Solutions is the original domain registration service.)
This website and many others like them, registered the domain
will host your site, and gave us
all for one price. The web-building application was simple and easy
to use. It gave me choices on the overall format, background, font
style, color and size and the identifying icon. The application did
this for all five pages, keeping the site consistent. All I needed
to do was plug in the text and photos and click "publish" to
post it up on the website.
What do you want to say?" Now this was a bit easier. We had five pages
to post all the information about PBCATA. The board agreed on a general idea
of what was to go on each page and the outline of the website: News, Workshops,
Exhibitions, History and Links. I used our newsletter, written by our secretary
Cindy Oakes, for the News page, which is also the home page. The home page
is the page that you see when you first come to the site. We update this
quarterly. The next page was for workshops, where we list the dates, fees
and contact info of all the workshops we will be giving that year. Anita
Smith, our Workshop Coordinator determines the workshops at the beginning
of the school year. I and others who attended the various workshops took
the photos with a digital camera. The history, links and exhibitions pages
are posted as reference pages for our members and give general info about
us and what we do. Most of the work for these pages was done by various board
members and are updated as needed.
Can you e-mail that to me?" This is the best way to get the info from
the other board members to post on the site. All of the our board members
and most of the teachers in our district have access to email and know how
use it. If they send the info in the body of the email and not as an attachment,
it is easier for me to cut and paste the text on to the website. If the data
is going to be sent as an attachment, agree beforehand on a common format
like Microsoft Word or an application all of the members have, so all of
you can read it.
What do you think?" I often asked the PBCATA members their input on
the web site to keep the site as current as possible. Updating is easy from
any computer. I once did it from a classroom at one of the workshops. It
is also easy to transfer the Webmaster responsibilities to another by simply
giving them the username name and password. In the year and a half the PBCATA.org
website has existed, it has become a valuable tool in keeping our members
and the rest of the world up to date and informed. I hope this article will
help you in building a website of your own.
Tips to Creating a Successful Web Site for Your Local Art Teachers Association
By Susan Alyn, Art Teacher, Bayshore Elementary School, Lee County, FL
Tip #10 - Ask questions! Here‚s the opening
question asked by Linda, the art teacher in Palm Beach County, in her
PBCATA [Palm Beach County Art Teacher Assocation] Got a Web Site": "Why
doesn't PBCATA have a web site?" Great question, since such
a question shows Linda is a "with it" teacher, very much
in tune with the 21st century, as she knows our world now includes
technology as a means of instantly exchanging information. In addition,
7 out of 10 kids in this country are already online. Consequently,
perhaps another question worth asking is this one: "When will
each and every local art teacher association in Florida's 67
counties follow Linda's lead,
and likewise create their own web site?"
Tip #9 - Support tech learners and tech leaders! Linda
introduces herself to readers by explaining she is the current webmaster
of the Palm Beach Art Teachers‚ website. And, she is also a past
president of PBCATA. While we're all very fortunate to have colleagues
who are friendly, helpful, and willing to serve as presidents of art
teacher organizations, it‚s equally important to remember some art teachers own a home
computer, but others do not. Some care about using technology to share
but others do not. Those teachers willing to venture into cyber space
truly deserve your extra support, since all teachers today are expected
Tip #8 - Start fresh! Linda writes: "Our former webmaster was
unhappy with our previous host and was unable to change it before she moved
away." In other words, the person who previously did the online work
Linda is now doing had certain preferences, and for whatever reason, couldn‚t
change the situation before parting ways with the website. Maybe you,
too, have had a negative experience with a host, a web site, a computer
or even a webmaster. What should you do? Do what Linda did. Move on --
and start all over again.
Tip #7 - Hold fast! Bravo to Linda for honestly and
accurately summing up the conclusion quickly reached by every teacher
new to technology: "I
didn't have a clue." Yet, did Linda's sobering realization
stop her from eventually creating a fabulous web site? Not hardly.
And, that same sobering
conclusion need not permanently stop you, either, dear reader -- thanks
in large part to Tip #6, below.
