FAEA has extended the deadline to May 4th to submit conference session proposals and product showcases for the 2020 FAEA Annual Conference. We encourage you to share your talents and expertise to fellow art educators by submitting a proposal. For more information, continue reading or visit the conference pages on the FAEA website.

As a response to the current circumstances of educators switching to online teaching due to Covid-19, FAEA has compiled a list of resources and tips for distance learning . These resources are available to all members and non-members on the FAEA website .

The end of the school year is also a time of reflection. Each year, FAEA recognizes individuals who have demonstrated exemplary service to the field of art education. If you know a colleague or friend that you believe should be recognized for their contribution to art education, please nominate them for an FAEA Award.  Submissions for award nominations will open later this month. Check back on the FAEA website as more information is released.

Congratulations to the winners of the 2020 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition! Over 1800 student entries were submitted this year for FAEA's K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition. Participating teachers will be receiving scores and certificates via email very soon. You may now view the 2020 virtual exhibitions on the FAEA website .

FAEA is still collecting release forms for 2020 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition. Teachers and parents can send FAEA the signed release forms via email  ( ), fax   (850-942-1793), or mail (402 Office Plaza, Tallahassee, FL 32301).

FAEA is committed to providing high-quality professional development opportunities for members. That is why FAEA is currently organizing two ArtLabs and a Creative Leadership Workshop for our summer programming . Learn more about these offerings by visiting the summer workshops web page.

Finally, the month of May is the start of FAEA membership renewals for the 2020-2021 school year.  All current FAEA memberships will expire on June 30th of this year.   Renew your membership today  to ensure you will continue to have access to FAEA's events, resources, and opportunities this fall and next spring.
Postcard from the President
May is blooming for art educators around the state with dynamic virtual classrooms and community sharing of student exemplars in the K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition. The COVID-19 pandemic has challenged our teaching and learning strategies as we navigate the final quarter of the academic year. It has provided us with new opportunities to design lessons that innovate and inspire dynamic experiences for our students throughout the state.

This new way of ‘blooming’ as an art educator has allowed me to continue my own art-making to prepare for the Member Virtual Exhibition. I am confident FAEA will preview an eclectic and visionary submission of artworks from our members this year. It has also provided me with an opportunity to do more research that will guide the redesign of curricula this summer. One of the many benefits of being an art educator is the continual redesign of instruction; art continues to grow every year. I picked up the December 2019 edition of Smithsonian Magazine the other day and was pleasantly surprised to read about artist Amy Sherald. The article was partially an interview with the artist that introduced inquiry questions that could be used in our AP and IB visual art programs. They were, “Where do you find your inspiration? What is your favorite part of the artistic process? How did you determine what you wanted in your new show?" and "Do you feel pressure to create art with a social justice bent?” These questions can help young artists explore how to begin investigation, inquiry, and gain inspiration in the studio art classroom.

Amy Sherald has a very interesting background, not formally trained as an artist, but as a chef. Through a non-traditional entry into the art scene in 2018, Amy Sherald received several rejections before she entered a portrait into the Smithsonian National Portrait Gallery’s Outwin Boochever Portrait Competition. No woman had won the contest in its 12 years. The investment of a $50 entry fee and her perseverance in the studio allowed her to exhibit the portrait called Miss Everything (Unsuppressed Deliverance) featuring an elegant African-American woman holding on over-sized teacup. I have a bulletin board in my classroom that is called ‘Take a Closer Look’ where I feature a new artist I have discovered every month. Last January, I introduced Amy Sherald’s work with a focus on Miss Everything . Students in my art classes, along with my Theory of Knowledge students, were eager to examine her work. Most student remarks centered on the Grisaille (gray scale) technique, which they had just learned. Students questioned and commented on how the absence of color challenged people’s perceptions of black identity. Describing various art elements and principles of design applied to Sherald’s compositions invited a closer look into how art communicates a global narrative through a lens of social issues and racial and gender bias. Providing an open interpretation area, such as my ‘Take a Closer Look’ board, allows students to share multiple ideas and stimulate deeper discourse in the studio classroom. As we, FAEA members, continue our own redesign of teaching and learning, do not forget to let yourself ‘bloom’ creatively and intellectually as we navigate this new educational pathway.

Dr. Jackie Henson-Dacey
FAEA President
Professional Development
Submit a Conference Session Proposal Today!

Share your talents and expertise with fellow FAEA members as a 2020 FAEA Annual Conference Presenter. This year's conference will once again be held in Ponte Vedra Beach at the Sawgrass Marriott Golf Resort & Spa on November 5th-8th, 2020.

Conference session proposal submission deadline:  May 4, 2020.

Session Formats
  • Demonstration Session (30 min.) - demonstrate a topic through an exploration and investigation of an art technique that will inform and inspire
  • Art Forum (50 min.) - share a topic through a presentation that will inform and motivate
  • Workshop Session (90 min.) - lead a "hands-on" experience that demonstrates an in-depth art medium strategy or process

Learning Pathways
Each session proposal should align with one applicable learning pathway from below:
  • Research & Knowledge: exploring research-based pedagogy, assessment, curriculum connections, educational research, strategies, and historical content and context
  • Learning: discovering and experimenting with new techniques, skills, materials, and technology
  • Community: collaborative learning experiences, panel discussions, special recognitions, connecting with colleagues, and teacher support and retention
  • Advocacy: cultivating support for the arts and for individual programs through exhibition opportunities, voice, volunteerism, leadership opportunities, and addressing equity and access
Session proposals may also be submitted as "Other" for consideration.

Learn more about submitting a proposal to present at conference by visiting our  conference session proposal page  and our  presenter information page.

Selling or advertising a product or service is not allowed. If you represent a company and would like to showcase your products, submit a  Product Showcase Proposal  instead. 
Distance Learning Resources
FAEA has put together a list of resources to help art educators with distance learning. These resources have been provided by art educators, professionals, museums, and art companies and institutions across the country that cover a variety of subject areas for all grade levels. Check out FAEA's dedicated page for distance learning resources and share them with colleagues and other art educators.

Resource categories include:
  • Video Resources
  • Standards Based Visual Arts Resources
  • Art Making and Enrichment Ideas
  • Videos
  • Distance Learning Social Media Groups
  • Online Tools
  • Virtual Museums and Galleries

Click here to visit the Distance Learning Resource page on the FAEA website.

The website will be updated as more resources become available. If you know of any resources or tips that are not included in the list, please email FAEA at .
K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition
Virtual Exhibitions Now Available to View!
The winners of the 2020 K-12 Student Art Assessment & Virtual Exhibition have been announced! Join FAEA in congratulating the winning students and their teachers! Thank you to Sargent Art for providing this year's prizes and participation gifts! Results and certificates will be sent to the teachers that participated via email shortly.

You may now view the winning artworks and the 2020 virtual exhibitions on the FAEA website. Exhibitions for each division feature artworks that received an "Award of Excellence" and an "Award of Excellence with Distinction." A separate exhibition is also available of artworks across all divisions that received the "Award of Excellence with Distinction" for perfect scores.

If you have not done so already, please submit signed release forms by downloading the release forms from your FAEA account and sending them to parents/guardians. They can send the completed signed release forms directly to FAEA by emailing them to . Parents have the option to use web services like  to digitally sign the form, as well as use apps like Scannable to quickly scan paper copies and email directly from their phone .

Please note that artworks will be automatically added to the online gallery when payment/release forms are received. 
Thank you for your support of FAEA. Our members help FAEA fulfill its mission of advocating and supporting high-quality art education to all students in the state of Florida.


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