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    Winter 2017 / Volume 40 / Issue 1 TEACHER FEATURE QUESTION/ANSWER WITH Marty Loftus Are You Smothering Your Students’ Creativity? Art Clubs Are Fun! …and fundamental to our students’ art experience Congratulations to 2016 Member Virtual Exhibition Winners Fresh Paint Winter 2017 1

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    Important Dates YAM Flag Design Entry Deadline.........................................January 13, 2017 K-12 Submission........................................................................... April 10, 2017 Youth Art Month........................................................................... March, 2017 NAEA........................................................................................... March 2-4, 2017 Conference Session Proposal Deadline.....................................May 1, 2017 FAEA Conference............................................................. October 19-22,2017 Board Nominations Opening Soon! 2018-2019 FAEA Board Nominations The Florida Art Education Association is seeking members to serve on the 2018 Board of Directors. FAEA thrives when dedicated members with exceptional leadership skills step up and serve the association and arts education in Florida. Want to learn more about the opportunities to become involved, just email info@faea.org Nominations will open this spring. For more information and to review Sample Board Position Descriptions, just visit FAEA.org. 2 Fresh Paint Winter 2017

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    Contents Winter 2017 / Volume 40 / Issue 1 FEATURES 4 12 14 FAEA Strategic Plan and Committee Reports Congratulations 2016 FAEA Award Winners Art Clubs Are Fun! …and fundamental to our students’ art experience By: Ron Laffin TEACHER FEATURE QUESTION/ANSWER WITH Marty Loftus Are You Smothering Your Students’ Creativity? Art Clubs Are Fun! …and fundamental to our students’ art experience Winter 2017 / Volume 40 / Issue 1 Congratulations to 2016 Member Virtual Exhibition Winners ABOUT THE COVER Artwork: “Vitiligo: Embracing Our Self” Artist: Aleesha Nevills, Grade: 12 (2015) Teacher: Steven Van Dam School: Seabring High School Medium: Colored pencil on marbalized paper created by the artist. 18 20 24 Are You Smothering Your Students’ Creativity? By: Beth Elliston A Florida Art History: 1960s Teacher Feature Question/Answer With Marty Loftus The purpose of this publication is to provide information to members. Fresh Paint is a quarterly publication of Florida Art Education Association, Inc., located at 402 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301-2757. Fall ........................ printed and distributed through postal carrier Conference (October)............. printed and distributed at the annual conference Winter ...................................................digital Spring/summer (May)........................digital DEPARTMENTS President’s Note / 5 Board Consultant’s Report / 6 Division Updates / 7 Museum Happenings / 30 Youth Art Month / BC PLUS 2017 FAEA K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition Submissions / 17 Conference Survey and Thank You / 23 2016 Member Virtual Exhibition Winners / 26 Why Present at the Conference / 25 T hank You to our Advertisers NAEA Convention.............................................................................................. Page 33 Blick Art Materials............................................................................................... Page 2 Periodical postage paid, Tallahassee, Florida (USPS 023179). POSTMASTER: Send address changes to FRESH PAINT, 402 Office Plaza Drive, Tallahassee, Florida 32301-2757. Fresh Paint is made possible, in part, by the participation of the businesses whose advertisements appeared in this issue. They make it possible to provide membership with a high quality publication and we gratefully acknowledge their support of FAEA’s mission. We hope that you take special notice of these advertisements and consider the products and services offered. This is another important way you can support your professional association and the enhancement of Florida art education. The publisher does not endorse any particular company, product, or service. The Florida Arts Education Association (FAEA) is not responsible for the content of any advertisement and reserves the right to accept or refuse any advertiserment submitted for publication. Fresh Paint Winter 2017 3

