Design Interest Group (DIG)
Starting in 2019-2020, the IAEA established a Design Interest Group (DIG). This committee works to develop programming, including events and professional development opportunities, with a focus on supporting art and design educators to facilitate design education. As such, this committee will help to advance the IAEA’s mission in serving educators and their students as the premier professional development provider for art, design, and media educators in Illinois.
The IAEA Design Interest Group will be chaired by an IL educator invested in design education. Appointed Co-Chairs: Matt Winkelman and Kristen LaJeunesse-Roach, who are currently active members of the NAEA Design Interest Group with invaluable knowledge and experience of bringing design thinking to Lake Zurich Community Unit School District 95.
On Saturday, February 8th the Design Interest Group held its first official Professional Development Event at Columbia College Chicago. The event was attended by a wide range of participants from nearly all teaching sectors. We had attendees from Elementary Level Suburban schools, CPS HIgh Schools and the Laboratory School from the University of Illinois in Champaign. This diverse group also had varying levels of experience with Design Thinking but were eager to learn more, share ideas and engage in a fast-paced, hands-on workshop to solve a “real world” design challenge.
The event began with a dynamic presentation by Columbia College Associate Professor of Design – Kevin Henry who provided a history of design thinking, ways to utilize its process to solve a myriad of design challenges and generally framed the day.
Then we heard from Matt Winkelman and Kristen LaJeunesse-Roach (Art+Design Educators from Lake Zurich High School) about the transformative journey they have been on over the past several years, infusing design thinking, rebranding their department, leading district STEAM committees, professional development strands as well as co-creating and piloting a new design thinking course in the Fall of the 2020-21 school year.
The afternoon featured a fast-paced, hands on workshop facilitated by Kevin Henry where participants engaged in each phase of the design thinking process, acquired a deeper understanding of how you can use its methods to solve “real world” design problems and then worked in small groups to develop prototypes for a cell phone app that would address bullying in schools and presented their design solutions to the larger group.
The event concluded with positive feedback, a shared experience to use as a catalyst moving forward and a growing community of educators interested in design with a desire to learn, share and support the work of others who share this interest.
Want to learn more about the IAEA’s new Design Interest Group? Follow the link below and we’ll add you to our group and keep you informed about upcoming events, opportunities to get involved and much more.
We will be posting more events soon! As always, be sure to check the events page for updates.
Congratulations to all 45 Student Artists and their Art Educators for being selected to the 2019-2020 IAEA Student Art Show!!!
The 2019-2020 IAEA Student Art Show kicked off at the 2019 IAEA Fall Conference November 21–23, 2019 at the Q Center, St. Charles on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00pm-3:00pm, and is now traveling up and down, and all around the State of Illinois! This wonderful Kindergarten-12th Grade Student Art Show demonstrates to the public the breadth and depth of the art experiences and content young people in Illinois are getting through their Art Programs, and the connections they make to themselves and the world around them. Each year Illinois Art Education Association members are invited to submit 10 images of stellar artwork created in their classrooms from which, 45 artworks are chosen; 40 in the General Education category and 5 from Special Needs category. All art submissions are 2-dimensional artworks produced through a variety of techniques; painting, drawing, collage, mixed media, weaving, metalwork, photography, and technology. This year 366 pieces of 2D art from students in grades Kindergarten through High School submitted by forty-three Illinois Art Teachers. The judges for the 2019-2020 Student Art Show were art teachers representing the elementary, middle school and high school levels. They judged grade levels that they do not currently teach and were asked to look for work that demonstrated creativity, originality, craftsmanship, and personality or voice. Thank you to our judges: Heidi O’Hanley, Venessa Hardy, Kerry Parrish, Mary Ellen Bebber, Melissa Wojcik, Karen Popovich, Kelly Eggleston, Dorothy Ramey, and Angie Golden. This year’s poster was designed by Angie Golden.
Thank you to Heidi O’Hanley and Liz Farnesi for Assisting with the Student Show Reception! Each of the forty-five pieces is professionally mounted & put in frames.
The show opens at the IAEA Conference with the student artist reception & awards ceremony. (Students will receive their artwork in the professionally cut mat at the end of the show year, November 2020.)
The Student Artist Reception will be held at the 2019 IAEA Conference on Saturday, November 23rd from 1:00-3:00 pm. During this celebration, student artists with their family, friends, and art teachers will be exuberantly celebrated for their artistic talents! The 2019-2020 Student Art Show will travel to these locations:
November 2019 -Illinois School Board Association Conference, Chicago – 20 pieces K-12th
December 2019 – Justice Public Library, Justice
January 2020 – Amita Health Adventist Medical Center Hinsdale
February 2020 – Bloomington Jr High School Dist. Office 87
March 2020 – Fairmont School, District 89, Lockport
April 2020 – Thomas Metcalf Laboratory School, ISU
May 2020 – Marie Murphy School, Wilmette
June 2020 – JoDaviess County, Northwest
July 2020 – TBD
August 2020 – Lisle Public Library, Lisle
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Kristen LaJeunesse & Matt Winkelman, Design Interest Group Coordinators