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The AOEU NOW Conference team is working hard to connect the Summer 2020 presentations to our current state of distance learning and teaching art education. Please check back regularly for changes and updates.
Peter Reynolds is a children’s book author, illustrator, bookshop owner, and advocate for creativity in children of all ages. He inspires children, and children at heart, with his messages about authentic learning, bravery, and courageous self-expression in books like The Dot, Ish, and Say Something!. His newest book Make Your Mark Gallery: A Coloring Book-ish, will be released in September.
Join author Peter Reynolds for a celebration of creativity, learning, and self-expression. During this live conversation, Peter will share what inspires him, his creative process, and behind-the-scenes stories about his books and illustrations. You will discover more about Dot Day, his love and appreciation of art and art teachers, and so much more!
Tatyana Fazlalizadeh is a Brooklyn-based, Black Iranian visual artist well-known for her worldwide street art campaign, Stop Telling Women to Smile, that confronts sexual harassment in public spaces. She is an adept painter whose bold work challenges the daily oppressive experiences of marginalized people through beautifully drawn and painted portraits. Fazlalizadeh has been featured in high-profile publications such as the New York Times, NPR, MSNBC, the New Yorker, and Time Magazine. She was the New York City Commission on Human Rights’ very first Public Artist in Residence in 2019. Her works can be found on Spike Lee’s Netflix series She’s Gotta Have It (for which she also served as the show’s art consultant) as well as in her debut book, Stop Telling Women to Smile: Stories of Street Harassment and How We’re Taking Back Our Power, published in 2020.
Join celebrated contemporary artist Tatyana Fazlalizadeh as she discusses her most compelling works, including her Stop Telling Women to Smile campaign and book as well as her new Black Paper project. Discover the powerful stories behind her works, what inspires her art, and the creative process that helps her develop her incredible drawings and paintings.
Abby is a middle school art teacher in Omaha, NE as well as a writer for the Art of Education University. She focuses on creating meaningful experiences for her students through technology integration, innovation, and creativity.
You know the essential art tools that your classroom needs in order to function, but what about unique materials that could make your life easier? Join the always resourceful and creative Abby Schukei as she shares ideas on how to repurpose a few unexpected materials that you never knew you needed.
Jocelyn Stephens joined the art education field in the Fall of 2017 and currently serves a community of early childhood through 5th-grade students in downtown Houston, Texas. Over the past fifteen years, her realm of creativity has spanned from drawing, photography, graphic design and painting. She teaches art with a desire to foster creative confidence in youth and provide exposure to the arts to benefit them well beyond their adolescent years.
It can be a struggle to teach the elements of art and principles of design in a way that is engaging and worthwhile, but it doesn’t have to be! In this presentation, Jocelyn Stephens will share some of her best ideas for teaching the elements and principles so your students enjoy the process and actually remember what they learned.
Janani is an art educator for a high school in Chicago as well as for a free community arts center for young people. She teaches to provide students with the resources, agency, and trust to think and create critically responding to their surroundings through drawing and painting, sculpture, and graphic design.
Learn how Janani uses brainstorming, writing, and conversations in order to design enriching lessons that create profound connections to the lives of her students. By ensuring that students have control in what they learn and create, Janani helps her students foster creativity in their own experience. This presentation will show how she scaffolds learning with techniques, concepts, and materials to help students produce their best work.
Caitlyn is the art specialist at two elementary schools in Natick, MA. As an avid powerlifter and tiny business owner, she goes by Coach T, and passionately integrates the importance of growth mindset into her teaching practice. To encourage and inspire creative challenges, Caitlyn uses mindfulness techniques to redirect frustration into confidence-fuel. “When we ‘feel the burn’, it’s proof that we’re growing!” It is her mission to coach students’ natural abilities and facilitate the development of confident young innovators in a space that recognizes differences as assets and empowers young minds to see mistakes as evidence of growth. For adventures in the art room and personal creative exploration, follow @artwithcoacht or visit www.ArtwithCoachT.com.
Creating with alcohol inks is a simple, yet fascinating artmaking process. In this presentation, Caitlyn will discuss and demonstrate the magic of alcohol inks so that you, too, can enjoy the tactile experience and process of creating unique artworks that you can use for your personal studio or share in your classroom!
Sarah Krajewski is a PreK-5th grade art educator in Cambridge, WI. Sarah is passionate about encouraging positive self-affirmations and strong mental health in her classroom by being there for her students mentally, emotionally, and artistically. Sarah is a magazine writer for The Art of Education University and loves sharing her classroom ideas with other educators. She also enjoys being an artist, creating her own bright, happy abstract paintings and wearable art.
With the increasing emphasis being placed on online learning currently, many teachers are turning to YouTube to deliver content and connect with their students. But how do you know where to start? What types of content should you share? Join Sarah as she offers tips and tricks for recording videos, curating content, and starting out on YouTube.
Joel is an elementary art teacher in Elkhorn, Nebraska. He holds an MA in Reading and Literacy and believes that literacy and the arts are deeply interwoven. Joel believes that a successful art room balances exploration, expression, and skill development.
