Announcing Alexa Meade as the Featured Presenter at Art Ed Now!

Today we’re thrilled to announce Alexa Meade as the featured presenter for the Art Ed Now 2018 Winter Online Conference! Alexa is best known for her “living paintings.” You probably know her work from some of her incredible videos.

And, she has a message just for you!

Alexa at Art Ed Now

During the conference, Alexa will share more about where she finds inspiration and her working process. She will talk about her experience with art and education, and how it helped her find her artistic style. You might be surprised by some of the things she tells you!

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A Sneak Peek

If you can’t wait until February 3rd, you’re in luck! Next week, Alexa will be on Art Ed Radio with Tim to talk about her career, her work, and her education in the arts. It is both a thoughtful and entertaining episode you won’t want to miss! Here’s are a few highlights.

On starting out as an artist, and working to develop her style:

“I started experimenting with putting shadows painted on the human body. When I tried to take pictures, it looked like my camera was broken! The images made no sense whatsoever because my friend looked completely two-dimensional. I knew there was something there, and I wanted to explore it. I graduated, moved back to my parents’ house, and decided that instead of getting a job, I would make it my job to teach myself how to paint. I was there painting on anything but canvas. Food, my hand, a pineapple–anything I could get my hands on, and I was treating it like a really serious occupation.”

On her inspirations and influences:

“I find myself really inspired by artists who deal with light and space and shadow, more so than I am by traditional painters. I’m really interested in Robert Irwin and James Turrell. I’m also inspired by artists who work across mediums, and maybe they aren’t quite traditional artists. Like Charles and Ray Eames, who are famous for furniture design. But they also made toys, and did science presentations, and worked across so many different disciplines. One of their sayings–which I love and hold dear–is ‘Eventually, everything connects.’ I see that a lot in my own work.”

On her working process:

“I’m definitely a ‘when inspiration strikes’ type of person. One thing I know about myself is that I have these spurts of about two weeks when I am highly energized and highly motivated to get things done. I will set out an ambitious project, but I know that after about two weeks my interest will start waning. There’s just something about that really fervent process that makes me want to finish things and see them out in the world.”

Alexa’s unique style and outlook make for some incredible stories, and her passion is inspiring. There will be so much to enjoy and learn about as she dives deep into her own life and her work on February 3rd at Art Ed Now. You will also have the chance to hear 20+ other amazing and inspiring presenters speak about the most important topics in art education today.

In fact, we have five more presenters to add to the list!

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  • AOE writer Wynita Harmon will be presenting on challenges to develop your students’ creativity.
  • Dr. Lois Holzman will discuss how improvisation can improve your teaching and help develop the artistic process.
  • Rich Stachon will talk about storytelling, drawing, sculpting, and computer modeling in 2D to 3D . . . and Beyond!
  • Returning favorites Matt Young and Craig Huffman will share some of their best strategies for differentiation.
  • Amy Chaney will present some of her best grading and assessment practices in How to Streamline Assessment in Your Choice-Based Curriculum

Click here to see more about the amazing teachers who will be sharing, and the descriptions of their presentations. Presentations will continue to be announced as we move toward the day of the conference, and every presentation will be relevant to what you do every day in the art room. This will be a conference you won’t want to miss! Make sure you register today!

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For complete event details, head over to the conference page.

Magazine articles and podcasts are opinions of professional education contributors and do not necessarily represent the position of the Art of Education University (AOEU) or its academic offerings. Contributors use terms in the way they are most often talked about in the scope of their educational experiences.


Timothy Bogatz

Tim Bogatz is AOEU’s Content & PD Event Manager and a former AOEU Writer and high school art educator. He focuses on creativity development, problem-solving, and higher-order thinking skills in the art room.

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