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Recap: 65th Annual Florida Art Education Association Conference

Published December 11, 2017

The Florida State Art Education Association (FAEA) aims to promote visual arts education in Florida through professional development, service, advancement of knowledge and leadership. It encourages research in art education, holds public discussions, sponsors institutes, conferences and programs, publishes articles, reports and surveys, and works with other related agencies in support of visual arts education.

From October 19th through the 22nd, 2017, the 65th Annual FAEA Conference, entitled The Power of Art, was held at the Hilton in St. Petersburg, Florida. Sue Castleman, Supervisor, PreK-12 Visual Art Arts was the guest speaker at Thursday’s General Session to welcome members and provide insight into all that St. Petersburg has to offer. Embracing the theme The Power of Art, keynote speaker Michelle “Livey” Livek presented her TouchStone project using tiny masterpieces to mark the moment, while Duncan McClellan, award winning glass artist and gallery owner, presented on his artistic journey and current projects. After the Friday General Session, attendees where invited to the Salvador Dalí Museum to enjoy a reception courtesy of the Ringling College of Art + Design, followed by the Artist Bazaar at the Hilton Bayfront ballroom lobby. While TouchStone Lite Open Studio with Dr. Michelle Livek took place on Friday night, the 2017 Conference Gala, themed “What’s your Superpower?” on Saturday night provided an opportunity for members to relax after several days of presentations and workshops. 


FSU Faculty, Student, and Alumni Presentations

Through both presentation and awards at the conference, Florida State University and Florida State University Schools were strongly represented by faculty, students, and alumni at the 65th Annual FAEA Conference. In particular, FSU faculty, Dr. Jeff Broome and Dr. Sara Scott Shields, FSUS faculty Dr. Debra Barrett Hayes, Pamela Wallheiser, and Ruthie Platt, FSU Doctoral students Paige Smith-Wyatt, Jay Boda, and Deanna Filiault, FSUS students Emily McCullers Kelly, Jessica Barthle, and Capri Andrews, and FSU alumni Nicole Crane (also FAEA president), Joanna Davis-Lanum, and Susannah Brown, among others, conducted and/or co-conducted presentations, panel sessions, mini-studies, and/or workshops during the conference.



Art + Science: Watercolor Botanical Illustration

Paige Smith Wyatt

The half-day studio workshop encouraged attendees to explore ways to integrate learning in art and science in their classroom through botanical illustration. They learned about the history and techniques of botanical illustration, as well as specific application in lessons and units. Moreover, they were invited to translate close observation of a botanical specimen through drawing and watercolor painting skills into a completed botanical illustration.


Goat Poop and other ‘Answers’: Using Art to Develop Reflective Judgement

Jay Boda

Putting the A in STEAM, the eclectic workshop explored a part of critical thinking called reflective judgment, which involves thoughtfully discussing contentious, uncomfortable, and sometimes controversial social issues using an art-filled lens. Through a series of kinetic activities, readers’ theater, and re ective discussions, participants gained interdisciplinary skills they can use and model while contending with challenging conversations in the K-12 classroom, museum, and in life.


Opening General Session 

Nicole Crane, FSU Art Education alumna and president of FAEA, led the Opening General Session, which featured a keynote address by Michelle Livek.


Higher Education Division Meeting

Dr. Sara Scott Shields led the meeting for all FAEA members representing the Higher Education division.


Responding to the Challenge to Care:  A Call for Caring Approaches in Art Education Curricula

Dr. Jeff Broome

Due to recent accentuation on individual competition in schools and increasingly frequent reports of violence, bullying, and outbursts of public vitriol, many educators have become concerned that art education is not doing enough to address the social and emotional needs of children. The presentation advocated for caring approaches to art education as a way to foster humanizing experiences for children through thematic instruction, cooperative activities, and the adoption of caring personas.


Picasso Personality Portraits

Joanna Davis-Lanum

This presentation encouraged to complete a fun, funky personality sculpture as they learned about Pablo Picasso and his passion for color using scrap pieces of cardboard, matboard, painted paper, and scrap materials and objects. It was adaptable for all grade levels yet best suited for grades 5-8. 


