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In Perspective

Jan 201 4

Letter from the Editor Hello educators, and welcome to the January 201 4 issue of In Perspective. This issue is full of all sorts of goodies to aid you in the classroom, in being involved with the AAEA, and in being the best educator you can be, regardless of where you are in your career. If there is something you would like to see featured in In Perspective, please let us know! Send all of your requests to This newsletter is all about you. We want it to be relevant, helpful, insightful, and inspiring. Please join us in our mission to make the AAEA a truly is a vibrant and creative community that inspires, supports, and advocates for innovative learning in the visual arts, and submit to In Perspective. We are not art teachers by trade, but by passion. Show your peers and colleagues what you are doing in you classroom and community. Send us images of the art your students make and the art you make for you. Share your experiences as an pre-service, current, or retired educator, and also as an artist. Give voice to what what inspires and motivates you. Please submit to In Perspective is a quarterly publication, which leaves plenty of opportunities to be published! Please look for all 201 4 issues and submission deadlines below: I hope that we hear from you, and that all of the information and resources you find within help you during the holiday season and into the new year.

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Table of Contents Letters

President 5 President-Elect 7 Conference Co-Chairs 9


201 3 Conference Photos 1 0 Popular Workshops 1 2 Awards 1 4 Value of Art 1 6 AZ Meet-Up 32


Southern As Biscuits 1 8 Cassie Stephens 1 9 Creating the Class Environment 20 Art and the Common Core 21 Arts Integration and Appetizers 24 Admin and Art Teachers 25 Life After Teaching 26



Get Connected 4 Exploring the Past: U of W 27 Regional Map 28 AAEA News and Events 29 VASA 30 Find it on the Web 32




Letter from the President

lmost two years ago, I set my presidential goals to help direct my leadership service with our organization. As my term draws to a close, it’s appropriate to follow the tradition of this time of year and look back to assess and acknowledge growth.

Focus on Communication

Effective and open communication is key to a strong organization. Our website and newsletter have been redesigned. Our email list serve is functional and we now are active on Facebook. Our executive board has job specific email addresses to insure a smooth transition. We are more professional and effective in our communication.

Support Professional Development

Our annual fall conference continues to provide excellent professional development. We moved the conference to the south to Tucson in 201 2 and to the north to Sedona in 201 3. We are continuing to work on providing regional workshops all across the state.

Reaching our Goals Smoothly

Our organization is made up of art education professionals that volunteer their time and efforts – and sometimes we just don’t have the time to get it all done. I want to continue to compile and update our policy manual to reflect our current practices.

And Always Advocacy

Our awards program honors stellar art educators statewide. The Visual Arts Student Awards

(VASA) and Youth Art Month (YAM) are continuing to grow and celebrate the wonderful art that is being created by students in our state.

It has been my pleasure to be of service as your president and to work with such wonderful people on the council for the past two years. In April your new board will take office - Michelle Lindsay, president, Tracy Perry, president-elect, Devin Smith, secretary, Bonnie Perkins, treasurer, and of course, me as pastpresident. I am confident that our new leadership will continue to take our professional organization into a promising future. Now to widen the art education focus from our state to the national level, on the last day of January a draft reading copy of the National Core Arts Standards will be available at The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/ essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students. These are exciting times. The future is undetermined. Consider participating in this third and concluding review from February 1 4 to February 28. And then in March the excitement continues with the NAEA National Convention in San Diego. It’s so close this year, and offers intense diverse opportunities for your professional

growth. “SPARK! Fusing Innovative Teaching & Emerging Technologies” offers Super Sessions with leading artists and individuals in our field, General Sessions with NAEA leaders and artists, CA Artist Series, Ignite Sessions, Exhibitors, Tours, Hands-On Workshops, Offsite Workshops, Meal Events, and hundreds of lectures and presentations. Consider taking advantage of this professional opportunity and join us in California. January – a time of starting, of beginnings. A new year is here; a new semester is starting. Starting means promise and hope and potential. This time of year lends itself to this mindset, but it could happen any day or any moment. The option to begin again is always there. Respectfully

