Friday, February 14, 2014

Next VATA Meeting

We will be meeting on Wednesday the 19th at 4:30 at the NEA offices in Montpelier. Please join your fellow art educators. 

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Do you know about the VAC?

VATA met with Ben Doyle from the Vermont Arts Council to discuss the state of the Arts in Vermont and how our organizations can support each other. 

Do you need some money for bussing, hosting a visiting artist, professional development, or ? ? ?

The VAC can probably help!

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Are you attending the Art of Education Conference?

If you are (and you were one of the first 1000 registrants) you've probably got your great box of art swag in the mail.

What are you most looking forward to?

Saturday, November 9, 2013

Fall Membership Event!

Vermont Art Teachers Association

Fall Membership Event- Monday Nov. 18th

Shelburne Museum

All Vermont Art Educators are invited to join for this Social and Educational Event 

4-6 pm educators open house at the Shelburne Musuem to learn more about their new Pizzagalli Center Education Building and Programs. Meet other Art Educators and find out more about VATA too.
6:15 pm Art Educators meet for dinner at the Villa Bistro on Shelburne Road.
If you are have questions or are planning on attending or please RSVP to so we can get an estimate for both the museum and the restaurant. An RSVP is not required, but is helpful.

Monday, October 14, 2013

Thursday, September 19, 2013

REGISTER ONLINE NOW for VATAs Fall Conference Art! The Creative Core

Click here to register online!

Join us for this year's VATA Conference
“ART! The Creative Core!"
Keynote Address by Dr. Marilyn Stewart
“Going DEEP (and wishing we’d figured this out sooner)” 
The next generation’s national visual arts standards are anchored in what we call “Enduring Understandings.” These big ideas promise to guide us as we plan for art programs that really matter to our students now andas they move into their future. Dr. Marilyn Stewart will talk about how we can plan curriculum that aims for deep engagement with ideas — ideas that rouse the imagination and inspire multiple paths for making, presenting and responding to art.

Dr. Marilyn Stewart is Professor of Art Education, Kutztown University. She is author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, editor of the Art Education in Practice series by Davis Pub- lications, co-author of Davis Publications’ middle school art textbook program and senior author of its elementary textbook series, Explorations in Art. Honored by the National Art Education Association in 2011 as the National Art Educator of the Year, she was named a Distinguished Fellow in 2010, the Pennsylvania Art Educator of the Year in 2006, and the Eastern Region Higher Education Art Educator of the Year in 1998. Other awards include the Kenneth Marantz Distinguished Alumni Award from The Ohio State University, the D. Jack Davis Lectureship Award by the Uni- versity of North Texas, the Distinguished Wampler Profes- sorship by James Madison University, and the Chambliss Research Award by Kutztown University of Pennsylvania. She was the 1997-1998 Visiting Scholar with the Getty Edu- cation Institute for the Arts, is a frequent keynote speaker at meetings and seminars around the country and has served for many years as a consultant in a variety of curriculum development and assessment projects sponsored by the Getty Education Institute, the Corporation for Public Broadcasting, The Annenberg Foundation, The College Board, the Milken Family Foundation and, most recently, Craft in America and Through The Flower, as Director of The Dinner Party Curriculum Project. Working with state departments of education, school districts, universities, and museums, she has conducted over 200 extended staff development institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 25 states. 
Plus Great Hands-On Workshops!

Needle Felting a Gnome with Susi Ryan 

Have you ever admired a piece of needle felting and wondered “how was that made?” You will learn basic needle felting techniques while designing and creating your own gnome figurine. Both Beginners and Advanced felters are welcome! Come and discover this highly addictive art form!

Making Wearable Art with Courtney Reckord 

Have you always wanted to make your own wear- able art? Well today you can dabble in some basic metal- smithing techniques! We will be doing some basic forging, wire wrapping and riveting projects that you will be able to finish and take with you! I will show a variety of project examples and you can choose your favorites while incorporating your own designs. We will be using copper, brass and nickel wire to make several varieties of wire.

The Direct Touch: Confidence with Coils with Holly Walker 

Using your hands as your primary tool, participants in this workshop will build ceramic forms from rolled coils that are then pinched up into form. Working with clay in this direct, historically significant way reveals the speed, pulse and tempo of your direct touch. Learn how to build forms of any size with confidence. Her work can be found online at

Setting & Point-of-View in Picture Book Illustration with Amy Huntington 

How do choices of setting and point-of-view affect story? How would the Princess and the Pea look from the point-of-view of the pea? What if the cow jumped over a moon full of aliens? Participants will try their hand at sketching scenarios with a focus on these concepts.

Zentangle Workshop with Susan Shedd 

Learn the relaxing, meditational Zentangle® method of creating beautiful, non-representational images from repeated/structured patterns. This is a portable art form, easy for almost anyone to learn and do. Your students can increase focus, attention, & relaxation while learning a simple, powerful procedure that frees their inner artist.