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    FAEA Strategic Plan The Florida Art Education Association Strategic Plan provides a clear and workable framework with which to carry out the mission of FAEA, as well as grow the organization and its reach to the art educators in Florida and beyond. The FAEA Strategic Plan was developed out of the collaboration of the board of directors and membership of the Florida Art Education Association. Ideas, feedback, and input have been comprised into an overall plan based on the guiding tenets established by the National Art Education Association (NAEA). The plan is adaptable to grow and progress over the course of several years, and in a format that can easily reflect progress reporting, as well as incorporate updates as the needs of the association evolve. Its alignment with the core goals of the National Art Education Association ensure that Florida’s art educators remain consistent and solid contributors to the growth of the visual arts within the state and on a national level. The FAEA Strategic Plan has been organized according to the following key areas: • Organizational Vibrancy – Ensure the continued fiscal health and growth of FAEA and its offerings through key areas such as membership development, marketing strategy, increased fiscal management and oversight, and seeking additional sponsorship revenue streams for association events. • Research and Knowledge – Promote professional development throughout the membership to become a more centralized resource for both new and established art educators by offering virtual resources, mentoring, increasing cross-county communication and sharing, and through cross-curricular connections. • Learning – Increase networking amongst members through better district communication, increased research, data collection and assessment, and providing increased fiscal support through conference grants to better serve current and future art educators. • Community – Develop improved connections among members and promote a better sense of community through continued communication outside of association events, student recognition programs, panel discussions, new teacher support, social gatherings, lesson plan and classroom strategy exchange, and mini-workshops. • Advocacy – Solidify the sense of responsibility that both the members and the association overall have to advancing awareness of the critical role that the visual arts play in a well-rounded curriculum by promoting parent, teacher, community involvement, as well as furthering established roles in the NAEA, Youth Art Month, and in working with local legislators and cultural organization. To accomplish the tasks within the Strategic Plan, the current FAEA Board of Directors participate in at least one of six committees. Each committee works tirelessly to develop new and innovative ideas and fulfill their responsibilities. The current committees include Advocacy, Awards, Editorial, Exhibitions, Professional Development, and Partners and Sponsors. To the right are two committee reports providing members insight on the work currently being done for the association. 4 Fresh Paint Winter 2017 COMMITTEE REPORTS FAEA Exhibitions Strategic Goals: Learning and Community The FAEA Exhibitions Committee facilitated the K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition and the FAEA Members Exhibition. K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition • Received 1396 entries for adjudication • 8 adjudicators were selected and trained to score the entries • Top Score Data — *46 works scored 4 (out of 4) — 110 works scored 3.5 (out of 4) — 368 works scored 3.0 (out of 4) • Revised K-12 FAEA Rubrics for 2017 • Conducted scoring training at FAEA 2016 conference *Top Scoring work was exhibited at the FAEA Conference Members Exhibition • FAEA received 246 entries for adjudication • 3 adjudicators scored the work for awards • 13 Top Awards were presented sponsored awards. • Reception and Awards ceremony was held at FAEA Conference Sponsorship and Partnership The Sponsorship and Partnership committee exists to enhance the current working relationships affiliated with FAEA, to seek out, nurture, and cultivate new and mutually beneficial relationships as well as secure in-kind donations and financial support as appropriate. In conjunction with the mission strategic plan of FAEA, this committee’s progress over the course of this past year, is as follows: • Organizational Vibrancy: seeking out and cultivating new partnerships with long-term sustainability, including higher education institutes, businesses, galleries, museums, and artisans • Research and Knowledge: nation-wide research with regards to sponsorship menus from state art education associations, developing new sponsorship and exhibitor menus, evaluate and analyze organizational financial support needs • Learning: reiterating vibrancy and research, constantly strengthening present and new partnerships for FAEA’s growth, exploring new venues and revisiting current and former partners and sponsors • Community: continuous promotion and support for all of FAEA’s ways and means, its interests and avenues of growth, both professionally and fiscally • Advocacy: mutually beneficial relationships with outside organizations; promotion of our organization

