National Art Education Association Elementary Division

An interactive tool for elementary art specialists

This network links teachers with a common bond: young children and art. Visit the NAEA website at:

The purpose of the NAEA Elementary Division ning is to provide an electronic gathering place for elementary art specialists to connect with others, communicate with educators about best practice in art education, and collaborate with teachers across the nation and world.   Please be advised that all contributions are monitored and expected to be in keeping with the purpose. Messages selling merchandise, advertising a company or product, promoting elections/candidates and/or any material that may be deemed inappropriate will be rejected.

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Artist, author, educator, and activist Judy Chicago has one more milestone to add to her celebratory year as she turned 75 this year. Penn State’s University Libraries, which acquired her art education archives in 2011, are pleased to announce the creation of the Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal ( as a new facet of the artist’s online art education archive ( in The Eberly Family Special Collections Library. The Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal was born from Penn State’s 2014 campus-wide, semester-long celebration of Chicago’s archive that concluded with a weekend-long symposium at which Chicago delivered a timely, call-to-action lecture ( based on her new book “Institutional Time: A Critique of Studio Art Education.” “My goal was to spark a long-overdue dialogue about the state of studio art education,” says Chicago who developed the first feminist art program at California State University, Fresno in the 1970s. “With the creation of the portal, we can now initiate an international online conversation about the current state of studio art education, particularly in relation to issues of content, gender, and diversity. I believe that art education has to be radically improved in order to meet the needs of all students and that Penn State can be a leader in effectuating this change.” The Judy Chicago Dialogue Portal will launch on September 15, beginning with the first of four sections, “An Invitation from Judy Chicago,” which will feature the video of Chicago’s Penn State lecture among other materials. An online dialogue “Live with Judy Chicago” about the state of studio art education and its future will be hosted on the portal on October 25 at 11:00 a.m. EST, and registration will open on the portal on September 15. More information is available at or contact Leslie Sotomayor at

Save the Date! National Visual Arts Standards Interactive Virtual Learning Conference
September 13 & 14, 2014 | 1 – 4 pm ET - Registration opens August 2014

In this 2-day virtual conference, members of the Visual Arts Writing Team will introduce the dynamic web-based standards environment and engage participants in an in-depth look at the Philosophical Foundations, Anchor Standards, Enduring Understandings and Essential Questions used to guide curriculum design and assessment. Join art educators from across the U.S. and learn what's new about these Standards; how to use the new Standards to create instructional and assessment strategies that make connections to Common Core and 21st Century Skills;  and how to demonstrate student growth in relation to teacher effectiveness and evaluation. 

Upon completion of the NAEA Face-to-Face Forums and National Visual Arts Standards Virtual Conference, participants will receive a Certificate of Participation with six (6) clock hours of professional development per session, as designated by NAEA. Clock hours provided upon completion of any NAEA professional learning institute are granted for participation in an organized professional learning experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction and can be used toward continuing education credit in most states. It is the responsibility of the participant to verify acceptance by professional governing authorities in their area.

The Summer issue of NAEA News is now posted online, and is on its way to your mailbox! Don't miss the President’s Message: Helping Teachers Communicate Student Learning Through Next Generation Visual Arts Standards, Executive Director’s Message: Cleansing the Palette, Research Commission Report, NAEF Grants and Report, Regional Reports, Division Reports, People News, NAEA Connect, Calls for Submissions, Issues Groups Reports, Member Publications, and 2014 Convention Sponsors & Exhibitors.
July 7 is the LAST DAY to submit nomination materials (postmarked by 7/7) for NAEA Board of Directors positions. The Nominating Committee is seeking candidates for: President and Division Directors—Elementary, Middle Level, Secondary, Higher Education, Museum Education, Supervision/Administration, and Preservice. Get involved!
Don't miss the next NAEA webinar: Implementing the new Visual Arts Standards: Learning Progressions – Demonstrating Student Growth, July 14, 7pm ET. Presenters: Dennis Inhulsen, NAEA President and Chair of the Visual Arts Writing Team, and Joyce Huser. Complimentary to NAEA members; $49 for non-members. Register online: Learn more and view the complete menu of professional learning opportunities offered by NAEA over the summer/early fall.
Help us celebrate the unveiling of standards written for and by arts educators to support quality teaching and learning!

