Thursday, July 2, 2020

Join in July

There are lots of reasons to join KAEA, but the one we hear most from long-time members is the sense of community! 

We are the largest group of art educators in Kansas and we would love to have you join us!

We know that we are stronger together and if you join in July, you can possibly win a Free STEAM POWER Apron for yourself--but, you could also help us earn an additional vote at the NAEA delegates assembly so that we can make sure that our Kansas voices are heard on important art education issues at the National level.

During these trying times--KAEA and NAEA are making very concerted efforts to support their members 
with meaningful content, opportunities and assistance.
We want to help you....and, we know that so many of you have expertise and knowledge that you can share with us!
Not a member of KAEA? 
Or maybe you have let your membership lapse? Every person who joins or re-joins KAEA/NAEA
‪between July 1st and July 31st‬ will have their name put into a drawing for a FREE STEAM POWER Apron.
We will be giving away TEN Aprons!!

Did you know that you can use your Artsonia credits towards a membership?
(If you renew with Artsonia--please email ‪‬ as it takes longer for the membership to show up on the database and we want to get you into the drawing!)
It is always a great time to recruit your fellow art educators! NAEA often has incentive programs for referring new members and it is an opportunity for you to share why you are a member of your professional organization. Make sure to tell your referral to write your name on their form!!
If you have any questions about membership, contact:
Linda Nelson-Bova
KAEA Membership Chair
or any KAEA Board member
#ksarted #joininjuly #whyKAEA

Saturday, June 27, 2020

KAEA Virtual Summer Camp- Full Details Available!

We now have full details for two amazing workshops that will be offered via Zoom as an exclusive member benefit. Read below for a short description and follow the links for full details! Because these workshops are offered on separate dates, you will be able to participate in both workshops if you choose. We will email PD certificates after each workshop is completed.

Our first workshop offering will be silk painting led by Pamela Williams Tuesday, July 14th. 
Registration deadline: July 3rd.

Our second workshop will be mixed media non-representational abstract art led by Avery Kasper on Wednesday July 22nd. 
Registration deadline: July 20th. 

Monday, June 22, 2020

KAEA Awards Nominations Due Soon!

Do you know an outstanding art educator or someone who is an art enhancer? 
July 1st is the nomination deadline for KAEA awards! 
Read more here: and email with any questions. 

KAEA Summer Camp is Going Virtual!

We still wanted to offer members a chance for fun hands-on professional development amidst the challenges of the Covid-19 pandemic. The details for our first workshop are now available! All of the information you need is available here on the KAEA Summer Camp Website.

Our first workshop offering will be silk painting led by Pamela Williams Tuesday, July 14th. 
Registration deadline: July 3rd.

More information on a collage/mixed media workshop is coming soon!

Remember that KAEA Summer Camp is a member benefit. Not a member yet? We'd love to have you! Click here for more details!

Monday, May 11, 2020

KAEA Endowment Grants Now Accepted!

The Kansas Art Education Association will be granting a ONE-year membership to

THREE (3) non-member active Kansas art educators


FOUR (4) college art education students.

These scholarships will be given annually as funds are available.

In order to be eligible for one of these grants, you need only be interested in joining Kansas’ largest Art Education Professional Organization.

Non-Member Active Art Educators: Must be presently
teaching art and have NEVER been a member of KAEA. You do
not have to be a first year teacher.

Students: Must be presently enrolled in a College/University
Art Education degree- seeking program.

Applications will be accepted between May 1st and 31st

Questions? Email
  • KAEA Endowment Grants
    • Applications accepted May 1st- 31st
    • Google Doc Application (make a copy)
    • The Kansas Art Education Association will be granting a ONE-year membership to THREE (3) non-member active Kansas art educators and FOUR (4) college art education students.  

Friday, May 1, 2020

Continuous Learning Resources

As Kansas educators work to finish out the school year with a few more weeks of Continuous Learning, we invite you to check out our new page where we have gathered KAEA Member-Created resources and pulled out key points from the Kansas Continuous Learning Task Force's Recommendations. 

