Tuesday, February 2, 2016

#KSYAM16 Details

Dear Fellow Kansas Art Educators:
It's time to celebrate our profession and our student's accomplishments.
Please join the Kansas Art Education Association for our 
Annual Youth Art Month Celebration
SaturdayMarch 5th
at the Topeka State Capitol, 2nd floor.
Please park and enter through the North Side

Every Art Teacher in the state of Kansas is eligible to 
enter one work of art from 
ONE student in every school that you teach in.  

Labels for the artwork and an invitation can be printed from our website:
There are area YAM representatives listed on the website that are willing to take your artwork to Topeka for you.  Simply contact them for delivery.
*OR you can deliver your artwork in person on March 4th
from 4-8 pm to the Clubhouse Inn in Topeka.
*If that does not work, we will accept artwork by 8:00 am  
at the state capitol on March 5th

KAEA Members:
Remember that you can also enter an additional work of art into the:
KAEA Virtual YAM Gallery
Send those entries to Kate Miller
In the subject line, put Virtual Gallery.  Include a jpeg of the artwork (1 for 2-Dwork and up to 3 for 3-D work from different angles), student name, grade, artwork title, medium, school name and your name.  
Deadline, March 1st.

KAEA Members' students are also eligible to win First, Second, and Third place prizes in the Elementary, Middle, and Secondary levels provided by Sargent Art, Nasco and Molly Hawkins.  One student will be awarded a Grand Prize of an all-expenses paid trip to New York City for the student, one parent and the art teacher courtesy of Sargent Art.

Local Youth Art Month Celebrations
Help Kansas celebrate the visual arts by putting up an art display in your school, at a school board meeting or somewhere in your community.  Make sure that you mention that March is Youth Art Month.  Add some advocacy materials and put up the National Visual Arts Standards.  Call your local paper or add something to your school website, newsletter, or newspaper.  Get some coverage for your students and your art program...be your own best advocate!  Share all of your accomplishments with us by documenting what you have done and send that information to:  Megan Wendleton at meganwendleton@hotmail.com
so that we can include you in our YAM report.

Please fill out this google doc to help us with our record keeping:  
If you would like to help with
YAM, please contact:
Lynn Felts at 620-229-1309 or lynnfelts@cox.net

Sunday, December 13, 2015

2016 Kansas YAM Flag Winner

The results are in for the 2016 Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest. 208 entries were received and judging took place December 1st. The panel of judges was extremely impressed with the quality of the flag designs. The results of the 2016 Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest are listed below.

Congratulations to all the winning students and their art teachers! All winners will be honored at the Youth Art Month Day at the State Capitol in Topeka on Saturday, March 5th. All entries will be included in a digital display at the YAM event. Details for this event will be posted on the KAEA website closer to March. 

2016 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design—Morgan Winters, 12th grader at Andover Central High School, student of Mrs. Pat Chambers!! 

Elementary Category

1st Place—Kaydra Woods, West Bourbon ES, Uniontown, KS, 6th Grade, teacher Chris Woods
2nd Place—Casey Spencer, Ewalt ES, Augusta, KS, 5th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
3rd Place—Karleigh Buthner, Garfield ES, Augusta, KS 5th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
HM—Elyssa Sledge, Garfield ES, Augusta, KS 4th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
HM—Addie Martin, West Bourbon ES, Uniontown, KS, 6th Grade, teacher Chris Woods
HM—Grace Duncan, Garfield ES, Augusta, KS 5th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
HM—Laney Covey, West Bourbon ES, Uniontown, KS, 6th Grade, teacher Chris Woods
HM—Rylan Rush, Ewalt ES, Augusta, KS, 5th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
HM—Javin Rowland, Ewalt ES, Augusta, KS, 4th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne
HM—Jadyn Stevenson, Ewalt ES, Augusta, KS, 5th Grade, teacher Tiffany Osborne

Middle School Category

1st Place—Melissa Sharp, California Trail MS, Olathe, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Wendleton
2nd Place—Mariah Dominguez, Ruppenthal MS, Russell, KS, 6th Grade, teacher Cindy Balthazor
3rd Place—Nicole Henderson, Derby MS, Derby, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Highfield
HM—Savanna Nichols, Augusta MS, Augusta, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Johnna Smith
HM—Valrey Peebler, Derby MS, Derby, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Highfield
HM—Keith McCullough, Derby MS, Derby, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Highfield
HM—Vanessa Herrada, Derby MS, Derby, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Highfield
HM—Savannah Tredway, Derby MS, Derby, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Highfield
HM—Lauren Cabrera, California Trail MS, Olathe, KS, 7th Grade, teacher Megan Wendleton
HM—Zoe Kulphongpatana, California Trail MS, Olathe, KS, 8th Grade, teacher Megan Wendleton

