Monday, September 21, 2020

Registration is now open for the 2020 KAEA Virtual Fall Conference!

Click here to register:

While we will miss seeing all of you in person this year, we are thrilled to be able to offer a Kansas professional development conference in a virtual setting! Even though we are keeping our distance, it is more important than ever to make connections!

Our virtual conference will be held 
with a mixture of pre-recorded and live sessions- and this year the conference will be COMPLETELY FREE as a member benefit
We are also extending this opportunity to NAEA members from other states!

Not a member yet? We'd love to have you join us! 

FYI: The NAEA online registration will be under renovation from September 18th-30th. However, you can still renew or join during that time using one of these 5 methods:
1.    Telephone: We accept VISA, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express, which can 
be conveniently paid over the phone by calling NAEA Member Services at 
2.    Fax: Print, complete, and fax the Membership Form (attached) to: (703) 860-2960
3.    Mail: Print, complete, and mail the Membership Form (attached) to: 
4.    E-mail: Print, complete, and e-mail the Membership Form (attached) 
5.    Artsonia: Don’t want to pay out of pocket!? Join/Renew using your Artsonia funds

Registration closes Monday, October 5th.
A code to join our Google Classroom will be sent out the day before the conference. We will have an Art Teacher mixer Friday night and host workshops and meetings along with chances to socialize on Saturday.

Visit for all the conference details!

Sunday, August 2, 2020

Mixed Media Workshop KAEA Virtual Summer Camp

KAEA offered our second virtual summer camp workshop of 2020 on July 29th. Artist and art teacher Avery Kasper taught techniques for working non-objectively using mixed media. Zoom allowed us to interact though we couldn't be together in person!
Photo of art supplies used in the workshopScreenshot of workshop participants
After working on smaller pieces of paper we moved to large canvases. In the photo below Avery is making marks to begin planning her composition.
Avery planning her composition on a large piece of canvas
Check out some of the awesome works created by our members below!
Painting by Mindy Armstrong
Paintings by Mindy Armstrong and Kathy Schroeder

Paintings by Emily Young and Lynn Felts

Painting by Lynn Felts
Painting by Amy Losey
Paintings by Jodi Braak
Painting by Wendy Ping
Painting by Rolanda Root
Painting by Katie Morris
Painting by Sabina Bolinger
Painting by Sabina Bolinger

Painting by Kris Bohanan
Painting by Kris Bohanan
Painting by Angelia Perkins 

Saturday, July 18, 2020

KAEA Virtual Summer Camp: Silk Painting

Our first virtual summer camp workshop was held Tuesday July 14th. Pamela Williams introduced participants to the silk painting process through Zoom. 
Behind the scenes of the workshop!

Silk painting by Angela Moore
Silk painting by Beth Burns

Silk painting by Sabina Bolinger

Silk painting by Miraya Starnes

Silk painting by Alyssa Passmore

Silk painting by Lori Wade

Silk painting by Shannon Wedel

Silk painting by Bethany Schoenwetter

Silk painting by Michal Austin

Silk painting by Sheila Wilkins
Silk painting by Trina Harlow

Silk painting by Ann Marie Morris

Silk painting by Linda Angleton

Silk painting by Ronna Schultz

We’d love to have you join us for our 2nd workshop- mixed media paintings with artist Avery Kasper held July 22nd. Hurry, registration closes in the 20th!

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. 

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.