We want to remind you that we are here to support you, and that you are invited to join KAEA if you are not already a member so that you, too, can share your expertise! We are stronger together!

Wednesday, April 22, 2020

Covid Check In


I hope this message finds you well. I have waited to reach out knowing many of you have been inundated by emails the last several weeks about covid-19. I didn’t want to add to the pile and waited until I hoped you would feel more settled in your district's continuing education plan.  For our emeritus members, I am sure there has been at least one moment of, thank goodness I’m retired! 

I have actually started this letter many times and finding it hard to get it written! Since started I have had multiple calls and texts from my school administrators, multiple texts from co-workers, 100’s of emails, multiple of zoom meetings, responding to my amazing students fabulous artwork submissions, more social media notifications than I can count, meeting the needs of my family, staying connected with my friends, wargaming how to get to the store for needed supplies, doctors’ appointments and the list goes on.  

I tell you these things because I want you to realize you aren’t alone, my list may be more or less than yours, but I would venture to guess the stress we are all feeling is across the board. It’s normal right now to feel like you are riding a bike 24/7, and the bike is on fire, and you are trying to juggle.  Your feelings are valid and I want you to take time to acknowledge that and give yourself grace. 

As a fellow educator I find myself up late more often than not these last few weeks. Concerned for my students, concerned for the impact the pandemic will have on all of our lives, concerned for the health of those I know and love. I know I am not alone. Covid-19 will affect our future and have a ripple effect that may last years or a lifetime. We can view it pessimistically, or we can find the light at the end of the tunnel. 

The arts matter. We say it all the time. Each and every one of you knows this with all your heart, but stop and look around you. In times of turmoil and with so many unknowns coming to our very doorstep, where did people turn for comfort. The arts. More people are creating, appreciating and soaking up the arts. More people are learning the history of great art movements and why they came to pass by relating them to the experiences they are living right now.  I find the many tableaux being created so beautiful, ingenious, heartwarming and sometimes humorous. I find the sidewalk chalk, hearts, signs, mask making, memes and other creative outlets uplifting to my very soul, knowing the arts are playing such a massive role in everyone's life and that the arts are helping to heal us. 

Many of you are experiencing being told by your district you are now a “may do” class vs. a “must do” class. You may find it frustrating, infuriating, depressing, and more. Your emotions are valid and you are not alone with them. How can the arts matter when we feel ignored?

The arts matter, YOU as an artist and an educator matter.  There is a reason Dr. Watson’s team made sure to include the arts in our state's continuing education plan.  I look at the turn to the comfort of the arts around the world as a platform for what we do in education.  The cross curricular nature of our subject area, the therapeutic value, the intrinsic need to create in times of stress.  Hold that close, and remember it when you talk to others and continue to do what you always do, advocate for the arts.

I want you to remember the Kansas Art Education association is here for you during this time.  We may not have all the answers you need, but through our network we can find those answers.  We have amazing things happening in the art education world in Kansas and I couldn't be prouder of each of our members working so hard during a challenging time in our state.

Your safety as an educator is always on my mind and I sincerely hope you and your loved ones are healthy physically/mentally and safe. Please reach out if needed even if you just need a supportive ear, we are here for you, we will stand beside you and together we will get through this time in our nation’s history.

Your partner in art education,

Kate Miller
KAEA President 

Below I want to share some notes from other KAEA board members who are also thinking of you right now.

From Natalie Brown – Treasurer 
“Hi everyone!  It has been so good to see the sharing and collaboration happening in our online groups and the support of teachers for one another! My district has a one to one device initiative so we are transitioning heavily to online learning. This has been a learning curve for me, but I know the resources I am developing now will only help strengthen my classroom in the future.  I miss seeing my students, so those weekly Zoom meetings really help me feel like we're still connected. Talk and just visit- most of teaching is connections over curriculum. Still, many kids have dropped off in interest or participation so I'll share what my principal has said repeatedly- "Water the flowers!" That is where our focus should be- on those kids who still want to grow and learn!”