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    President ’s Note ... Happy New Year FAEA 2016-2017 BOARD OF DIRECTORS EXECUTIVE COMMITTEE President Nicole Crane, PhD nicole.faea@gmail.com President-elect Lark Keeler lark.keeler@saintandrews.net Past President Karen Nobel karen.faea@gmail.com Secretary Heather Blackmon-Gordon hrblackmongordon@gmail. com DIVISION DIRECTORS Elementary School Steven Miller steve.faea@gmail.com Middle School Glenda Lubiner glendalubiner@bellsouth.net High School Katie Avra Katie.faea@gmail.com Higher Education Sara Scott Shields, PhD skshields@fsu.edu Museum Education Jaclyn Gallagher jrgallagher922@gmail.com Supervision & Administration Edrick Rhodes edrick.faea@gmail.com APPOINTED POSITIONS Districts Assembly Britt Feingold britt.faea@gmail.com Retired Representative Bill Chiodo tropicbill@aol.com MEMBERS-AT-LARGE Beth Goldstein bethart@dadeschools.net Nadia Earl earlart2@gmail.com BOARD CONSULTANT Kathleen D. Sanz, PhD kdsanz@faea.org We are thrilled to welcome 2017 and excited for the upcoming year! Each new year is an opportunity to reflect on accomplishments and reveal insights leading to more meaningful goal-setting for the year ahead. As we leave Nicole Crane President, FAEA 2016 behind and begin a new year, we set new goals and face challenges with renewed enthusiasm. Later this month the Florida Art Education Association Board of Directors will hold an annual meeting to conduct the current business of the association and research new and innovative ideas to incorporate. During the meeting, we will evaluate what is working and what needs revised, thanks in part to your conference survey responses. As part of the board meeting, we will continue supporting FAEA’s Strategic Plan and the key components: Organizational Vibrancy, Research and Knowledge, Learning, Community, and Advocacy. Last year, the board selected Research and Learning as the key focus area and will continue to concentrate our efforts on this component. Each committee is developing programs and activities supportive of Research and Learning. The Advocacy Committee continues to decipher data from the Florida Department of Education Fine Arts Reports and monitor legislation for issues that impact arts education. The Awards Committee researched state and national art education awards and introduced the New Professional Award in 2016 and will add a Special Needs Award in 2017. To support the key area of Research and Learning, the Editorial Committee in collaboration with the Legacy Task Force will continue the series A Florida Art History. The Exhibitions Committee revised the rubrics to provide accurate exemplars to explain the score levels. Look for the new rubrics this year! The Partners and Sponsors Committee will continue to secure Corporate, Museum, and Scholastic Partners as well as acquire items for our annual raffle. As we prepare for the 65th Annual FAEA Conference, October 19-22, 2017 in St. Petersburg, Florida the Professional Development Committee is already progressing with plans to support the theme “The Power of Art.” As the year progresses, the FAEA Board of Directors and Committees will continue to develop programming and plan professional developments. There are several opportunities this spring to showcase student artwork. The Florida Art Education Association invites all art educators to participate in Youth Art Month! Participating in Youth Art Month is a great way to advocate for arts education. Submit student designs for Florida’s Youth Art Month Flag competition. The theme for this year is, United through Art. The winning Florida entry will have the honor of being produced into a flag which will be flown in Washington, D.C. during the month of March as we celebrate Youth Art Month. Additionally, the Florida YAM flag will be on exhibit at the YAM Exhibition at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York. The 2017 K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition is now open. Submissions will be accepted through April 10, 2017. Sargent Art will generously sponsor prizes. Check out the new prize structure for 2017 including a cash prize for the overall winning student and classroom art supplies for the overall winning teacher. The exhibition will be shown at the FAEA Conference, on the FAEA website, and selected works will be featured in Fresh Paint. With the new year upon us, the National Art Education Association Convention is just around the corner. Plan to attend the NAEA Convention March 2-4, 2017 in New York City and enjoy three days of sessions, workshops, tours, and events. We hope to see Florida well represented. Registration is now open. Over the course of the year, remain updated with our progress through monthly emails and communication from your Division Directors. If you have any questions or need assistance please contact us via email at info@faea.org or contact your Division Director. As a reminder, please follow us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram for ongoing updates. The mission of the Florida Art Education Association is to promote art education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge, and leadership. The vision of the Florida Art Education Association, hereinafter designated as FAEA or as the Association, is to provide art teachers with the knowledge, skills, and support that will ensure the highest quality instruction possible to all students in Florida. 