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NAEA attendees were asked to provide a product review after receiving samples of new Blick Essentials Oils Pastels and other Blick brand products. The oil pastels received an overall rating of 4.74 out of 5 stars!
Those providing reviews were entered into a giveaway drawing for one of five $100 Blick Gift Coupons. Our five winners are:
Summer Kaylor, Popham Elementary, Austin, TX
Ruby Vargas, Kallison Elementary, San Antonio, TX
Kenna Hand, Navajo School, Altus, OK
Camellia Termini, Belen Middle School, Belen, NM
Casey Smith, Phillips Academy, Andover, MA
Blick is a proud Diamond Sponsor of the NAEA National Convention. Over 3,800 art educators from all over the US and worldwide met in San Antonio, Texas, April 13-15, 2023.
At the Blick booth in the exhibit hall, teachers sampled new Blick Essentials Oil Pastels and Blick Essentials Mechanical Pencils, participated in hands-on workshops featuring new lesson plans Foil & Oil and No Stitch Identity Patch, and viewed all the latest Blick lesson plans.
The 2024 Convention is scheduled for April 4-6, 2024 in Minneapolis, MN.
Blick is proud to continue its support of NAEA and other art education organizations throughout the year by exhibiting at state and regional conferences, advertising in organization publications, presenting workshops, and offering support materials including door prizes, product samples, and more for educator-led professional development events.
Continuing education in materials, methods, and theory is crucial for art educators, as is the opportunity to collaborate with other art professionals. That’s why Blick sponsors, exhibits, and provides support materials for art education conferences and other professional development events across the U.S. Additionally, Blick sponsors an NAEA Convention Grant each year. Awarded to two art educators, the grant includes conference registration, airfare, lodging, and daily expenses. Awardees register for the opportunity to win at their state AEA convention in the fall, and winners are announced in late December.
Meet our 2023 Grant Recipients
Gerri Sweeney - Marianna K-8 School, Marianna, FL
Gerri, who has an M.S. in Art Education from Florida State University, teaches at Marianna K-8 School in Marianna, Florida. Gerri moved back to her hometown after completing her studies and started an art program at the middle school level. When not at school, Gerri can be found making art, baking, or reading.
Lisa Wolf – J.P. McCaskey High School, Lancaster, PA
Art instructor Lisa Wolf has taught in the School District of Lancaster, Pennsylvania for the last 34 years. She enjoys the creative diversity of the urban community in which she works. As an instructor of art classes from intro to AP art, she has learned to work with a broad range of students and skill sets. She also helps run the art club at her school, where her students manage business ventures that in turn support the arts. She is the recipient of the 2021 Teacher Impact Award from WITF and Rotary District 7390, celebrating teachers in seven Pennsylvania counties who have shown exemplary dedication to their students and community.
Stop by the Blick exhibit at your state AEA conference this fall and enter for a chance to win one of two 2024 NAEA Convention Grants! Winners will receive free registration, plus airfare, four nights lodging, and daily expenses for the 2024 convention in Minneapolis, MN. Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to meet art educators from all over the U.S. and around the world!
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Celebrating Art hosts three art contests each year for students across the United States in grades K-12. There is no cost to enter and no fee to be published. Judges select the top 35% of the entries received to be published in a national anthology.
For over 10 years, Blick has provided support in the form of gift certificates to be redeemed for classroom supplies for sponsoring art educators and awards for the Top Ten winning students. We are pleased to support this program which provides young artists a platform to share their work and gives teachers the opportunity to earn free art supplies.
For contest information, visit CelebratingArt.com.
The Council for Art Education Board of Directors voted to recognize the following individuals for contributions to their 2022 Youth Art Month Programs:
New York: Heather McCutcheon, Tracey Berges, Donnalyn Shuster
Wisconsin: Jen Dahl, Kathryn Rulien-Bareis
Virginia: Jauan Brooks, Kelly Shradley-Horst
North Carolina: Jana Farris
Utah: Elizabeth Sampson, Kristy Carter
Pennsylvania: CJ Matz, Liza Johnson
Illinois: Ailysh Cooper
Kansas: Linda Nelson-Bova, Lynn Felts
Alabama: Julie Harrison
Georgia: Tiffany Weser, Gail Peake
Rhode Island: Kerri Marshall, Tara Villanova
Arizona: Laura Namerow, Elise Kohli
West Virginia: Katherine Crim
Maryland: Christopher R Whitehead
Texas: Tiffany Silverthorne
South Dakota: Marica Shannon
State chairpersons submitted documentation of their Youth Art Month Programs to be eligible for recognition. Documentation was evaluated across a variety of key categories based on predetermined criteria.
Sponsored nationally by the Council for Art Education (CFAE), Youth Art Month (typically the month of March) is a celebration of the visual arts. Through student exhibitions, public artworks, art festivals, and school events, organizers and student artists raise awareness and support for the visual arts.
Find out more about Youth Art Month at: councilforarteducation.org/youth-art-month/
The Council for Art Education 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.