From Kathy Schroeder – Advocacy and incoming President-Elect 
“Hello everyone! On this rainy April day as I struggle with the technical aspects of teaching online. I find myself wondering where oh where did my digital grade book go? and why oh why do only half the slides upload? and when oh when will my students post their work? 

In my wondering I have turned to one of my favorite authors Maya Angelou, for wisdom, and find she has something to say that fits both the weather and my situation. I offer you two quotes that I hope may help you, as they did me, to navigate in this rainy weather. 

First, as I ask what can I do to help others when I myself feel so inadequate to the tasks at hand? Maya Angelou says: “God puts rainbows in the clouds so that each of us - in the dreariest and most dreaded moments - can see a possibility of hope.” 

And then she suggests "The thing to do, it seems to me, is to prepare yourself so you can be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud."

My colorful and creative art friends, my wish for you is that you may be a rainbow in somebody else's cloud, as you have often been the rainbow in my cloud. And I promise to try to be a rainbow in your cloud! Your friend in art and the clouds, Kathy”

From Linda Nelson-Bova - Membership Chair, YAM Co-Chair, 2020 Conference Co-Chair, and former President
” Rest assured that I am very happy to be retired during this challenging time—but, all of this has made me really proud to be able to follow my fellow art teachers from afar!  Our members have shown courage, creativity, patience, perseverance and a great deal of leadership over the past month.  In the long-run, teachers will learn a slew of new skills and develop a whole new appreciation for the “normal” with some more than likely new additions to their curriculums.  Hang in there---and, summer will be here before we know it!”

From Audra Shelite – Newsletter
“Ultimately, the challenge of teaching, parenting, and creating art from home has had me looking to cups of coffee for motivation and not finding it. I have had to dig deeper. I am working to stop mindlessly scrolling through social media and instead, find what truly feeds my soul: creativity and connection. It no longer serves me well to scroll past a post and click "like," and maybe it never did. Now I see the need to comment and interact and be a part of a conversation. I might even need to write a post and share some photos that aren't just about my kids and their milestones. I started looking at sharing my artwork as a way to brighten someone else's day and as one of the few ways right now that I can share the importance of creativity.  This isn't just about social media, but a lesson for me about showing up for life in general. Sharing, commenting, and speaking up makes me feel very vulnerable, but I'm learning that if I am going to spend time on social media (or with a group of people when it is safe to do so) that I need to make it a beneficial time of connection. The same applies to time with family in that not every moment needs to be a heart-to-heart, but I need to be fully present when we do have conversations. Working from home has blurred the lines of "work time" and "family time" and "rest time" so I am practicing setting aside time for each of these necessities and being fully present in those moments. I realize not everyone will have these same challenges or feelings, but for those that do, I want to encourage you that your voice and your creativity are valuable.”

From Katie Morris – Webmaster
“Hi art teachers! We just wanted to remind you that we have your back, now more than ever! If you have something going great, we want to help you celebrate and share your experience to help inspire others. If you are struggling, we’re here for that too! Reach out and talk to us and I promise we will try to help. Even if it’s a problem without a solution, you’ll feel better remembering that  even if you’re the only art teacher in your school, you are not alone! In this together, Katie”

Friday, March 13, 2020

Youth Art Month Celebration Cancelled

After thoughtful consideration, the Kansas Art Education Association has decided to cancel our 2020 Youth Art Month Celebration scheduled for March 22nd from 1-2:30pm at the Shawnee County Topeka Public Library to ensure the health and safety of students, educators, family and friends amid the Covid-19 outbreak.

The Youth Art Month celebration continues throughout the month of March and we know you will join us in continuing to celebrate the fabulous artwork created by students across the state and the art educators who helped facilitate their creations. We will post photos for your pleasure to enjoy! (Click HERE to view a PowerPoint of all the YAM artwork- the file is large so you will need to download it to view.)

