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Volume 4 | Issue 9 | May 2013


Loess Hills Prairie Seminar - May 31st-June 2nd Onawa, Iowa; Fine Arts Iowa Core PD

May 29 - Great Prairie - Ottumwa May 30 - Green Hills AEA - Red Oack June 6 - AEA 267 - Cedar Falls June 17 - Keystone AEA - Elkader June 18 - Prairie Lakes - Fort Dodge ICCC June 21 - Mississippi Bend AEA 9 - Bettendorf June 24 - Pairie Lakes - Emmetsbug ILCC June 25 - Heartland AEA - Johnston - SMS

Do you have an idea for a story? Do you want a discussion started? Have a great teaching tip? Something on your mind?

June 27 - Northwest AEA - Sioux City or NAEA Leadership Institute - June 20th Oklahoma City, OK Western Leadership Forum - June 21st-23rd Oklahoma City, OK AEI Executive Board Meating - June 27th Ames, Iowa (Location to be confirmed...) AEI Board Retreat and Meeting - June 28th Ames, Iowa (Location to be confirmed...) 63rd Annual Fall Conference - October 11th-13th The Hotel at Kirkwood, Cedar Rapids, Iowa

Then contact to set up a slot for your article submission! It’s super easy and anything goes. If you have an idea but don’t like the idea of a “written assignment”, have no fear - “The Message” has an editor that is happy to cover for you. Now taking submission for June/July 2013.

Editor-Lisa Marie Jorgensen, Marketing, Art Educators of Iowa WordPress: Twitter: @artclasswithlmj President-Shanise Brockshus, President, Art Educators of Iowa Webmaster-Nancy Sojka, Communications, Art Educators of Iowa Copyright 2013 All Rights Reserved, Art Educators of Iowa. All material in this publication is, unless otherwise stated, the property of Art Educators of Iowa. Copyright and other intellectual property laws protect these materials. Reproduction or retransmission of the materials, in whole or in part, in any manner, without the prior written consent of the copyright holder, is a violation of copyright law. A single copy of the materials may be made, solely for personal, noncommercial use. Individuals must preserve any copyright or other notices contained in or associated with them. Users may not distribute such copies to others, whether or not in electronic form, whether or not for a charge or other consideration, without prior written consent of the copyright holder of the materials. All images are accredited or protected by copyright through author’s permission. Contact information for requests for permission to reproduce or distribute materials available through this publication can be made through

With three snow (ice) days in April and more snow projected for this week, it’s hard to believe its Spring in Northwest Iowa. Throw this on top of all my spring schedule of meetings, art shows, art competitions, end of the Spring semester, May Term and another graduation it can only be described as chaos. Have you ever felt this way or been viewed this way? A few years ago, a special education instructor was a substitute “aide” in my middle school art classroom. She sat there mouth dropped wide open, her gaze following me around the room and shaking her head in disbelief. After the bell rang, we talked for a moment and I asked her why she had such a dazed and confused expression.

cosmos”. Simply put, perhaps there are some great possibilities forming in these moments of chaos. We all need to go through a little chaos at times to appreciate the quieter moments in life. So, maybe my life is a little chaotic at the moment, but that’s okay. When someone asks how I am today, I’ll probably reply a little tired. If they ask me how I am , I just might reply quite honestly, “Life is chaotic and I’m in a state of utter confusion.” What else is new?

She was amazed at the freedom in which my student moved around the room to get supplies, visit and share ideas during studio, clean up etc. Her perception was that I appeared so laid back amidst all chaos. She was amazed that through every class she attended, I remained calm throughout the entire period. (She had the privilege to see me teach quite a few days that year.) What it revealed is even though my classroom appears different than others my students are engaged. They are engaged in the art process, learning and exploring the world around them. Discipline issues are few and far between as long as I keep my students engaged. The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines chaos as “a state of utter confusion”. Even though my life and even my classroom may seem that way at times. It only clarifies another definition for chaos as well, “a state of thing in which chance is supreme”. It is a chance for new and exciting things to happen. Not only for me, but for my students, my school, our profession and for our organization. We have the opportunity to share our story each and every time we are engaged in another meeting, art show, competition and event. As my friends, family, colleagues, colleagues in my conference say, “you are so busy. What are you up to now?” I’m learning to share my chaotic life with them. At the same time, I’m sharing my passion for art education the work of AEI. Chaos, the “confused unorganized state of primordial matter before the creation of distinct forms- compare

