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National Arts in Education Week

Arts In Education Week

September 11 - 17, 2016!

Whether you are a student, educator, parent, or principal, you can find a way to celebrate the arts in education during National Arts in Education Week.

The arts are an essential part of a complete education, no matter if it happens in the home, school, or community. Students of all ages—from kindergarten to college to creative aging programs—benefit from artistic learning, innovative thinking, and creativity. Celebrating National Arts in Education Week is a way to recognize this impact and share the message with friends, family, and communities.

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Blick to be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 NAEA Convention

Blick Art Materials is pleased to once again be a Platinum Sponsor of the 2016 NAEA Convention, which will be held on March 17-19, 2016, in Chicago, Illinois. Blick welcomes attendees to visit its large exhibit space at the McCormick Place Convention Center to receive a free gift and create enlightening hands-on projects.

Visitors to the Blick exhibit will receive an art apron as a welcome gift, plus a free brochure explaining how to successfully incorporate Blick’s 14 new, original lesson plans into the classroom. Completed artwork of all lesson plans will be on display.

While in the booth, visitors will have an opportunity to create two of Blick’s new lesson plans by making a "Kokeshi Doll" or designing a "Paint Trail Book Cover."

As a Platinum Sponsor, Blick is proud to continue its support of NAEA beyond the convention and also to support state art education organizations by attending conferences, advertising in organization publications, and providing door prizes, product samples, and workshops.

Congratulations to Blick’s 2016 NAEA Convention Grant Recipients

Blick congratulates Kim Martiny from Central Intermediate School in Rhinelander, Wisconsin, and Lori Taylor from Cambridge Middle School in Cambridge, Ohio. Grant recipients were drawn from more than 2,000 entries submitted at the Blick Art Materials booth at fall 2015 state art education association conferences. Kim and Lori will each receive:

  • Registration to the National Art Education Association Conference in March 2016 in Chicago, Illinois
  • Four nights lodging
  • Travel and daily expenses

The estimated total value for each grant is $2,000.

A drawing will be held from entries received at AEA conferences during October and November 2016 to award similar grants for the 2017 NAEA Convention to be held in New York City, New York on March 2-4, 2017.

The Council for Art Education announces 2015 Youth Art Month award winners

The Council for Art Education is excited to announce the recipients of the 2015 Youth Art Month Awards. The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following states and individuals for its 2014/2015 Youth Art Month Programs.

Claire Flanagan Memorial (Grand) Award
Texas: Chris Cooper, VP of Youth Art Month

Award of Excellence
Georgia: Katie Vanhoff and Whitney Riker, Co-chairpersons
New Jersey: Patricia Branch and Teri Trumpbour, Co-chairpersons
Virginia: Jessica Beach, Chairperson

Award of Merit
Alabama: April Jones, Chairperson
Illinois: Greg Petecki, Chairperson
New Mexico: Vicki Breen and Sherri Smith, Co-chairpersons
New York: Julia Lang-Shapiro and Donnalyn Schuster, Co-chairpersons
Wisconsin: Tiffany Beltz, Chairperson

Special Recognition
Oklahoma: Michelle Barnes and Sarah Carnes, Co-chairpersons
Utah: Elizabeth Sampson, Chairperson

To be eligible for an award, state chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month programs. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories, based on predetermined criteria.

Awards will be presented on March 17-19, 2016, at the 2016 National Art Education Association (NAEA) Convention in Chicago, Illinois.

Sponsored nationally by The Council for Art Education, Youth Art Month is an annual observance designed to emphasize the value of art education for all youth and to encourage support for quality school art programs. Typically held in March, Youth Art Month provides a forum for acknowledging the imagination, innovation, and creative skills that a visual arts experience can nurture. Across the country, students, teachers and communities direct attention to the value of a visual arts education that develops divergent and critical thinking, multicultural awareness, technical communication, and expressive skills.

To find out more about Youth Art Month or to participate in Youth Art Month activities, contact your state chairperson, state art education association, or The Council for Art Education.

The Council for Art Education (CFAE) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) association created in 1984 through The Art & Creative Materials Institute, Inc. (ACMI). ACMI seeks to promote safety in art and creative products through its certification program, and is a major sponsor of CFAE.

For more information contact Susan Kelly, youthartmonthcfae@gmail.com

Art Room Favorites 2016 Prize Drawing

TEACHERS & PROGRAM LEADERS -- Enter to WIN A FREE KIT packed with some of our most popular art room essentials. Click here for details on how you can enter this year’s drawing for $500 in classroom supplies!

CONGRATULATIONS to the following schools whose names were drawn in Blick's 2015 Art Room Favorites Drawing.

  • Cross Creek High School — Augusta, Georgia
  • North Warren Elementary School — Smiths Grove, Kentucky
  • Chattanooga Christian School — Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • Sheboygan Falls Middle School — Sheboygan Falls, Wisconsin
  • Gloucester County Christian School — Sewell, New Jersey

Congratulations to Blick’s 2015 NAEA Convention Grant Recipients

Blick congratulates Joan Hebeisen from Mora High School in Mora, Minnesota, and Sidney Allen from Wendell Phillips Elementary School #63 in Indianapolis, Indiana. Grant recipients were drawn from more than 2,000 entries submitted at the Blick Art Materials booth at state art education association conferences in the fall of 2014. Joan and Sidney will each receive:

  • Registration to the National Art Education Association Conference in March 2015 in New Orleans, Louisiana
  • Four nights lodging
  • Travel and daily expenses

The estimated total value for each grant is $2,000.