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    Board Consultant ’s Report ... Kathleen D. Sanz PhD Board Consultant, FAEA Life after the elections Wow, what a whirlwind year leading up to the November 8, 2016 elections. I’m sure that we are all pleased that the endless advertisements have finally finished. Now is when our work begins. We had a major focus on asking our members to vote. Now that is over we must move forward. The Capital Hill Group, lobbyists for arts education met in Tampa to discuss the political climate and legislative platforms from several associations. In the next month or so, this committee will put forth a legislative platform that we can share to speak with One Voice on the importance of arts education in our schools. Bills have begun to be filed and we will continue to provide updates prior to and during the session. That begins on March 7, 2016. As far as the National Election, we will need time to determine the direction that President-elect Trump will lead the nation generally and the impact on education specifically. Only time will tell. We will continue to keep you informed on the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). At the state level there has been a change in leadership. We have listed the leadership below. There will be a full list of the committee members posted on the website, once all of the committees have been selected. We want to encourage all of our members, parents, and community members to stay diligent in helping us to move visual arts education forward. Some specific To Dos include: • Send a personal letter or note to your elected officials, including school board members, and superintendent (if elected and not appointed) as well as your state legislators. Congratulate them and let them know about your passion for arts education for all of our school children to provide a well-rounded education. • Set up a meeting with them in their home office and introduce yourself and let them know about your passion for arts educations for ALL students. Let them know that you are available to discuss any bills that they are or may sponsor to inform them of any unintended consequences on arts programs for our students. • Volunteer to sit on the FAEA Advocacy committee. • Continue to look at the FAEA website for Bills that are being filed and status. • If your legislator is in a leadership position or on a committee, let us know so that we can keep you informed as you are their constituent. There is new leadership in the Florida Senate. • The President of the Senate: Joe Negron (Martin, Palm Beach, St. Lucie) • President Pro-Tempore: Anitere Flores (Miami-Dade) • Full Appropriations: Jack Latvala (Pinellas) • Majority Leader: Wilton Simpson (Pasco, Hernando, Citrus) • Minority Leader: Oscar Braynon II (Broward & Parts of Miami-Dade) Education Committee: • Dorothy Hukill, Chair (Volusia, Brevard) • Debbie Mayfield, Vice Chair (Brevard, Indian River) Pre K-12 Education Appropriations • David Simmons, Chair (Seminole, Volusia) • Dana Young, Vice Chair (Hillsborough) Leadership in the House of Representatives The Leadership in the House of Representatives includes: • Speaker of the House: Richard Corcoran (Pasco) • Speaker Pro-Tempore: Jeanette Nunez (Miami-Dade) • Full Appropriations: Carlos Trujillo (Miami-Dade) • Majority Leader: Ray Rodriguez (Lee) • Minority Leader: Janet Cruz (Hillsborough) Education • Chair, Michael Bileca (Miami-Dade) First and foremost stay informed. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to email Kathy Sanz at kdsanz@faea.org and we will try hard to provide answers to your questions. Sincerely, 6 Fresh Paint Winter 2017

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    Elementary School Division Director Steve Miller, Grassy Waters Elementary West Palm Beach, FL Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a wonderful winter break and spent time relaxing and recuperating so that we are ready for the rest of the school year. This is going to be a great year! The Florida Art Education Association is busy planning programs and professional development that will get the creative juices flowing for yourself and your students. As elementary art teachers, the next few months can wreak havoc on our schedules as we often see students on a limited or abbreviated basis due to testing. With that in mind, be sure to check out Florida’s Youth Art Month Flag Competition. It is a great lesson and all the details are posted at www.faea.org. The theme for this year is, United through Art. The winning Florida flag will be flown in Washington, D.C. during the month of March as we celebrate Youth Art Month and at the YAM Exhibition at the National Art Education Association Convention in New York. Be sure to photograph the amazing work your students are completing before sending home so that you can submit into the K- 12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition. The new prizes are worth checking out! In addition to the grand prizes, Sargent Art will send a participation gift to each school after receiving from the Principal the following information (to be emailed directly to Sargent Art): 1. School enrollment number; 2. Number of Art Teachers; 3. Number of entries submitted to K 12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition. The form to receive this gift will be provided during submission process. Be sure to get your entries in by April 10, 2017. The exhibition will be shown at the FAEA Conference, on the FAEA website, and selected works will be featured in Fresh Paint. You can view last year’s exhibition on FAEA’s website. The National Art Education Association Convention is just around the corner. Plan to attend the NAEA Convention March 2 -4, 2017 in New York City and enjoy three days of sessions, workshops, tours, and