Pat Burdette President



Letter from the President - Elect Insights

Agrown s my ideas and inspirations have throughout my term as

President – Elect, my conversations, be it through email, telephone, or face-to-face meetings with colleagues have centered on the latest and greatest educational practices. These conversations also focus on professional inclusion and facilitation of small gatherings. In response to these, my second year has been busy with the celebration and implementation of our website, utilizing our key facilitator and webmaster Lee Polzin. Streamlining our administrative communications using Google Drive with Gmail accounts has been a huge success. These major communication components, aligned with the presidential goals, will assist in the growth and development of a new leadership lineage. As new leaders begin their committed office they will inherit the archive email of the chair before them. This connects the experience of our predecessors who have worked hard with new leaders passing on a rich and vital resource for consistent administrative practices. Technology is playing a huge role in how we are able to reach our membership across the state. Entering this New Year with an energy and enthusiasm for our association, I look toward my upcoming presidency

with pleasure. I am honored to carry out the business of the day and bring the National professional precedence closer to home. I am inspired by challenges and look forward to meeting these with high levels of commitment to art educators in their classrooms/offices and endeavors in all five regions of our state; meeting You where You are. As a new leader I look toward the exploration of ways and means to reach out, to be of service to you and offer the support you need in your current level of professional development. As a new board and council, I invite you all to interact, become involved and contribute in order to get the biggest bang for your buck! We are a vibrant and creative community that inspires, supports, and advocates for innovative learning in the visual arts. In preparation to continue my service with Pat Burdette, I also celebrate with the new board and council the upcoming opportunities to have fun, share our best, and above all make art!

Michelle Lindsay President Elect


Bring your families, friends, and community to show support for art education across our state! The exhibition takes place March 3rd through 31st, 2014 at the Phoenix Art Museum's Wolfswinkel Education Center located at 1625 North Central Avenue. The gallery is open to the public from 8:30am足5pm Monday through Friday. Join us for a special reception for all artists featured in the show on Wednesday, March 19th, 2014 from 5足7pm.


Letter from our 201 4 Conference Co Chairs Michelle Lindsay & Pam Stephens


reetings to everyone across the state,

Many of you we saw at the Renaissance & Renewal Conference and WOW! It was great. Our presenters were diverse and prepared with applications for everybody; elementary, middle, high-school and higher educational practices. We made friends, formal professional exchanges, and lots of art. These workshops allowed us to bring back many of the renewed ideas from the past and exceptional new ideas like paper clay, oversized paper lanterns and many more. Our wake-up call with Lynn Tuttle, Arizona Department of Education, on the hot topic of national standards and common core, received a warm welcome refreshing our ideas, building confidence and dedication through conversation, and encouraging collaborations of excellence. Terri Barrett was without a doubt a breath of fresh air; applicable, simple, and for all ages! He was fabulous and has given us his power point to share on our website…thank you Jewels for thinking of the up-loads! For those in the southern part of the state who came up to the high country, we had a nice weekend of refreshing rain and those who weather those patterns all the time…thank you for your umbrellas! The weekend was brisk and cool and ran smoothly due to the expertise of our commendable predecessors that continue to lead in our association’s success; we could not forge our way into the future as well without them. Thank you to LynnAlison, Pat, and Debbie for all of the many hours and volunteer efforts to insure that our entire membership had a memorably professional experience and recognized for the work we do as art educators. Congratulations to those who were awarded for contributions in their areas of growth and passions through art. As co-conference chairs we enjoyed the help of our

immediate collaborators Kelly Martin and Elisa Wiedeman. These partnerships really build bridges for the future of our organization. Thank you. Also, this year we had many volunteers who were irreplaceable in efforts and I must say the element of FUN!! We had a blast setting up for everyone to enjoy…Thank you all! We had such an invigorating time at the Hilton Spa and Resort and Lawanna Perry will enjoy a weekend package that was raffled off at the end of our exciting professional development scholarship fundraiser on Saturday…truly an exceptional service to our membership, Congratulations Lawanna. As the new conference team reviews the surveys and prepares for next year’s conference, we hope you all will remember that we strive to for excellence and acknowledge all of your efforts in helping us continue to grow. Moving ahead… as you reflect on the structures of the past and present, tap your inspirations to offer other art educators to advance into the future and then go online and submit your presentation proposal for “The Value of Art” AAEA Conference in Tempe, AZ., November 6, 7, 8, 2014 @ today We appreciate you!! Michelle Lindsay & Pam Stephens


Renaissance and Renewal Conference Photos

Check out these great photos from the 201 3 conference. Thank you all for making it wonderful! Don't miss out on the fun and professional development in 201 4. Join us in Tempe for the Value of Art!