Get involved with AEI - join the board in an active roll and attend the Summer Board Retreat - an overnight adventure strengthening Art Educators of Iowa through hard work and passion. Leadership Presenter: Deborah Reeves, NAEA Executive Director Attendees: 2013-2014 AEI Board Members Dates: July 29-31 Location: Iowa FFA Enrichment Center, Ankeny, IA

June 11-14, 2013

Arts Integration Summer Institute Apply by May 1st.

Theme: THE ART AND SPIRIT OF NATURE Pedagogy: STEM TO STEAM The Iowa Department of Education has been working with arts educators around the state to write fine arts skills and concepts alignment documents to the Iowa Core. The documents are written in the disciplines of General Music K-8, Intermediate/Secondary Music (vocal and instrumental), Visual Art K-12, and Drama/Theatre K-12. To view the documents written by the AEI Iowa Core Curriculum (ICC) Writing Team, go to To support the written documents, the Iowa Department of Education is offering professional development for arts educators, in May and June 2013 (see inside cover). A one-day introduction to the Fine Arts alignment to Iowa Core is designed to provide arts education/Iowa Core history, supportive arts research, overview of Iowa Core and time for educators to experience lessons and assessments with the fine arts skills and concepts. This day is designed for arts educators, administrators, and classroom teachers interested in integrating fine arts and universal constructs: critical thinking, complex communication, creativity, collaboration, flexibility and adaptability, and productivity and accountability. To see a comprehensive listing of the the Professional Development opportunities provided by AEA’s, visit where you can follow the link to your local AEA...

Please share this information with the other teachers and administrators in your district!

Location: Fontenelle Forest Nature Center, Bellevue, NE More Information & chance at Free Registration:

Art Educators! Congress is excited to announce this year’s Congressional Art Competition, An Artistic Discovery, an annual event that allows high school students from our region of Iowa and across the country to showcase their artistic abilities. Any high school student in Iowa’s First Congressional District is welcome to submit his or her artwork to Bruce Braley’s office for consideration. The winner of the competition will win two round-trip airline tickets to Washington, DC. In addition, the winner’s artwork will be displayed in the U.S. Capitol for a year. Prizes will also be awarded to the runners-up. Starting April 23, all submissions will be displayed in an online gallery on my official website and the public will be able to vote for their favorite. Call the Waterloo office, (319) 287-3233, or visit

for more information!

2013 Iowa All State Visual Arts Team Announced On behalf of Art Educators of Iowa and the All-State Visual Art Awards Committee, congratulations and thank you to all nominees and nominating art educators. We appreciate the time and effort it takes to compile a portfolio and complete the submission process. Though we provide the opportunity to recognize students for outstanding work, it is the time, nurture, and support that individual teachers give students with potential that is most significant. Please, continue to participate and encourage other teachers in your district, region, and conference to become participating members. The more participants involved, the more students we can honor for their outstanding efforts.

2013 Allstate Visual Arts Awardees Awardee Cayli Graham Kezhen Zhou Alexander Bradbury Meggie Royer Amy Carlson Lexi Bernstein Talitha Beattie Anthony Oliver Kenia Calderon Bailey Peters Xena Fitzgerald Chloe Rosendale Rebecca Schmidt Joshua Byrne Kassidy Monday


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School District

Ogden High School Linn-Mar High School Mount Vernon High School Ames High School Burlington High School JF Kennedy High School Norwalk High School Dowling Catholic High School Dowling Catholic High School Norwalk High School Mount Vernon High School Linn-Mar High School Dowling Catholic High School Davenport Central High School Fremont-Mills Community School


Kansas City Art Institute: $1,000 scholarship. The following businesses provide the awardees with product and gift certificates. We appreciate your continued and future support of Dick Blick, The Sanford Corporation, Smith and Binney, Raygun Printing, The Des Moines Art Center, Sargent, and Continental Clay Co.