High School Category

1st Place—Morgan Winters, Andover Central HS, Andover, KS, 12th Grade, teacher Pat Chambers
2nd Place—Cassidy O’Neill, Douglass HS, Douglass, KS, 12th Grade, teacher Emily Young
3rd Place—Emma Lou Graham, Cheney HS, Cheney, KS, 11th Grade, teacher Shawny Montgomery
HM—Sarah Gegen, Cheney HS, Cheney, KS, 11th Grade, teacher Shawny Montgomery
HM—Emily Monson, Cheney HS, Cheney, KS, 10th Grade, teacher Shawny Montgomery
HM—Macy Wallace, Cheney HS, Cheney, KS, 11th Grade, teacher Shawny Montgomery
HM—Shylah McKay, Cheney HS, Cheney, KS, 12th Grade, teacher Shawny Montgomery

Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Featured Member: Karen Matheis

KAEA would like to start featuring members from across the state in semi-regular blog posts to share some of the amazing things happening in Kansas art education and to shine a spotlight on members. Our second featured member is Karen Matheis. Karen will be presenting a workshop at the 2015 KAEA Professional Development Conference at Pitt State October 8-10. 

I have been teaching elementary art in the Shawnee Mission School district since 1992. I am fortunate to work with students who are children, nieces, and nephews of students that I taught in previous years, which makes my teaching community seem like a family.

As a teacher, I encourage the people I work with to find their personal expression and explore possibilities of creative art making. I believe art teachers are unique in that we can create an environment where students can investigate and learn in meaningful ways.

We are in an exciting and changing time in art education. Technology is allowing amazing possibilities, and there are many directions and resources for us to choose from. The KAEA fosters the arts throughout Kansas. I enjoy going to the annual conferences and meeting people from all over the state of Kansas. It is important to have a professional organization that ties us all together.

I love teaching art to all levels and ages of students. Other teaching experiences include working at the acclaimed Lawrence Arts Center Preschool Arts Program as an undergraduate, and teaching adult art education in recent years.

My personal art making is very important to me. I am disciplined when it comes to working on my own oil painting I am represented by Blue Gallery in Kansas City. Blue is very helpful to me, both professionally, as well as critiquing my work.

Other things about me: I run six miles every day before school, and am an avid yoga and gym person. I am constantly working at time management, to allow for personal time along with the demands of teaching.

Come to my workshop at the 2015 KAEA fall conference where I will talk about strategies for personal art making while balancing family and full time jobs.

I am a Kansas native, and grew up in Overland Park, Kansas. I currently live in Lawrence, Kansas where I am an active supporter of the arts community.
I have a Master of Arts Education ( with undergraduate degrees in art and art education) from The University of Kansas.

( My personal website)

( website for Blue gallery)

https://vimeo.com/128036556 documentary of Karen�s work

Newspaper review of a show from Last November at The Lawrence Arts Center

Workshop Description
Setting Goals for Personal Art-Making
Karen Matheis

Finding time for personal art making can be a challenge for busy art educators. Karen will present ides on how to utilize time and set personal goals. Group discussion will follow.

Sunday, September 13, 2015

My 1st Conference

The 2007 Student NAEA group from Emporia State University and our fearless leader Dr.Grove. I'm in front of the "L" in the white shirt.
I want to tell you a little story about my first KAEA conference. Ok, I suppose it was technically my second conference as I had helped with the conference the previous year when I was a sophomore at ESU, but this was the first FULL conference experience complete with packing, carpooling, learning, and meeting new people in a new place. It was 2007 and the KAEA conference was being held in Great Bend that year, with the theme of Wild About Art.
The art education students at ESU were all encouraged to apply for a conference grant which would cover our conference registration fees. We had all become members of KAEA/NAEA and were already enjoying those benefits like a subscription to Art Education. (You can join here: http://www.arteducators.org/community/join) Since KAEA took care of our registration fees, we carpooled and shared hotel rooms, attending the conference was quite affordable.

 The 7 of us packed and piled into a couple vehicles to head to the conference. On Thursday night we had a chance to just hang out and meet art teachers who were showing up the night before the conference started. We had fun playing Pictionary by the pool.

The next morning, the conference officially kicked off! We enjoyed our meals, our workshops, and especially networking. I don't know how many times we heard exclamations of "You should come student teach with me!" and "There's going to be a job opening in my district!" The workshops are great every year, but I think I look forward to the time between the workshops and meetings just as much. My favorite workshop that year was about Artist Trading Cards (ATCs). I hauled my camera with me but with the abundance of smart phones now, taking pictures of cool ideas you see is easier than ever.

In exchange for receiving a student conference grant, you are asked to donate something for the silent auction. I donated a mixed media collage made from papers and metal. My friend, Josh, pitched in and helped show the artwork. (It was a live auction that year).
Some workshops are project or technique based while others are based on other parts of teaching art. No matter what you are interested in teaching some day, you'll be able to find something new to learn.
I even helped present a workshop that another student had planned- a lesson plan swap.

Another conference highlight is the awards ceremony that honors teachers as "outstanding" in their field. I teared up listening to the nominators describe their friends and colleagues and thought "I want to be that good someday!" It was inspiring, to say the least.
I think traveling to the conference together made our relationships stronger, too. I'm still in touch with most of the students I attended with and know we can call on each other if we need help, even though we're all working across the state and one of us is now teaching in a different country! 

