2021 OAEA Conference

Conference Events and Workshops Information

Conference Details

On Friday, October 8th we are offering a keynote presentation on race and art education in the morning, and in the afternoon a virtual collaboration space for sharing artwork and curriculum ideas with one another.


On Saturday, October 9th, we are excited to offer a combination of both virtual and in person regional workshops this year. Scroll down to see what workshops are available.


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2021 Keynote Presentation - Race and Art Education

Friday, Oct. 8th, 10am

This is an online event.

Dr. Joni Acuff and Dr. Amelia Kraehe are the authors of a forthcoming book, Race and Art Education that will be published by Davis Publications this summer.



Dr. Acuff and Dr Kraehe will provide a 50-60 minute keynote presentation followed by a live Q&A after the talk.



At the end of the keynote presentation, all conference attendees will be invited to join ongoing study groups to read Race and Art Education. OAEA will set up study groups with 8-10 art teachers per group. Groups will meet monthly between November and March to read the book and discuss race and art education. Each group will have a facilitator, and facilitators will meet separately to plan together. Discussions will include contemporary artists of color who use their work to challenge dominant cultural narratives.



In March we will host Dr. Acuff and Dr. Kraehe back for a virtual Q&A session with teachers who have participated in the study groups.

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Agenda - Friday October 8th, 2021

10:00am - 11:00am Keynote Presentation

11:00am - 12:00pm Authors Q & A Session

1:00pm - 3:00pm Curriculum Slam, Virtual Gallery Walk & Resource Sharing Padlets

Agenda - Saturday October 9th, 2021

Virtual Offerings

9:00 - 10:30am Social Justice Art for Grades 6-12 with Sascha Gordon

9:00 - 10:30am The Puppet Interviews with Victoria Wills

9:30 - 10:30am Social Justice Sewing Academy with Lauren Black

10:00 - 11:00am Composition Drawing with Michael Dodson

10:00 - 11:00am Make 'Metal' Prints with your Laser Printer with Charlie Hyman

10:00 - 11:00am Song Illustration with Pilar Swanson

11:00am - 12:00pm Reading Patterns with Sharon Kaplan

1:30 - 2:30pm Photopea: Free, Web Based Digital Art with Alexandra Cowen

1:30 - 2:30pm I am - Hand-Printed Wall Hanging with Sorcha E Meek Paul

3:00 - 4:00pm Ceramic Skills for the Art Educator with Jess Graff

3:00 - 4:00pm Assessment for Growth, Choice and Empowerment with Heather Anderson


In Person Offerings

9:00am - 4:00pm Bend, OR: Art Medley hosted by Pat Roberts

9:30am - 1:00pm Hillsboro, OR: Printmaking in the Classroom with Barbara Mason

10:00am - 3:00pm Eugene, OR: Painted Paper Collage with Ann Bumb Hamilton

1:00 - 3:00pm Talent, OR: Pine Needle Basketry Techniques with Carly Pederson

1:00 - 4:00pm Portland, OR: Questioning Authorship: A Community Materials Exploration with Jamin London Tinsel and Tia Factor

Virtual Workshops:

Social Justice Art for Grades 6-12 with Sascha Gordon

Students are worried about our world! Please join me in exploring successful ways this concern, hope and active art-making can give a visual voice to their interests related to social justice issues.


Project Overview:

Teachers will be introduced to the United Nations' 17 Sustainable Development Goals and how to create a grade-level-appropriate art project based on social justice issues. Art literacy component included. This project is meant to engage students and bring awareness to world-wide concerns while challenging them to translate textual content into an artistic and potentially personal experience.


United Nations Context:

On September 25, 2015, countries adopted a set of goals to end poverty, protect the planet, and ensure prosperity for all as a part of a new sustainable development agenda. Each goal has specific targets to be achieved over the next 15 years.

For the goals to be reached, everyone needs to do their part: governments, the private sector, civil society and people like us. –UN.org website


9:00 - 10:30am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

The Puppet Interviews with Victoria Wills

Workshop is divided into three parts. Warm up, design and creation, performance. The workshop begins with improv games to guide participants into creative theater mode which transitions into the puppet making portion of the workshop. I'll teach a puppet making technique that can be completed in the workshop time using Model Magic clay, markers, and other decorative materials. With completed puppets, participants will be guided into an informal and impromptu performance that consists of the audience interviewing the puppets on stage to learn about their personalities and characters. Every puppet will have an opportunity to be interviewed/perform.


9:00am - 10:30am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Social Justice Sewing Academy with Lauren Black

Join the Social Justice Sewing Academy (SJSA) in a workshop aimed at bridging artistic expression with activism. Participants will create quilt blocks that represent their critiques of their local and larger communities, allowing for an exercise in freedom of speech and ways to form new knowledge that raises critical consciousness.


9:30 - 10:30am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Composition Drawing with Michael Dodson

Using everyday objects, create a composition drawing using a variety of optional media to discover unique and interesting shapes. Add pattern and color to your unique shapes that demonstrates a more cohesive composition. This activity encourages art-making without a plan and develops the skill of visual problem-solving with low risk. It’s a great exercise for emerging artists that builds confidence and allows the artist to recognize and understand their unique point of view.


10:00 - 11:00am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Make 'Metal' Prints with your Laser Printer with Charlie Hyman

In this hands-on class you will learn how to make stunning faux-metal prints from any digital image using simple household materials. The process is simple enough to use with students of all ages, yet it yields beautiful prints that can be framed and displayed, at a cost of only a few pennies per print.


