SummerStudio: Blick Art Education Workshops

Engage in hands-on collaboration, led by Blick Art Educators, exploring Standards-based lessons that are adaptable for all ages.

June 19-20, 2017 | NAEA Studio & Gallery, Alexandria, VA

NAEA has joined forces with Blick Art Materials to offer members two days of free workshops at the NAEA Studio & Gallery in Alexandria, VA.

Engage in hands-on collaboration, led by Blick Art Educators, exploring Standards-based lessons that are adaptable for all ages. Workshops will run from 9:00am – 3:30pm, with lunch on your own in artful Old Town Alexandria. Four lessons will be presented—one each half-day. Choose to attend one or both days.

Smile! Blick will be recording these workshops to share online as instructional videos.

Day 1 – June 19 – Lessons 1 and 2

1 - I, Robot (grades 3-12): The genre of science fiction art has paralleled the advancement of technology and literature over the past century. Today, it’s fairly easy to imagine what a cyborg might look like. In this workshop, participants will utilize a metallic board, wire, foil and discarded electrical and mechanical components and more to turn a familiar face into a sci-fi selfie.


2 - Veils of Light and Color (grades K-12):  In speaking of stained glass windows found in gothic-era cathedrals, French architect Viollett-le-Duc referred to them as “veils of light and color…” This project is far simpler than producing stained glass-type artwork, where pieces fit together and are separated by lead lines. By eliminating those aspects of construction, one has the freedom to use shape, value, and color as desired, with the added element of light to illuminate the finished creation. As color layers over color, new hues are created. As layered pieces filter light, deeper values emerge.


Day 2 – June 20 – Lessons 3 and 4

3 - Constructed Reed Sculpture (grades 3-12): Reed is an inexpensive and easy-to-use medium with diverse possibilities for sculpture. This process demonstrates how reeds can be inserted into corrugated channels that will hold them in place and easily release them as well. For young artists who are experimenting and problem-solving in three-dimensional space, this process allows them to form and secure individual components and have the freedom to change their minds and rearrange their sculpture.


4 - A Drone’s Eye View  (grades 3-12): Technology can present a whole new perspective on landscape art. Looking down from the sky, even tall buildings and mountains appear flat. Streets and highways form lines and there’s texture and a wide variety of color in fields, trees and water. Using readily available satellite imagery from an online mapping source and a simple debased paper technique, we will create an overhead community view that can be realistic or abstract. 


Register Here

Program is open to current NAEA members only. You must pre-register to attend, and you may register for Day 1, Day 2, or both. Attendance is limited to 30 educators per day.


Dennis Inhulsen
NAEA Chief Learning Officer

Housing and Transportation

There are several hotels in the greater Alexandria and Washington, DC, area. Alexandria is two Metro stops from the Reagan International Airport.

Special discounted rates are available at the NEW Hotel Indigo in Old Town Alexandria. To make a reservation, please call 877-846-3446 and reference the “National Art Education Association”.

  • May 3 – June 30: $219/night
  • July 1 – August 31: $169/night

Alexandria Area Info

Earn University Credit

NAEA and California State University, Chico have partnered to offer professional development credit for professional learning earned through the SummerStudio: Blick Art Education Workshops. You may earn 4 credit hours per day. Please register for the workshop(s) at Virtual Art Educators so that the workshops will appear in the transcript that you will need to submit to CSU in order to get credit. For further information, visit

Blick Gallery