Friday, December 5, 2008

Lesson Plan Sharing

Share successful lesson plans.
Chris Brown

Bus Grant

Success stories of the bus grant (and info about the bus grant)
Several teachers have sent me some great events that were sponsored by
this grant...thought they should be shared. Chris Brown

Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Project for Kindergarten?

Does anyone have any good ideas for an art project for very low
kindergarten class with multiple disabilities?

Please email Deb Kubik at

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Scholarship Information needed...

I was wondering if you know of any sites for art students to find art
scholarships. I have a student that wants to attend UNL in Fashion Merchandising. We
were wondering about what she needs for a portfolio.

Connie Henn
Art Educator
Pope John Central

Artists In Residence Experiences

Tell us about what experiences you've had with Artists in Residence....names...process...cost.
Bob Reeker, LPS

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Lux Center for the Arts Classes, Lincoln NE

Lux Center for the Arts in Lincoln, Nebraska has a scholarship program available for low-income youth to take art classes. Youth scholarships are available to children aged 5 through 18. Scholarships are awarded on on a first come, first serve basis. Parents and guardians must include a form documenting proof of need; the school lunch assistance form is often used. Teachers and counselors may write letters of recommendation but this is not necessary.

Scholarships usually cover full tuition. Only one scholarship per child is awarded per trimester. Multiple scholarships can be awarded to a single household. Scholarships are funded by local foundation, local businesses and corporations, private individuals, and fundraising through the sale of student art at the Lux Center. Please call 402-466-8692 to request a copy of the scholarship application or contact the education director at

Monday, October 6, 2008

Lux Center for the Arts, Lincoln NE offering....

YARD (Young Artists Reaching 4 Dreams) is designed for high school
students serious about the arts. It is a pilot program that will
address professional issues of a career in art. Students will write
artist statements, compile resumes and other professional practices.
They will learn how to document artwork and put together portfolios
that get noticed. Students will talk with professionals in the field
through panel discussions and studio tours to gain an understanding
of the opportunities and careers in the visual arts. Field trips will
include visits to Sheldon Art Gallery, Frameworks, UNL Textiles
Department and local mural artist, Tom Meyers.

The class is scheduled for Saturdays, Nov 8-Dec 20 from 3-5pm (no
class on Nov 29).

To be considered for the program, students must complete an
application (attached) and submit it by October 10. Admission into
the YARD program is competitive and only 15 students will be
admitted. Any age high school student is eligible. Admission will be
based on their application and we will admit those that we feel will
get the most out of this program.

Tuition is FREE. Students that are accepted into the program will be
required to become 'Student Members' of Lux Center for $15. This
membership money will help to fund similar programs in the future. In
the spring, we will be offering a similar class geared towards
professional practices within the gallery setting - hanging shows,
pricing, lighting, hosting a reception, exhibition opportunities,
etc. We will also host a student juried exhibition in April at Lux in
the main gallery so keep your eyes open for the prospectus related to

I am personally very passionate about provided this opportunity to
budding artists...please help me spread the word! Pass along the form
or this email to anyone that you feel would be interested. Thank you
and don't hesitate to contact me with questions. I welcome the
opportunity to come to your classroom and talk with your students
about this program. Contact me if you are interested.

Thank you for your time and for telling your students about this
opportunity. Hope the school year is off to a great start!!

Jenni Brant
Education Director
Lux Center for the Arts
2601 N 48th Street
Lincoln, NE 68504

Thursday, August 7, 2008

NET "Arts in Nebraska" series

Wanted to let you know that there is a new television program focusing on the explosion of artistic work occurring across Nebraska that will be airing on NET Television during August.

"Arts in Nebraska" is a series of short video segments that provides glimpses into the creative thoughts and processes that inspire this artistry.

Artists featured in the program include:
-- Chiara String Quartet, artists-in-residence at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln School of Music, travel by bus through western Nebraska with performance stops at Minden, Curtis, Alliance, Halsey National Forest and North Platte;
-- Wanda Ewing, an Omaha painter, opens a show exploring concepts of beauty inspired by fashion magazines at UNL's Sheldon Memorial Art Gallery;
-- Mark Gilbert, a portraitist from Scotland living in Omaha, who does portraits of patients and caregivers as part of a project exploring the connections between art and medicine;
-- Leslie Iwai, an Omaha performance installation artist, whose installation at the Museum of Nebraska Art in Kearney explores the classic tale "Jack and the Beanstalk";
-- Jun Kaneko, Omaha-based internationally renowned sculptor, discusses artistic philosophy and creative process;
-- Leah Sorensen-Hayes, Lincoln textile artist, working on an experimental quilt incorporating nontraditional quilting techniques;
-- Thomas Thomas, wood sculptor in Omaha, who creates life-sized creatures and animals out of wood;
-- Bob Wilson and Beth Davis, Omaha ceramic artists, creating a series of 80 ceramic mosaic murals of some of the earliest pioneers in jazz and blues music.