Tip #6 - Learn smart! Just as Linda created her web
site after bypassing complicated software products that are very computer-geeky
-- such as the difficult "Dreamweaver" product so, too,
can you bypass this type of computer program. Rather than trying to
learn how to use these old, complex products, Linda learned there are
new products requiring no additional technology learning. She chose
a new, quick, easy "point
and click" computer program. Basically, here's what skills
these new products require you to know before you can create your own
web site: 1)Type your name, and 2) click "enter" on your
computer. Can you do those two tasks? If so, then, just like Linda,
you can create a web site. Because of these new computer programs,
there‚s a world
of difference in the computer skills required to be learned by professional
web designers (as they have to learn HTML, a computer language), verses
what Linda had to learn about technology (nothing). But, amazingly,
web site -- created by Linda and not by a professional web designer
-- looks remarkably professional. Why? Because of these new "point
and click" programs, including the one used by Linda. Once again,
review what you need to know to use this type of computer program --
Can you type your name? Can you click the "enter" key on
a keyboard? If so, then you, too, can choose one of these new products
to quickly and easily create a website. As Linda mentions, many companies
now offer these
new programs. Such programs were not created for professional web designers,
but for millions of other people. (Including you!)
Tip #5 - Follow Linda! Note that Linda began her journey
of acquiring computer knowledge by seeking out computer industry friends.
However, she ended up creating a web site using a program not used
by computer geeks. The arc of her journey is worth copying -- as many
highly knowledgeable computer people know absolutely nothing about
these new, easy "point
and click" programs. (Care to guess why?)
Tip #4 - Get funding! If you have a highlighter nearby,
use it now to highlight Linda's sentence here: "The PBCATA
board agreed that the Treasurer would sign up for the website so the
next year's bill would go directly to her and there would be no need
for reimbursements." Linda is saying this venture cost
her art association money, and the association bore the financial cost.
Linda does not mention there are actually some companies that offer
these new, easy "point and click" programs for free -- but,
better that she didn't. "Free" may initially sound
better than spending dues money on a web site; however, consider this:
Who owns and controls the web site if it's "free"?
How many others will invest any time working on the web site when they're
not paying for it? Save yourself a million headaches, and avoid free
web sites like the plague when creating a web site for an art teacher
association group or any group. These free sites are great if it's
you and you alone, creating the site as an individual teacher. You "own" it.
You control it. You maintain it. It's yours to do with what you
want. And, it's free. But, for a group endeavor to succeed, you
literally need others to "buy into" the idea. So, first,
get funding. If you can't get your art teacher group to fund
a web site, then, do this: wait until they do. Without money, without
people buying into it, and without others working on it, you are setting
yourself up for a bunch of problems, including a grossly unfair work
load on you, little understanding from others, and no help. Don't
do it. It's not worth it.
Spare yourself the time and trouble.
Tip #3 - Work with the webmaster on format! Linda
is "The Webmaster," but
look who else Linda says works with her: "The board agreed on
a general idea of what was to go on each page and the outline of the
website: News, Workshops, Exhibitions, History and Links". Remember,
this art teacher's association board already decided to spend money
creating and maintaining a web site. That decision was their Step #1.
Now they are deciding how to best format this web site that they own
and fund. This formatting decision is their Step #2. But, don't
expect any board to jump into Step #2 unless it completes Step #1.
Tip #2 - Submit written content to the webmaster!
As we know, Linda is "The Webmaster," but is she the one
creating the new content of their web site's homepage each quarter?
No. According to Linda: "I
used our newsletter, written by our secretary Cindy Oakes, for the News
page, which is also the home page." Linda‚s job as webmaster
just got much easier, thanks to fellow art teacher and Secretary Cindy.
Now, is Cindy the only one helping Linda with content? Nope. Here's
what Linda writes: "Most of the work for these pages was done
by various board members and are updated as needed. So, a number of
teachers have "bought into" this web site. Various teachers are contributing
content, and taking the time to do so. And, they should. Would you prefer
your board just throws your dues money away ˆ and not contribute after
spending it on a web site? Of course not. They spent the dues money on
this project, and they are taking the time to make the investment worthwhile.
This benefits all teachers. The greater number of teachers who contribute
content, the more teachers learn; and, the more likely all teachers and
others use the site. (And, of course, the less work for "the webmaster," whose
function here is more like an editor when other teachers are also contributing
content.) Linda also gives great advice when she urges contributors to
avoid adding attachments to email -- and suggests teachers just write
their contributed text on an email message to her, as this is easier
to copy or cut/and paste onto the site.