The National Core Arts Standards are intended to be voluntary standards for adoption or adaption by states or districts and consist of resources in relation to five artistic disciplines: Dance, Media Arts, Music, Theatre and Visual Arts. The 2014 standards are web-based and included a series of supporting documents like the Conceptual Framework for Arts Standards and research by The College Board. More information can be found on the NCCAS website: 

The 2014 NAEA National Convention Mobile App is still available! View Show Documents and Show Dailies; View Sessions, Speaker, and Exhibitor listings; Create your own personal schedule; Find Maps; View Spark Gallery; Integrate social media; Find San Diego visitor information; Rate sessions you attend; and Receive alerts and updates pushed to your device. Get it today!

Elementary art teachers, did you know there are a number of ways for you to connect with NAEA and each other? One way is to sign up for a free account on our elementary Ning site:
Here you can have conversations, ask questions, post photos and videos, and more.

We also have a Facebook page, NAEA Elementary Division, you can join if you are on Facebook. 

Another way is through NAEA e-mail lists that help you stay abreast of the latest news, developments, and conversations related to the visual arts education field. To subscribe to the elementary LISTSERV, send an email to and put SUBSCRIBE in the subject box. you can also unsubscribe at any time.

There are similar offerings for Middle School and Hight SchoolArts teachers, as well. Please join us!

The Dream Rocket Project

A number of teachers have asked about exhibiting student artwork at NAEA San Diego. There was no general call for this (usually the local hosts take care of this). You could still display work through the Dream Rocket Project, though. Learn more about it at It looks like your students can participate at no cost if you register with the project. Hope this helps!

Review the New National Standards

Today's the day! Please check the website at at close of business Pacific time for links to the latest revised drafts of the new National Visual Arts Standards. In the mean time enjoy this great video explaining the standards from the National Association for Music Education.


All of these awardees will be honored in San Diego.


