Vermont Art Teachers Association

Art is Literacy Of the Soul- Eisner

Congratulations to

Lindsey DiDio Hartel

2016 Vermont Art Educator

Lindsay who teaches at the Missisquoi Valley Middle and High School  received her award at the NAEA Convention  in Chicago last March. VATA was represented by our president Becky Wright.

National Conventions are a wonderful way to enhance your own art education knowledge and bring new ideas into your classroom. The March 2017 Convention is in NYC .

Circle Painting with Hiep Nguyen

The founder of Circle Painting a mindful approach that encourages people to Connect, Create and Celebrate with Color led a training for educators and Community Festival in Randolph January 2016

Imagination Encircles The World

VATA’s 2015 Fall Conference was Inspiring

               Friday October 16th at the Shelburne Museum

                   Keynote Nancy Walkup – ART Saves Life- Art and Social Justice

                         Nancy is the editor of School Arts Magazine, An expert in Folk   Art Traditions in Central America and the past NAEA Elementary Division Director

                    Celebrate Dia De Los Muertos Studio Session

                  Saturday October 17th at the Fleming Museum

led by Tina Logan


The Vermont Agency of Education and Vermont Arts Council led Vermont’s initiative to adopt the NCAS – National Core Art Standards- which was adopted in February 2016

More information at

There was an informational NCAS webinar on January 7 2016  that is archived on the VAE website

Gelli Workshop for  VATA Members

Gelli Workshop with Kim Colligan Saturday Feb 6th 2016 10-1pm

River Gallery School Brattleboro Vermont

Learn how to use this monoprint material in a beautiful printmaking studio in downtown Brattleboro and take home a free sample to use in your  classroom provided by the Gelli company. E-mail to register. Enrollment limited to 10 participants


Imagination Encircles The World

YAM Exhibit at the Vermont Statehouse -March 2015

This quote from Einstein  inspired  teachers and  students to create work for  our two year (2015-2016) theme for Youth Art Month

YAM 2015 Page

Looking for inspiration check out our Pinterest page

Imagination Encircles The World- VATA

Vermont Art Teachers Association

New Directions In Art Education

our conference was

October 17 2014

Shelburne  Museum

and Studio Session 

October 18th

3-D Lumiaries

with Gowri Savor



Emily Titterton is the new Arts Specialist on the Proficiency-Based Learning Team at the Vermont Agency of Education. A native Vermonter, Emily has returned to Vermont after over a decade away. She has taught Visual Art in a variety of settings in cities such as Toronto, Austin, Boston, and also in Vermont. She has served a diverse population of students. She received a Master of Fine Arts in Studio Teaching from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts from Wesleyan University. She lives in Winooski, VT where she spends her time printmaking, cooking, running, and playing ice hockey. She looks forward to working with VATA.”


YAM Museum Display at the NAEA Conference in Chicago in March 2016

2016 YAM  FLAG

our 2016 YAM flag design was chosen by a jury from an instagram Gallery.

This exuberant piece by ADA SHOOKENHUFF

from the Bakersfield School

was selected for this years YAM Flag

She earned a trip to NYC with her parents

and art teacher Becky Wright  is a program sponsored by Sargent Art. Thanks to

them for support Art Education in Vermont

and thanks to Ada and all the students who participated.

Our Fall  Conference at the Brattleboro Museum in November 2016  was  a sucessful mix of Professional Development , Creative Aactivities and Networking

Many thanks to Linda Whielan and the Brattleboro Museum for hosting us.

Where should we travel next year?


YAM 2017

VATA’s  Youth Art Month Activities will focus on

Creative Creatures-

Our major events are

*  A Creative Creature Woodland Path exhibit at the Berlin Mall coordinating with their celebration of Vermont’s Long Trail March 11- April 1st.

  1. *A  YAM Flag competition held via instagram

  2. *A YAM Museum Display at  the NAEA Conference

What is a Creative Creature?

You Know!! It could be a wise owl ,a mardi gras mask  , a space invader sculpture , or something never before seen on the planet.

It is a theme  designed to  capture your students imagination and  fit in easily to any curriculum unit you may already have done .

We hope you will submit work to the Statewide Yam Exhibit at the Berlin Mall. It is a giant space with room for a multitude of projects from many Vermont schools. We have worked to create a woodland setting to coordinate with a celebration of the long trail but who knows  what may be in those magical woods.