Best Conference Workshops 201

Renaissance and Renewal If you attended the 201 3 Annual State AAEA Conference, Renaissance and Renewal, in Sedona, then we certainly hope you had the opportunity to attend conference's favorite workshops. These workshops were deemed most favorite based on the evaluative surveys that attendees filled out at the end of Conference. The AAEA would like to congratulate Michelle Lindsay, Tracy Perry, and Joanie Wolter on having the most favorited workshops of Conference! Keep up the amazing work, and we hope to see you present again next year! Gelli Arts Monoprinting There were so many ways that we were creative with printmaking in this workshop. The center table was packed full of recyclable materials as well as an assortment of brushes, stamps, sponge rollers, natural found objects and more. We used Blick acrylic paints that made the whole project “pop” with bright color. The NAU Children’s Saturday Workshops and TAB / Choice Studio Stations were two ways that we had explored a variety of uses for these versatile gel plates. Bringing them to our conference participants was not only fun and exciting workshop; we were able to offer ALL of the plates that were used as door prizes for educators to take back to their practicing areas of studio applications. Thank you so much for those of you who signed-up and attended our workshop! We had a lot of fun and we appreciate your feedback on the surveys!! Michelle Lindsay


Purposeful Printmaking: Sharing Your Voice Through Art

Sculpting With Fiber Clay

Tracy's hands-on workshop explored how artists have used the printmaking method as their voice throughout time, and experimented with a variety of printing techniques. The activity follows these steps:

Joanie's hands-on workshop showed us that fiber clay has many qualities that make it wonderful for the classroom. She taught us the basic skills for creating a sculpture out of fiber clay and building techniques using simple armatures and inexpensive mediums for creating a bronze finish. She followed these steps:

1 . Brainstorm and sketch for planning 2. Explore artists for inspiration 3. Experiment with printmaking techniques 4. Select and apply techniques for final project 5. Reflect and Record your purpose Tracy Perry

1 . Introduction: What is Fiber Clay an d why is it such a wonderful medium and good for all ages. 2. Create the foundation of your piece with or without an armature. 3. Use different shapes to create the piece you want. 4. Seal the piece so the fibers lay down and the clay is given extra strength. 5. Cold finish the piece to make it look like a bronze. Joanie Wolter

201 3 AAEA Award Winners Carolyn Telfer

Mary Batson

Elementary Division Art Educator

Secondary Division Art Educator

Nancy Murphy

Amanda Blake

Middle School Division Art Educator

New Professional Art Educator

Congratulations, fabulous art teachers! Erin Gooch

Higher Education Student of Achievement

For information on the awards process, rubrics, and how to nominate fantastic art educators for the 201 4 AAEA Awards, please visit:


Nominate for


AAEA Awards

ne of the highlights of the AAEA conference is the annual awards presentation. Awards honor exemplary and deserving AAEA member teachers and supporters (non-members) of the visual arts. Members and non-members who have been honored with an award cite the occasion as a highlight of their careers. Ask these 201 3 awards winners how they feel about their honors:

Carolyn Telfer, Elementary Division Art Educator Nancy Murphy, Middle School Division Art Educator Mary Batson, Secondary Division Art Educator AmandaBlake, NewProfessional ArtEducator Erin Gooch, Higher Education Student of Achievement

Remember, the only way that AAEA members or supporters can win an award is if they are nominated. There are many award categories. Here are just a few:

State Art Educator ofthe Year Division Art Educator (one each; elementary, middle, high school, and post-secondary) State Higher Education Student ofAchievement DistinguishedService within the Profession New Professional Art Educator DistinguishedService Outside ofthe Profession Please consider nominating an art educator or supporter of art education to recognize their service to our art-learning community. The nomination process will be posted to the AAEA website soon.

AAEA awards provide tangible evidence of accomplished teaching practice. Administrators, teacher colleagues, students, parents, and other educational stakeholders become more aware of the value of the visual arts when teaching awards are given to those on their campuses or in their districts.

Pam Stephens

AAEA Awards Chair

The Value of Art November 6 th , 7 th , and 8 th , 201 4 Double Tree Hilton Tempe, AZ

