Virtual Conference Schedule and Sessions

2024 Virtual Spring PD Session Descriptions






KAEA Board Members


  • Youth Art Month

  • Project Grants

  • College Credit Opportunity: Studio Thinking


Partners in Partnership

Andrew Stockmann & Rachel Straughn-Navarro


This session will use the Spencer Museum of Art’s Partners in Education Across Kansas program to spark discussion about broader partnerships between K-12 educators and art therapists, art museums, and local arts organizations. A brief art activity will be included as an example of a lesson integrated with art therapy concepts. 


  • Sheet of blank paper/notecard

  • Drawing materials


Paper Sculpture and Altered Books

Ellie Dunlap


Learn basic paper sculpture techniques, create an abstract paper relief sculpture, and learn how to use these simple techniques along with inexpensive materials to create an altered book sculpture. 


  • Colored paper (Any kind of paper should work)

  • Scissors

  • Glue (elmers or glue stick)

  • Compass/or small circular object to trace


Art History Mystery Game

Karen C. Gerety Folk


Join your art ed friends for an Art History Mystery game to learn about beads! Examples include museum objects from Ancient China, Egypt, contemporary Native American art, and 19th century USA trade beads from the Steamboat Arabia. Clue sheets can be created with a simple Google doc table and details of any artworks you want to plug in to match your content. Recommended for second grade and older. 


  • Any paper

  • Pen/drawing media of your choice


Lunch Break & Chat


Go grab a quick lunch or stay and chat while we eat!


Yarn Painting with Crochet Chains

Elizabeth Stevenson


Chaining is a great gateway into the world of fiber arts. Teaching students basic crochet chaining and slip knots can open a world of possibilities. Since teaching this unit to my 4th and 5th grade students, we have seen an explosion of interest in crochet. 


  • A crochet hook (any kind but I will use a 6.00mm)

  • Yarn (any kind but I will use worsted and super bulky)


Nurturing a Sense of Place and Identity Through Nature Journaling

Lori Santos


Participants will experiment with various prompts and methods for nurturing a sense of place and identity via nature journaling. Come with curiosity to explore and expand how you think, see, and wonder about nature, a photo of a favorite place in nature.


  • Sketchbook or visual journal

  • Colored pencils

  • Watercolors

  • A variety of pencils, gel or ink pens

  • Small ruler

  • A couple of small nature-based objects such as shells, nuts, leaves, pine cones, house plants


Discovering Art with Ike

Julie Conley


Looking for cross-curricular lessons that meet state standards? Want to add a novel learning experience into your curriculum? This presentation will share information about interactive programs developed by the Eisenhower Foundation's IKEducation that combine history and art to give students a unique, hands-on experience. Samples of each program and activities will be shared with time for collaborative discussion about how these programs can be incorporated into the curriculum.

These programs can be presented on site at the Dwight D. Eisenhower museum in Abilene, Kansas, or virtually, right to your classroom.


  • No materials needed


Slab Plates 2 Ways



Plates are a basic piece of pottery that can complete a set or give you a canvas for interesting surfaces. Learn 2 different ways to make slab plates. 1 will use a wheel to finish and 1 will use a paper template that can be customized in countless ways!


  • Pre-rolled ceramic slabs

  • Basic ceramic tools

  • Paper

  • Pencil

  • Ruler

  • Scissors

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