Discover unconventional ways that art rooms at every grade level can use acrylic gels for projects and displays. Join Joel as he presents a plethora of new ideas for using this medium, including ways that you and your students can create sculptures, mosaics, and light displays.
Theresa is a high school visual art teacher in Maple Grove, MN, and an adjunct professor for the Art of Education University. She also serves on the Board of Directors for the Lowe Syndrome Association as the Marketing Director overseeing branding and freelances in photography and graphic design. Her teaching passion is to guide students to find their visual voice through conceptual thinking, collaboration, and visual narratives.
Branding is everywhere, affecting even our youngest learners. Theresa, an educator and graphic designer, will break down the design process of branding in the classroom from a professional angle and present project ideas for every level with topics ranging from new product creation to self-identity exploration. She will discuss how utilizing visual communication creates a connection to each other and the world around us.
Nic Hahn has been a visual arts teacher for 18 years, teaching students as young as preschool all the way up to adult learners and every level in between. She currently teaches at a K-5 school in Rogers, Minnesota, and is the 2018 Minnesota Art Educator of the Year. She shares her classroom happenings on her Mini Matisse blog and social media accounts. By sharing, she hopes to empower her students, advocate for her program, and connect to teachers around the world.
Focusing on careers in art in a visual arts class is a great way to show students at all levels that the skills they are learning now could become a potential job in the future. Discussing careers in art can move people beyond the perception that art is just drawing or painting. These ideas, lessons, and resources can be used for choice-based or teacher-led instruction and are effective in-person or for distance learning.
Debi West has been teaching students through the vehicle of the visual arts for 25 years. She has extensive experience at both the elementary and high school levels, is a Nationally Board Certified Teacher, and has been recognized numerous times for her contributions to the field.
Kathleen Sneed Petka has been teaching visual art at Walton High School in Marietta, Georgia since the fall of 2004 and was the Georgia Art Education Association’s 2018 Secondary Art Educator of the Year. She is passionate about teaching her students to not only create meaningful art but to be empathetic and compassionate individuals by serving their community through art.
Join Debi and Kathleen, two national award-winning secondary art educators, as they share successful service-learning activities that students can do from school or home.
These lessons not only teach students to be creative, but they also teach students to care! When students and teachers collaborate, learning goes to the next level and makes a positive impact on the community.
As a classroom teacher, Yvonne used art to make connections with academics. Now, as a studio art teacher, she works to seamlessly merge the two. She is constantly amazed by the work her students create and how they see the world. Art, cheeseburgers, and talking and collaborating with others have always been a few of her favorite things. She is a Texas native who studied in Wisconsin only to return to the Lone Star state to share her passion.
Join Yvonne for a live artmaking experience on the day of the conference! No matter your level of expertise, Yvonne will present techniques that will help you with your artmaking. She will also share ideas for your classroom that your students are sure to love!
Dr. Ferial Pearson is a nationally award-winning educator, author, and assistant professor at the University of Nebraska at Omaha. Her Secret Kindness Agents program, designed to spread kindness throughout schools, is the subject of her book, TEDx Talk, and dissertation. She lives in Omaha, Nebraska with her husband Daniel, son Ilahi, and daughter Iman.
The way we manage our classrooms will be vitally important this fall as we welcome back students attempting to navigate the events of the past several months. Join Dr. Ferial Pearson for a Q&A on strategies for trauma-informed teaching and how to make your classroom a safe space for students to process, discuss, and continue to learn.
Janet Taylor is a high school art teacher in the western suburbs of Chicago. She geeks out in developing a choice-based curriculum and believes that by guiding students through their own creative process, they are empowered to create unique and meaningful artworks.
Matt Milkowski is a high school drawing and painting teacher in majestic Chicago, IL. His curricular approach produces innovative and balanced content that fosters curiosity, confidence, and community. He strives to give his students a more nuanced, vivid view of the world around them.
Does the AP portfolio leave you scratching your head or pulling out your hair? Join Matt and Janet as they share their top 10 practical, ready-to-use AP teaching tips. This urban and suburban duo, with over a decade of AP experience and an endless supply of pep, have whittled down their failures and successes to highlight strategies and hacks that will help AP teachers to streamline their classes for the new portfolio and new year.
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Enjoy a hands-on presentation every hour throughout the conference. That’s right! Artmaking. Every. Single. Hour.
Attendees receive a Guide to Artmaking prior to the event, so you can be ready to create and share your artwork in the exclusive attendee Facebook group.
What if something comes up and you can’t watch live? NO WORRIES!
The conference After Pass (free with your registration) gives you access to every presentation and every download for a full year after the event has concluded! It also includes:
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Imagine receiving a box in the mail bursting with awesome art products, free samples, and test materials to try in your art room. Jackpot!
The first 2,000 conference registrants will receive a swag box in the mail prior to the event.
NEW for Summer 2020! We have a June 15th registration deadline for you to receive a swag box and we are shipping swag boxes internationally!
Attend the conference, and you’ll receive an official signed certificate of participation documenting 8 hours of professional development. You can present this certificate to your school* to earn PD points or PD hours.
*Always check with your school to ensure compatibility.