We know your time is valuable so what better way to spend November 6-8th discovering, validating and affirming the work you do everyday at the Arizona Art Educators conference! Begin your conference at the Double Tree by Hilton Hotel connecting with other educators at our Welcoming Station. Next participate in our pre-service activity gaining experience in new art techniques. Throughout the weekend, contribute to “The Value of Art” with fellow attendees at the Creation Station. The balance and quality of hands-on workshops and informational topics will be worth your while! A priceless grand prize is accumulating fun items that will be awarded to one lucky participant for early registration, volunteering, attendance, and presenting a workshop. We don’t want you to miss this significant opportunity to share and grow in experiences you just can’t put a price tag on. In the meantime, thank you for your tireless contribution sharing the value of art with your students everyday! In preparing for the upcoming conference in Tempe we are exploring all of the fun and exciting ways to deliver the most “valuable” experiences for you all. Tracy Perry and Michelle Lindsay, along with a full conference committee team, will “blend” the professionalism of the current educational trends with the excitement and fun of the greatest group of friends. Consider helping out on a sub-committee to “figure” out all of the exciting details. “Illustrating” how these bonds in teaching keep us going independently and collectively, we personally invite you all to participate fully! This conference will include some of our newest members as brand new presenters as well as our veteran teachers leading the way in hands on lectures and best practice lectures. While you are planning your workshops, be sure to “take stock” in the fact that we want ALL of your ideas not just the ones that go along with our “gestural” theme! We look forward to seeing all of you in November.

The Value of Art Respect, Regard, Reverence


F e a t u re d

Welcome to our “Featured” section. In this section, you will find all kinds of resources and information to aid in your classroom instruction. We have articles ranging from pedagogical practices and emergent classroom strategies, to cheap “Do-it-Yourself” (or DIY) recipes for art materials, and Administrators look for more. This issue's features include: “What doin Art Educators?” Principal Kacy Tomason shares with us what admin want to see while interviewing art teachers.

DIY Air Dry Modeling Clay

This recipe is inexpensive and simple to complete.

Cassie Stephen's classroom blog. Cassie Life After Teaching Margaret Gentry tells us about her life as a retired art teacher.

tells us how her blog keeps her inspired.

“Common Core Plus Creativity”

Dr. Gretchen Boyer and Bettie Lake speak about Common Core and how it will effect the future of art education .

Creating the Classroom Environment

These are a series of tips and tricks for creating that perfect art room environment. ...for the love of art, wiping little noses & life in the South. The AAEA presents: Blog by Kristi Marion




The AAEA presents:

Cassie Stephens Where do art teachers look for inspiration? We live in a highly technological age and access to information is always just a click away. As such, art teacher blogs are trending! We asked art teacher, crafter, DIYer, and blogger, Cassie Stephens to tell us about her blog. You can check out her blog at for awesome art room ideas.

How were you inspired to start your blog?

My blog is actually on it's second life. In it's first inception, it was simply a "hey, here's what's on my mind" kind of thing. Because this lacked direction, I soon lost interest and let it go. Later I decided to return to it with three weekly areas of focus: a DIY, an In the Art Room and a What I Wore this Week. These three things were areas that I wanted to improve upon and share with artists, art teachers and crafters alike. Having these three elements has kept me constantly creating, devising new lesson plans and, of course, attempting to dress the part of a Crazy Art Teacher.

What has helped its progress?

In order for you to really benefit from having a blog, which, for me, means connecting with other like-minded folks, you need people to actually FIND your blog. I'm still trying to find the best costfree means to promote it. What I have found that works is sharing my images on Pinterest and Flickr. This gets your images out there to those that are most interested. Also, if you leave a comment on your favorite blogs, I have found that people will often reciprocate. This has lead to many new connections and friendships. I've also made my email address available and created a Facebook page to better connect with others.

What do you hope to achieve through your blog?

My hopes of what I'd like to achieve have actually changed since restarting my blog. In the beginning, I started it to push myself - to hold myself accountable to creating and teaching creatively. I felt as though I'd lost both of those over the last couple years. My lessons were stale and I was only pursuing my artistic interests sporadically. I had several creative ideas but lacked the push to bring them to life. I thought that if I had a blog where I showcased my DIYs and lessons, I'd feel enough self obligation to make it happen. And so far, it's worked. Now, what I hope to achieve is connection and knowledge. The world is full of amazing educators that we can all learn something from. I love receiving emails and reading comments from other artsy folk. It inspires me to improve and grow.

What would you suggest to other art educator who blog?

In beautiful bullet points, here's what I suggest: Blog regularly, even if it's just once a week. Take good photos. You don't have to have a fancy camera. I have a very old Canon Coolpix. Use the money you save buying an inexpensive camera to invest in a tripod. This will aid in achieving clear and crisp photos. Have something to say. You are a unique individual with a voice all your own. Don't blog what you think others want to read. Do what interests you. And that uniqueness will shine through your content and grab the attention of those you wish to connect with.


