South Carolina Art Education Association
SCAEA June 2019 Newsletter
President's Palette

The fall professional development conference is Friday, November 22 nd through Sunday, November 24 th at the Hyatt Regency in Greenville. Last year we had ninety five different presentations, both hands on and lecture. Let's surpass that number this year. We have several incredible keynote speakers lined up, however the breakout sessions are invaluable. If you have not presented in the past, please reflect on your teaching best practices and submit a proposal this year.

Toni Scott, a multimedia artist from California will speak to us about her creative process Friday afternoon. She is an American and a citizen of the Muscogee Creek nation. She also descends from African and European ancestry. Her art, both exhibitions and installations include personal narratives and genealogical information.  

Thom Knab, the National Art Education Association president will be the featured speaker at our awards ceremony on Saturday afternoon. Thom is an elementary art educator in Buffalo, New York who has been teaching art for 29 years.
We have several other dynamic speakers who will be presenting in large group breakout sessions: James Wells from Crayola will be presenting on the topic of arts integration, Kara Foster-Lee will present first steps in implementing mindfulness in your classroom, Hallie Bertling, artist and book illustrator will talk about her process and Kathy Scaggs from Amaco will share great clay ideas.

New to our conference this year is a conference app, you will be able to download presentations and handouts from all sessions! We have also contracted to have an onsite registration system to make the registration process easier and faster for all members and attendees.

Make your plans to attend now. Verify that your membership is current, talk to your administration and/or PTA about paying for your registration. Plan ahead, save money and make sure that you will be with us in November. It will be a great conference!
The SCAEA board often hears from members that Greenville is the favorite conference location. If you have not been to Greenville lately and want to learn more, check out this link.


Cynthia Caraway Hudson
Save the Date
2019 SCAEA State Conference
November 22nd - 24th
Hyatt Regency
Greenville, SC

Van Gogh and His Inspirations Exhibit
October, 4th 2019 - January 12th, 2020
Columbia Museum of Art
Columbia, SC
Important News
Eastern Region Report from Amber Harar
SCAEA Eastern Region YAM Winners 2019
High School
1 st - Reed Studer, 12 th Grade- SC Governor's School for Science and Math, Colored Pencils and Mylar
2 nd - Alexis Sayers, 12 th Grade- McBee High School, Mixed Media
Middle School
1 st - Desire Johnson, 8 th Grade- Southside Middle School, Mixed Media
2 nd - Freeman Williams, 7 th Grade- Southside Middle School, Monoprint
Elementary School
1 st - Abhi Balachandran, 3 rd Grade- Calvary Christian School, Acrylic Paint
2 nd - Robert Peace, 2 nd Grade- Waccamaw Elementary, Mixed Media

ArtFields Mini-Conference
For our mini-conference this year, we attended a guided tour of ArtFields in Lake City, SC. Each attendant was given a Lake City welcome bag with lots of goodies, and we had lunch at Piggy Backs located in downtown Lake City. We also had the opportunity to tour T. Thomas Arts new studio.

Central Region Report from Gina Taylor
The 2019 Central Region YAM Show Winners

Jordyn Stewart - Lexington High School - Teacher: Candace Cannon
Kristina Trifonova  - Spring Valley High School - Teacher: Josh Keiper
Mya Williams - Dent Middle School - Teacher: Catherine Campbell
Brian Chen, Anna Long, Alyssa Guy, Matthew Staley (group work) - Batesburg-Leesville Elementary - Teacher: Karen Wheeler
Gianna Frey  - AC Moore Elementary School - Teacher: Randall Clamp

Pictured below: Award winning group work from students at Batesburg-Leesville Elementary School

Western Region Report from Sandi Carson
The Youth Art Month show was held at the Governor's School of the Arts and Humanities in March with 34 participating teachers and 96 student artworks.  David Gerhard, Visual Arts Department chair of the SC Governor's School, served as judge. Winning entries in each grade level category advanced to the state YAM show in Columbia.  Western Region had two winners. First Place Middle School went to Anna Chen of Southwood Academy of the Arts, Joshua Powell, art teacher. Second Place High School went to Sara Ciplickas from Wren High School, Hayden Oliver, art teacher.
The 2020 YAM Western Region art show will also be hosted at the SC Governor's School.  The date will be determined at a later time.
A Western Region Committee was formed with Jennifer Neubaeur, Wendy Jackson, and Carlon Steller serving.  These committee members will be helping with the 2019 state conference in Greenville. A show of local student art is being planned for the conference along with small student-made artworks for the SWAG bags.