Tip #1 - Share the fun! My favorite part of Linda's
article is this: " It is also easy to transfer the Webmaster responsibilities
to another by simply giving them the username name and password." Hmmm...very
interesting. Obviously, other art teachers in a school district can function
as "The Webmaster." That is, if they, too, know what Linda
And, in Palm Beach County, as elsewhere, some of them do.
Kudos to them!
Programs/Information & Applications – www.faae.org/programs
- The Florida First Lady’s
Renaissance in the Arts in Education Program
$1,000.00 scholarships – Open to seniors in the Arts – Dance,
Film/Video, Music, Theatre, and Visual Arts. Applications due November 1,
- Florida Pride! 2004 “Giving
Holiday Greeting Card for Governor and Mrs. Bush open to all K-12 students
Holiday Greeting card for Lt Governor Toni Jennings open to all students
with a disability. Entries due September 25, 2004.
- Teacher Incentive Grants – Applications
to be posted
I have found a friendly publisher who will help publish a collaborative
book "Sketchbook about Sketchbooks" and the proceeds will be
used to establish a grant fund to send art educators to the National Conference
who have never been. We hope this will encourage new membership and participation.
If you are interested in this idea, let me know.
We hope to meet at the FAEA Conference maybe through the secondary division.
If any of you are interested in being an author in this publication or
helping in any way, let me know.
5430 Lawton Court
Tallahassee, FL 32317
FAEA REGIONAL SUMMER TEACHER INSTITUTE
Brenda Dalton, NBCT, FAEA
I had the pleasure of attending the Summer Teacher Institute entitled “
Reading the World of Art” July 18-20 at the Harn Museum, University of
Florida. There were twenty-four of us in attendance at this, the third of the
FAEA Summer Institutes offered at the Harn. Under the guidance of Bonnie Bernau, Director
of Education, these summer gatherings have previously enlightened teachers in
the areas of African and Asian art, and this year the participants learned to “read” art.
Those attending were given a personal tour of the museum art and artifacts by
Harn Docents, offering unique perspectives of specific works in the Harn collection.
We were given the tools we need to creatively discuss new and unusual art with
Dulce Roman, Harn Curator of Painting and Sculpture, presented an insightful
view of Ansel Adam’s photographic works. We learned of his life as we viewed
this collection of 59 of his photographs as well as 10 portraits of Ansel alone
and with friends. His “pre-visualization” of subject matter allowed
him to contemplate the darks and lights, textures and detail in order to determine
the correct lenses and lighting needed to capture the perfect image.
Rachel Gibas, as Coordinator of School and Family Programs at the Harn, explained
the use of a poem structure called a “diamante” and presented each
attending member with excerpts from the “Reading the World of Art” Resource
Unit CD. This is a fabulous teaching tool targeted to middle grades, but the
information and images can be utilized on any level!
Mallory O'Connor, Professor of Art History at Santa Fe Community College, researches
visual mythology, (how artists use art to communicate concepts to an audience).
She uses art works of Florida history to teach through art concepts of function,
symbolism, identity, and story telling, highlighting the themes in the Harn's
Trish Thompson, Education Curator at the Southeast Museum of Photography and
Professor of Painting at Daytona Beach Community College, spoke to the group
on teaching through the arts, relating a variety of methods using pictures, newspaper
pages and creative Florida Writes teaching pyramids. She also taught a delightful
hands-on watercolor workshop.
Bonnie Bernau, Harn Director of Education, coordinated the event and did what
she does best, enthusiastically taught others to look deep into a work of art
in order to comprehend the many elements, symbolism, tools and statements that
are waiting to be revealed.
Comments from the participants were positive and expressed gratitude for energizing
them for the new school year. The materials, techniques, ideas and information
shared were relevant and will be used with students in the classroom.
Any FAEA member who is interested in attending next year’s Teacher Institute,
the dates are July 17, 18 and 19, 2005. Further detailed information will be
available at www.faea.org or http://www.harnmuseum.ufl.edu/ next Spring. The
cost is minimal, but the rewards are many. Put the dates on your calendar and
|THE HIGH SCHOOL DIVISION GOES TO THE NAEA CONFERENCE
by Connie Phillips
So far, we have identified
68 FAEA members who attended NAEA in Denver! The
High School Division numbers about 22 out of the 68! I think we
deserve an “atta-boy!” for making up one third of the total
membership in Denver.