National Elementary Art Educator

Melissa Hronkin MI


Eastern Region Elementary Art Educator

Rebecca Carleton VT


Pacific Region Elementary Art Educator

Michael Simmons OR


Southeastern Region Elementary Art Educator

Drew Brown GA


Western Region Elementary Art Educator

Melanie Robinson MO


National Middle Level Art Educator

Carolee Brophy Miller LA


National Secondary Art Educator

Bobbi Yancey LA


Eastern Region Secondary Art Educator

Ryan Twentey MD


Southeastern Region Secondary Art Educator

Jill Ritchey AL


Western Region Secondary Art Educator

Shelley K. Self OK


National Higher Education Art Educator

James Haywood Rolling, Jr. Y


Pacific Region Higher Education Art Educator

Lisa Hochtritt CO


Southeastern Region Higher Education Art Educator

Olga Ivashkevich SC


Western Region Higher Education Art Educator

Kryssi Staikidis IL


National Museum Education Art Educator

Anne Manning MD


Eastern Region Museum Education Art Educator

William Crow NY


Pacific Region Museum Education Art Educator

Elizabeth Gerber CA


Southeastern Region Museum Education Art Educator

Samantha Kelly AL


Western Region Museum Education Art Educator

Scott Winterrowd TX


National Supervision/Administration Art Educator

Barbara Boswell Laws VA


Eastern Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator

Debora Hansen DE


Southeastern Region Supervision/Administration Art Educator

Henry Price LA


Eastern Region Art Educator

Susan Bivona NJ


Connecticut Art Educator

Suzanne Dionne CT


Delaware Art Educator

Linda Dillon MD


Maine Art Educator

Sandy Brennan ME


Maryland Art Educator

Elisa Patterson MD


Massachusetts Art Educator

Ruth Starratt MA


New Hampshire Art Educator

Martha Rives NH


New Jersey Art Educator

Linda Devlin NJ


New York Art Educator

Janice Oldak NY

Pennsylvania Art Educator

Lynne Horoschak PA


Rhode Island Art Educator

Patricia Lucciola RI


Vermont Art Educator

Christina Fearon VT


West Virginia Art Educator

Sandra Shaw WV


Pacific Region Art Educator

Michelle Montierth UT


Alaska Art Educator

Jenifer Cameron AK


Arizona Art Educator

Connie Ferguson AZ


California Art Educator

Julie Tonkovich CA


Colorado Art Educator

Elizabeth Buhr CO


Idaho Art Educator

Karen Fothergill ID


Montana Art Educator

Teresa Heil MT


Nevada Art Educator

Liza Amor NV


Oregon Art Educator

Lynn Pass OR


Utah Art Educator

Michelle Montierth UT


Washington Art Educator

Russ Ford WA


Southeastern  Region Art Educator

Dana Jung Munson GA


Alabama Art Educator

Lindsay Mouyal AL


Florida Art Educator

Glendia Cooper FL


Georgia Art Educator

Dana Jung Munson GA


Kentucky Art Educator

Judi Haynes OH


Louisiana Art Educator

Nancy Von Brock LA


Mississippi Art Educator

Kathy Gibson MS


North Carolina Art Educator

Borim Song NC


South Carolina Art Educator

Cynthia Caraway Hudson SC


Tennessee Art Educator

Anne Henderson TN


Virginia Art Educator

Twyla Kitts VA


Western Region Art Educator

Kathryn Hillyer IL


Arkansas Art Educator

Becky Thornton AR


Illinois Art Educator

Kathryn Hillyer IL


Indiana Art Educator

Teresa Nagel IN


Iowa Art Educator

Susan Noonan IA


Kansas Art Educator

Lynn Felts KS


Michigan Art Educator

Melissa Hronkin MI


Minnesota Art Educator

Debra Hannu MN


Missouri Art Educator

Vicki Bean MO


Nebraska Art Educator

Pearl Hansen NE


New Mexico Art Educator

Nancy Hays NM


Ohio Art Educator

Sandra Noble OH


Oklahoma Art Educator

Shelley K. Self OK


South Dakota Art Educator

Erica Howell SD


Texas Art Educator

Cheryl Evans TX


Wisconsin Art Educator

Jill LaGrange WI


National Art Educator

Mary Ann Stankiewicz PA


National Emeritus Art Educator

Harvey B. Goldstein MI


Outstanding National Junior Art Honor Society Sponsor

Dallas Gillespie GA


Outstanding National Art Honor Society Sponsor

Kathleen Petka GA


Rising Stars Secondary Recognition Program

Zoe Kasprzyk MD


J. Eugene Grigsby, Jr. Award

Debra Ambush MD


NAEA, The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), VSA Peter J. Geisser Special Needs Art Educator

Kathryn Rulien-Bareis WI


NAEA, The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC), VSA Beverly Levett Gerber Special Needs Lifetime Achievement Award

Douglas E. Blandy OR


New Professional Art Educator

Daniel Humphrey OH


Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education

Brooke Hofsess NC



Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education Runner-Up

Brian Kane OH


Elliot Eisner Doctoral Research Award in Art Education Runner-Up

Heidi Lung MO


Distinguished Service Outside the Profession

Argy Nestor ME


Distinguished Service Within the Profession

Linda Kieling OR



Cynthia Colbert SC


Manuel Barkan

Olivia Gude IL


Marion Quin Dix Leadership

Eleni Dykstra MD


Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award

Enid Zimmerman IN



NAEA News February

The first year that I taught art was the toughest of my career, but there were moments of delight that still stand out in my memory. One day, I was holding sheets of red and blue plastic against the window to demonstrate what happened when they overlapped. As soon as I did and the violet color appeared, one little boy in the back of the room cried out, “it’s magic!”

I suspect that, for most of us, such moments are why we teach art. We believe in the enchantment of art for our students and ourselves. Despite that enchantment, the role of the art teacher has become more exacting that ever before. The challenges I faced in my first teaching position (film strip projectors; mimeographs; very few visual resources; only crayons, construction paper, scissors, and glue) have expanded for teachers today to include issues concerning national and state visual art standards, core curriculum, art integration, cultural diversity, visual culture, assessment, and more.

To meet these increasing demands, I believe that art teachers must be passionately committed to the value of our profession. That commitment also requires us to become outspoken advocates for quality art education – to become ”cheerleaders for the art team.” And I can think of no better “cheerleader practice” than participating in your state and national art education conventions to recharge, renew,  and energize your efforts.

With that in mind, are you coming to the NAEA Convention in San Diego in March? If so, there is no better professional development for art educators and the elementary division has much on offer. Please join us for our first event on Saturday, the Elementary Division Awards Luncheon, from 12:00-1:50 PM. This ticketed event is a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow elementary art educators as we honor our national and regional award winners, enjoy lunch, and possibly win door prizes. (The rest of our presentations do not require a ticket.)

Our second event on Saturday will be Conversation with Colleagues. From 4:30-5:50 PM, you can meet other elementary art teachers, including the Elementary Division Leadership Team, and enjoy an overview of the conference, an update on the new National Arts Standards, door prizes, and more.

On Sunday, the Elementary Division is presenting two fast-paced Carousels of Learning, one on Advocacy and one on Technology. At each you will have the opportunity to learn from five outstanding, master art teachers. The advocacy carousel (9:30-10:20 AM) is slated to include art teachers Tricia Fuglestad, Cassie Stephens, Michelle Lemons, Christine Besack, and Rebecca Carleton; the technology carousel (12:25-1:20 PM) will showcase art teachers Lani Warner-Yuen, Jaime Alper, Michelle Savran, Nikki Everett, and Amber Ward.