YAM Flag details will be sent by e-mail to VATA members

but you can send an e-mail to

Rebbiecarleton to receive the details or check our YAM Flag page for content text and format

  Instagram Submission Deadline Feb 6th

Work for the YAM exhibit  can be dropped off at  locations throughout the State by Feb 24th  or brought to the Berlin Mall  March  6-7.  Exhibit tags and more details will be posted here in Feb.

Judy Klima

is the

       2017 Vermont Art Educator 

Judy Klima is not only changing the landscape of art education at the Integrated Arts Academy, she is changing the way schools look at the arts as a mode of learning throughout the state and region

She will receive an award from NAEA at the March 2-4 Convention in NYC. Join us at the awards ceremony if you are at the convention . Think about who you should nominate for 2018


Follow these links to our new pages on Facebook and Twitter and the VATA Blog

Join Art Educators from around the country at the

NAEA Convention March 2017 in New York City.

Congratulations  to

Chris Fearon our

2014 Art Educator

Museum Educator

Fleming Museum

University of Vermont

Vermont  ArtTeachers Association


Art !The Creative Core

Keynote Speaker Marilyn Stewart

Portraiture Studio Session with Joan Feierabend

inspires teachers

Fall Membership Event- Shelburne Museum 2013

This was as a great afternoon of exploring the new educational resources at the Shelburne and networking with art educators.  Make a plan to visit the new Pizzagalli Center Education Building and Programs this Winter! Thanks to  new board member Dorsey Hogg for organizing this event.

Ben Doyle from The Vermont Arts Council has reached out to VATA to  be a partner in letting  art teachers know about  the  Vermont Arts Council Arts Education Action Plan.pdf

The VAC is hoping to fill the leadership void we face in speaking and acting with one voice in Music ,Theatre,Dance and Visual Arts Education in Vermont It makes interesting reading
                                                                                       Art Advocacy 2014
VATA (The Vermont Art Teachers Association) teamed up with VPR (Vermont Public Radio) to tell Stories That Matter in a visual art design challenge for Vermont (K-12) students.
Vermont students need to be visually literate and be able tell their stories with images as well as words as we communicate globally in the online world. Art Education gives students the tools they need to express ideas graphically and interpret the visual world. Public Radio is a source of perspectives that help students develop opinions and expand their understanding of the world.
Art students were asked to create a design that told a story from their life, from their imagination or from a story they have heard about the world. For this design challenge, VPR listeners selected one of those art pieces that was used on a VPR t-shirt

Spring VATA Membership Event

Friday May 16th 2014

UVM ‘s Fleming Museum from 4:30-6:30.

Our 2014 Vermont Art Educator Chris Fearon gave a tour of the Tibetan art exhibit followed by refreshments and an informal membership meeting in an adjacent lobby.

Mikaela Luke -Currier from Randolph Elementary School  received the most votes  on the VPR website in The ART Tells Stories  design challenge

The Vermont Arts Council is pleased to be working with VATA in a conversation about the future of arts education in Vermont. This summit of key stakeholders,held on September 11 2014 , at the Vermont College of Fine Arts, gathered 120 leaders in the arts, education, and business communities, with the goal of identifying a series of priorities and strategies to ensure that Vermont students have the opportunity to develop their creative abilities and critical thinking. VATA was be represented by Tina Logan and Rebecca Carleton . The conversations are being continued in a series of local forums this Winter. Look for one in your area.

Summaries of the meetings can be found on The Envisioning Arts Education Blog




Vermont has adopted the NCAS standards 2016


Congratulations to  Rebecca Carleton who was selected as the Eastern Region Elementary Art Educator for 2014.She recieved her award at the March 2014 NAEA Convention in San Diego

Thanks to Rebecca Karp and Morgan Swann

and Dartmouth College for a Rejuvenating and Inspiring

Joint Membership Event

for Vermont and New Hampshire

Art Educators

Hood Museum  Hanover

November 15


Art and Civil Rights in the 1960’s



We Enriched  and rejuvenated ourselves with ART

While we networked with other art educators

Our group toured the Orozco Murals,The Rauner Rare Book Collection and the Witness exhibit at the Hood Museum led by Rebecca Karp