Thursday, December 29, 2022

January KAEA Book Club Pick

We hope you will join us January 15th for the next KAEA Book Club meeting!

KAEA Book Club Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough, Sunday, January 15th, 7 PM on zoom. The cover of the book as well as paintings by Artemisia Gentileschi are shown on top of a painted background

Blood Water Paint by Joy McCullough is the next pick for #kaeabookclub and a zoom discussion is planned for Sunday January 15th! 

Her mother died when she was twelve, and suddenly Artemisia Gentileschi had a stark choice: a life as a nun in a convent or a life grinding pigment for her father's paint.

She chose paint.

By the time she was seventeen, Artemisia did more than grind pigment. She was one of Rome's most talented painters, even if no one knew her name. But Rome in 1610 was a city where men took what they wanted from women, and in the aftermath of rape Artemisia faced another terrible choice: a life of silence or a life of truth, no matter the cost.

He will not consume
my every thought.
I am a painter.
I will paint.

Joy McCullough's bold novel in verse is a portrait of an artist as a young woman, filled with the soaring highs of creative inspiration and the devastating setbacks of a system built to break her. McCullough weaves Artemisia's heartbreaking story with the stories of the ancient heroines, Susanna and Judith, who become not only the subjects of two of Artemisia's most famous paintings but sources of strength as she battles to paint a woman's timeless truth in the face of unspeakable and all-too-familiar violence.

I will show you
what a woman can do.

★"A captivating and impressive."—Booklist, starred review
★"Belongs on every YA shelf."—SLJ, starred review

Katie Morris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: January Book Club

Time: Jan 15, 2023 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 892 8095 2103

Passcode: 213597


Tuesday, December 6, 2022

South Central Drive In

Glass Fusing Pendants and Art! Marianne is a retired art teacher and an expert in making and teaching glass fused art.  In this workshop we will create small glass pendants, and a larger 4”x4” glass piece.  This workshop will equip you with methods of glass fusing and using your kiln to fuse it.  Your pieces will be fired and mailed to you the week after the workshop. KAEA South Central Workshop! Saturday, December 10th 10:00am-2:00pm Middle School at The Independent School 8317 East Douglas, Wichita, KS 67207 RSVP by emailing December 9th by emailing Veronica Dowty at $25 per person, tools and materials will be provided

Marianne is a retired art teacher and an expert in making and teaching glass fused art.  In this workshop we will create small glass pendants, and a larger 4”x4” glass piece.  This workshop will equip you with methods of glass fusing and using your kiln to fuse it.  Your pieces will be fired and mailed to you the week after the workshop.

KAEA South Central Workshop!

Saturday, December 10th


Middle School at The Independent School

8317 East Douglas, Wichita, KS 67207

RSVP by emailing December 9th by emailing Veronica Dowty at

$25 per person, tools and materials will be provided

Thursday, November 17, 2022



KAEA Book Club Growing Up Ugly by James Haywood Rolling, Jr. Sunday November 20th, 7 pm on zoom
November KAEA Book Club has a NEW DATE! 

Join us Sunday November 20th at 7 PM to discuss Growing Up Ugly by current NAEA President, James Haywood Rowling, Jr.! The author will be joining us via zoom and we would love to have a big group!

Katie Morris is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

Topic: KAEA Book Club: Growing Up Ugly

Time: Nov 20, 2022 07:00 PM Central Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting 

Meeting ID: 851 8996 9564

Passcode: 761221

Friday, November 11, 2022

2022 KAEA Conference Recap

KAEA Held our annual fall conference last month at the beautiful Rock Springs Ranch.  We have been coming to Rock Springs for over 40 years, and this last month a record number of you joined us!  We are so glad you chose to spend the weekend with us in nature, learning from fellow artists and meeting friends old and new! The workshops were outstanding, and we want to thank the workshop leaders for sharing their time and talents. We have received the feedback many of you provided. There were many positive comments and great ideas for improving the conference experience. The KAEA Leadership team is always seeking ways to improve the conference and we appreciate your suggestions. See you next Fall in Emporia, KS!