Following the Carousels, Bob Reeker, NAEA 2013 Elementary Art Educator of the Year, will share his award-winning art program. You don’t want to miss what this accomplished teacher has to share (2:00-2:50 PM).

What can you do ahead of time to prepare for convention? Download the free Spark! mobile app ( right now and start planning your schedule. Plan to pack a camera, sketchbook, hat, water bottle, walking shoes, and a swimsuit and start dreaming of palm trees, blue water, and white sand.

But what if you can’t go to San Diego? There are still numerous ways you can benefit from the Convention even if you are not there. The free mobile app will give you access to presenters’ handouts, videos, useful web links, and more. Use hashtag #naea14 and check out the Tagboard on Twitter. Follow along as I’ll be blogging on our Facebook page, See if you can arrange a Skype session with someone attending the convention. Technology can help bring the convention to you.

Nancy Walkup

2223 Parkside Drive, Denton, TX 76201, 940-382-8274, E-mail:

Elect: Thom Knabb, 388 Summer Street #1, Buffalo, NY 14213,

Regional Directors: Eastern Region, Susan Bivona,; Southeastern Region, Tina Atkinson,; Western Region: Michelle Lemons,; Pacific Region: Andrean Andrus,

Elementary NING

NAEA Elementary Division on Facebook

NAEA Elementary Listserv

Pinterest Research

Pinterest Advocacy

Pinterest Assessment


Presenting at NAEA San Diego?

The 2014 NAEA National Convention in San Diego is approaching quickly – THANK YOU for your hard work and participation as one of our valued Convention Presenters!  Registrations are tracking very well with projected attendance of up to 3,500 visual arts educators. 


If you have not registered for the conference yet, please visit to register online at your earliest convenience.  All presenters and co-presenters must be registered attendees of the 2014 NAEA National Convention.  To take advantage of early bird discounted registration rates, register by February 28.  Registration for NAEA members is $150 if paid by February 28; and $180 on-site. 

Again this year, we are offering a dynamic mobile app that attendees will use to plan their convention experience.  Many presenters are providing their presentations in advance so that attendees can access their handouts on-site via the mobile app.  If you would like your presentation to be available through the mobile app, the deadline is Friday, March 14.   Send your presentation materials to Linda Scott,, along with your session title and date/time.  Please save your materials as pdf files before sending.

Please note that standard room set will have an LCD projector and a screen.  We do NOT provide laptops so please bring your own with your presentation already loaded and ready to go (Mac users please plan to bring your own VGA adapter).   Please note that additional AV equipment is available at your own expense and may be ordered by contacting Dyventive, 1170 Wheeler Way, Langhorne, PA 19047; 888-736-8972; fax 215-354-9230.  We recommend that youarrive at your meeting room 30 minutes prior to the start of your session to ensure the appropriate equipment is set up.  There will be wireless Internet access in the meeting rooms in the Convention Center and Hotel in San Diego.  Complete Convention information can be found at


Session evaluations will be accessible through the mobile app throughout the event. Attendees will have the opportunity to evaluate the sessions they attend and provide feedback on the quality of the content, materials and presentation at the session.  Full-scale evaluations will be sent electronically to attendees following the Convention.

If you use Twitter, spread the word about the Convention and your session! The hashtag is #NAEA14.


Elliot Eisner, a beloved champion of art education, has died.

We are sad to announce that Elliot Eisner has died. You may know him as the author of Ten Lessons the Arts Teach. Whether you have known him as mentor, friend, disciple, or student, he has been a staunch and effective advocate of art education for many years. He will be much missed.

Here is the request from his family: In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to the National Art Education Association's Elliot Eisner Lifetime Achievement Award, established by the Eisners to recognize individuals in art education whose career contributions have benefited the field. The address for the NAEA is: 1806 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 300, Reston, Virginia 20191. Contributions will also be gratefully received for the Parkinson's Disease Caregiver Program, 3172 Porter Drive, Suite 210, Palo Alto, CA 94304.

Final Public Review of New Visual Arts Standards

Final public review of NCCAS standards will launch in February. The National Coalition for Core Arts Standards (NCCAS) has scheduled a final public review of the draft PreK-12 arts standards in dance, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts. The review will open February 14, 2014, and close February 28. A draft reading copy of the revised standards will be available at on January 30.