During this virtual class, we will work on creating prints together. I will demonstrate how to use a simple online editor to prepare the artwork and then we will go through the steps to transfer the image and mount it. You will get the most out of this class if you work along with us as we create the prints, but I will also provide a video at the end that you can refer to later on if you wish.


10:00 - 11:00am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Song Illustration with Pilar Swanson

Participants will be able to create meaningful and intentional illustrations while using the powerful melodies and lyrics to your favorite music. This activity will allow student voice and choice to shine while they explore their own interests and social emotional health while listening to their own music.


10:00 - 11:00am Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Reading Patterns with Sharon Kaplan

From number sequences to fashion, flight patterns to the shape of stories--and much more, immerse yourself in the rich theme of pattern across disciplines, cultures, and art forms, and come away with curriculum ideas for students of all ages.


11:00am - 12:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Photopea: Free, Web Based Digital Art with Alexandra Cowen

Learn about Photopea.com, a free webpage that emulates Adobe Photoshop. Perfect for in-person or remote learning, we will go over site features and a collection of lessons that can apply to graphic design, photography, or introductory art classes.


1:30 - 2:30pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

I am - Hand-Printed Wall Hanging with Sorcha E Meek Paul

Topic: Cultural and personal identity.

This class will take beginning and intermediate students through the printmaking process. We will focus on cultural identity and personal stories. We will use symbolism to describe our heritage and what feels meaningful in our day to day lives. We will be printing on fabric (using an intaglio printmaking process) to create a wall hanging.


Note: This lesson is for high school level but can be modified for middle school and elementary level, by using colored paper to print on instead of fabric.


I can send out a lesson plan which includes a materials list for anyone who is interested in participating. I have also put together a short powerpoint which introduces students to the history of printmaking within various cultures to present day.


1:30 - 2:30pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Ceramic Skills for the Arts Educator with Jess Graff

Ceramics is one of the oldest art and craft forms in the world, with fascinating concurrent histories on multiple continents. In this hands-on workshop, educators will have an opportunity to learn about and practice some of the methods commonly used by artisans in the past and in the modern day and to learn where these techniques originate from. Knowledge and recognition of these histories is vital for educators as they create a culturally responsible curriculum. Presenter will share primary resources from artisans from diverse ceramic traditions so that educators may continue their learning and share these resources with their students.


3:00 - 4:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Assessment for Growth, Choice and Student Empowerment with Heather Anderson

Assessment in art education can be tricky, from rubrics to standards-based criteria, accessing processes, products, or concepts. Art educators have a lot to grapple with when making assessments meaningful to students. This presentation will focus on a formative assessment model that may empower students to work more independently, whether in a Choice-based or TAB art room or a more autonomous DBAE classroom. This presentation will share ideas and resources to provide students with feedback and meaningful reflection on their learning, to use formative assessment as learning instead of relying solely on teacher feedback. Great for K-8 teachers with large class sizes or many classes.


3:00 - 4:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

In Person Regional Workshops:

Bend, OR: Art Medley hosted by Pat Roberts

Saturday, Oct. 9th, 9am-4pm

1501 Northeast Neff Road

Bend, OR

The Art educators of Central Oregon will have a variety of sessions to attend during Saturday, Oct. 9th. There will be direct instruction, demos, and DIY workstations where supplies will be available for teachers to teach each other.


The format of our region's Saturday Session is based on the Arts & Crafts Cabin that was set up at the last 2 state conferences. The cabin was filled with a variety of art materials and teachers sat down to learn something new, shared with others what they already knew, and had the time to explore materials and techniques at their own speed.


8:00am - 4:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Pilot Butte Middle School Art Classroom

1501 NE Neff Rd, Bend, OR

Hillsboro, OR: Printmaking in the Classroom with Barbara Mason

Saturday, Oct. 9th, 9:30am-1pm

5459 Southeast Golden Road

Hillsboro, OR

Easy to difficult printmaking from Barbara Mason, educator and professional practicing artist/printmaker. Geared for grades 1-5.


9:30am - 1:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021


Talent, OR: Pine Needle Basketry Techniques with Carly Pederson

Saturday, Oct. 9th, 1-3pm

500 Talent Avenue

Talent, OR

Come learn how to create baskets using pine needles and raffia, and how to structure lesson plans for the classroom or a workshop. All materials are provided, and you will get to take with you the supplies needed to complete your first basket. You will learn several stitch patterns and get copies of lesson plans, templates and patterns for basketry.


1:00 - 3:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Chuck Roberts Park covered picnic tables

500 Talent Ave, Talent, OR

Portland, OR: Questioning Authorship: A Community Materials Exploration with Jamin London Tinsel and Tia Factor

Saturday, Oct. 9th, 1-4pm

2245 Northeast 36th Avenue

Portland, OR

How can we encourage students to appreciate the power of process, activate the senses, abandon authorship, and learn from failure? Join Jamin London Tinsel and Tia Factor for a session of play. We will let go of some control, explore materiality in community, and dive into the generative process. We will work in a variety of materials and participants will leave the workshop with lots of ideas for the classroom as well as co-authored unfinished, failed masterpieces!


1:00 - 4:00pm Saturday, October 9th, 2021

Grant High School Ceramics room

2245 NE 36th Avenue, Portland, OR

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