Your friend in ART, 

Kathy Schroeder, KAEA President and the KAEA Board Members

Enjoy the 2022 KAEA Member Show and some snapshots from the conference!

a woman smiles behind a table where she is printmaking

teachers participating in a printmaking workshopA woman leans over a table where she is writing a bid on a conference silent auction item
A teacher sits at a table printmakin

a group of teachers are standing around a table with supplies for weaving on it

a blonde woman stands behind a table with her botanical artwork. She is explaining her process.participants watching a demonstration in a botanical printmaking workshop

a box of crayons is displayed with a note about why the owner became an art teachera journal page is displayed in the KAEA pop up museum

a group of educators pose together for a picture

art teachers stand around a table looking at the artwork created during conference workshos

A room with chairs and tables filled with art teachers learning about gourd art

A woman works on her conference art project

a woman in a red shirt gestures to act out marionette actions

a person in a plaid shirt works with clay

a person in a blue t-shirt paints yellow acrylic on a canvas

Natalie Brown instructs the workshop participants on glazing techniques

an art teacher works on a plate for printmaking

two people stand at a printing press, feeding the plate and paper into the press

participants in the botanical printmaking workshop listen to the presentation

an artist sits in the woods working on a painting

two artists sit at a table waving

one woman hands another her doorprize

Monday, November 7, 2022

YAM Flag: Your Art, Your Voice

text against a purple and blue gradient background says Youth Art Month Flag Contest Theme: Your Art, Your Voice. Entries due December 1st. Quetsions? 


Attention Kansas Visual Art teachers!

The deadline for entering the

Youth Art Month Flag Design Contest is

December 1st, 2022

Entries must be submitted digitally

(jpeg or vector)

This year's theme is, "Your Art, Your Voice"  

Students are encouraged to create a flag that combines Kansas and visual art themes.

Prizes will be awarded in three grade categories:

K-5, 6-8, and 9-12.

Entries will be part of a digital exhibit for

Youth Art Month in March.

The grand prize winning design will be made into a flag and will be recognized at the San Antonio 2023 NAEA Convention!

We look forward to seeing your students' flag creations! 

Information and Guidelines:

•Deadline for Entries is December 1st

•Email Entries to:

•Subject Line: YAM Flag Entries

Important Notes:

•Please make sure all entries are photographed or scanned properly.

•Please make sure lighting is appropriate and crop if necessary.

•Please change the file name to the first and last name of the student.

•Maximum 25 entries per teacher.

All guidelines and information for submissions can be found at:


Shannon Monson

Youth Art Month Flag Chairperson

The Youth Art Month Flag Design Competition is a KAEA member benefit and you must be a current member to enter your students designs. If you have questions about your membership status--check with Linda Nelson-Bova at

Not a member? We would love to have you join us to take advantage of all of the member benefits coming up!

REMEMBER--you do NOT have to be a member to enter your student art work into the Youth Art Month Exhibit in Topeka during Youth Art Month!! But, you do have to be a member to enter your student's piece into the BLICK YAM Art Competition.

Monday, October 24, 2022

Harry Hart Scholarships: Start Thinking!

Harry Hart scholarship: start thinking about what student you will pick

 It's time to start planning for the Harry Hart Memorial Senior Scholarship! January will be here before you know it so start thinking about which student you might pick.

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 THREE $500.00 scholarships each year which are paid directly to the Institutes of Higher Learning chosen by the winning student.

Scholarships entries are to be received NO LATER THAN JANUARY 31ST. Find all the details here:

Wednesday, October 5, 2022

November Book Club

The cover for the book Growing Up Ugly Memoirs of a Black Boy Daydreaming is shown on the left with the text KAEA Book Club pick for November on the right. A photo of the author is shown in the lower righthand corner. The lower left shows the scheduled date and time November 13th at 7 PM

Visit for the sign up link!
We are excited to announce that James Haywood Rolling, Jr.  will also be the keynote speaker at our 2023 fall conference in Emporia, KS!