All-State Visual Arts Awards Organization Committee

Maggie Harlow-Vogt, Deb YellickManly, Teri Breck, Lindsay Schuling, Morgan Singleton

Schools with Highest Scores from top 5 students

Please join us for the awards 2013 Allstate Visual Arts Teams ceremony at the Des Moines High School Nominating Art Educators Art Center on Saturday, Dowling High School Joyce Stasi, Teri Breck, Lindsay Schuling May 18, 2013. We ask that Davenport Central High School Jo Anne Sayles students and teachers Mount Vernon High School Laurie Zaiger check-in by 1:30pm. Each awardee is asked to bring work to be displayed for the duration of the reception and the awards ceremony. A reception for attendees and guests will begin at 1:30pm with the awards ceremony following at 2:00pm. The nominating teacher or a representative will be introducing and saying a few words about each awardee. In case of bad weather, check for ceremony updates or cancellation news. If you are interested in becoming more involved in the process and would like to join the All-State Committee, please let us know. We are always looking for new ideas and faces. Also, if you have suggestions or comments about the new submission process feel free to contact the committee at

 Send in Presentation proposals! Due date for workshops with a materials fee is May 30th. All others are due no later than June 15th so we can finalize our schedule. Check the presentation proposal form on the AEI Website. Share your ideas, processes, and concepts with others or team up to discuss issues. We have several great keynotes and proposals already planned but really need many of you to fill the program. Email: if you have questions or want a doc. format presentation form sent to you. 

Finish Circus theme art in your classrooms!!! Take photos of the works and send the images to our digital exhibit chair. See more info in next pages. The digital gallery of works will be available for viewing throughout the conference and a possible live show in the Cherry Building (cultural and arts center) will bring student artists and their work in view for all at the conference as well as the Eastern Iowa area.

 Make reservations at the Hotel Kirkwood. Check AEI newsletter for phone number and also check their website for the gallery of amazing art that is at home in that hotel.

Remember the dates:

October 11-13, 2013 ----Cedar Rapids, IA.

Pre-conference events will be scheduled for Thurs., October 10th for retired art educators and others who would like even more possibilities.

In the next Message:

We’ll update the draft schedule and share more venue and speaker information. Keep checking the website for details on other special events that are being planned. We know already that a studio stroll will be the highlight of Friday evening in our New Bohemia Arts and Cultural District. Tours of area museums and Grant Wood’s studio are scheduled for afternoons on both days. These will take place along with the many other presentations and the Tiny Circus workshop.

If you have ideas or questions:

Lynda Black-Smith: If you wish to be involved inContact the planning or have questions contact: Lynda Black-Smith,

Reminder to submit your students’ Circus Themed Art for the Art Educators of Iowa Conference. Have you been collecting and photographing your students’ Circus Themed Art? It’s not too late to start! We’re collecting images from across the state to compile into a digital slide show. Students also have the option to have their work displayed on line on the AEI website and possibly to be used in promotional material for the conference. So take the digital photos now and select some to show at the conference. (Due by May 30th). Digital gallery requirements:      

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Title each picture with a number and the student’s name (first and/or last, or none). Then in the body of the email list them with title, grade, media and whatever else you’d like to include in the caption, maybe art teacher, or ? JPEG (jpg) files (If possible do not send them in extremely large sizes). (Saves space and loading time.) (print size is fine.) Please self-jury the student work and send no more than 20 images. (multiple emails helps) Include a permission slip if it is OK to put their work on display on the AEI website or to promote the conference. (This is beyond the basic digital show at the conference). Make sure the title and name or other identification matches the title of the photo. If you have school permission slips on file, that should be fine. Send images and permission slips to: o o You may email as many times as you need to send the files Or send a hard copy of the permission slips with slide identification and art teacher on them to: Molly Sofranko Metro High School 1212 7th Street SE Cedar Rapids, IA 52401 Due date for submissions May 30nd, 2013

If you have any questions please contact Molly Sofranko at

Cirque D’Arte---AEI

conference 2013

Tentative Schedule as of 5-1-13

Pre-Conference ---Thursday, October 10, Retired art educators’ day Noon—lunch together at a location to be selected Afternoon Options:  Art museum and Grant Wood studio at “5 Turner Alley”.  Studio experience at the Ceramic Center  Out and about (studio experience drawing in outside surroundings—Maybe in New Bo area.)  Other museum or gallery visits. Evening: Dinner at “The Class Act” restaurant in the hotel or another of your choice and lots of time to socialize Maybe some entertainment possibilities – to be selected.