To our best knowledge, the show will remain up until March 22 - information about art work pick-up, awards and more will be e-mailed out to educators participating in this year’s show.

We thank you for your support of the arts and art education and your understanding during this time.

Your partner in education,

Kate Miller 
KAEA President 

Co-YAM Chairs

Lynn Felts and Linda Nelson-Bova #ksarted #ksyam2020 #youthartmonth

Friday, February 28, 2020

2020 Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarships Awarded

The Harry Hart Memorial Scholarships are named in honor of long-time KAEA member Harry Hart who passed away in 2009.  The Kansas Art Education Association gives TWO $500.00 scholarships each year which are paid directly to the Institutes of Higher Learning chosen by the winning student.

The 2020 winners are Wesley Schmoe, student of Tod Poteet of Lawrence High School, and Erica Hoelting, student of Tim Mispagel of De Soto High School! 

The judge this year was Dr. Monika Kjellman-Chapin. Monika was impressed by all of the portfolios and commented that:
-has at least one stand out work, a really terrific piece
-there was some very interesting content
-some very good draftspersonship was demonstrated
-there was a boldness in the subject matter displayed and often a maturity in the handling
-there was an impressive range of techniques and media
-“all in all, there is very promising talent on display here”

Congratulations to the scholarship recipients! The winners’ work will be on display at the Youth Art Month celebration March 22nd as well as a slideshow of all of the portfolios submitted. 

Wednesday, February 5, 2020

Youth Art Month Speaker Announced

This year for our Youth Art Month celebration we will have a very special guest speaker- Annika Wooton, Miss Kansas!

Annika will share words of encouragement for our young artists and complete a speed painting. We hope you will join us at the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library March 22nd from 1:00-2:30 for the Youth Art Month reception and awards ceremony.

We also invite all Kansas art teachers to bring student artwork for the display- all artwork must arrive at the library's Sabitini gallery by 6:00 PM on February 22nd. Details here:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

2020 Youth Art Month Details

We hope that you were as excited as we are with the changes that we have made and continue to make for the Kansas Art Education Association's Youth Art Month Exhibit and Celebration!!!!!

Our venue changed to the "Alice Sabatini Gallery in the Topeka Shawnee County Public Library" and will once again take place there this year. However, the Gallery is under renovations this year and the actual exhibit will be outside of the gallery in the lobby and library--but, will still be professionally displayed by the gallery personnel!

Our exhibit time frame will once again go from the ONE DAY that we had become accustomed to to a FULL MONTH!!! The artwork will be professionally shown and will be available for viewing the entire time to make it more convenient for families to see the show!

We will still have our Celebration/Reception/Awards on the last day of the exhibit.
We will be able to present our recognition awards in an auditorium!!

Watch our social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, Instagram) for exciting news about our Keynote speaker for this year's YAM Celebration!!

Our Youth Art Month Art Competition for member's students will be sponsored by BLICK Art Materials this year and will again be entered and judged digitally with the work also being physically shown in the Youth Art Month Exhibit.
KAEA and BLICK will be working together to provide awards/prizes to the student of the "Best of Show" artwork as well as materials prizes for other students and their teachers! Don't miss out on this opportunity for your student!

We hope that all of you will join us in celebrating Youth Art Month in Kansas!

Important Dates to remember:

January 1
Start making local plans for Youth Art Month

February 20
LAST DAY to deliver YAM Artwork to your area YAM volunteer

February 22
LAST DAY to deliver YAM Artwork to the Sabatini Gallery.
All artwork must be received by 6:00 pm for it to be
included in the show! This includes any mailed work!
Please plan ahead to make sure that it is received on time.

February 24
LAST DAY for KAEA members to e-mail your submissions
into the BLICK Art Materials YAM Art Competition.