Saturday, October 1, 2022

KAEA 2022 Conference

The text Registration is Now Open is shown above the Art Works logo. The shape of the letters ART are filled in with sunflowers. Works is in black with a gold outline.
It's not too late to register for the KAEA Fall Conference!
Check out for all the details!


Tuesday, August 9, 2022

September Book Club

KAEA’s next book selection "A Piece of the World"   This magnificent book by Christina Baker Kline is based on fact, but tells the fictional story of Christina Olsen, the real-life model for the painting: Christina's World By American Artist Andrew Wyeth.

The cover of the book "a piece of the world" is shown on the left with a picture of Andrew Wyeth's painting "Christina's World" on the lower right. The information about the KAEA book club meeting is included. Zoom discussion Sunday September 18th at 7:00 PM

KAEA September Book Club Zoom Meeting "A Piece of the World" By Christina Baker Kline

Join us for the September book club zoom meeting on Sunday, September 18th at 7pm

Sign up here:

Thursday, August 4, 2022

Join in July Success!

"We did it! 301 Members" is displayed in white text against a purple light background. The KAEA logo is at the bottom.

Join in July was a success! Thank you for helping us reach 300 members. Because we were able to reach our goal, KAEA will have TWO delegates at the NAEA Delegates Assembly, making sure Kansas voices are heard on important art education issues.


Saturday, July 16, 2022

KAEA Presents to State Board of Education

On Tuesday, July 12th, KAEA board members Elizabeth Madden and Katie Morris had the honor of presenting to the Kansas State Board of Education on behalf of Kansas art educators and students. We shared about the importance of visual arts education and advocated for retaining the full 1 fine arts credit for high school graduation.

You can watch the recording of the livestream here:

The State Board of Education could vote on the graduation requirements proposal as early as their August meeting, August 9th and 10th, so now is the time to contact the State Board of Education. It is recommended that you email every board member as well as Dr. Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education.

Saturday, July 9, 2022

Join in July

KAEA logo with the text Kansas Art Education's Join in July Campaign below

 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 Registration to the Fall Conference 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.

A sketchbook page with Why KAEA in the center surrounded by words and phrases like community, find your passion, etc

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!

Photos of 3 different KAEA members with paragraphs describing why they joined KAEA

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 FREE registration cost to our 2022 Fall Professional Development Conference at the Rock Springs Ranch. 
We will be giving away TWO registrations!!
Did you know that you can use your Artsonia credits towards a membership?
(If you renew with Artsonia--please email me ( 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

Monday, June 20, 2022

Thomas Knab Inducted to National Teachers Hall of Fame

The National Teachers Hall of Fame on the campus of Emporia State University inducted their 150th teacher in a ceremony on Friday, June 17th. The Teachers Hall of Fame began in 1989 and hasn’t been able to have an inductee ceremony for the last two years, so it honored five outstanding teachers in 2020 and five in 2022.

Thom Knab stands at a podium holding up a piece of art. He is dressed in a black suit with a blue bow tie. To his left is an American flag. The National Teachers Hall of Fame banner is displayed on the front of the podium.

The first Art Teacher inducted into this prestigious club was Thomas Knab from Buffalo, NY. Thom has been the art teacher for grades K-4 at Dodge Elementary for the last 32 years.

Many of us know Thom from his years serving as the NAEA President, but he was awarded the NAEA’s Elementary Teacher of the Year and New York State’s Art Teacher of the year, as well as others.
It was a true honor to be Thom Knab’s cheering section for this event!

4 art educators stand in a row smiling in dress clothes at the National Teachers Hall of Fame induction. From left to right, Dr.Charity-Mika Woodard, Thomas Knab, Kathy Schroeder, and Lynn Felts.
From left to right, Dr.Charity-Mika Woodard, Thomas Knab, Kathy Schroeder, and Lynn Felts.

Thomas Knab’s guiding principles for teachers: “Foremost, enjoy what you do! Build a relationship with each child. Allow yourself time to grow. Understand that change is inevitable. Don’t be afraid to ask questions. Emulate the supportive, positive, and energetic teachers in your school. Remember to always be professional and show respect for everyone with whom you work.”