The individual artist segments will be available for viewing anytime on NET's website, The segments will also be accessible to the public on several other media platforms, including YouTube and iTunes.

Production of "Arts in Nebraska" was funded in part by the Nebraska Arts Council.

-Larry Kubert, UNL

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

NDE Visual Art Representation

Since 2003, Nebraska has been without a Visual and Performing Arts Representative at the Department of Education. Many of you know Sheila Brown retired at that time. What impact has this made on arts education in your community? What impact do you see this has made on arts education in Nebraska?
Angie Fischer, OPS

Wednesday, June 25, 2008


Located in Omaha’s historic Old Market, Omaha Clay Works is seeking a qualified clay artist for an Artist in Residence position. A 7x10 ft. studio space with 24 hour access is provided along with clay and glazes in exchange for 12 to 14 hours of assisting with loading and firing the kilns, mixing clay, and general studio maintenance. This is an excellent opportunity for any serious clay artist! Contact Thomas Harnack or Rob Johnson at Omaha Clay Works, 1114 Jones St., Studio C (alleyway entrance), Omaha, NE 68102, 402-346-0560 or visit our website at

Monday, June 16, 2008

Join a NAEA ListServ...

NAEA would like to continue to build and grow communications amongst its members. To better serve its membership, NAEA encourages you to join your division ListServ. Follow the directions below to join:

1. go to:
2. scroll down to your division and click on the "Join ListServ here" link
3. you will complete a pop-up email to finish your subscription

You can also join the Western Region ListServ.

Please consider joining to better connect with art educators in your level from across the world!

Bob, LPS, NAEA Elementary Division Director-elect

Tuesday, June 10, 2008

Nebraska Artist / Art Educator - where can we find your goods?

Many Nebraska Art Educators advocate themselves as artists and
teachers. Do you have your own web site for school or to sell your own
work? Do you know where a fellow art educator sells their work?
Please post any connections you know of here. I hope to create a
shopping community of Nebraska colleagues so we can shop in Nebraska
for art and ideas from fellow colleagues.
Lynette Fast, Lincoln Public Schools

Nancy Childs

Lynette Fast

Bob Reeker

Arlen Meyer

Friday, May 9, 2008

Want some ideas...weekly vocabulary!

Do any of you have special assignments or projects on a regular basis that
would be another grade in the grade book for students. I currently give a
vocab word to my Art 1 class everyday and then give quizzes at the end of
the month. It is nice to be able to introduce them to new terms and
artists at that level and also have another grade that is not just my
opinion. I would like to do something different for my advanced classes
that is on a daily or weekly basis. I would appreciate any ideas that you
might have.
Jessica Saner- Sutherland

Monday, March 31, 2008

Students with Visual Impairments...

How do you provide instruction for children with visual impairments? I am looking for resources and ideas as children with this disability move through my school. Thanks, Christina Newton, Bennington

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

Art Educator and Artist...

How do art educators across the state find a balance between teaching art and being artists? Scott Schwarz, Bertrand K-12 art

Monday, March 24, 2008

NCLB and your art program...

How, if at all has your art program been affected by NCLB? Jane Kathol

Thursday, March 20, 2008

Artist in Residence...

I am looking for possible artists to have come to our school. Each
year the Hamilton County Foundation offers a $1000 scholarship to one
school in our county, and it is our turn. This will be for first
semester next school year. Does anyone have names for me? I have K-12.
In the past we had artists from the Grand Island area, the closer
they live the less we spend on millage. We had Steph Hansen about 5
years ago and she was great!

I appreciate your help! Thanks,

Jean Regier
Giltner Public Schools

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Celebrations...The Brag Post

Share any good news here!

Tuesday, March 18, 2008

Working with students in special education...

What are your best practices in working with students in special education programs? Jane Kathol

Monday, March 17, 2008

Art Exhibits around the state...

Please post any exhibits with openings. Include dates.

On-line Book Talk...

I just ordered the new book from NAEA, The impact of early art experiences
on literacy development. Has anyone read it yet? Share your thoughts. Stephanie Carlson-Pruch, OPS.

Sunday, March 16, 2008


Share website resources that you use as a teacher as well as interactive sites you use
with your students.

Art Educator job openings in and around the state of Nebraska

Please provide an art educator job openings K-12 as well as post-secondary in and around our state.

Wednesday, March 12, 2008

State Art Standards

I think if we don't already have them that we need state
standards for art in Nebraska. Cathie Klecan

Monday, March 10, 2008

Parent/Teacher Conferences

How do you conduct Parent/Teacher Conferences? Do you have a portfolio,
show your assessment forms....Both? Also, do you give percentage grades
or letter grades? Love to hear your ideas!!!! Christine Brown

Friday, March 7, 2008


What is your favorite and/or most successful way of assessing student work? Bob Reeker, LPS