A drawing will be held from entries received at AEA conferences during October and November 2015 to award similar grants for the 2016 NAEA Convention being held in Chicago, Illinois, on March 17-19, 2016.

Spring 2016 Lesson Plan Brochure

New Lesson Plan Brochure!

Check out 14 new Blick lesson plans for K-12 education — you'll find something for all ages, skill levels, and budgets. Request a free copy by emailing info@dickblick.com. Type "Spring 2016 Lesson Plan Brochure Request" in the subject line, and be sure to provide your name and complete mailing address in the body of the message. Or, to download free PDFs of the lesson plans, click here.

Blick offers 'Future Orders' option for educators and schools
A great way to get the supplies you need, when you need them!

Blick’s "Future Order" program makes life easier for educators and schools. "Future Orders" is an ordering and payment option that encourages educators to order the supplies in advance of the next semester. Just imagine — no scrambling at the beginning of a new semester to make sure you have all the supplies you need!

Blick's Future Orders program offers two primary advantages:

  1. Product availability is much better when you order in advance.
  2. Because no payment is due until your order ships, your future payment obligations align with the upcoming school year.

Here's how future ordering works:

  1. Put together your supply list before the end of the current semester.
  2. Include the date you'd like your order to ship — this is your "future ship date." If ordering online, select I would like this order to be billed and shipped to me at a future date at the Shipping & Delivery screen.
  3. Blick will pack and hold your order until that date — helping you beat the new semester rush!
  4. You won't receive an invoice until your order ships.

To order, choose the method that's easiest for you:

  • Shop online at DickBlick.com
  • Fax your order to 800-621-8293.
  • Email your order to orders@DickBlick.com.
  • Call us at 800-447-8192. We're ready to take your order 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

US Senate names Arts and Music as core subjects

The US Senate recently passed the Every Child Achieves Act (S. 1177) and within named music and arts as core subjects, a momentous step toward ensuring that all students experience the educational value of the arts in addressing the national problem of the narrowing of curriculum that has taken place under the No Child Left Behind (NCLB) legislation. Supporters of the arts are now encouraged that the two-chamber committee process of the US House of Representatives and the US Senate will include the arts in the final version of legislation. Read more at http://theodysseyonline.com/unr/senate-passes-act-that-the-arts-are-core-subjects/127337.

Congratulations to 2016 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest Winners

The Illinois Tollway, Blick Art Materials, and MB Real Estate (MBRE) are pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 Illinois Tollway Map Cover Art Contest. The original works of art submitted by students in grades 9-12 from September 1 through October 2, 2015 illustrated the importance of monarch butterflies to our environment, and the use of land along interstate highways throughout Northern Illinois in providing a food source and refuge for them. The monarch butterfly is the state insect of Illinois.

Congratulations to Grand Prize Winner Theresa Kerouac of Lake Forest High School, whose artwork will be featured on the cover of the Illinois Tollway 2016 map. The map is distributed at no cost to more than 100,000 tollway customers throughout the year. Theresa will also receive $400 in gift certificates from Blick Art Materials and $200 in gift certificates from MBRE to use at Illinois Tollway oasis retail shops and restaurants.

The following students were selected as runners-up in the contest and will each receive a $200 gift certificate from Blick Art Materials and a $100 gift certificate from MBRE.

  • First Runer-Up       Perri Bentley, Bolingbrook High School
  • Second Runner-Up       Cecilia Schmitt, Hononegah High School
  • Third Runner-Up       Anna Peterson, Rockford Christian High School

Artwork by the Grand Prize Winner and the three Runners-Up will be featured in the Illinois Tollway 2015 Annual Report.

Click here to view winning artwork images.

"Blick Art Materials is pleased to support the efforts of student artists to promote the restoration of monarch butterfly habitats along the Illinois Tollway system," said Bob Buchsbaum, Blick CEO. "We are always impressed with the creativity of the students who participate, and are particularly pleased with this year’s contest theme. Congratulations to all who submitted their artwork and to this year’s winners."

Q & A

What is the difference between "artist" and "student" grade paints? Artist-grade paints have a higher pigment concentration, less filler, and generally use a wider variety of pigments. Student-grade paints will use filler in place of some pigment for economy, and usually use non-toxic and less costly pigments. The price of artist-grade colors is based on the value of specific pigments, so there can be a range of prices across colors in the same paint line. In student-grade paint lines, all colors are generally priced the same.

What does "vellum" actually mean? When used to describe a Bristol or drawing paper, "vellum" indicates a toothy or more textured surface — the opposite of a smooth or plate finish. Interestingly, when associated with tracing or drafting papers (as in Clearprint Engineering Vellum), "vellum" describes a slick, thin, transparent paper.

How do I mount paper to a sturdier substrate? If the paper already contains a piece of finished artwork, then Grafix Double Tack Mounting Film is a great, permanent adhesive that will not bleed through or be affected by heat or humidity. If the paper does not contain artwork yet, but will be painted on after mounting, then Acrylic Matte Medium is the best, most archival option to use for mounting. Simply apply a generous layer to the substrate, then apply the paper working from top to bottom to lay the sheet down. Then work from the middle outward to smooth out any bubbles.

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