Creating the Class Environment As we all know, a relaxing and positive environment is essential for success and creativity in the art room. All of the following suggestions were generated at the

Middle School Divisional

meeting at Renaissance and Renewal State Conference. Here are a few ways to promote a happy art space: Try using windows and lamps instead of harsh fluorescent lighting. Natural, soft light is always nicer. Post art in your room. Make sure you include more than just the classics. Visit Art21 .org to discover current and emergent artists to incorporate into your classroom and lessons!

and green have a shorter wavelength and are thus more sedative and cause feelings of security, calmness, and tenderness.

Music can be conducive to a productive class environment. Try to avoid songs that are too faced paced, however. Pandora, Spotify, and Grooveshark are great for playing music, however Pandora suggests and plays When decorating your similar music automatically, classroom, think soft and while Spotify and Grooveshark serene. There have been numerous studies that sought allows you to handpick your playlists to help you avoid any to determine the effect of mishaps. Here is a list of great color on mood. In a 201 1 article written by Dr. Davd S. artists to play in the classroom: World Beats, Caravan Palace, Kantra 1 , it says that light is Beats Antique, Vitamin String absorbed by the eye and Quartet, Deep Forest, Ratatat, converted energy, which Mute Math, and Parov Stelar. enables us to see color. Our bodies react to this energy by stimulating the pituitary and PBIS: It stands for Positive pineal glands, which regulate Behavior Interventions and Supports. It is basically a hormones and other physiological systems in the strategy for recognizing, body. He suggests that blue promoting and supporting lowers blood pressure and good behavior in the green alleviates anxiety. 1 classroom. PBIS can be done in Similarly, another study2 says so many different ways. Kelly that cool colors such as blue Martin tells us that in her

school, they offer “Golden Tickets”, modeled after their golden firebird mascot. Good behaviors earn these Golden Tickets to buy things like pencils and hoodies in the school store. She also has a store in her classroom. Her students are always asking her to draw things for them, so she make little doodles, sketches, small paintings or ceramics and sell them for Golden Tickets. Michelle Lindsay offers a “Pottery Lottery” where students with good behaviors can earn the opportunity to stay after school and get one-on-one instruction time learning how to throw on a potter's wheel. Try it in whatever way works for you and watch those negative behaviors turn right around ! 1 . Kantra, D. D. (201 1 , February 04). Colors influence mood. Retrieved from 2. Hoicowitz, A., McNerney, A., Hudson, L., & McCoy, R. (2003, October 1 5). Final 1 : How Color Affects Mood. Retrieved from . HowColorAffectsMoo.html


Art and the Common Core: The Perfect Storm in Art Education

Article by Bettie Lake andGretchen Boyer

That matches business leaders’ expectations Often when a perfect storm occurs there are stated in the 21 st Century Skills document. warnings not heard and the time to prepare Arizona is one of the 21 st Century Skills missed; if one pays attention to the predictions, opportunities may become available. As retired art Leadership States. This means Arizona has committed to embedding 21 st century skills in five education leaders we were excited to give our critical areas: standards, assessments, professional "Adapt and Change" presentation at the 201 3 development, teacher preparation, and youth Renaissance and Renewal conference. The title attracted us because we believe that the Common development. Core Standards are the infancy of a Renaissance in Arizona is now in the process of identifying education. The format of rigor and career changes to standards and assessments to readiness for our students is the beginning of the transformation education will see within the next incorporate student mastery of 21 st century skills. Arizona will also pursue the integration of ten years. The documents of change have been college and career-ready assessments in high written, the key players with the money are school and its participation in forming partnerships, and international assessments such foundations are changing their as the Programme for "... the Common expectations. At first glance it seems International Student that art education will not be Core Standards Assessment (PISA). This is the affected and the focus will be on the are the infancy nation’s leading advocacy classroom teachers and their mode of a Renaissance organization focused on of instructional delivery. That is true infusing 21 st century skills into in education." for the moment, but art teachers will education. “We are committed be expected to change if they want to these skills.” Governor to be seen as a valuable team member within the Brewer stated, “Our students will graduate with academic focus of their districts. the necessary skills – like creativity, innovation and critical thinking – that employers around the globe We can see the change as a storm of negative increasingly demand of their employees.” factors or a catalyst for making art education a critical part of a 21 st century student’s education. Let’s consider some of the things happening right Many states, including Arizona, are now planning the possibilities for integration of the new STEMnow that are in motion creating that perfect based learning curriculum into their state storm. programs. Teams from Scottsdale Unified, Flagstaff Unified, and J.O. Combs Unified are The Common Core Standards were created by meeting monthly to create new curriculuae for the the  National Governors Association and the teaching of science, technology, engineering and Council of Chief State School Officers to improve academic achievement and increase accountability math, that are project-based and interdisciplinary with effective assessments that precisely measure throughout the nation. The standard anchors student outcomes and promote continuous strive to help students become critical thinkers improvement. The five year plan of the Arizona and problem solvers ready for the work place.


