Conferences AND

Professional Development



*Completing the book study course requirements allows you to register for two professional development credits from Boise State University.


June 13 - August 1, 2024

Join us for a summer of learning, creating, sharing, and collaborating! 

IAEA’s 2024 book study course is based on The Secret Lives of Color by Kassia St. Clair. Rather than a traditional book study, this course takes a more creative, interactive approach. IAEA’s book study includes a virtual opening session, five weeks of exploring art making techniques, a curriculum development component, activities designed around new ways to teach the elements of art and principles of design, and a virtual closing session. 

Registration in the book study includes a copy of the book, access to three virtual master classes, and materials for the master class projects. 


Details about master classes will be posted soon! All book study sessions and master classes will be recorded and available for registered participants.

Register before Friday, May 31!


Save the date and join us for two days of art making, learning, and FUN!

ADVENTURES IN ART!  Inspiring Creativity Through Choice

Friday, October 4, 2024 & Saturday, October 5, 2024

9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. each day

College of Southern Idaho   |   Twin Falls, Idaho

Join the Idaho Art Education Association for the 2024 Fall conference, Adventures in ART! Inspiring Creativity Through Choice. This year’s conference invites attendees to choose their own art adventure! Learn how to implement choice-based teaching strategies in your classroom to foster creativity and autonomy among your students. During this two-day conference, educators will explore art making and teaching through the lens of curiosity, discovery, growth, and possibility. Sessions will focus on ways to successfully include more choice in the art room and strengthen connections between art and content areas. Develop new skills, connect with fellow educators, share ideas, and embark on new creative journeys! 

looking for presenters!

Have a great lesson to share? IAEA is looking for session proposals that explore art making and teaching through the lens of curiosity, discovery, growth, and possibility. Proposals may also include ways to successfully include more choice in the art room and strengthen connections between art and content areas.  If you are interested in presenting, complete the proposal form below and a board member will be in touch.

Thanks to College of Southern Idaho for hosting IAEA's 2024 Fall Conference. 

More information about registration, accommodations, and the schedule of events will be posted on our website soon!  


IAEA Master Class and Workshop History

Winter Recharge Workshop

Thank you for attending and thank you to our fabulous presenters!

IAEA hosted a one-day, virtual workshop on Saturday, February 24, 2024. Participants received a box of supplies in the mail and had a great time experimenting with found object photography, learning how to use a bead loom, working collaboratively with text and images, decorating scratchboard letters, and developing our own comic book characters!

THE 2023 ALT+ Book study & Creativity challenge

IAEA’s 2023 book study course is based on Draw Your World: How to Sketch and Paint Your Remarkable Life. The 2023 book study included a virtual opening session, five weeks of exploring art making techniques, a curriculum development component, activities built around plein air painting and drawing from observation, and a virtual closing session. In addition, IAEA offered three virtual master classes related to the theme.

Anni Jack, artist and photographer, presented The Art of Slow Photography.

Candy Canning, founder of Catalyst Arts Collaborative, shared ideas for establishing a daily practice of art making and mindfulness. 

Laura Roghaar, Arts Learning Services Director, Idaho Commission on the Arts, lead participants through three creative journaling exercises that pair well with visual artwork.


IAEA's 2022 book study course was based on Almost Lost Arts: Traditional Crafts and the Artisans Keeping Them Alive by Emily Freidenrich, Narayan Khandekar, and Margaret Shepherd. Our book study included a virtual opening session, six weeks of exploring new materials and techniques, a curriculum development component, creative activities built around traditional crafts and Idaho artists, and a virtual closing session.

2022 Master Class SERIES

The Idaho Art Education Association offered three Master Class Workshops in 2022. Taught by professional artists and educators, these workshops provided art educators the opportunity to learn new skills and gather ideas for how to integrate the processes to their classes and personal practice. 

Painting & Drawing
with Garth Claassen 

Participants in this workshop will learn techniques for layering paint and a variety of drawing materials to develop rich surface textures and imagery in works of art.

Garth Claassen teaches art history, life drawing, and painting at College of Idaho. Born and raised in South Africa, he began his artistic career as a ceramic sculptor. Since then he has focused mainly on painting and drawing.

Stories & Photographs
with Brooke Burton 

Using easy to find supplies and household materials, participants will learn to tell a story through objects while exploring composition, lighting, and perspective in still life photography. 

