Drawings of the 2106 National Arts Education Association convention in Chicago.

Bob Reeker in a Big Green Hat

marker and pencil on paper, 9" x 6", 2016 :: Bob Reeker donned a big green hat to welcome us to the convention on St. Patrick's Day.

Jean Houston Rallies us for a Rennaisance

marker and pencil on paper, 9" x 6", 2016 :: Jean Houston delivered the opening keynote at the NAEA convention with a stirring speech reminding us all of the profound importance of arts education work.

Breaking the Wheel

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Chris Wills leads a packed room through ideas for brainstorming in the art classroom.

We Chant "Art Matters" with Patricia Franklin

marker and pencil on paper, 8" x 10", 2016 :: At the National Arts Education Association convention in Chicago, association president, Patricia Franklin addresses the membership. As art teachers, "We see possibilities, we take risks."

Inventions Inspired by Art

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: At the National Portrait Museum, all portraits are considered biography. We looked for the story in a painting of 19th century inventors, than we designed some inventions ourselves. "STEAM Innovation: Teaching Science through Art with the National Portrait Gallery" with Briana White, Andrew Watson

Owning the Tactile Joy

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: "Art for All: Intergenerational and Intercommunal Collaborative Art for an Inclusive Society" with Beth Burkhauser

Ask the Art "Why?"

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Activating Art and Community for Social] Change in Museums and Classrooms. Museum educators, Michael Christiano, Kristin Enright, Nevada Montgomery, discussed their approach to discussing art to explore social justice issues with their "intersectionality critique exchange."

Love Their Ideas, Love Their Hard Work

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: "What Were You Thinking?! SHoM Assessments That Document Students’ Thought Processes" Diane Jaquith talks about how Studio Habits of Mind prompt students‘ reflection on their planning, sources, and decisionmaking.

Slam! Olivia Gude

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Olivia Gude knows how to set up an art project that can go in any direction.

Slam! Jake Meyers

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Jake Meyers used the example of a sculpture who examines ghosts to inspire the mixed media and video work of students who explored what haunts them.

Slam! Freedom and Playfulness with Space

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: When students are able to explore their space, even if just through manipulated photography, students can achieve transformative art.

Slam! Ryan Patton

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Students have a great deal of knowledge and experience about gaming. Play with that in the art room...

Slam! Charles Garoian

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: How much are we willing to learn from our students?

Slam! Justin Clumpner

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Inspired by the Fluxus movement, Clumpner had his students repurpose communications for artistic purposes. I've always thought that teaching itself can really be a form of Fluxus art.

Slam! Laura Boban

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Boban's students created fascinating fashion as experiments with the fluidity of identity.

Slam! Patty Bode

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Students went from dialogue, to studio production, to real social change.

Slam! Kris Derek Hechevarria

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: Mindfulness becomes a performance art for students on the autism spectrum.

Slam! Rochele Royster

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: The art becomes a community healing campaign as students create dolls in response to tragedy.

An Arts Integration Force

marker and pencil on paper, 8" x 10", 2016 :: At the National Arts Education Association convention in Chicago, Research Findings From Arts Integration Projects. Suzy Harris, Jennifer Beradino, Marianna Adams, and Deborah Randolph discussed their experience about how to implement the latest research on arts integration and explore approaches as scalable and spreadable models at your own institutions. They discussed a program in which the Museum of Fine Art in Houston worked closely with a team of teachers over several years to develop an arts integration approach. The biggest lesson was about showing complete respect for the professionalism and experience of the teachers.

Art for Empowerment

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: "Social Justice Mural Making: A Case Study of Student Empowerment." Katherine Truskoski discussed a mural project which delved into social justice issues with teens inspired by Kara Walker's paper cut-out silhouettes.

Cheri Eileen Erlich Learns from her Students

marker and pencil on paper, 8" x 10", 2016 :: At the National Arts Education Association convention in Chicago. Cheri presented about the intense discussions she had with teens while exploring feminist art with them. Discussion of art became the space for her students to have the deep conversations about sex, gender, and race that few of us are mature enough to attempt.

Eat at Ricobene's

marker and pencil on paper, 9" x 6", 2016 :: While in Chicago, I picked up a breaded steak sandwich from a Chicago institution.

NAEA reflection

marker and pencil on paper, 8.5" x 11", 2016 :: A reflective doodle on the plane home for the National Arts Education Association meeting.