Restructuring NATA - What are your visions?
Teaching has changed. Professional responsibilities have changed. Students have changed. Accountability has changed. School/district structure has changed. Shoot, even lunch and recess has changed. Our responsibilities and needs are changing faster than we can keep up. The new NATA Board Structure is in a piloting phase right now. We are trying to determine where our focus should lie and what member's needs will be in the next 1-5 years and beyond. Please take 2 minutes to complete a brief survey that includes your opinion of which services are most important to you as NATA plans for support of art educators across the state of Nebraska. Please ask yourself what you need in order "to advocate for and advance art education in Nebraska to fulfill human potential and promote global understanding".
Because of low registrations, the PreService Student Forum scheduled April 12th at UNO has been cancelled.
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College of Architecture at UNL
The College of Architecture at UNL would like to let you know the deadline for applying to attend the summer workshops for sophomores, juniors, and seniors interested in exploring architecture, interior design, and landscape architecture has been extended!
The two workshops include the Career Explorations Workshop (June 7-June 13, 2015) and the Discover Landscape Architecture Camp (June 14-June 19th, 2015). Information and applications can be found here: http://architecture.unl.edu/prospective-student/high-school-workshops. Applications for summer workshops are due April 20, 2015.
Sheldon Museum of Art to Offer Fine Arts Standards Workshop
Thursday, May 28th, 2015
9:00am - 3:30pm
Boost your awareness and understanding of the standards adn how to best implement them into your practice. Spend a day utilizing a staff development model that helps you grow professionally. Free lunch and snacks....and lots of resources. Register by April 15, 2015
Nebraska Arts Council/ Nebraska Cultural Endowment
Contact Sharon Kennedy to register.
13 NATA Members Presenting in New Orleans Next Week!
Congratulations to the following Nebraska Teachers presenting at NAEA National Convention! Look at the wealth of knowledge being shared from Nebraska. If you're attending, you can download the presentation schedule.
Jody Boyer: Designing Sustainable Landscapes as School Based Public Art
Jody Boyer & Rebecca Turk: Craftivism, Community, and Service Learning
Jeremy Johnson & James Bequette: Rethinking a Preservice Art and Design Teacher Licensure Program
Jeremy Johnson: Cripping Comics: Challenging the Dominant Discourse of Disability
Lynette Fast: Using Google Drive in the Art Classroom
Lynette Fast: Standards Based Teaching: Keeping Teacher and Student Creativity Alive
Lorinda Rice & Bob Reeker: Function Junction: Designing to Meet All Learners
Lorinda Rice & Bob Reeker: Planning by Design: Unit Writing for Maximum Impact
Bob Reeker & Lorinda Rice: Design, Story, Meaning, & Using Pink's Work to Inspire
Julie Ryan & Melissa Cleaver: Humor to Hope: Building Relationships Through the Urban Art Room
Julie Ryan & Melissa Cleaver: Be Pinspired!
Shari Hofschire & Joanne Sowell: Design Thinking for New Media Arts: Digital Game Design
Jan Jones: Visual Persuasion in the 21st Century
Lisa Kastello: Asian Interest Issues Group Initiatives
Angie Fischer & Gina Tolstedt: Collaboration and Leadership with Visual and Performing Arts
15 Nebraska Art Students Win 17 National Scholastic Art Awards
Congratulations to the following students and their teachers!
Anderson Kayley, 10, Silver Medal, Mixed Media, Complements
Bruck Jack, 12, Silver Medal, Drawing and Illustration, "father Time"
Collins Lannisha, 12, Gold Medal, Digital Art, Starry-Eyed
Gonzalez-Fuent es Walter, 12, Silver Medal, Painting, Self Portrait
Hidalgo Hannah, 11, Silver Medal, Painting Over-exposed
Hoover Carolyn, 11, American Visions Medal, Drawing and Illustration, Vivian
Kohmetscher Lenae, 12, Gold Medal, Drawing and Illustration, Rusted Dream
Margritz Brittany, 12, Silver Medal, Mixed Media, Telhados de Lisboa
Sanchez Stephanie, 12, Gold Medal, Photography, Christopher
Scheele Trevor, 8, Silver Medal, Drawing and Illustration, "The Devil's Stare"
Smith Darrin, 12, Silver Medal, Ceramics & Glass, wood Fired
Smith Megan, 12, Gold Medal, Drawing and Illustration, Dry Shampoo
Solheim Jenny, 12, Gold Medal, Painting, Norwegian Fiddler
Solheim Jenny, 12, Silver Medal, Painting, Singing in Harmony
Solheim Jenny, 12, Silver Medal, Art Portfolio, Attuned
Weiler Kelly, 12, Gold Medal, Drawing and Illustration, Kelly
Yang Zomshia, 12, Silver Medal, Digital Art, Shadows
A complete list of National Medalists is accessible through the Alliance's website.