February 25-March 22
Youth Art Month Exhibit—Shawnee County Topeka
Public Library

March 22
Youth Art Month Celebration/Reception & Awards 1-2:30

March 26-28
National Art Education Association Convention, Minneapolis
National Youth Art Month Exhibit

All information can be found on the KAEA Website at:

YAM Co-chairs
Lynn Felts:
Linda Nelson-Bova:

Thursday, January 9, 2020

2020 Kansas Youth Art Month Flag Winners Announced

 Below are the results of the 2020 Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest. Congratulations to all the winning students and their art teachers! Please encourage your students and their families to attend the Youth Art Day reception and awards ceremony in Topeka at the Alice Sabatini Gallery at the Shawnee Topeka Public Library on March 22nd. All YAM Flag Design winners will be honored. Details for this event will be posted soon on the KAEA website. Thanks again for supporting Kansas Youth Art Month!

2020 Youth Art Month Winning Flag Design—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grader at Cheney High School, student of Mrs. Shawny Montgomery!! (see attachment to view winning flag design)

Middle School Category--
1st Place—Jane Serafine, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
2nd Place— Avery Vogt, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
3rd Place— Tayln Hoch, 7th Grade, Cheney Middle School - Teacher: Shannon Monson
HM— Emma Whiddon, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Taylor Marsh, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Olivia Doremus, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher:Johnna Smith
HM— Sydney Laster, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM—Kaitlyn Thomas, 8th Grade, Blue Valley Middle School - Teacher: Robin Kingeter
HM—Kryndon Proffitt, 8th Grade, Jackson Heights Middle School - Teacher: Katie Morris
HM—Maya Gu, 6th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Madi Rieschick, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM—Anna Lacy, 8th Grade, Washburn Rural Middle School - Teacher: Mindy Armstrong
HM— Sarah Ormiston, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
HM— Addison Smith, 7th Grade, Andover Middle School - Teacher: Johnna Smith
High School Category--
1st Place—Joselle Courchaine, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
2nd Place—Ariel Stamback, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
3rd Place—Gage Stamback, 11th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Jamie Claiborne, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM—Abigail Vajnar, 10th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM--Lauryn Becker, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM-- Madisynn Hair, 12th Grade, Cheney High School - Teacher: Shawny Montgomery
HM -- Teagan Valdez, 12th Grade, Jefferson West High School, Teacher: Mark Ralston
HM -- Olivia Knerr, 12th Grade, Junction City High School, Teacher: Tera Morriss

Monday, January 6, 2020

SouthEast Drive In

SouthEast drive-in event this Saturday, January 11th at Girard High School. Create a Ceramic Palette that can be used with watercolors and discover several different clay techniques. Please see photo for details and RSVP.

Wednesday, January 1, 2020

Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarships

It is once again about time to consider an outstanding senior that you would like to nominate for the Harry Hart Memorial Scholarship! We had a great turnout last year and hope to continue to encourage even more art educators to submit students for this opportunity!

Harry Hart was a long time art educator who passed away in 2009. KAEA honors his memory by providing a $500 scholarship directly to the chosen institute of higher learning for two outstanding seniors planning to pursue a career in art. Every current KAEA member may nominate one student for consideration who is in good academic standing. 

Submission is easy- a four slide presentation including the student's name and images of three of their completed works of art along with a short Excel form containing basic contact information. Winners will be announced mid-February and will have work featured in the Youth Art Month exhibition in Topeka.

Please consider selecting a student for this amazing opportunity! The deadline is January 31st, 2020so start thinking about who you'd like to nominate now! 

The submission guidelines can be found at:

Recognition of the Scholarship Recipients will take place during the Youth Art Month Celebration/Reception at the Alice Sabatini Gallery at the Topeka Public Library on March 22nd. 

Happy New Year!
Tranda Strnad
KAEA Secondary Representative

KAEA Mission Statement

KAEA is dedicated to the advancement of the human and cultural understanding through the study of art by providing opportunities for professional growth and development, exchange of knowledge and ideas, and service and leadership for the advancement of quality art education.