Brooke Burton is an artist and photographer who tells stories about human nature and visual culture through the use of inanimate objects, playing out narratives like characters on a stage. Brooke has a particular love for novelty, humor, and all things miniature.

Illustration & Design
with Miguel Almeida

During this workshop, participants will focus on using bright colors and bold lines to design an illustration with personal meaning using paint and markers.

Miguel Almeida is an illustrator and designer. He works both digitally and traditionally to create colorful illustrations inspired by Mexican folk art. His personal work is largely inspired by his upbringing as a first generation Mexican American.

2021 Alt+ Book Study & creativity Challenge

IAEA offered a book study course based on Find Your Artistic Voice: The Essential Guide to Working Your Creative Magic. Rather than simply moving a traditional book study discussion to an online format, we opted to take a more creative, interactive approach. The book study included a virtual opening session, six weeks of exploring new materials and techniques, a curriculum development component, creative activities built around a game of Bingo, and a virtual closing session.


The Idaho Art Education Association offered three virtual Master Class Workshops for members. Taught by professional artists and educators, these workshops offered Idaho art educators the opportunity to learn new skills, practice techniques, and gather ideas for how to apply the process to their own remote, hybrid, or online classes. 

Paper, Fiber & Installation
with Rachael Mayer

Using principles of color theory and visual relationships, participants created a variable installation based on everyday objects and/or natural landscapes of their choosing.

Rachael Mayer is a fiber sculpture and installation artist who draws influence from landscape and family tradition. She was recently featured as a Surel’s Place resident artist where she created a series of fiber sketches.

Drawing & Animation
with Goran Fazil

During this workshop participants created a short animation while exploring different techniques, drawing styles, and video editing software.

Goran Fazil is a multimedia artist and his experience as a refugee plays an important influence in ideas presented through his work. He is an Assistant Professor in the Visual and Performing Arts department at the College of Western Idaho.

Sculpture & Molding
with Casey Doyle

Participants explored sculpting by using readily available materials and molding found and sculpted objects in paper—creating piñata-like forms for a wide range of surface exploration.

J. Casey Doyle is an Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Idaho. He exhibits work nationally and internationally. His art combines interests in craft, sculpture, metals & jewelry, video, gender and the concept of play.


IAEA Fall Conference History

Reinaldo Gil Zambrano is a Venezuelan artist based in Spokane, Washington. He is a community builder, artist, and professor whose work focuses on collaboration, printmaking, murals, and installation. He is also the Spanish host of the popular print focused podcast Hello Print Friend.

University of Idaho  |  Moscow, Idaho

The Idaho Art Education Association's 2023 Fall conference, Connect & Collaborate: Making Art to Build Community, was held at the University of Idaho on October 6 and 7, 2023. This year’s conference explored the connections between artists and communities. Participants learned about the positive impact collaboration can have on student learning, community engagement, and your own teaching practices. Presenters shared resources for designing collaborative projects that incorporate student voice and build a positive classroom culture.

Reinaldo Gil Zambrano,  KEYNOTE SPEAKER & ARTIST

In response to IAEA’s fall conference, Connect & Collaborate: Making Art to Build Community, Reinaldo discussed the power of vulnerability in collaborative print projects. He shared ideas and success stories for connecting artists and students across borders with a shared curiosity for ink on paper. In addition to the keynote presentation, Reinaldo engaged conference participants in a collaborative mural that combined printmaking, shared images, and installation. Participants cut and altered previously printed designs using acrylic paint then installed them as a temporary wheat paste mural. 

View the full program here: Fall 2023 Conference Program (Link will open and download a pdf.) 

The 2023 Fall Conference was generously hosted by the University of Idaho's College of Art and Architecture and College of Education, Health and Human Sciences.

fall 2022 conference

Idaho Art Education Association held the 2022 Fall Conference in Boise, Idaho on October 7 and 8, 2022. This year's sessions focused on the ways in which art elevates student voices and builds meaningful connections for learners of all ages and abilities. 