Science Center’s Arizona STEM Network includes moving their approach across the curriculum, including the arts, and to establish STEM as a priority in communities, districts and schools throughout Arizona. They have the funding and state support to make it a reality.

recently awarded 3 million dollars to develop an assessment tool for their class format which is the forerunner of the “flipped classroom” or blended learning model. In addition, the Getty Museum has a new partnership with Khan Academy to develop arts education resources for this online format. The Arts are not being left out of the picture.

The Arizona Science Foundation is also setting aside grant money for use by Arizona teachers In fact, in both the 21 st Century document and the using the STEM curriculum goals. Sharon Kortman, STEM document specifically address the principal investigator on the project and vice importance of creative thinking and the design president of learning at the Arizona Science process. After examining the statements closely, Center, also emphasizes the goal of improving you will find their definitions of these two art problem solving and thinking skills. She stated, terms are different from the Arts definitions. They “That means students will be expected to identify are not talking about the creative process of a problem and work toward a creating art or a design, rather the thinking solution — in other words, process involved. We see this think more like engineers. change as an opportunity to put the "...students will We’re taking the art teacher at the center of school engineering design planning. Creativity and design is be expected to process all the way down the Arts’ domain. There may be a identify a to kindergarten and need to adapt to the new direction, through 1 2th grade,” The however; the Art teacher is the only problem and great part of this STEM staff member who is the expert in work toward a document is the inclusion these areas. Business leaders say of creativity and design in they are expecting to compete for solution." the goals statements. This employees who are creative money could come to your program! thinkers and innovators. These two skills are where the high salaried positions will be in the The other players are the technology giants. The Arts and elsewhere! Gate’s foundation is already steering money and effort into making teaching more effective and Art educators are also finishing new standards for efficient. Several schools in California are testing the Visual Arts. The writers have up- dated our professional development programs. Bill Gates focus with the addition of the Media Arts Class and Facebook billionaire, Mark Zuckerberg, have descriptions. This addition brings into question created a foundation called Startup: Education. how Arizona art teachers will respond to these With a beginning pledge of 9 million dollars, they new required skills. Are they vocational classes or are encouraging other technology inventers to art classes? Is this new document one in which pledge money to provide technical expertise to Arizona art teachers will endorse as representing schools. They are aligning their foundation goals what we aspire to achieve within our curriculums? with President Obama’s goal of having 99 percent Should we assess learning using these standards? of students connected via the Internet in our schools within the next five years. Recently, Maybe there needs to be a discussion about these Google and the Gate’s foundation gave money for four documents: the Common Core Standards, the developing technology for education to Kahn Arizona Arts Standards, the 21 st Century Skills and Academy, an online free school format offering the STEM curriculum among our membership. This short lessons in every subject including art from organization has an official link to the legislative elementary to college level. Khan Academy was leaders who set education goals. If AAEA has a

singular clear concise belief statement, there is a stronger likelihood of achieving the programs we want to teach and the respect we desire. Making an advocacy statement at this pivotal time of change also could bring us new members looking for assistance as they struggle with change and new expectations from administrators. Will Arizona art teachers take their place at the leadership level? Let’s get prepared before the storm is upon us! We would like to offer our experience and art education expertise to you and your district. We have come out of retirement to offer professional development workshop seminars on various aspects of the change we see coming beginning with the Common Core Standards, the 21 st Century Skills document, the new STEM curriculum and more importantly, the new art education standards. We also have some great strategies for helping your art students find their role in our digital society where the image is king. We chose the name Common Core + Creativity because we think rigor and problem solving will not be enough as students acquire jobs where collaboration and innovation will reign. Without

the knowledge and application of creativity, as defined by business and industry, Arizona students will not be ready for the challenges ahead. Take a look at our workshops for teachers and especially those for art educators and keep us in mind as your district plans professional development for you and your fellow teachers.

"...the art curriculum will be colliding with new ideas..."