NATA Board Meeting
A lot of new business discussion will focus around service to our membership through the new board structure. We hope you can attend and then support the Youth Art Month Celebration at the State Capitol following at 2:00pm. Agenda : Notify us immediately if you will be attending so we can plan for enough brunch items.
NATA PRESERVICE TEACHER SPRING FORUM
DISCOVERY: STEM to STEAM
April 11th, 9am-4pm
Sponsored by UN-O and NATA
Get Information and Register Here By April 3rd!
The National Art Honor Society (NAHS) is designed specifically for high school students in grades 9-12. In 1978, the National Art Education Association began the National Art Honor Society program to inspire and recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability and interest in art. The NAHS strives to aid members in attaining the highest standards in art scholarship, character, and service, and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community.
AND WE'VE GOT A WINNER!
Congratulations! Jody Boyer, NATA Student and Member Displays Co-Chair, has received a national award for her teaching strategies and application into the classroom. She will be presented the NAEA Caucus on Social Theory and Art Education Theory in Practice Award in New Orleans March 27th. Jody will present two sessions in New Orleans: Craftivism, Community and Service Learning and Designing Sustainable Landscapes as School Based Public Art. We are very proud to embrace Jody in the leadership of our association.
Jody sums it up by saying, "Holy moly, humbled and proud! I have been awarded the 2015 CSTAE Art Teacher Social Theory-in-Practice Award, in support of my work utilizing social theory in my arts classroom! Only two teachers in the entire country get picked, I was sure my application was a long shot. I guess independently reading Paulo Freire and Bell Hooks AND applying that in my classroom IS good stuff! The CSTAE (Caucus on Social Theory in Art Education) is part of the National Art Education Association, and the award supports my presentations at the NAEA National Conference in New Orleans!"...Contact Jody.
LAST CHANCE BEFORE FEBRUARY 15TH
Nominate Outstanding NATA Members For Awards It's time to reflect upon NATA members you know that work so hard for art education. Please review the awards categories and place your nominations.
Youth Art Month Activity Planning Visit the NATA YAM website page for all the Nebraska Celebration information and to volunteer.
YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED ON NAEA PLATFORM AND POSITION STATEMENTS...
In about a month, Allison Varah and Lynette Fast will be traveling to New Orleans to represent Nebraska in NAEA Delegates Assembly. There are several position statements up for review this year. You can view position statements currently under review on the NAEA website. Send an email to Lynette and Allison with your viewpoints before March 15th.
CALL FOR AGENDA ITEMS FOR MARCH NATA BOARD MEETING
The next NATA Board meeting is March 21st from 9:30am-12:30pm. at Ayars & Ayars, 2436 N. 48th Street, Lincoln, NE 68504. Please contact Lynette Fast or Allison Varah with your intent to attend or agenda items for the meeting.
THE PERSPECTIVE HAS BEEN PUBLISHED
Read the newest publication from NATA. Thank you to our Editor, Julie Ryan, for all her hard work! You may access the publication using your membership password. If you have misplaced the password, may contact Lynette Fast or Allison Varah.
SCHOLASTIC ART AWARDS ANNOUNCED
View the exhibit list and plan to attend the exhibit.
Scholastic Art Awards Exhibition 2014-15 February 23 – March 31, 2015
OPS Teacher Administrative Center
3215 Cuming St. Omaha, NE 68131
Hours: Monday – Friday 8a.m.– 5p.m. Saturday 8 a.m. – Noon.
Hosted by Omaha Public Schools Art Department
NAEA INTERACTIVE WEBINAR
Classroom-Based Teacher Research in Art Education: Using the Power of Art and Practices of Research to Impact Art Education in Your School and Community. Two approaches to teacher-led, classroom-based research will be presented as a means of addressing issues facing school-based art teachers. February 24, 2015, 7-8pm ET. FREE for NAEA Members / $49 Non-members. Register Now!
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Sheldon Artful Teacher Night
Printmaking and Historic Processes, Feb 26th, 4:30-7:30pm
Artful Teaching at the Sheldon Museum of Art brings together Lincoln Public Schools, private, and home school teachers from multiple disciplines for an evening of learning, networking and fun. Held in the spring and fall, Artful Teaching connects the museum’s collection with LPS curriculum for art, language arts and social studies.
