Art Education + Design: Looking at Student Pathways

NAEA Town Hall Conversations | October 19, 2021

Art Education + Design: Looking at Student Pathways

View the October 19 recording here

Download the accompanying handout here

NAEA’s new Strategic Vision identifies design as an opportunity for growth across the Association. At this Town Hall, we will explore what design can look like as a future pathway for our learners, from concept to production. We’ll hear from working designers in the field, art educators, and one of our National Art Honor Society students as well!

Complete information on all NAEA Town Hall Conversations is available here.

Herschel Workshop Design Challenge

The Herschel Workshop Design Challenge

The Herschel Supply Company has partnered with PENSOLE Academy and NAEA to inspire NAHS students (grade 9-12) to design their future!

Submission Deadline: December 8, 2021

Find out more and enter here.

Click here to download a flyer to share.


Dawn Zalkus
Art and Design Educator; NAHS Sponsor, Batavia High School
NAHS/NJAHS Division Coordinator, Illinois Art Education Association, Batavia, IL

Dawn Zalkus is proud to be an artist teaching at Batavia High School in Batavia, Illinois. A graduate of the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, Zalkus loves working with students to build a strong community where young artists feel safe, support one another, and freely share ideas. The core of this community fosters lifelong learning and personal growth while actively working to build artistic voice, creativity, risk taking, and leadership skills. At Batavia, Zalkus has helped to establish the NAHS chapter, PLATE event, Batavia Fine Arts Festival, Empty Bowls Event, Girl Up chapter, Studio, Batavia’s Visual Arts Booster, community partnerships, and art shows. Zalkus’s favorite endeavor has been BHS Rock the Runway, a wearable art fashion show where students construct garments of anything except fabric. Each year this theme-based competition sells out to more than 800 viewers and showcases innovation, voice, and collaboration. When not teaching, Zalkus enjoys traveling as well as creating and showing sculpture and wearable art. In 2018, Zalkus was named the Illinois Art Educator of the Year by IAEA, and she is currently the NAHS/NJAHS Division Coordinator for the IAEA facilitating the National Art Honor Society Student Leadership Conference.

Tanner Fleury
National Art Honor Society Executive Board Member; Student, Batavia High School, Batavia, IL

Tanner Fleury is a senior design student at Batavia High School. She is a lead creative director for BHS Rock the Runway and AP Art student, and she serves on NAHS Executive Board. Fleury is mostly a 2D artist and specializes in acrylic painting and ink. Other design classes she has taken include fashion, photography, and advanced 2D art. Fleury plans to attend university after high school, majoring in an art and design–related field.

D’Wayne Edwards
Founder, PENSOLE, Tualatin, OR

Over the course of his 32-year career, D’Wayne Edwards has received numerous design awards from Red Dot to Mercedes-Benz Fashion, been voted one of Fast Company’s 100 Most Creative People in Business, accumulated more than 40 patents, and designed more than 500 styles for premier athletes such as Derek Jeter, Carmelo Anthony, and Michael Jordan. In 2010 Edwards founded the first academy in the United States dedicated to footwear design, called PENSOLE. PENSOLE has quickly become the preeminent footwear design school in the world by securing partnerships with the industry’s top footwear brands and retailers, and has placed more than 475 former PENSOLE alums in positions working professionally for some of today’s top brands: Nike, Under Armour, Adidas, New Balance, Brooks, Vans, Puma, Timberland, Jordan, and others globally. As an educator Edwards has taught and lectured at some of the premier schools in the world from ArtCenter, Parsons, and MIT to Harvard. President Barack Obama awarded him the President’s Volunteer Service Award in 2016. In 2019, ArtCenter College of Design recognized Edwards’s career as a designer and educator by awarding him an honorary degree, making him the fourth person in the college’s 90-year history to receive this honor.

Jamie Cormack
Co-Founder and Managing Director, Herschel Supply Co., Vancouver, BC

Directing collaborative design and product development teams, Jamie Cormack’s global perspective and keen sense of storytelling guide Herschel Supply Co.’s creative direction and overall aesthetic. Cormack’s steadfast dedication to quality craftsmanship, product innovation, and contemporary design continue to drive the company forward as a leader in the global accessories market.

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