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Delegates Assembly
Business Meeting | 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Representatives from partnering state associations and NAEA Issues Groups collaborate to help shape the future of NAEA.

Pre-Convention Workshops

Ticketed Events | All Day Friday

Get a head start on your Convention experience when you register for a Pre-Convention Workshop. See the completed list on the Ticketed Sessions page.


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Art in an Age of Digital Expression: Storytelling and Augmented Reality
Super Session | 9:00 – 10:20 AM
Join Bernajean Porter and Jason Ohler as they show many examples from their years of work with students in the world of digital storytelling and new media, combining stories, artwork, narration, video, music and other media. In particular, learn about Augmented Reality and how it is being used to create a new art form that spans Real Life and Virtual Reality.

See a
video of Jason Ohler showing students using Augmented Reality.

Super Session | 11:00 AM – 12:20 PM
Screen the film Inocente, winner of the 2013 Oscar for Best Documentary Short, about the power of art transforming the life of an immigrant youth facing homelessness and abuse. Then, meet the star of the film, Inocente Izucar, and her mentor and “ARTS | A Reason to Survive” founder and CEO, Matt D’Arrigo, who will facilitate a Q&A about the film and share strategies on how attendees can maximize opportunities for arts education through innovative partnerships between local non-profits, city government, and classroom educators.

Watch the Inocente

Art as the 4th R: Helping Students Become Compelling Digital Storytellers, Creative Augmented Reality Artists, and Magnificent Media Makers
Concurrent Session | 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Following his Super Session, Jason Ohler gets down to business, showing a number of free resources and practical processes he uses to engage students in creating digital stories, augmented reality art, and other forms of expression.

Visual Storytelling: Long, Long Ago and Still Today
Concurrent Session | 2:00 - 2:50 PM
Following her Super Session, Bernajean Porter defines an urgent role for ART as a strong partner in shaping creative meaning-making and impactful media-making in an age of infowhelm and saturated communication channels. From drawing on cave walls to cameras along with other emerging digital mediums, images continue to shape and influence our communication across time.

Celebrating Leading and Learning in the Visual Arts
General Session | 3:00 – 4:20 PM
Don’t miss this interactive media experience that will celebrate National Award honorees and debut the artistry of the next generation of Visual Arts Standards. The National Art Educator, Eisner Lifetime Achievement, Marion Quin Dix Leadership, Manual Barkan Memorial, Distinguished Service Within the Profession, Distinguished Service Outside the Profession, and Lowenfeld Awards will be presented.

Giving Voice
Special Interactive Performance | 4:30 – 5:50 PM
In Giving Voice, thespians from Missouri State University present an interactive performance that brings a spotlight to illuminate micro-aggression and oppression in the classroom that may be invisible in the dominant culture.

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Four Decades of Digital Media Art (and Counting)
Super Session | 9:00 - 9:50 AM
Take a journey through digital media art with Laurence Gartel, widely known as the “Father” of the digital art movement. His iconic work spanning four decades has been exhibited in museums and galleries around the world, and has linked him to visual artists such as Andy Warhol, Nam Jun Paik, and musicians including Debbie Harry and Sid Vicious. Learn about his design work for the legendary Absolut Vodka campaign and his current work creating “Super Cars!”

Check out Laurence Gartel’s website.

“Mastering the Chaos of Creativity” with James S. Catterall

10:30 am – 11:50 am, Hilton San Diego Bayfront
Arts Education Researcher James S. Catterall will share his ideas about advancing creativity. This is a ticketed event, open to all NAEA Convention attendees. Light Refreshments will be served. Tickets are $50 ($40 tax deductible) and available through the online registration system. All proceeds will support the National Art Education Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization.

Creature Design: an Odyssey Into Art and Science
CA Artist Series | 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Terryl Whitlatch, globally renowned creature and concept designer for Pixar, Lucasfilm Ltd., Walt Disney Feature Animation, and more, will share what it takes to work as a concept artist in the entertainment industry, key considerations in the process, and what steps one should take to enter this 21st-century arena.

Find out more about Terryl Whitlach.

Media Arts Collaboration Near and Far
Super Session | 1:00 - 1:50 PM
Join Matt Cauthron—an Apple, Adobe, and ISTE distinguished educator, as well as a California high school digital arts teacher—as he shares his unique cross-grade level and secondary global collaborations for a worldwide audience. He will discuss and show how his students developed and shared ideas that turned into creative results.

See more about Matt Cauthron.

