Sunday, August 20, 2017

National Art Education Association Webinars

Did you know that as part of your membership to the National Art Education Association you get free access to all of their monthly webinars through the NAEA website I stumbled across this a few months ago and have thoroughly enjoyed them ever since. They cover a wide range of relevant topics. You can access all past webinars including many national convention recordings from past NAEA conferences. It's a wonderful collection of resources that are sure to meet all of your art education interests.

Some the past webinars are featured below. I hope you'll take some time to look through this amazing collection of webinars as well as everything else that the NAEA has to offer through

Sunday, August 13, 2017

Art Teacher Resource: The Art of Education

If you haven't already done so make sure you find some time as summer winds down to check out the amazing resources available through The Art of Education. Some of our own members including Janine Campbell have contributed by being presenters for their online conferences. Beyond the online conferences which you register for there are a ton of really wonderful resources for free on their website as well as many classes, even those that offer graduate credits. All virtually!



Sunday, August 6, 2017

MAEA Members as Artists - Monday, August 7, 2017

Many of our members are not only amazing art educators but also actively working artists as we've come to see in our member highlight blog posts. These ladies are no exception as each is participating in upcoming art fairs this weekend across Michigan. I hope that if you are in the area you'll try to check out their beautiful pieces and support the continued art making of our fellow art educators.

Saturday, August 12th - North Muskegon 

The 34th Annual Northside Family Fun Art Fair is this Saturday from 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. in Walker Park, 1502 Ruddiman Drive, North Muskegon. MAEA member September Buys will be one of the many artists selling their work at booth 104.

Some of September Buys' work:



Sunday, August 13th - Detroit Artist Bazaar

The third annual Detroit Artist Bazaar is this coming Saturday 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. at The Eastern in Detroit's Eastern Market. Admission is free and features over 50 local artists including our own members Alexandra Wilson, Lauren Nalepa, Alayna Smith, and Nicole Anderson. This talented young ladies are recent graduates of Michigan State University's Art Education program.

Some of Alexandra Wilson's work:




Some of Lauren Nalepa's work:



Some of Alayna Smith's work:



Monday, July 31, 2017

Current Events in the Art World

I love sharing interest art happenings with my students. One way I used do this was by assigning weekly art current events or interesting art finds that we'd share out to the class on Mondays. All they had to do was a little research to find out what was going on in the world related to art and post a little blurb about it, perhaps with an image or related link to their art blogs and then every Monday we'd share a few of their finds at the start of class. I'd also come prepared with my own art event or happening to share with the class. It was always so interesting what they would discover. It ranged from interesting artists, recent events relating to art exhibits or art theft, or neat videos featuring anything art related. Below are a few of my favorites.

Steal like an Artist

Embrace the Shake

Nick Cave's Sound Suits

Shake the Dust

Sunday, July 23, 2017

Tech Resources for the Art Room - Monday, July 24, 2017

Here are some neat tech resources I've discovered this summer that perhaps you could utilize in your classrooms. All are free to the public and range from design oriented to art history instruction or supplemental resource material.

Maybe I'm late to the game with this but I just discovered Google Fonts. It is a huge directory of fonts available for free online through Google. You just download the font you like and then copy and paste into your Fonts folder on your computer and it is accessible in any program you have access to fonts. I used it to create my personal logo in Photoshop after trying to use a website to create it but not being able to manipulate the letters with ease. The font I had fallen in love with wasn't a Photoshop font. So I started Googling and low and behold discovered the ease and beautiful of Google Fonts. If you are in need of some font updates I highly encourage you to check it out.

Here is a neat article I found online that discussing adding word bubbles to digital art reproductions as a means for getting kids talking about art that they are learning about in class. 

Google has come out with a really wonderful resource that features interior tours of seventeen world famous art museums. Don't have the access, funds, resources, time, etc... for a field trip? Now you can take your students through these wonderful museums without leaving the classroom.

Art Babble is a website that houses a large collection of short videos about artists and artworks. They are currently featuring a collection of videos about Andy Warhol but also cover a wide range of topics related to art. There is a link specifically for educators within their website to help art educators hone in one relevant videos and those that may be more kid appropriate.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Art Educator Spotlight - Joy Bender Hadley - Monday, July 17, 2017

I'd like to introduce you to Joy Bender Hadley!

Joy has been teaching art for fourteen years for the Marquette Area Public Schools. Her favorite thing about teaching art is "watching the students utilize their magnificent creativity. I really enjoy when they feel good about what they did in class." A highlight of her career to date was being chosen the 2015 Art Educator of the Year for the Marquette Area in May 2015. 

Her favorite quote about creativity is:

Joy's most memorable teaching moment is currently in progress. She and her students are currently working on a huge outside mural that is 65' x 12' and has taken a year and a half to complete. Almost every student at her school has helped with the mural at some level. The neighborhood is thrilled. This is just the most recent of her community based art projects created in the Marquette area over the years.

Joy is an active full-time artist as well as an art teacher. The WOW Art Studio in Marquette, MI is consider her art home where she creates and teaches. She exhibits in her community on a regular basis. Below are several of her works. She explores a wide range of media and styles but often has an overriding theme within her body of work.

The image above shows Joy at work teaching and creating works outside of her traditional public school classroom.