events, not to mention the amazing vendor hall! While in New York, we will take a picture of all Florida attendees. Be on the lookout for details on FAEA’s Facebook page. As we discussed at the Elementary Division Meeting, FAEA will begin accepting nominations for the next Board of Directors this spring. Please consider running for Elementary Division Director. It is a wonderful experience to be part of the state organization and serve art educators of Florida. If you want to know more about the position, please email me and I will gladly answer your questions. As always, I am available if you need anything and keep an eye out for the monthly Elementary Division email. If you are not receiving the emails, log into your FAEA account and check your primary email address. Have a wonderful 2017! Middle School Division Director Glenda Lubiner, Franklin Academy Charter School Pembroke Pines, FL We made it through the first half of the school year, went to a wonderful conference, made new friends, learned new strategies for our classroom, had our winter break and now are ready to get back to making art. With that said, even though we are all passionate about what we do, it is so important that we take care of ourselves and do what we need to do to stay healthy and happy (and sane) … and that means taking the time to make our own art. So please make sure to take care of yourselves. March is Youth Art Month and many of you are getting ready to have your big art shows that showcase the fabulous artwork of your students. I choose to have mine at the end of the year and use the month of March to advocate even more for art education. I hang art and posters all over the school and post something different on my Edmondo account daily about the advantages of Art Education. I hope that you all had you students enter the Youth Art Month Flag/ Banner contest. I’m looking forward to seeing the winning flag. I know it will be fabulous. My art show takes place in May and boy is it a big event. We combine our art show with our multicultural show. We have multicultural art and projects displayed in the cafeteria, a multicultural fashion and talent show, art from 1300+ students lining the hallways and the famous Black Light Room. Yes, we turn the art room into a black light room and every year we have a different theme. And of course we have the food trucks – that’s always a big draw too! This year’s theme (after going to the NAEA conference in Chicago I couldn’t resist) is Comic-Con. The kids are so excited about painting the comic book characters and their own comic book characters. We also have raffle prizes. Last year, for the first continued on page 9 Fresh Paint Winter 2017 7

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    Retirees Division DIrector Bill Chiodo, FAEA Retired Members’ Representative 100+ YEARS OF WISDOM FOR NOVICE ART TEACHERS A standing-room-only audience of new art teachers participated in this encore panel discussion with expert retired art educators from across all teaching levels. To jumpstart the discussion, each panelist shared his or her single best piece of advice. This lead to a humorous and insightful dialogue as they answered an array of questions from the audience. Finally, handouts were provided covering a variety of challenging topics. Thanks are extended to the panelists in the morning’s highly successful art forum session: Connie Phillips, Charles Gaffney, Patricia Tuttle and Eve Davila. Thanks are also extended to retired art educators Judy Crews and Glendia Cooper who agreed to be on the panel but were unable to travel to Naples due to Hurricane Matthew . FAEA RETIRED MEMBERS’ ANNUAL MEETING Make Your Voice Heard Members were reminded that we were in an election year and their vote was important to support and maintain quality art programs on the local level and to influence the direction of educational policy at both the federal and state level. Award Winners We recognized two retired members for their selection as 2016 FAEA award winners. The Lifetime Achievement Award was presented to Geraldine Leigh, Jacksonville; and the Retired Art Educator of the Year Award was presented to Patricia Tuttle, Miami. Retired members were invited to honor the recipients at the FAEA Awards Breakfast on Saturday morning at 7:30 a.m. Geraldine Leigh, FAEA Lifetime Achievement Award As a secondary classroom teacher, Gerie Leigh was awarded FAEA’s Secondary Art Educator Award and NAEA’s Southeastern Secondary Art Educator Award. And although she has been retired from the secondary classroom for 16 years, she has not retired from art education. Gerie served as the retired members’ representative on the Boards of both the Duval Art Teachers Association (DATA) and the Florida Art Education Association (FAEA), and now serves on the DATA Board as chairperson of the Northeast Florida Scholastic Art Awards. She has given conference presentations to new art teachers and established the Big Giveaway at the FAEA conference. With other enthusiastic FAEA retirees, she has researched the FAEA history, and is a current member of the FAEA Legacy Task Force. Gerie is a career-long member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA) and remains active in community groups where she continues