#5 Turner Alley, Restored studio of Grant Wood.

Conference begins: Friday, October 11, at Hotel Kirkwood with Registration and information in the conference center hallway.

Morning: Presentations/workshops at Cedar Hall (arts building) on Kirkwood Campus as well as some presentations at the hotel. Kirkwood art staff will share their techniques and

program, and then hold a panel discussion about important curriculum and art skills.  Some presentations also at the Hotel  Exhibit hall will be open. (Commercial and artist vendors along with possible student exhibit.

Lunch at the hotel: Kenote speakers: The “Tiny Circus” artists will share their project for the weekend and invite all to participate in the ongoing stop animation during the conference. Afternoon:  Workshops and presenters at the hotel

o Jessica Balsley, “Art of Education” – general session o Hands-on workshops and other presentations o Culinary art! The culinary school is attached to the hotel so we’re working on having their staff and students demonstrate food art.  yummmmm. Workshops and presenters in New Bohemia Arts and Cultural district o Clay workshop at the Ceramic Center o Possibly other studio presenters at the Cherry Building?

Continued next page.

Friday Evening: In downtown Cedar Rapids and the New Bohemia Arts and Cultural District.  Dinner on your own in Cedar Rapids. There are many great restaurants in the downtown area, as well as the restaurant at the hotel: “The Class Act”.

“Studio Stroll” at the Cherry Building. This transformed factory building has become the ↘ home to over 60 businesses, including artist studios, unique shops and the Ceramic Center. Many of those studios, etc. will be open for a few hours to share their art, and products.

Cherry Building, Historical restoration into an authentic incubator of art studios and shops.

 Ceramic Center is located on the first floor of the Cherry Building in the New Bohemia arts and Cultural district.

There are also entertainment venues in the New Bo. area, including CSPS hall, which is a unique gallery and performance venue. Other possibilities to be shared later.

Saturday Morning:

At Hotel Kirkwood conference center. Registration and information tables open. Vendors and exhibitors open 8-noon.       

Continental breakfast served in the exhibit hall. Continue working on Tiny Circus project. Exhibit hall open hour: Vendors open and artists sharing their works for purchase Visit CSPS (10am and 2pm): tours and presentation by Mel Andringa (More info on conference section of the AEI website.) Option. Division meetings held in two different time slots along with the presentations. Workshops and presenters in hotel breakout rooms & Culinary school area. Update on Tiny Circus progress and tasks for the day. Continue work on the project.

More on next page

Saturday Lunch: in the Hotel in the ballroom VAAS (Visual Art for All Students) task force –Advocacy for quality art programming taught by highly qualified and certified art teachers. The team will update us all on the progress with this important movement.

Afternoon: 

Keynote speaker: (to be determined) , finalizing soon. Check website for the news in mid May.  Presentations and workshops at the hotel  Tours (side shows) o Tour of Cedar Rapids Museum of Art and #5 Turner Alley (Grant Wood Studio) o Tour of CSPS and a presentation by Mel Andringa  o Tour of African American Museum o Possible tour of Czech Museum o Other possibilities to be determined. CSPS Theatre & Gallery Information on the tours and venues will be on the website soon.  Ceramic Center clay workshop  More work on Tiny Circus animation project. Final hours.

Evening: Our Gala Finale event! Yes it is a Circus! Held in the Cedar Hall Atrium! Come in costume if you wish. Anyone juggle? Or create balloon animals? Photo ops!

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The banquet will feature delicious food and creative décor – fitting of the center ring. Silent auction of donated art and creative gifts will culminate and winners will claim their treasures. Following the circus fun – we will parade into the “Green Room auditorium” for entertainment and our awards presentations. May even be able to view the “Tiny Circus” video.