All NAEA San Diego Elementary Presentations

OCD person that I am, I just compiled a list of the elementary presentations, general sessions, and super sessions for NAEA San Diego. If you would like to print it out, you can find the file at:


Leadership Grants Available!

It is time to apply for a Champion Creatively Alive Children Creative Leadership Grants 2014. Apply today for a grant to fund an innovative, creative leadership team within your elementary school's professional development program. Application Form | Judging Rubric Request for Proposals. Up to 20 elementary schools from the United States and Canada will receive grants to implement, document and share results of an innovative program that will build creative capacity and collaborative culture school-wide. Proposals will be accepted December 1, 2013 through June 23, 2014. Every Early Bird application submitted before midnight on Monday, June 9, will receive a Crayola product gift pack. Each grant-winning school receives $2,500 and Crayola products valued at $1,000. For complete information and application, go to or - See more at:

Elementary Division Sessions at NAEA San Diego

Following is the current schedule for the Elementary Division sessions in San Diego at the NAEA Convention. Presenters, please let me know if you see any mistakes or omissions; regional directors, please let me know which ones you can attend. Thanks! We plan to have door prizes at every session.

SATURDAY 3/28/2014

Elementary Division Awards Luncheon TIME:   12:00 - 1:50 PM Hilton Hotel/Indigo Ballroom D/Level 2 Join us for a wonderful opportunity to connect with fellow elementary art educators as we honor our national and regional award winners, enjoy lunch, and receive goodies and door prizes. PRESENTER(S): Nancy Walkup, Thom Knab       

Elementary Conversations with Colleagues TIME:   4:30 - 5:50 PM Convention Center/Meeting Room 15A/Mezzanine Level                                                                      

Connect with other elementary art teachers, including the Elementary Division Leadership Team. Enjoy an overview of the conference, an update on the new National Arts Standards, door prizes, and more. PRESENTER(S): Nancy Walkup, Thom Knab       

SUNDAY 3/29/2014 2013

National Elementary Winner Showcase: Bob Reeker TIME:   9:00 - 9:50 AM Best Practice Lecture Convention Center/Meeting Room 8/Upper Level The 2013 National Elementary Art Educator of the Year, Bob Reeker, will showcase his award-winning art program. You don’t want to miss what this accomplished teacher has to share! PRESENTER(S): Bob Reeker

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Advocacy TIME:   9:30 - 10:20 AM Best Practice Lecture Hilton Hotel/Indigo 204B/Level 2 Elementary art educators from across the country will share short presentations and discussions on a subject no art educator can afford to ignore: advocacy for the art program. PRESENTER(S): Nancy Walkup, Thom Knab, Tricia Fuglestad, Michelle Lemons, Cassie Stephens, Christine Besack, Rebecca Carleton

Elementary Carousel of Learning: Technology TIME:   12:25 - 1:20 PM Best Practice Lecture Hilton Hotel/Indigo 204B/Level 2 Experience different uses of technology currently at play in many art rooms. Ask questions and get answers from art teachers who use technology effectively every day. PRESENTER(S): Nancy Walkup, Thom Knab, Lani Warner Yuen, Jaime Alper, Michelle Savran, Amber Ward, Nikki Everett

Register for NAEA San Diego

Register now for the 2014 NAEA National Convention, March 29-31, 2014 in San Diego, California. This event is the largest gathering of visual art educators in the world! Check out the Schedule-at-a-Glance online today! 


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Did anyone go see any great art this summer?  Post pix!

Posted by Bob Reeker on July 17, 2014 at 4:56am

NAEA Professional Learning through Research Working Group

I am thrilled to be representing you on the NAEA Professional Learning through Research Working Group.  Our mission over the next two years is to provide opportunities for professional growth when conducting, using and sharing research through your practice.  I encourage you to consider joining these social media as part of your research development and growth:
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Posted by Bob Reeker on April 4, 2014 at 7:15am

The Dream Rocket Project Seeks Entries

Dear Teachers,
We are seeking student art for the following FREE exhibit opportunities. After these exhibits end all artworks will travel to additional venues and be included in the final installation at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center. We want to continue growing as many new art opportunities as possible, with your participation, this is…

Posted by Nancy Walkup on March 4, 2014 at 9:58am

Melissa Hronkin Awarded NAEA Elementary Art Teacher of the Year

The NAEA National Elementary Art Educator of the Year is Melissa Hronkin, an art teacher at Houghton Elementary who lives in Greenland Township, Michigan. Melissa was also the elementary art educator of the year for the Michigan Art Education Association.



Posted by Nancy Walkup on February 25, 2014 at 3:54pm — 1 Comment



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