Flags, Folds & Accordians with Dorsey Hogg 

In this workshop participants will use paper as a sculptural medium to create 3-dimensional books and freestanding paper sculptures. The techniques that will be explored are simple enough to use in the classroom and can be developed into more complex structures to use in your own artwork and with motivated students. Workshop participants will use old posters, calendars, and pages from discarded books to create their own artist books.

Conference Fees- Online payment available!

Sunday, September 1, 2013


VATA's 2013 Fall Conference:
ART! The Creative Core

is Monday October 14th 
at VTC.

Join us for a day of Professional Development, 
networking and FUN!

Our keynote speaker this year is Dr. Marilyn G. Stewart.

Stay posted for online registration and more information!

Please feel free to share this info with your fellow art teachers, colleagues and friends.

Like VATA on Facebook

Wednesday, July 17, 2013

City School Art Pals

This great project was just shared with us...

"What if you could make global connections through art with students in another part of the world by creating visual art work and sharing it through the mail (snail mail, email, etc.)?  
You will be encouraged to be creative and develop cultural awareness which could inspire compassion and understanding of those who are different from us in some ways. 
You will be encouraged to appreciate differences and find similarities or common ground with others. 
You will use creative thinking skills to develop artwork  that communicates through a cross cultural venue.

This unit uses a combination of hands-on creation, the internet, various software and hardware. Each student completes lessons  which includes skill-building, and challenges."

If you're from City School and want to share more information with us, please don't hesitate to contact VATA at

Thursday, June 27, 2013

New Visual Arts Standards and the Common Core

There's a lot happening in the world of Common Core right now. Here are some links to get you started.

Don't forget to attend VATA's Fall Conference to learn A LOT more!

A brochure from the NAEA about their work with the new standards

From the NAEA's website

National Coalition for Core Arts Standards website

LOTS more to come, but that should get you started.

Thursday, May 30, 2013

Educator Profile: Marilyn Stewart

Marilyn Stewart, Ph.D. is Professor of Art Education at KU, co-author of the textbook program, Explorations in Art, co-author of Rethinking Curriculum in Art, author of Thinking Through Aesthetics, and editor of the Art Education in Practice series, all published by Davis Publications. A frequent keynote speaker and consultant in national curriculum projects, she has conducted over 200 extended institutes, seminars, or in-service days in over 25 states. The National Art Education Association named Dr. Stewart the 2011 National Art Educator of the Year.

Friday, March 29, 2013

Couldn't make the Conference?

Did you know you can get many of the resource videos, presentations, and handouts from this year's National Conference online?

Click the link below and login with your NAEA info.

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

No Homework in Finland

In my experience art teachers generally don't give much homework anyway (maybe the occasional sketchbook assignment?) but I thought this was an interesting graphic nonetheless. Nice design too!

Reblogged from

Sunday, March 10, 2013

From the Convention

A few snapshots from the Convention in Fort Worth.

Some VATA members (past and present) getting their Texas on...

Our Teacher of the Year, Alice Tragaser getting her award!

Dana Spencer and Barb Crandall.

Some art bikes!

Tuesday, March 5, 2013

Hope Flag Project Exhibit

The Hope Flag Project State House Exhibit is up from now until March 29th. Please join the student artists, families, friends and teachers on March 29th from 4-6 for a closing reception.

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

The Hope Flag Project

VATA's 2013 Youth Art Month 
Project Announces it's State House Exhibit

Friday, February 15, 2013

Sunday, February 10, 2013

NAEA National Convention

Are you headed to the Convention?

Click here for the new Convention website. You can find more information, register (early bird registration has been EXTENDED until February 18th!), book a room, check out the schedule, and more!

Smartphone and tablet users don't forget to get the Convention App!
Click the image or scan the QR code to get it.

And...if the Convention won't keep you busy enough...

Check out these links to Fort Worth museums, galleries, and art "stuff."

Friday, February 8, 2013

Our First Post!

Welcome VATA Members and Friends!

Our goal is to host a plethora of ideas, lesson plans, images, strategies, how-to's, information and really cool art for art educators, pre-service teachers, parents, community members and schools. (Wow, that was a long list!)

This will be a place to CONNECT with your fellow educators, ASK QUESTIONS, be INSPIRED and (of course) find some great ideas and see some great ART.

We welcome feedback- just click on the Connect With Us tab.

Can't wait to get started!

And....since it's Friday here's the first Fun Friday post:

Michael Sowa's paintings are technically brilliant and his subject matter just makes us smile.

Michael Sowa (born 1945) is a German artist known mainly for his paintings, which are variously whimsical, surreal, or stunning. His paintings often feature animals and are titled in English and German. Sowa studied at the Berlin State School of Fine Arts for seven years and worked briefly as an art teacher before focusing entirely on his career as a painter and illustrator. -Wikipedia

Here's Kohler's Pig:

Wouldn't this be a great piece to show students and then have them write creatively about it?
It would also be a great conversation starter about adynatons—a figure of speech so hyperbolic that it 
describes an impossibility.

Let us know if this sparks a lesson plan- we'd love to share it here on Painted Tables!