to advocate for art education. Pat Tuttle, FAEA Retired Art Educator of the Year Pat received her Bachelor of Arts from the University of South Florida and her Masters from Florida International University. She later earned her National Board certification. Pat retired after teaching art for 38 years. She now volunteers in classrooms working with art teachers on curriculum development. She also works with The Fund 4 Design & Art Education, a philanthropic organization started by a Miami-Dade group known as the RATs (Retired Art Teachers). The mission of The Fund 4 Design & Art Education is to further the creative development of deserving art students by providing art materials, guidance, and financial assistance. Retired members are alerted that these are annual awards and that it is time to begin considering individuals who should be nominated for next year. Each award recipient is nominated by a peer, then reviewed and selected by the FAEA Awards Committee. FAEA has many deserving retired art educators and relies on the membership to bring them to the attention of the committee. Thank You Thanks are extended to the membership and vendors who generously provided materials to retired-sponsored events. In addition, we thank the retired members who would “lend a hand” in numerous ways throughout the conference. From assisting at registration to manning booths for vendors, the retired members were everywhere there was a need. Succession Planning Members are alerted that FAEA will hold elections for Board of Directors positions in the fall of 2017 and that it is time to think about succession. The retired members’ representative, an appointed position on the Board, is selected from among the 8 Fresh Paint Winter 2017

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    the BIG GIVE-AWAY BIG GIVEAWAY FOR NEW ART TEACHERS Each year, the retired members of FAEA sponsor the Big Giveaway for New Art Teachers at the annual conference. This highly anticipated event allows art teachers in their first, second, or third year of teaching to access donated art supplies and materials. A lottery system allows participants into the selection room. This year, the first new teacher chosen was gifted with the added bonus of an envelope containing $100 cash (to offset the cost of attending conference) and a Starbucks gift card. The collection was taken up at the retired members’ meeting the day before. Nearly 50 new art teachers participated in the Big Giveaway. Twenty-two tables were filled with art books; art supplies of all kinds; posters; bulletin-board materials; art reproductions; visual arts lesson plans; tools; project equipment; curriculum guides; visuals; reference books; paints; markers; class sets of materials; glazes; yarns and cords; t-shirts; and other art teacher treasures. All supplies and materials were all gone in a record 25 minutes. retired membership for a 2-year term. The Board requires a written statement that the individual is willing to serve. The representative will be appointed by the Executive Committee and subsequently approved by the Board of Directors. The new representative will be announced at the 2017 conference in St. Petersburg and take office in January 2018. Group Share We concluded the retired members’ meeting with a round robin in which each member shared the activities and projects in which they had participated over the past year. Travel, creating art, and supporting art education programs figured prominently in the discussion. You can always reference the latest information at faea.org Retirement is the best. Bill Chiodo, tropicbill@aol.com Middle School continued time in the history of the school, we sold tickets. We were a little worried, but we were sold out in about 40 hours. This was a great fundraiser for the art department. This year we are going to charge just a bit more! This year I started a chapter of the National Junior Art Honor Association. We have a great group of 20 students who are eager to do some great things in our school and in the county. Our first project is Empty Bowls. The bowls are just being completed and we are getting ready to have an auction. The money we raise will go to a local food bank. We are getting ready to have our induction ceremony as well. The kids are doing a great job and are so enthusiastic about being in this group of elite art students. I would love to hear about what your chapters of NJAHS are doing this year. Please feel free to email me with all that you and your students are doing. (glendalubiner@bellsouth.net) High School Division Director Katie Avra, Fort Pierce Central High School, Port St. Lucie, FL Greetings. During a year’s end, we can all relate to the piles of grading, rapidly approaching deadlines, contest submissions, curriculum complexities, mounting pressures, finals, and then finally…a well-deserved break! Enjoy time with loved ones and friends. Looking forward, the spring will soon be upon us and that means time for Youth Art Month and Florida’s YAM Flag competition, FAEA’s K-12 Student Art Assessment and Virtual Exhibition, Spring Flings, Art Expos, competitions, and the NAEA Convention. Winter marks the close to growing season where the light gets a little shorter, the evenings feel slightly cooler and we find respite in the reflection on the year behind us. We may consider various accolades, student progress or promotion, and artistic growth and prospects. What makes your art clock tick? What winds your art clock or transversely, unwinds your art clock? As we close one year and usher in a new, we pause, take a breath and consider what moves us forward. What are your professional passions? With FAEA in mind, I have found an outlet for several passions. One outlet being the Sponsors and Partners Committee. I enjoy reaching out to FAEA’s professional network and strengthening the support for our organization. If you are like-minded, please consider joining us and reaching out to new continued on page 10 Fresh Paint Winter 2017 9