The weather in Denver was
fantastic. I thoroughly enjoyed the
Conference and I learned a lot. Nicole Briscoe, from Texarkana,
gave one of my favorite sessions on teaching AP. I am totally blown
away by her youth and energy! She has developed a great method
of organizing her AP students & I have already rewritten several
of her handouts and reworked them to fit my program. I couldn’t
wait to get my juniors started and they are already fired up!
My least favorite session
was called “Super Collage”. It
was a major workshop, which cost $30. I pay for my conferences
out-of-pocket, so the $30 was a big deal. The presenter was very
nice, but I decided the workshop was miss-titled. There was nothing “super” about
gluing paper to paper. I wrote the presenter a nice email about
it, but he never responded. It would have been better titled “Basic
Sandra Traub, from Broward
County, said, “I found this year’s
conference to be very informative. One of my favorite presentations
was about Holocaust themed bookmaking given by a fellow Floridian. I
also attended two workshops of Precious Metal Clay for jewelry making
which I am very excited about and plan to include in my curriculum next
year. I’ve shown my students and they are very excited!”
I am hoping that the high school members will bring some of this information
to share at the Division Meeting at the FAEA Conference in St Pete next
Not everyone was thrilled
with the conference. Rhonda Bristol,
from Fernandina Beach, said she was “not impressed” with
the presentations and that she thinks our FAEA presenters are better
prepared. Rhonda also claimed “there were grave discrepancies
between what was written in the book and what was presented.” Her
favorite part seemed to be “seeing Florida Faces!”
Speaking of Florida Faces,
I was standing in the lobby when two High School Division members read
my nametag & came over to introduce
themselves. I was so happy to meet Leslie Cohen and Julie Childers
from Tallahassee. It was fun to “see” whom I have been
communicating with through email.
I agree completely with Sandra
when she said, “I look forward
to next year’s conference in Boston.” We already have
our room reservations!
NFAA 2004 Arts Recognition and Talent Search (ARTS) applications
due October 1, 2004
High school seniors and other
17 and 18 year old artists are eligible to apply to the National Foundation
for the Advancement in the Arts (NFAA) ARTS program. The ARTS identify young artists in nine categories
for scholarships and financial support toward their continued arts education. The
NFAA website (http://www.nfaa.org)
has complete information regarding eligibility requirements, application
deadlines, fees, frequently asked questions, winners, and information
on The Presidential Scholars in the Arts.
NFAA Deadlines and other important dates - ARTS awards
October 1, 2004
Final Application Postmark Deadline
November 1, 2004
Submission Packet Postmark Deadline
ARTS Winners Notified,
Finalists invited to ARTS Week.
January 10-16, 2005
ARTS Week in Miami
2004 Florida State Fair Juried Exhibit
High school students, grades
10 – 12 are eligible to send artwork
to compete in the 2004 Florida State Fair Student Juried Exhibition. Graduating
seniors may submit portfolios for scholarship consideration. In September,
the Florida State Fair website (http://www.floridastatefair.com)
will have the complete information regarding eligibility requirements,
entry forms, portfolios requirements/entry forms, deadlines, delivery
dates and exhibition dates on line.
Professional Development Plans
Don’t forget to write
in the FAEA Conference and the NAEA Conference into your personal Professional
Florida Art Education Association Conference
St. Petersburg, Florida
October 14-17, 2004
National Art Education Association
March 4-8, 2005
NAEA Awards - Congratulations to:
Jim O’Donnell, a student
at the University of Florida is the newly elected NAEA Student Chapter
Vera L. Arias, member of the
NAEA’s National Art Honor Society,
was selected as one of the nations 141 outstanding high school seniors
named as the 2004 Presidential Scholars. Vera, from Opa Locka,
Florida graduated this June from New World School of the Arts in Miami.
Fran Masse, Orlando, Florida will represent the NAEA Southeastern Region
in Administration and Supervision.
Target Website: www.target.com
Teachers can search the entire
target.com website and create a “Classroom
Wish List” that is tailored to fit the needs of their students and
curriculum. And, while on the website, K-12 teachers can enter the “Teachers Win
Sweepstakes.” By entering the contest, teachers become eligible to
win 10 $100 Target Gift Cards, and a $1,000 donation to the school of their
choice. The “Teachers Win Sweepstakes” runs until August