Register on Eventbrite or contact Lisa Maurer, public programs coordinator, at firstname.lastname@example.org or 402-472-4524.
Red Path Gallery & Tasting Room
Friday, February 6th, 2015 4:00 pm – 7:00 pm
Open House and Art Talk by Marcia Bauerle
-“Woven Grace” – mixed media by Marcia Bauerle
Art Talk at 4:00 – Stop by and listen to Marcia and take a look at her art work.
Open House from 4:00 – 7:00
Show runs through the end of February.
KEEP TRACK OF WHAT IS ON THE NATA CALENDAR
...See the NATA Website front page for all calendar items.
NATA Members Are Invited to Participate in a Survey from the NAEA Professional Learning through Research Working Group
In response to member requests, the NAEA Research Commission's Professional Learning through Research (PLR) working group is looking for ways to support members in developing skills and understandings as researchers and in using research to improve professional practice. You should have received an email to complete this 15 minute survey by this Friday, Feb 6. Your responses will assist the PLR in identifying ways to support the research interests and needs of NAEA members and the ways you can contribute to a vibrant research culture across the NAEA community.
HAVE YOU CONSIDERED WRITING ABOUT ADVOCACY?
What might you have to share about advocacy with members of NATA? Have you considered sharing through the NATA Newsletter The Perspective? Please consider this opportunity and submit your article to Julie Ryan by March 1, 2015.
CALL FOR AGENDA ITEMS FOR MARCH NATA BOARD MEETING
Please contact Lynette Fast or Allison Varah with your needs for the March 2015 NATA Board meeting.
LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITY IN NATA
What makes membership in a professional association valuable - the members!
We are seeking a membership representative to monitor the monthly membership roster. Your responsibilities include emailing reminders to members who's membership has expired and to advocate and seek new members. There is potential of nearly 500 art educators in Nebraska and we range 190-200 members in our association. If you are interested in this position, please contact Lynette Fast or Allison Varah.
REPRESENT YOUR ASSOCIATION BY SERVING AS A DELEGATE
The National Art Education Association is organizing a delegation to visit Cuba for the purpose of researching Arts Education. Due to the extensive planning and communication involved in coordinating a program of this nature, please respond with your intentions regarding this invitation as soon as possible. Please RSVP to Professionals Abroad at 1-877-298-9677 or via the web at www.professionalsabroad.org. A $500 deposit is required to reserve your place on the team.
CONGRESSIONAL ART COMPETITION ENTRIES DUE MARCH 2, 2015
NATA is proud to facilitate the Congressional Art Competition for Nebraska’s 2nd and 3rd Congressional Districts. This is a competition for High School Students.
The winner in each district has the privilege of having their art work on display in the Nation’s Capitol and receives two round trip plane tickets to Washington D.C. to participate in recognition ceremonies there. Winning artwork must be framed at the artist expense.
Winners will also be recognized at the Nebraska Recognition Ceremony.
CAC Entry Forms must Accompany All Entries. CAC criteria and forms can be found athttp://www.house.gov/content/educate/art_competition/ or see below.
Secondary students may enter the CAC by filling out the paper work, writing a paragraph about why you created this work of art or what the work means to you, and sending digital images and forms to: CAC c/o Deborah Kippley, 1004 N. Beadle St. Papillion, NE., 68046 or email@example.com (Please put CAC in the email memo.) Please do not send a JPG larger than 6 MB, and please do not send the original art work :)
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UNL College of Architecture High School Workshops
The College offers two summer high school workshops: the Career Explorations in Architecture, Interior Design and Landscape Architecture camp AND the Discover Landscape Architecture camp. These camps offer a unique experience to investigate issues surrounding design, learn more about the design professions and what it's like to be a college student.
Career Explorations, June 7-13, 2015
Discover Landscape Architecture, June 14-19, 2015
Community Supported Art - Artist Proposals Due February 11
If you are feeling creative and would like to submit a proposal for this home-grown commission, Lincoln Arts Council would love to hear from you! Based on the same "buy fresh-buy local" model as Community Supported Agriculture, this grass-roots art commission is in its third season in Lincoln thanks to sponsorship from Union Bank and Trust.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art has released 400,000 images online for non-commercial use.
The Metropolitan Museum of Art creates, organizes, and disseminates a broad range of digital images documenting the rich history of the Museum, its collection, exhibitions, events, people, and activities. Many of these images are available for personal enjoyment, study, educational purposes, and scholarly publication....read on...