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    HIGH SCHOOL continued from page 9 partners and reinvigorating current sponsors. With your help: advocacy, professional development, awards, conference, editorial and exhibitions will continue to promote FAEA’s mission. Energized by our fall conference and division meeting, I am looking forward to our AP round table discussions and AP Reader panel. Please start your plans to share your knowledge and present your expertise in this area. The fall 2017, 65 th Annual FAEA conference in St. Petersburg will be a showcase of “The Power of Art!” I trust you have joined me in welcoming 2017 with an artistically open mind. Higher Education Division Director Sara Scott Shields, PhD, Assistant Professor of Art Education, FSU After a busy Fall semester, winter break greeted us with a much needed reprieve from the chaos of teaching and researching. Mine has been filled with family, twinkling lights, and maybe the occasional peek at the stack of revisions looming in a file on my laptop. Coming back from any break is challenging, but for some reason the return to work after winter break is the worst of them all. We have spent the last month celebrating “the most wonderful time of the year” and now January greets us with no festive songs or cheerful jingles, only max capacity inboxes and syllabi to be written. I’m already having shortness of breath as I think about diving back into my teaching and research. Since I’m having such a hard time transitioning, I thought for this Fresh Paint article I would ponder a few ways we might be kind to ourselves as we return to work. Let’s start with the obvious, tackling your inbox. Devote some time to weeding through the thousand emails that rolled in over the break. As you fish through them, put the tasks that need attention on a list, put dates on your calendar, mark these emails as “read”. Try to give yourself a day to do this, put on some music, brew a pot of coffee and meet the email beast head on. Once you have made your list, ease in gently. Our bodies quickly get out of sync while we are off for the holidays, so don’t plan on coming back and starting at the same pace you finished with. Give yourself some time to get back in the swing of things. Make a list, prioritize your goals, give the most important tasks the bulk of your energy and save the others from another day. Stay positive, it’s easy to let the post winter break blues get you down. When I was a kid, every morning before school my dad used to tell me “you decide if today is going to be a good day or a bad day, so make it a good one.” Try to keep yourself in a positive headspace by doing something you enjoy every now and then. Start working on that new fun project you’ve been dreaming about. I’ve found the best way to combat my lazy, post-holiday haze is to start writing that new article or designing that awesome project for my students. The creative energy I derive from these scholarly and pedagogical tasks gives me momentum to tackle all the tedious parts of my job! Finally, remember that everyone else is having a hard time too. We are all trying to get back in the swing of things (that means your students too). So take a deep breath and give yourself, your colleagues, and your students a little grace! Most of all, I hope this new year greets you with lots of publications, outstanding course evaluations, and some time to make a little artwork! Don’t forget to encourage your colleagues and students to join FAEA and I’ll see you at NAEA in March! Museum Education Division Director Jaclyn Gallagher, Jacksonville, FL Another successful conference has come and gone and it was a great experience in so many ways. There were so many opportunities to gain new knowledge in Art Education from veteran and novice Teachers, while interacting with fellow Museum Educators and visiting the sites of Naples. I wanted to share with you some of my own highlights. One of my favorite parts of going to conference is having the opportunity to visit other museums and art institutions to see their exhibitions, learn about some of their initiatives in Art Education and ways in which they interact with their community. On the first night, The Baker Museum hosted our Member Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum exhibition installation The Olga Hirshhorn Collection. Organized by Artis—Naples, The Baker Museum and generously underwritten by Waterside Shops. 10 Fresh Paint Winter 2017

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