Important Information from Secretary Elise Stuck
2019 Elections: Call for Candidates

Be an advocate for the arts and grow in your leadership skills by serving on the SCAEA Board of Directors. Below are positions which will be up for election this fall. Each position is a two-year term and will begin January, 2020.

Division Coordinator Position: Elementary Division
  • Plans and coordinates an Elementary Division meeting at the conference.
  • Coordinates and implements professional growth opportunities for membership during the Elementary Session at the conference.
  • Plans and implements workshops/mini-conferences (other than at the Conference) with approval from the Board.  Planning includes workshop location, presenters, newsletter announcements, flyers, and follow-up of event.
  • Maintains an up-to-date record of Elementary membership.
  • Secures and drafts newsworthy items of division to the Communication Coordinator and on the SCAEA website.

Regional Positions: Western Region, Central Region, & Eastern Region
  • Works with all division coordinators.
  • Establishes meetings/workshops regionally at least once a year (with approval from the Board).  Regional workshops are separate from annual conference as determined by regional needs.
  • Assists membership coordinator in membership drives; serves on the membership committee.
  • Secures and drafts newsworthy items of region to information coordinator by designated deadlines.
  • Coordinates Youth Art Celebration activities within region and assists Youth Art Coordinator with state activities.
  • Promotes SCAEA membership and participation in the region.
Candidates must be current SCAEA members. If you are interested in running for a position, please complete the following link: Candidate Nomination . You will need your NAEA membership number, a biography statement, and a headshot. Nominations will close September 1st, 2019. If you have questions, please contact Elise Stuck at .  

Higher Ed Division News from Kimberly Wilson
South Carolina Education Reform
What an exciting legislative session in South Carolina! The House Education Reform Bill was released late Jan, and the discussion never stopped. Although the House bill did pass committee, the Senate decided to slow down the process and kept the bill in committee. This ultimately means no new changes for our K-12 alumni or preparation programs...for now. With this pause, Arts in Basic Curriculum Project (ABC) Project and the SC Arts Alliance are collaborating to convene a work group to write an Arts Amendment to include explicit and clear recommendations for the 2020 legislative session. Should you be interested in serving, please contact me or GP McLeer ( ) as soon as possible.

Member News
Let's celebrate each other. What accomplishments would you like to share with your community? Let's celebrate with each other. We are our own publicist, so please do not be shy. Feel free to email  links to any announcement or publication of your work or write a brief description of the accomplishment and I will include in the next SCAEA newsletter or Facebook page. To get the ball rolling, I officially completed my Ed.D. and my study was selected as the 2019 Leadership Excellence Award for Walden University .

Conference 2019...something new
This year, a session will be offered that is unlike any other offered in recent years. It will be a room that is arranged in auditorium style with a projector and screen. No pre-arranged speakers will be assigned, it will be a voluntary sign-up schedule in 15 increments. The idea is for our students and novice professionals to sign up for "mini" presentations, giving them a taste of presenting and networking among their peers in a potentially less intimidating way.
       Presentations could range from sharing student samples from their teaching internship, PowerPoints that share links and resources of favorite research, methodology, etc. - the choice is theirs! Be on the lookout for further details, but please encourage your students to not only attend the conference, but participate in this session.
Please contact me about these topics or any other idea, suggestion, and contribution you wish to make in any form of communication you prefer: 149 McLaurin Hall, Winthrop University, Rock Hill, SC 29733; (803)323-3010
Take you for your time and involvement.

A Few Words from Past President Catherine Campbell
R. Scot Hockman Teacher Grant
This grant is for K-12 art educators.  Grant funds must be used to support instruction during the regular school day.  The grant amount awarded may be up to $750.
Teachers that are awarded grant funds must present a session at the SCAEA State Conference following grant implementation.  This presentation will include an overview of the their grant program or unit, a description of the impact on student achievement, the impact on the teacher's instructional practices, and examples of student and/or teacher products created through grant funds.
Grant activities must be founded on the National Visual Art Standards and provide effective, innovative art instruction.
Applications and letters of support must be submitted by 5 PM on Friday, August 16, 2019
Click HERE for more information.

Mary Whyte Art Educator Award:
Established in 2007, the Mary Whyte Art Educator Award is designed to highlight a visual art teacher in a South Carolina public school who has demonstrated superior commitment to their students and to their craft. The award is accompanied by a cash prize of $2,500 and a $2,500 gift certificate for art supplies.  This award is administered and presented annually by the South Carolina Art Education Association.
Nominations of visual arts teachers from South Carolina public schools can come from principals or other school administrators, fellow teachers, oneself or community leaders. Educators must complete the online application form and provide the additional materials.
Applications and letters of support must be submitted by 5pm on August 1, 2019.
Click HERE for more information.