ShaMama Workshop 

Debi Barret Hayes and Pamela Wallheiser

The half-day studio encouraged attendees to get in touch with their inner power and create a whimsical and daring found object sculpture in the spirit of the late FAEA member, Phyllis Bosco. 


Reflections of Asia-Japanese Brush Painting

Ruthie Platt, Emily McCullers Kelly, Jessica Barthle, and Capri Andrews

Using authentic supplies and a diverse variety of resources, the mini-studio encouraged participants to practice to achieve successful brushstrokes, culminating in beautiful paintings of their own. We will start with bamboo subject matter, working at your own pace. As time permits, several additional activities can be explored such as origami and sh printing. Photos will also be shared from a trip to Asia last summer and are available to download for use in your own classroom.


Different Ways to Authentically Assess Students in Art 

Deanna Filiault, along with Debra McGann

Now more than ever, it is crucial that art teachers begin authentically assessing their students in art. During the workshop/presentation, attendees learned ways to authentically assess students in art and the importance of authentically assessing students in art. They also created an authentic art assessment based on the Next Generation Sunshine State Standards that can be used in their K-12 art classrooms.


Paper Marbling and Artist’s Books

Susannah Brown

The mini-studio allowed participants to create beautiful marbled paper and design unique artist’s books. They discovered Suminagashi (Japanese ink oating), shaving cream marbling, and paint suspension techniques and were encouraged to be inspired to make three different books designs: accordion, positive/negative booklet, and stitched pamphlet. 


Shaping Potential: Activating the Imagination Through Stone Carving

Paige Smith-Wyatt

Participants will learn to utilize the unique qualities of soapstone to create a personally meaningful work of art. Within a supportive environment with signi cant one-on- one instruction, participants will learn how stone carving can be implemented in the classroom to help students nd their own path to self understanding, use their uniqueness as strength, and gain con dence in nding their own distinct creative and aesthetic practice.


Where Have All the Art Teachers Gone? Teaching Art in a School Without an Art Teacher

Dr. Sara Scott Shields

The goal of this presentation was to share a collaboration between Florida State University and a neighboring school district with no art curriculum. The project aimed to create a project that simultaneously provided St. John’s Elementary School with quality art instruction, while giving pre-service teachers at Florida State University access to meaningful eld experiences.


Learn More, Earn More, or Change Your Career Trajectory: Art Education Master’s and Doctoral Degrees in Florida

Susannah Brown, Dr. Jeff Broome, Dr. Sara Scott Shields, David Chang, Debra McGann, and Michelle Tillander

Earning a Masters or Doctoral degree in art education can help you to expand your professional knowledge, earn a pay raise, or to broaden your professional opportunities. Representatives from various universities shared information about graduate art education programs in Florida. Different degree paths were discussed, including traditional Master’s degrees, online Master’s degrees, doctoral degrees, and specific tracks in art or museum education, arts administration, or art therapy.


The Department congratulates the presenters for their outstanding presence and representation at the FAEA conference!


Conference Awards Recipients

The FAEA presents annual awards to recognize individuals within the membership who have achieved the highest level of professionalism in art education and show appreciation for individuals or organizations that have contributed their services in an exemplary way to the association and to the professional goals FAEA members share.  All awards are announced at the annual conference. FSU and FSUS representatives were distinguished during the 65th Annual FAEA Conference.



FSUS Art Teacher


Dr. Barbara Jean Davis

Florida’s Outstanding Art Educator of the Year Award





FSU Alumna



Dr. Marilyn Proctor Givens

Exhibition Award for her raku ceramic and mixed media piece “Generational Legacy.”  






Represented by FSU alumna Amanda Karioth Thompson and with Executive Director FSU alumna Dr. Audra Pittman


The Council on Culture and Arts in Tallahassee on Leon County (COCA)

Community Service/Institution/Corporate Award




Congratulations to all awardees for such exceptional and outstanding achievements!