Art is not always about paper, paint, and clay; it’s about ‘Celebrating Creativity’ throughout a students’ day. Learn about Newspaper Fashion Shows, Edible Color Wheels, Artistic Photo Stories, Artsy Games, as well as many other Cross Curricular Activities. Please feel free to bring your own ideas to share too!


Westfield Middle School –
149 Fairfield Way
Bloomingdale, Illinois 60108


Wednesday, January 14th 2015


4:00pm till whenever? If people need to come late, that is no problem!


FREE $0 But please bring a snack to share!

Participants Allowed: 

24 max


Teacher: Deyana Matt – Email [email protected] with questions.

Within our reach coverEvents related to the grand kicked off Thursday, February 27th with visiting artist, Peter London, providing a lecture that was free and open to the public on the campus of Southern Illinois University. Many students, faculty, and community artists participated in this event. The Southern Illinois Art Education Conference Started early Friday morning with four art educators offering lecture/discussion sessions focussing on art education specifically in Southern Illinois. Following this, art educators chose one out of five studio walk workshops to participate. The keynote luncheon featured a lecture from art educator and author, Peter London. After lunch, participants chose a second workshop of the five offered. A tea with Peter London wrapped up the day’s events. We look forward to our next conference “Classroom, Community, Life, ART!” at SIUe on April 17th, 2015!

Art Conference Program 2014

The IAEA’s Northeast East Council in conjunction with Freestyle Photographic is sponsoring a free workshop for art educators. The focus of this event is the importance of printing and all the different media available today. The evening will conclude with a presentation/discussion led by Chris Sykora from Deerfield High School on social awareness projects, facilitating students towards self-guided curriculum that is experience based, and using inquiry as the vehicle for learning.

The workshop will be held at Niles West High School on Wednesday, September 24th from 6-8pm. Niles West HS is located at 5701 W. Oakton St. in Skokie. Space will be available for 24 participants. Registration id now open and can be completed by logging on to

*All participants will receive a generous gift courtesy of Freestyle Photographic for their participation.


Social Constructivism Applied to the Digital Classroom.

Presented by Chris Sykora

Participants will take part in a presentation and discussion on themes surrounding social awareness projects, facilitating students towards self-guided curriculum that is experience based, and using inquiry as the vehicle for learning.

Discussion will center around applying practical approaches including examples, as well as, theory to contemporary and conceptual art experiences, touching on Olivia Gude’s work on “why we need new art styles for contemporary thought”. Participants will examine the new art styles are about free and creative self-expression and pushing students to being involved in the world. We will talk about how meaning is constructed and how it operates in physical space, valuing experience as much as making, moving outside of the classroom. Learn to value your role as a teacher, and as an artist collaboratively making real art with your students, not under the guise of a standardized curriculum, but with student ownership and free expression as the fuel.

Sign up now, space is limited!

If you are a full-time undergraduate or graduate student, you can attend the IAEA 2014 Conference in Lisle, IL on November 6-8 and be reimbursed for half of your conference registration fee by investing six or more hours of service during the conference. Under the coordination of Steven Ciampaglia, IAEA Student Advisor, you will be placed in various volunteer positions. Upon completion of the conference, you will submit your record of service and the reimbursement will be mailed to you after the conference. This volunteer opportunity is only available to FULL TIME students (undergrads with at least 12 registered hours and grad students with at least 9 hours.) You will be able to attend the conference sessions, workshops and special activities while also meeting your service hours. This is a great opportunity to network with art teachers from around the state and become involved with your state professional association. The positions fill fast, so contact Steven Ciampaglia immediately at: [email protected] to enroll in the Student Assistants program. The deadline to enroll is October 11, but the positions fill quickly and are assigned as requests are received.

Deepen your knowledge of  the National Visual Arts Standards and discover how to maximize the standards as a touchstone through these professional learning opportunities.

National visual arts standardsClick here to register: National Visual Arts Standards Interactive Virtual Learning Conference
September 27 & 28, 2014
Saturday: 1:00-4:45 pm ET | Sunday: 1:00-4:15 pm ET
$89 for NAEA Members; $129 for Non-Members

New: National Core Arts Standards

Besides these workshops remember you can use the IAEA website, Facebook, Twitter, and Art Ed 2.0 to connect to other Art Educators around the world.

IAEA members are invited to submit an application for the IAEA Artisan Gallery that will be held during the IAEA conference. The Artisan Gallery will be part of the President’s Reception Friday evening, November 7, in the Savoy Ballroom. You can download the entry form here.The form is also available on the Conference Page on the IAEA website and in the spring Mosaic issue. The deadline to submit an application for the IAEA Artisan Gallery is October 10, 2014.

members show

Each year IAEA members have the opportunity to display their artistic side by entering work in the Member Show (also known as the Electronic Gallery). The show is juried with a cash award for the  top three artist. The artwork will be displayed at the fall IAEA conference at the Sheraton in Lisle November 6-8. This is a wonderful opportunity to display your work for the conference attendees, without having to physically bring it! The winners and participants will be recognized during the President’s Reception Friday evening, and the artwork will be displayed during the reception. Continue reading “Call for Entries 2014 Member Show”

Instructional, Aspirational, Assessable

Using the Next Generation Visual Arts Standards

Join us for an overview of the new standards focusing on how Enduring Understandings, Essential Questions and grade-by-grade learning progressions paint a clear picture for students, teachers, administrators, parents and communities of what is gained through high quality arts education. Take a guided tour of the newly developed Model Cornerstone Assessments to explore important shifts in observing and documenting learning outcomes. Participants will collaboratively consider how the new standards suggest indicators of students’ knowledge and skills and then strategize as to how such indicators can become powerful evidence of student learning and authentic measures of teacher effectiveness. Presented by Olivia Gude with Anne Becker. Continue reading “NEW Art Standards Workshop”

The Teacher Institute continues to be the MCA’s most immersive and collaborative professional development program. It launches this summer with a new program design, aimed at helping teachers conceptualize, incubate, and implement innovative, contemporary curriculum.

This year, the MCA will select 15 passionate, creative teachers who wish to shake up their practice and make an impact in the lives of their students and school community.

Spend part of your summer in an immersive, creative residency at the MCA, August 4-8th. Continue to make the MCA your haven, your studio, and your laboratory for a year while you develop a contemporary art–based classroom project.

The MCA will provide support, including a modest budget for resources, to help make your project a reality. Plus, the Institute is free! CPS teachers will earn Lane Credits and CPDUs.

Applications are due by June 22, 2014.

Learn more and download the application online.

MCA Teacher Institute 2.0 Overview 2014-2015 Teacher Institute Application

IAEA members and friends are invited to join us for lively conversation with our colleagues at the first summer Museum Education workshop sponsored by the Illinois Art Education Association.

Monday, August 18,2014

10 am – 4 pm

McLean County Art Center, 601 N East St, Bloomington, IL.

$10 Early Bird Registration before June 15th.

$15 after June 15th.

Registration closes on August 1st.

This program will offer opportunities to learn about program evaluation and to meet colleagues from around the state. The morning will begin with an examination of school programs goals. We will then work collaboratively to develop a range of evaluation strategies, and to consider ways to use findings to guide program refinement.

The workshops will be facilitated by Rebecca Shulman Herz, a professional Museum Educator with over 15 years of experience in the field. She recently moved to Illinois from New York City, where she worked at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum and The Noguchi Museum. Her experience includes gallery teaching, educator training, and program planning and evaluation. She has written a book, Looking at Art in the Classroom, which outlines the inquiry-based strategies used by both the Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art school outreach program and school tours at both the Guggenheim and Noguchi Museums.

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