Dr. Charity-Mika Woodard
KAEA Higher Education 
Kansas Art Education Association

Thursday, June 16, 2022

2022 Summer Camp a Success!

KAEA Summer Camp was held June 9th and 10th in Halstead and Newton, KS.

Members had the choice of 3 workshops and everyone in attendance enjoyed fellowship and learning new studio skills: Enameling Essentials, Kocha Weed Walking Sticks, or Plein Air Drawing.

8 photos are arranged in a grid showing women working on metal enameling projects and one example of enameled jewelry made from 2 circular pieces connected.

6 photos from the kocha weed walking stick workshop are arranged in a grid including working with metal.

7 photos from the plein air pastel workshop are arranged in a grid. The people are smiling and showing their landscape artwork.

Thank you to the members who shared photos from #KAEAsummercamp!

Saturday, June 4, 2022

Kansas Graduation Requirements Update

In April we shared information with you about the Kansas Graduation Requirements Task Force and their recommendation to cut the 1 required Fine Arts credit to 1/2 credit. (Click HERE to view that post) 

KAEA President Elizabeth Madden and board member Katie Morris met with the task force and gave the following presentation to illustrate why Fine Arts and more specifically Visual Arts are essential for the success of all students and that reducing the required credit would not help fulfill the vision of the Kansas State Board of Education, "Kansas leads the world in the success of each student." 

The graphic is split in half with the left side stating "a well rounded education is important, 1 credit in the fine arts is currently required for high school graduation. The right side says 1 credit = only 4.8% of students' academic courses. Providing students a well rounded education prepares them for college, careers, and to be global citizens. The bottom half has words on top of a photo of chalk that states "art is a universal language and through it each nation makes its own unique contribution to the culture of mankind."
The current graduation requirement is 1 Fine Arts credit, only 4.8% of students' academic courses. 

We encouraged all stakeholders to complete the survey to weigh in on if any courses should be added or deleted. At the task force meeting we attended, it was noted that MANY comments said not to reduce the fine arts credit. 

According to the task force's presentation to the Kansas State Board of Education on May 10, 2022, 2,147 stakeholders completed the survey. THANK YOU to those who participated.

We would like to note that there do not appear to be any changes to the recommendations in response to the survey.

You can watch the segment of the presentation about the recommendation to add or delete required credits here:

The recommendations have been presented. What can we do now?

The Kansas State Board of Education has not yet taken any action on the recommendations. It is likely they will vote in August. In the meantime, you are able to contact State BOE members to share your thoughts and concerns about the recommendations. State Board of Education members are elected officials who need to hear from their constituents.

It is recommended that you email ALL of the board members as well as Dr.Randy Watson, Kansas Commissioner of Education.

District 1

Janet Waugh
715 N. 74th
Kansas City, KS 66112

Phone: (913) 620-5062

District 2

Melanie Haas
9909 Craig Dr.
Overland Park, KS 66212

Phone: (816) 226-7728

District 3

Michelle Dombrosky
14248 W. 157th St.
Olathe, KS 66062

Phone: (913) 782-1835

District 4

Ann E. Mah
3351 SE Meadowview Dr.
Topeka, KS 66605

Phone: (785) 266-9434
Cell:     (785) 231-0823

District 5

Jean Clifford
102 Drury Lane
Garden City, KS 67846

Phone: (620) 275-4317

District 6

Dr. Deena Horst
920 S. 9th
Salina, KS 67401

Phone: (785) 827-8540
Cell: (785) 822-5521

District 7

Ben Jones
P.O. Box 266
Sterling, KS 67579

Phone: (620) 278-6063

District 8

Betty Arnold
5311 E. Pembrook St.
Wichita, KS 67220

Phone: (316) 684-7792

District 9

Jim Porter
501 S. 7th
Fredonia, KS 66736

Phone: (316) 617-6779

District 10

Jim McNiece
1213 Manchester Court
Wichita, KS 67212

Phone: (316) 729-9742

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.