This is from Julie Palkowski:
I had an opportunity to see the U.S. Capitol exhibit this summer. The student work is amazing. Here is the slideshow of the entire exhibit, including our own Wisconsin students. Here are the pieces- Here is more information about the exhibit.
Art Teacher of the month is Whitney Robarge from Lodi High School!
Her colleague said:
Whitney works so hard, everyday, to lift the 'underdog' up! She is ALWAYS taking the student that really needs positive reinforcement under her wing to make sure that they are successful. Whitney was responsible for running the southwest Visual Arts Classic, which was very successful and smooth. She also is an advocate for her profession; she continuously communicates with Lodi Adult Art Club and encourages students to submit work for scholarships, mentors students who dream of becoming art teachers and gives up her prep time to work with students who are currently studying to become art teachers.
Here is Whitney's Bio:
I am honored to be recognized as Art Educator of the Month. I am currently entering my 7th year of teaching, 6 of which have been at Lodi High School located just North of Madison, Wisconsin.
Art education has been ingrained in me from a very young age. My mom taught art for 20 years and, from a child’s perspective, being an art teacher looked like the greatest job in the world: you can make whatever you want out of clay, have full access to the glitter cabinet, make art projects in the room during the summer time…. What an easy job, right? I would watch my mom in admiration organizing her room, grading work at home on Sundays, planning field trips and hanging work for shows. I felt so important getting to help out, especially when she would let me make a sample project or write “welcome to art” on the chalkboard in fancy bubble letters. I would draw pictures of what I wanted my own art room to look like and made lists of different books I wanted to have for my students. Once I started spending time in classrooms without being under the direction of my mom, I realized pretty quickly that there is a lot more to teaching than making glitzy, fun art projects (for the record, she warned me about this plenty of times). Being a teacher is hard work! Regardless of the common struggles and nights where I fall asleep before the sun goes down, this job is a job I love. This role is incredibly rewarding and fulfilling.
I graduated in 2010 from UW-Milwaukee with a degree in Art Education. I had an incredible experience learning from the Peck School of the Arts staff members and public school educators throughout the city. I worked in various, diverse learning environments, all of which prepared me sufficiently for my future career in education.
As mentioned earlier, I am employed by The School District of Lodi. I have and still work with some incredibly talented educators and students. I currently teach Art 1, Painting, Ceramics 1, Photography, Photo 2, Independent/Advanced Studio and Film Appreciation. Outside of the classroom, I coordinate the LHS Art Club, coach the Visual Art Classic and participate in various shows throughout the region.
My ideal day in the classroom would be to look up and see students conquering tasks that they were afraid to try, expressing things about themselves as individuals, strategizing plans, humor and laughter, students developing concepts and meaning in their work and of course passion.
Outside of teaching, my favorite thing to do is hang out at home with my husband and two dogs: Sasha and Buckley, a sweet three-legged beagle and rambunctious basset hound. I love the beach, and try to travel once or twice a year. I also enjoy music and movies.
WAEA DIGITAL Idea Exchange
Admit it…you could always use a few new lessons but all of the idea exchanges fall on a Saturday! A Saturday!!! We realize that Saturdays are very precious to teachers during the school year. That’s why, for the first time ever WAEA will be hosting a digital idea exchange. The concept is simple. Download the lesson template from the google link below, fill it out, add a few pictures, and mail it back to Dustin Anderson, WAEA Elementary rep, to gain access to the lessons collected. Folders will be created and lessons will be seperated into elementary, middle, and high school examples. It couldn’t get any easier…collect lessons from the comfort of your home!
?’s Contact Dustin Anderson firstname.lastname@example.org
What you missed: Central Wisconsin Invasion
In early August a group of art educators met early on a Saturday morning at the Central Wisconsin Cultural Center in Wisconsin Rapids to take a break from thinking about the upcoming school year (well…not really) and created some artwork for ourselves as artist. A local artist, Meredith Jane, taught a morning workshop on polymer clay jewelry techniques. Each guest walked away with a variety of new skills and pieces of clay to make into fashionable jewelry. A quick lunch break allowed guests to try local favorite eateries and visit the farmers market. The afternoon consisted of classes being taught by Dustin Anderson, WAEA Elementary Rep, and included paint pouring techniques and model magic “mini-me” artistic sculptures. Attendees loved creating their very own paint poured canvas. They were amazed at the formation of cells and details that each artist encountered on their canvas. Everyone’s painting unique and colorful. We got to use a torch too…that’s never dull. Lots of fun information was shared and lots of new friends and resources were made. We hope to have another Central Wisconsin Invasion next summer but perhaps on a weekday so the weekends can be filled with family and friends. If you would like to be included in next year’s events, please sign up using the following link to receive email updates!
Link to sign up for updates: https://goo.gl/forms/dDFN6LSUfqkxqLAp2
Attention 2017 WAEA Fall Conference attendees! We will be featuring an art book and supply exchange at the conference in Fort Atkinson on October 27-28. Bring along what you no longer need and exchange it for what you can use. Look for our booth in the vender area!
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