Can Children Deprived of Art Education Still Grow Up To Be Innovators?
How does a society breed innovators? Is it through rigorous curricula focused on STEM subjects (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics)? Is it exposure to art or the experiences associated with play? ......read on..
7 Critiques You Can Use in Your Classroom Today!
Conducting critiques is an important part of teaching art. Critiques teach higher order thinking skills, get students interacting with one another and help students receive authentic feedback from both their peers and their teachers. However, if you are going to do multiple critiques throughout the year, you need to move beyond simply holding a discussion with a nervous room full of kids that don’t want to be called on and don’t want to talk....read on...
The Importance of Mindset
Let’s dispel the myth of the artist as creative genius propelled by innate abilities, and instead, let’s celebrate hardworking artists who spend untold hours and energy diligently pursuing their art. Throughout history there have been a number of artists who could have worn the “creative genius” label—Leonardo, Michelangelo, Vermeer, and Picasso....read on..
The 33 Digital Skills Every 21st Century Teacher Should Have
Every single teacher is concerned about his/ her teaching practices and the skills involved in this process. How many times have you wondered about a better way to teach the same lesson you have delivered to an earlier class? How often have you used technology to engage your students and improve their learning ? These are some recurring questions we keep regurgitating each time our teaching skills are put to the test....read on...
On Your Mark, Challenging the Conventions of Grading and Reporting by Thomas R Guskey
Guskey asserts the need to align grading and reporting practices to truly reflect what students are learning in K-12 classrooms....read on...
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Art Education, Assistant Professor (Non-tenure Track), University of Nebraska at Kearney.
To apply and for application information and position requirements visit http://unkemployment.unk.edu. Direct questions about the position to: (308-627-6224); Direct questions about the application process to: (308) 865-8522 or firstname.lastname@example.org AA/EO/ADA www.unk.edu
HAVE YOU UPDATED YOUR ASSOCIATION CONTACT INFORMATION LATELY?
In an effort to improve our communications across the state, we ask that you take a few minutes and update your personal information through NAEA. Your membership information is sent to the executive board monthly and is vital for our communications across the state. Please fill in as many fields as possible to help us view our membership demographics. Update your profile here.
LET'S START THE YEAR WITH A GOOD ADVOCACY PLAN!
NAEA has many position statements that you can use to advocate for your needs in your school and district. Access those here.
DO YOU NEED RESEARCH TO BACK YOUR TEACHING POSITION?
ARTS ED SEARCH is the nation’s first online research and policy clearinghouse focused entirely on student and educator outcomes associated with arts learning in and out of school.
FEATURED ARTIST WORKSHOP for 2014 FALL CONFERENCE
Sarah Bailey, Photography
This session focuses on using photography to get students outside and learning about the place where they live. Time in the field spent photographing life on the prairie will not only teach students photography techniques and skills, it will translate to an interest in learning what makes prairie ecosystems unique and will foster an appreciation for nature where they live. Sarah Bailey lives and works in Aurora, NE as the greenhouse manager and educator for Prairie Plains Resource Institute, a non-profit educational land trust.
Diane Scully, Curriculum Facilitator: Diane Scully is an art teacher in the Columbia Heights Public Schools in Minnesota. She serves on the NAEA Research Commission and is also on the National Art Education Foundation Board of Directors.
Joanne Langabee (Friday), Naturalist: Joanne Langabee has always enjoyed nature. At the age of 8 she had a vegetable garden, selling the produce to friends that lived in town. She taught science for 32 years. Upon retirement she started volunteering at Lauritzen gardens where she leads tours and works in the green house.
Lisa Brown-Olsen (Saturday), Naturalist: Lisa is an artist who loves the outdoors. Every year she is part of the core teams for the S.O.A.R and Flying Higher camps at Rowe Sanctuary, Gibbon, NE helping young people discover the wonder of the world around them along the Platte River. Brown-Olsen’s primary medium is post-consumer mosaics, made completely of her own tiles from recycled and natural fiber materials such as brown paper bags, cereal boxes and banana leaf paper. Lisa has been a Spanish teacher for more than 20 years.
WHAT EXPERTISE CAN YOU SHARE AT FALL CONFERENCE?
Submit a presentation by August 20th. With this year's emphasis on a flipped workshop experience, member presentations will be delivered in the format of a poster presentation. We are asking members to create a tri-fold display available for viewing throughout the conference. We also ask that you visit with participants at least one of three poster viewing sessions - your choice.
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