Late night: President’s party. In the hotel.

Sunday morning:  

Presentations and workshops Zumba

Brunch: in the Hotel ballroom  Membership meeting  Final showing of Tiny Circus video  Sharing the creativity in summary of our Circus Event.  Share plans for next year.

Digital Gallery of student art with a circus theme will be showing during the conference.  Send in your images soon.

Jessica Balsley will present a Keynote Presentation at AEI state conference. Jessica Balsley is a passionate art educator, graduate instructor, wife, mother, and Entrepreneur, living in Osage, IA with her husband Derek and their 2 year old daughter, Nora. However, she is most well known as the founder of "The Art of Education" a popular online professional development resource for art teachers. Jessica loves to share her wealth of experience gained while serving as a K-5 art teacher, district Art Department Coordinator, and designer and implementer of professional development for K-12 art. She also taught graduate courses as an adjunct instructor for a local college and wrote for Arts and Activities Magazine. While writing her Master’s Thesis on Professional Development for Art Teachers, Jessica realized that art teachers needed and deserved more appropriate professional development. She decided to stop sitting on the sidelines and do something about it. Thus, her current endeavor (where she is now devoted to full time) “The Art of Education”, was born. Jessica provides "Ridiculously Relevant™ Professional Development" to Art Educators all around the world, including a robust catalog of 15+ online degree-level classes for Art teachers, an online magazine which offers free daily articles, lesson plans, tips, tricks, videos, and discussions about the hottest issues in art education. Her research is well respected and was recently published in the NAEA Advisory. With a down to earth and realistic approach, Jessica continues on her lifetime goal of empowering art teachers to thrive in their profession, to reignite their passion for teaching, and help art educators discover small tweaks they can make in their teaching to change their life and career for the better. You’ll want to be inspired with: “Taming the Lion” - Becoming an Empowered Art Teacher Teaching art can often feel like leading a three ring circus. Between budget cuts, assessment pressures, teaching from a cart, and traveling between schools while eating lunch in your car; this profession can easily feel more like the ‘sideshow’ instead of the 'main event'. Feel like you are walking a tightrope on a daily basis? You aren’t alone. The #1 complaint of art teachers across the country isn't a low budget for supplies, sub-par classroom amenities, or even being underpaid. What art teachers really struggle with is feeling VALUED and RESPECTED by their colleagues, administration and the community at large. "Just an art teacher?" Of course not. Learn to leverage the great things you're doing in order to change this mindset of those around you, and take pro-active steps to redefine your art program for good. Explore the 10 Essential Keys to unlock the “Empowered Art Teacher” inside you. You can re-set your motivation and mindset regardless of the struggles you face on a daily basis. These 10 Keys will cover areas the modern art teacher needs to be aware of to move forward in today’s educational landscape. Take your passion for art education and morph it into a new level of professionalism. Get ready to see a huge difference in how your view your students, your profession, and your SELF. Attitude does matter - become an empowered art teacher today!

AEI Annual Fall Conference: Cirque D’Arte Oct. 11, 12, & 13. With optional pre-conference day on Oct. 10th 1. Name of presenter: School, job title or other descriptor for program: Address: Email:


2. Title of presentation: 3. Description of presentation:

4. For what level or specialty is your workshop? □ Elementary □ Secondary □ Other: Please list ___________________________ 5. How many 45 minute session blocks are needed? 6. Check Day and time preferences: □ No preference □ Friday


□ AM


(We may not be able to accommodate all requests.) □ Saturday □ Sunday morning ?

□ PM

□ No preference

7. Are you willing to give your workshop/presentation more than once? Check one response. □ Yes, on the same day □ Yes, once on Friday, once on Saturday □ No, one presentation is just right 8. Fee, if any, and what the fee includes: 9. Supplies the attendees must bring: (if necessary) 10. Prerequisite skills attendees need: 11. AV or electrical needs: 12. Other needs: Please forward to Program Chair, Lynda Black-Smith: or send hard copy to: Lynda at 3858 Trailridge Rd. SE, Cedar Rapids, Iowa 52403 Thank you. \Check the website for a downloadable copy:

The Message, May 2013  

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