Help your students gain the skills they need to build more dynamic marker illustrations into their portfolios. Learn professional marker rendering techniques using Copic refillable brush-tipped markers. Learn how to work on a variety of paper surfaces, how to blend, create patterns, effects and more. In addition to the special pricing that Imagination International Incorporated offers to educators, attendees of this hands-on workshop will receive an “Intro to Coloring with Copic Markers” book, a flash drive with a Teacher Supplement and a variety of lesson plans already uploaded onto it, as well as other various samples for the classroom.

For more information and to sign up for the workshop click here

Need a roommate for the conference? Want to carpool on the way? Check the latest IAEA e-newsletter for a link to connect with other IAEA members.

Since there will be personal information shared, this link would only be accessible via the newsletter. For more information and help finding the newsletter, please contact Theresa McGee.

The 2nd Annual Art Educator Show will be held on Friday, April 17th, 2016 the Bridgeport Art Center.

Art educators from across the Chicagoland area will have a unique opportunity to come together for a one-of-a-kind event…an exhibition that’s focused on celebrating their creative talents. Teaching can be an all consuming profession, leaving teachers with little, to no time for pursuing their own creative aspirations. So, whether you’re actively making art or it’s been a few years, there’s no time like the present. The exhibition will be a juried, featuring over 100 works of art and more than a $1000 in cash prizes.

Contact John Zilewicz at [email protected] with any questions



Entry Deadline                               March 23rd 2016
Email Notification                          By April 3rd 2016
Delivery of Accepted Work           April 8th & April 9th 2016
Opening Reception & Awards      Friday, April 15th 2016 from 7-10pm
Exhibition                                       April 17th – June 5th
Pick-Up Exhibited Work                June 4th – June 6th, 10am – 6pm

2nd ANNUAL Art Educator Prospectus

The Illinois Arts Learning Standards Initiative, coordinated by Arts Alliance Illinois and the Illinois State Board of Education, is developing recommendations for updated arts learning standards that reflect best practices. A diverse, statewide Advisory Committee – comprised of classroom teachers, administrators, and teaching artists – recently completed draft standards, adapting the new national arts standards to Illinois.

The forums will include:
— A presentation on the draft standards
— Discussion & opportunities to provide feedback
— Practical examples of how


For more info, and to RSVP, please click here for the Chicagoland Workshop and here for the Springfield workshop.

We all know how expensive it can be to pay for college, not to mention all the art supplies and books that are required for an art education degree.

Each year IAEA strives to ease the financial burden for budding artists and future art educators by offering graduate and undergraduate student scholarships. To help make these scholarships possible, IAEA coordinates an annual Student Scholarship Raffle during the IAEA conference. The raffle showcases artistic works created by talented artists and educators like you.

Please consider donating one or more of your creations for the student scholarship raffle this year to help ensure a bright future for visual arts and art education in Illinois.

Donating artists may either drop off their creations during the IAEA conference or contact Kimberly Butts to make other arrangements for pick-up or delivery.

Volunteers are needed to work shifts at the Raffle Table during the fall conference (November 6 and 7). No experience needed! Contact Kimberly if you can help with thisworthwhile IAEA initiative.
[email protected] or 847-340-3396

This conference provides art teachers with professional development opportunities required for succesws in the art room. Teachers will be provided a space to learn new and innovative ideas, as well as share their own experiences with fellow educators. Teachers participating in this conference may earn 5.0 Continuing Professional Development Units (CPDUs)

Sessions will take place at the Morris University Center and the Art & Design Building on the campus of the Southern Illinois University – Edwardsville.

Studio workshops are limited so please register ASAP.

Fee for working professional educators – $80
Fee for students – $25

Conference Packet and Instructions

The Teen Creative Agency (TCA) at the Museum of Contemporary Art (MCA) hosts an annual festival for young people under 21 called 21Minus. We are currently accepting project proposals for this year’s event, which will take place on May 30th.

This is an incredible opportunity for young creative makers and thinkers to showcase their talents at the museum! Anyone under 21 with something to share is invited, regardless of whether they consider themselves an artist.

The deadline for proposals is Friday, February 27 at 9am

21Minus will be on May 30


Apply now to present at this year’s Curriculum Slam!

Does your curriculum inspire students to engage with the ideas and art of our time? Do you have a project or lesson plan you’d like to share?  Can you tell your story in 7 minutes using PowerPoint?

We are now accepting applications for presenters at the 2015 Curriculum Slam!
The Slam! will take place Tuesday May 5th, 2015, from 4:30-6:30pm.

Applications are due by midnight on Sunday, March 8, 2015. 

The Curriculum Slam! is a forum for educators to showcase fresh, creative ways to bring contemporary art and ideas into the classroom. Meet educators whose work embraces the spirit of inquiry and innovation. Hear how they engage students with the contemporary. Forget the curriculum fair. At the Curriculum Slam, the MCA hands educators the mic!

What is the format?
• Eight presenters are selected by application
• Each presentation: 7 minutes, 14 PowerPoint slides, 30 seconds per slide
• Breakout discussions after the presentations

Who can apply?
Teachers and teaching artists from all grade levels and academic disciplines may apply. Applicants must have prior experience in a classroom setting.

How do I apply?
The application consists of 2 parts:
•    Part I:  Tell us about yourself and the project you are interested in sharing.
•    Part II:  Share (3) images that help tell the story of the project you would like to present.

Where can I download the application?
Go to our website to download Parts I and II

Why apply?
The MCA Curriculum Slam is probably the most efficient use of a teacher’s PD and networking time. Nowhere else will you gain such deep information on practice of such variety and enjoyment. The format is simply wonderful, and presenting is one of the more fulfilling experiences of my professional development career. I get to share awesome practices from my own classroom and absorb even more awesome opportunities while in the process of having a good time with peers.–Christopher Sykora, 2014 Slam Presenter and Teacher at Deerfield High School

Not ready to present? Sign up to attend!
We encourage you to attend to gather ideas, connect with your peers, and fuel your teaching practice. Space is limited, and registration is required.
Register to attend online.

2015 MCA Curriculum Slam Application – Part II

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