Like a set of dominoes, our current approach to the art curriculum will be colliding with new ideas coming from our own profession and other academic requirements. In this complex and sometimes confusing arena of change, we can clarify; simplify your goals, actions and curricular changes to meet the needs of your students for the 21 st century. We can assist you in navigating through the educational transformation of change. Please visit our website for more information at

The Authors

Gretchen Boyer, Ed.D

Betty Lake

Upcoming educator events hosted by the Phoenix Art Museum. Arts Integration and Appetizers

A FREE Wednesday evening conversation series for educators. Programs run from 6 – 7pm, with time before and after to join staff for light refreshments and wrap up discussions. Reserve your seat! RSVP to Allison Seltzer, Program Specialist at Spring Series: February 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm Common Core: Math + Art Join our group discussion on ways in which the arts promote transferrable skills including problem solving and critical thinking. Then practice looking and analyzing an artwork through a “math” lens focusing on perspective, scale, geometry, symmetry and more! March 5, 5:30 – 7:30pm Common Core: Art + Writing Explore ways to promote writing through the visual arts! From poems, letters or even artist statements – learn how the arts provide numerous opportunities to develop your students’ writing skills. April 9, 5:30 – 7:30pm Common Core: What’s Next? Share your successful and challenging experiences implementing Common Core Standards with colleagues. Then enjoy a mini tour with Museum Staff and check out upcoming educator events for the summer and fall!


What do administrators look for in an art teacher?

Article by Principal Kacy Tomason

In a day and age where arts programs are being cut due to budgetary restraints, it's more important than ever for Art educators to know what principals are looking for in staffing their schools. Many would agree that art education is a vital component to completing any curriculum, but as an instructional leader I find the teacher behind the program to be more important. Here are some tips to help you know what we are looking for. 1 . Dress for the part. We know you're an artist and that expressing yourself through your clothing provides another blank canvas for you to show your work. While we encourage you to be who you are, remember that you are applying to become a part of a professional environment. We often find that professional dress plays a role in classroom management and to establishing roles within a classroom. 2. Bring a portfolio. Your body of work should show projects that you have completed with students. It’s a great idea to have several photographs of each project that show the various stages and the final products. Its okay to add your own art at the back to show your talent and skill, don’t forget the focus of the interview so keep your work to a minimal amount. 3. Variety is a good thing. Be prepared to talk about multiple projects that can fit the needs of the students you would be serving. Touch on different media, types of art, and how you would provide instructional units that fit the needs of each grade level and the length of time you would have the students (quarter, semester, year). 4. Know yourself and your philosophy. When it comes to the age old question ‘which is more

important in art education, process or product?’ be prepared to answer with an honest and insightful answer. If you say one thing but your grading structure, class syllabus or conversations reflect something different you can lose more than the respect of your peers and students. If you want to know the philosophy of the school, research their website and any printed materials prior to the interview to see if your philosophy matches. 5. Know how the Arizona College and Career Readiness standards fit in art education. While art may be considered an elective in many schools, it's still important that you can demonstrate your ability to integrate across the curriculum. Given the pressures school administrators face with standardized testing, you reassure them and lend creditability to your instruction when you show that you are a team player who is finding ways to increase student achievement through your program.

Principal Kacy Tomason

Fees College Preparatory Middle School Tempe Elementary School District


Life After Teaching Article by Margaret Gentry

Retiring from art teaching after 25 years was a gradual process, easing myself out of the fast pace of giving my time and talents to my well loved profession. I would baby-sit my twin grand daughters who were 4, full time, then part time, and then the second phase of my retirement. So as I waved good-bye to the twins at the end of kindergarten I knew there would be a huge adjustment and I had to fill the void. So as I was considering things for awhile, everything kept circling back to my love of children and art. Subbing was thing that I chose for the fall but, what about the summer months? With encouragement from my husband and a couple of friends whom I discussed my plan with, I decided it was time to take the “plunge”. So with the planning phase floating around for about a year, I decided no time like the present. As I started the ball rolling I could feel the excitement coming into play. I decided to start my own summer art program in the small town in Belmond, Iowa. Belmond was the place where my husband had spent many summer’s with his grandparents who owned and operated the movie theater. To make a long story short we bought the building on Main street where his grandparents lived and that included the business part downstairs. The grandparents were long gone and so was the successful business of the barbershop. We had occasional tenant downstairs but nothing substantial and now it had been empty for a couple of years. I put my teaching skills together and my previous experience of teaching summer art for the Peoria District. With rallied support from the Belmond Arts Council, the Chamber of Commerce things just fell into place. Needless to say in a small town of 2500, it became more of a “community service project” but it was a blast teaching small groups of children and a few evening sessions to adults. I spent three weeks dusting off the old work clothes, art projects and many new ones along the way. It felt great to share my time, talents with this community! In fact, “Summer Art” will be back next year. Did I hear anyone say, Teen Tuesdays? It will be fun to come back and do it again. So if you are passing through the Midwest, you might want to look me up - 423 E. Main. I will be around for about 6 weeks.