The 2019 SCAEA Fall Conference Website is up and running.  Please check out links for Call for Proposals and Hotel Registration.  Updates will be made for the conference program and other items so keep checking back!

I mportant Information from Carrie Ann Power at the State Department of Education
Arts Curricular Innovation Grants
The services and activities of the Arts Curricular Innovation Grants are going as planned. Grants are in the process of being read and rated and we expect grant awards to be released sometime in early August.

South Carolina Arts Assessment Program
The mission of the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program is to provide standards-based evidence that informs instruction and program development in the arts to increase student achievement and promote teacher growth.
This year we piloted a new Arts Education program survey for all schools to report out on the effects that the ACIG programs are having on program development and student achievement. The survey contains questions based on the following topics: Instructional Time and Planning, Teacher Certification, Arts Program Offerings, Funding and Budget, and Access to Arts Specific Professional Learning Opportunities. We look forward to sharing the results of this survey with the greater arts education community this fall.

Future Plans
Dear Arts Educators,
It is with deep respect and gratitude for the arts education community in South Carolina that I share with you my plans to retire on June 30, 2019.  I have had the privilege of spending a lifetime working with teachers, students, and the greater arts education community for the past three decades.  I want to thank you for supporting and working with me on important initiatives at the South Carolina Department of Education. Together we revised state standards for arts education, wrote the first design standards in the nation, wrote a mission and revised the South Carolina Arts Assessment Program, provided professional learning for hundreds of teachers, developed new summer arts institutes, and implemented grant programs that enhanced opportunities in the arts for thousands of students across our state.

I will remain accessible should you need me and plan to stay active in future arts education initiatives across our state. I treasure our Arts Education Community in South Carolina and the relationships that I have been able to build with many of you during this time.

Warm Regards,

Important Information from Museum Coordinator, Ellen Westkaemper
Make Plans NOW to See Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh is coming to the Columbia Museum of Art October 4, 2019 through January 12, 2020.
Van Gogh and His Inspirations is an original exhibition organized by the CMA that brings the work of one of the most beloved artists in the world to Columbia, South Carolina. The exhibit includes a variety of handpicked paintings and drawings that shaped his vision. From 2001 to 2010, as Steven Naifeh and Greg Smith researched their New York Times bestseller Van Gogh: The Life, they built a collection of over 30 works by artists who influenced Van Gogh's aesthetic thinking. These works join loans from 12 museums across the U.S. to explore the artistic evolution of Van Gogh through the lens of the artists who inspired him.
This exhibition also brings 12 paintings and drawings by Van Gogh, including an outstanding painting of poppy fields from the National Gallery of Art, a sensitive painting of a peasant weaving from The Boston Museum of Fine Art, and the world-famous self-portrait from the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art. Side-by-side with their inspirations, these works offer visitors a window into the mind of Van Gogh. 
Your visit begins by going to to arrange your field experience with our experienced Education and Engagement staff. Be sure to register to attend CMA's Evening for Educators on Wednesday, October 2, from 4:30-6:30 PM. Educators from across the state are invited to join the CMA for an evening of art, wine, and nibbles as they enjoy a sneak peek of our exhibitions. Chief Curator Will South will be on hand to contextualize Van Gogh and his place in history before previewing  Van Gogh and His Inspirations. Educators are invited to explore the exhibition galleries and learn about new tour scripts and try out lesson plan materials focusing on the latest exhibition and galleries. Attendees will receive documentation for professional development renewal credit.  The event is Free. Registration is required as space is limited.
Be sure to invite your administrators to attend School Administrators' Preview Night on Wednesday, September 18, 2019, from 5:30 pm-7:00 pm. School administrators (principals and above) from across the state are invited to join the CMA for a free preview of our school tour program. Participants will enjoy refreshments before experiencing firsthand both a tour through the recently reorganized collection galleries and the corresponding studio program in our newly renovated studio spaces. Encourage your principals to see for themselves the impact that a visit to the art museum can have on your students. The event is free however registration is required as space is limited.See you at the museum!
Help Wanted/Needed
The SCAEA started a hashtag on instagram and twitter.  When posting videos or images of student work, personal work, or general art education themed information, please use #scARTedu

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Inspiring Art
Lucila Biscione is both a practicing artist and a teacher, instructing her pupils on the delicate art of papercutting.  In her new series, Biscione draws inspiration from her own dreams and life to craft these complex yet whimsical paper narratives.  By selecting monochromatic or achromatic color schemes, Biscione's work allows the viewer to better focus on the fantastically odd hybrid creatures and the story that has been carefully cut together.  To explore Biscione's work further, click HERE.

If you would like to include relevant information in the next SCAEA newsletter, please email Lane Jordan at