I really do feel like attending that conference set me on a path for my teacher. I had known I was going to be an art teacher since I was in high school, but attending the conference showed me how it could be better as a connected teacher. I've only missed one conference since that "first" one and I look forward to them every year. This year we will gather at Pitt State where I will reconnect with old friends, meet new ones, attend some great workshops (it's so hard to choose!), and donate some art to the silent auction so that future students will have the same opportunity to attend the conference that I had. 
If you've never been to a KAEA conference before, I encourage you to join us and try it out! There is still time for pre-service art teachers to apply for grants and you can find the information here: www.kaea.com/grants.html. Apply for that grant, attend the conference, TALK to people, take pictures, and be awesome! Please let me know if you have any questions about KAEA, our conference, or the student grants.
-Katie Morris, KAEA Webmaster, PreK-12th grade Art Teacher USD 335. 

Saturday, August 1, 2015

KAEA Endowment Grants

The Kansas Art Education Association is pleased to announce its new 
"KAEA Endowment Grants"

Please share this information with your friends, peers and colleagues who are not members.  Please share with them why you are a member and invite them to join us.

Be sure to tell everyone that this is an additional opportunity to attend the 2014 KAEA Fall Professional Development Conference in Pittsburg in October at the member cost!

Applications can be found on the KAEA website at:

A KAEA Membership Brochure can be found at:

Sunday, June 14, 2015

Don't Miss Out on the KAEA Fiber Forms Workshop!

It is not to late to sign-up for the
2015 KAEA
This is a two day event offered in Wichita, KS

Fiber Artist Marilyn Grisham will share her talents in making fiber forms!

The workshop will be held at the Fiber Studio
418 S. Commerce, Wichita, KS  67202

The two dates of the event will be:
Thursday, June 25, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with lunch (TBD)
We will construct forms and leave with wet shapes to take home and hang to dry.

Thursday, July 9, 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM, with lunch (TBD)
Bring dried forms for cutting and finishing edges, including hand stitching and
possible sewing machine stitching.

1 hour of College Credit will be available through Friends University!  An additional tuition fee of $85.00 and a homework assignment will be required of those attendees wishing to earn college credit.

Workshop description - In A Nut Shell - wrapping a balloon with layers of yarns, threads; painting it with Stiffy; letting it hang till dry; popping the balloon to remove from form; cutting the sphere in half; using basketry techniques to finish the cut edge in some decorative style; OR any sculptural shapes you can think of to make from stiffened forms!  And basically inspiring one another and being creative.)  These are the only two examples of the many possibilities!  We will be making bowls, lamps, and sculptural forms!  We will be using a copper tubing stand with a light socket for the lamps.  The shade will include some fragments of found crocheted lace and non-spun, dyed silk fibers.

$25 Workshop fee will include:
Snacks & Drinks
1 - 16 oz bottle of Mod Podge Stiffy Fabric Stiffener (An extra supply will be available to purchase for $6.00 a bottle.)
3 - 12” Balloons
3 - 9”   Balloons
A large assortment of threads, yarns & fabric scraps from the studio will also be available to use.

Please bring with you:
*Paint brushes and/or foam brushes in ¾” to 1” sizes (the Stiffy will wash out)
*Plastic dish pan or bucket to take home the wet wrapped balloon projects

For the Edge Finish session please bring:
(We will have a short discussion of ideas during the first session.)
Plastic tubing, small copper tubing
An Awl with handle
Blunt craft needles

KAEA Workshops are a KAEA member benefit. Membership in the KAEA also gives you membership in the NAEA.  If you are not a member, you may go to the following site and register to become a member http://www.arteducators.org/community/join

Please register for the 2015 KAEA Fiber Forms Workshop by clicking the following link: https://goo.gl/hyH8Ul

Saturday, June 6, 2015

2015 Board Retreat

One June 4th and 5th, members of the KAEA board convened in Pittsburg for the annual board retreat. The board retreat is a day and a half long meeting where we set the budget and calendar for the coming fiscal year, find out more and tour facilities for the upcoming professional development conference, and go over goals for each board position.
The 2015 conference will be held at Pittsburg State University, which is undergoing some major renovations and additions right now! No worries, the construction will be completed before the conference. We toured the student center, the art department, and the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Each building will be used for conference events.
 Small theater at the Bicknell Center where the key-note address and awards ceremony will be held.
 We were also honored to get to spend a little bit of time with Marjorie Schick, internationally recognized artist and professor at Pitt State for 48 years!
We had to pause for a group picture before we let her get back go work.
Serving on the KAEA board is a bit of work, but a lot of fun! If you've ever thought about becoming more involved in your professional organization, you can check out the board position descriptions and duties at http://kaea.com/boardmembers.html and fill out an interest form if you are intrigued by one of our vacant positions. You can also contact any of the board members listed with your questions about what it is like to serve on the board.