Exploring the Past: Archaeology in the Upper Mississippi River Valley Walking beside thousand-year-old burial mounds, flaking raw stone into tools, learning how potsherds tell us about human behavior, and understanding how humans adapt to complex, ever-changing environments - our 201 4 NEH Summer Institute features all this and more. The Mississippi Valley Archaeology Center at the University of Wisconsin–La Crosse will offer a three-week NEH Summer Institute on July 1 4–Aug. 1 , 201 4. This dynamic learning experience for K-1 2 teachers will explore how Native Americans and Euro-Americans have adapted to the Upper Mississippi River Valley over the past 1 3,500 years, and how archaeology leads to an understanding of how human cultures change and adapt through time. The Institute will feature a one-day excavation experience, field trips to archaeological sites, hands-on laboratory and workshop activities, demonstrations, and classroom activities. Individual projects will help participants tailor the content to their own teaching areas. NEH Summer Scholars receive a $2,700 stipend to help offset their expenses. Application and other information on the Institute is available online at The deadline for applications is March 4, 201 4.

DIRECTOR'S PROSPECTUS Walking beside thousand-year-old burial mounds, flaking raw stone into usable tools, learning how archaeologists move from broken potsherds to human behavior, and understanding how humans adapt to complex, ever-changing environments—our 201 4 Summer Institute features all this and more. We’ll provide three weeks of intense, guided exploration into how Native American and Euro-American cultures have adapted to the Upper Mississippi Valley over nearly fourteen millennia, and how we learn about such cultures through archaeology, the study of past human cultures from the remains they left behind. Archaeology is an essential topic for K-1 2 teachers. It links the humanities and the sciences and offers an appealing way to engage students’ interest and enhance their content knowledge in a wide range of subject areas. The unglaciated area of the Upper Mississippi Valley, with its rich resources and rugged terrain, is a perfect laboratory for applying the process and concepts of archaeology to explore how human cultures have changed and adapted through time. The region’s archaeological record reveals a remarkable history of adaptation and growth. When Europeans arrived, the area was home to complex Native American cultures that had adapted to the region’s environment over thousands of years. By extending the historic record back through time, archaeology offers a window through which we can see how those cultures lived and evolved. The influx of Europeans into the region led to massive changes and new adaptations for both Native peoples and immigrants, and the resulting cultures continue to evolve today. The common thread linking these disparate cultures, from the earliest mammoth-hunters to today’s technology-dependent tablet users, is adaptation to the region’s rich but challenging environment.




There are so many things happening in the world of AAEA. Change Over Meeting: Please join us as the new AAEA Board, Council, Division, and Regional Chairs

take their places on April 5th. The location is tentatively set to be at the Phoenix Art Muesum, but check your emails regularly for any changes. Member names to fill the positions will be announced April.

Call to serve: If you have a passion for an area of service in the AAEA, please feel free to submit a letter of interest to President Elect, Michelle Lindsay at For a list of all positions please visit

Conference Team Meetings: Starting soon! Please stay connected to the email list serve for meeting dates and to be a part of the upcoming conference in Tempe.

PDSF Raffle: The process for the PDSF raffle is changing. Baskets will now be sponsored by individuals

or groups. Completed baskets will be delievered to the Tempe conference by sponsors. If you would like to sponsor a basket, please contact Suzanna Yazzie at

Upcoming Events Please check for regional events regularly on the website. If you have an idea for a regional workshop, please fill out the form at the link below.


YAM@PAM March 3rd-31 st YAM Flag Contest January 1 0th VASA Feb 1 5th


Visual Arts Student Awards

The VASA Show is an opportunity provided by AAEA for Arizona's secondary art educators (7th through 1 2th grade) to showcase their student's art work in a gallery setting. The AAEA offers this unique exhibit for all students throughout Arizona.


Arizona Art Education Association 201 4 Visual Arts Student Awards

I found I could say things with color and shapes that I couldn't say any other way things I had no words for. Georgia O'Keeffe

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Hey all you Arizonians! Going to the National Conference?

We are planning to meet while we are all in San Diego and would love to know who is going! Please contact Michelle Lindsay @ or call 602-821 -21 34 If you are planning to attend national conference, let's all plan on a night out for dinner to meet and greet each other. California Here We Come!!


In Perspective Jan 2014  
In Perspective Jan 2014