A Life With Horses
General Session | 3:00 - 3:50 PM
Deborah Butterfield's sculptural forms are based on her unique subject, horses. Constructed in wood and cast in bronze, the freestanding sculptures are shown in two scales: life-size works and smaller bronzes. With extraordinary focus and conviction, Butterfield works independently of the tides of trends and art movements.

More on Deborah Butterfield.

A Discussion With Deborah Butterfield
Ticketed Session | 4:30 - 5:20 PM
Join Deborah Butterfield for this special discussion on the contemplative and focused process of artmaking. Her perspective, enhanced with over 30 years of experience, is both thoughtful and perceptive. NAEA members participating in this session should consider how they approach the creation of art for themselves and their students and bring those reflections with them to this thoughtful dialogue. PLEASE NOTE: This special event is limited to 150 attendees. Tickets are free, but must be reserved in advance when registering.

What are you passionate about in art education?
Ignite Session | 4:30 – 5:50 PM
Ignite! Enlighten us, but make it quick! You’ll be on the edge of your seat for this fast-paced session! Colleagues will deliver a series of 5-minute presentations while 20 slides auto-advance every 15 seconds! Don’t miss NAEA’s first-ever Ignite session!

Check out this example of the Ignite session, “The Pomodoro Technique”. 


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Teaching for Creativity: Using Videos to Master Art Concepts and Build Creative Confidence
Super Session | 9:00 - 9:50 AM
Phil Hansen is a multimedia artist who works at the intersection of traditional visual art, pointillism, and offbeat techniques. His TED talk “Embrace the Shake” has gone viral! Join Phil as he shares his approach to creativity and digs into Goodbye-Art Academy, a new online instructional tool for students to build a solid foundation by mastering art concepts, and also for teachers to facilitate creativity in the classroom.

Watch his Ted talk, Embrace the Shake.

Creature Design at the San Diego Zoo: Creatures Real and Imaginary
Offsite Workshop | 9:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Join Terryl Whitlatch, internationally recognized Creature Designer for the Film Industry, for this extraordinary opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an on-site sketching session at the San Diego zoo. Please Note: This event is open to a limited number of participants and tickets must be purchased in advanced.

Sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, the nonprofit organization that presents the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards
Super Session | 11:00 – 11:50 AM
What do an engineer, a licensed mental health counselor, and a biology and neuroscience major turned studio artist have in common? All participated in the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards when they were in high school and now apply creative and innovative thinking to their disciplines. Join Jennifer Gutzmer, licensed mental health counselor; Timothy Lee, studio artist; and Monica Louie, engineer, for the fourth annual Young Innovators Panel to learn more about their past creative development and present professional innovation.

Culture, Creativity & Art—Nurturing Opportunity for Success
CA Artist Series | 11:00 - 11:50 AM
Simon Silva, artist, author, and speaker, will share how curiosity and inventiveness can lead to a child becoming a lifelong learner. Weaving in elements of his own compelling personal story, Silva will offer his view of how art and culture can be critical components of education and student achievement. His message is broadly accessible to all types of educators, regardless of background.

Find out more about Simon Silva

The Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education
Super Session | 1:00 - 2:20 PM
Join Beverly Gerber and members of NAEA’s Special Needs Interest Group as they present finding from “Examining the Intersection of Arts Education and Special Education: A National Forum,” held at the Kennedy Center in 2012. Additionally, information about The Kennedy Center arts/SED website, special education and art therapy online resources, and information about NAEA’s art/special education publications will be provided.


Born on the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Indian Reservation in Montana, Jaune Quick–to–See Smith is an internationally renowned painter, printmaker, and artist. Her work is in the collections of the Brooklyn Museum, Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Whitney, and MOMA, as well as museums across the US and Europe. Join Jaune for this inspirational and insightful session exploring the role we play as Arts Workers and how we can step up to the plate using the process of art to prepare critical thinkers for the future of our country.

View Instructional Resource from Art Education journal, March 2014

NEW! Curriculum Slam! New School Art Styles: Contemporary Art as Contemporary Pedagogy
4:00 – 5:50 PM
Forget the old-time curriculum fair. NAEA teachers from around the country will share projects that intertwine contemporary art and contemporary pedagogy. Learn to use this fast-paced and fun format developed at the Museum of Contemporary Art in Chicago to shake up curriculum thinking in your hometown.

See a sample of Matt Austin’s Curriculum Slam Presentation, "The Core Critique," delivered at MCA Chicago.
Interested in presenting at the Curriculum Slam? Download Olivia Gude’s NAEA News article with details and instructions.
Download RESOURCES from the session.

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