Keynote Presentation by Liz Byron, Author and Educator

Liz Byron strives to be a compassionate and culturally responsive art educator. She is a dynamic presenter, author, and the K1-8th Grade Visual Art, Special Education, and ESL Teacher at a Boston Public School where her students describe her as kind and strict. She has presented on Universal Design for Learning (UDL) at numerous conferences, professional development workshops, and taught graduate-level courses on UDL, most recently as a teaching fellow for the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Liz shares some of her experiences in her book, Art for All: Planning for Variability in the Visual Art Classroom. She has six professional teaching licenses and education degrees from Boston College, Harvard Graduate School of Education, and Lesley University.


The Fall 2021 Conference was a one-day virtual event with loads of additional online content for participants. Our featured live sessions focused on helping students grow to become future innovators and life-long learners by exploring visual and media arts through the lens of science, technology, engineering, and math. Sessions included ways to integrate STEM concepts with art making practices to provide opportunities for students to develop both critical and creative thinking skills. 


STEAM Power: Infusing Art Into Your STEM Curriculum

Tim Needles

Fostering STEAM

Laura Conner &
Perrin Teal Sullivan

Art is the HeART of STEAM

Nancy Walkup

Exploring the Natural World Through Printmaking

Melissa Stephenson


IAEA's First Virtual Conference

The Fall 2020 conference was a one-day virtual event. Over 70 art educators from across the state joined us for Fill Your Cup: Mindfulness and Emotional Wellbeing. Presenters provided project inspiration, guidance on wellbeing and mindfulness in the classroom, and tips for distance learning. Presentations featured pre-recorded videos, some with live Q & A sessions, as well as live talks and demonstrations. The keynote speaker was Leah Clark, Performing Arts Educator from Boise, Idaho. Her presentation focused on making mindfulness exercises part of daily classroom routines. Throughout the day, Leah shared strategies for incorporating mindful thinking, stress management, and awareness into the lives of students and teachers. Idaho’s Teacher of the Year awards were presented and recipients were celebrated following the final session of mindfulness and gratitude. All conference recordings, slides, and handouts were available to attendees after the conference via a website link.

Leah Clark, Performing Arts Educator, Foothills School of Arts and Sciences
Leah shared strategies for incorporating mindful thinking, stress management, and awareness into the lives of students and teachers. Her presentation focused on making mindfulness exercises part of daily classroom routines.

Dr. Lisa Kay, Author, Therapeutic Approaches to Art Education
Dr. Lisa Kay, renowned expert in art education and art therapy, lead a hands-on making session while learning about therapeutic approaches in art education with a focus on teacher self-care. 

Kelly Bisogno, Coordinator of Fine Arts, Virginia Department of Education
Kelly's session focused on research, best practices, and practical strategies for virtual learning for visual arts programs. 


“Printmaking Zen” with Melissa Stephenson

“Puzzle Art Cubes: Themes that Relate to the Heart!” with Kimberly Anderson

“The Creative Spark: Visual Journal Workshop” with Julie Shelton

“My Three Favorite Colored Pencil Techniques” with Hiram Miranda

“Matisse Underglaze Applique” with Diana Faris and Kathy Skaggs, AMACO Classroom

“Art Madness NCAA Tournament” with Jerry Hendershot

Thanks to the Idaho State Department of Education for their partnership in presenting IAEA's first virtual conference and to the Idaho Commission on the Arts for their continued support of our professional development activities.    

"Peace, Love,  & Teaching Art"

Lake City High School6101 N Ramsey Rd, Coeur d'Alene, ID 

All DAY Friday and Saturday, Oct 4th and 5th, 2019

10/3/19- Thursday Night Pre funk Art Activity Social: Bring your visual journal supplies and join us for pre-conference meet up at Studio 107 for light appetizers and art journaling.  503 Sherman Ave, Coeur d’Alene, 7-8:30PM  

10/4/19- Friday All Day- Hands on and Best practices Workshops 

Keynote: Lucy Bartholomee, Ph.D.  Artist, Writer, Teacher, Traveler

The Sky’s the Limit: Elevating and Energizing Your Art Program

In Art Education, we strive to cultivate a learning environment that is both stimulating and safe.  We provide creative experiences and cultivate empathy for future generations.  Yet outside demands and pressures can take a toll.  Together, we can develop strategies to advocate for our arts programs within our schools and the community. Growth in numbers and creative enthusiasm can be cultivated, leading to strengthening professional validation and value.  As the creative economy looks to artists and educators for inspiration, we can navigate STEAM programs and corporate cultures without losing focus on our students and our ultimate purpose. 

Friday night: PRIVATE EVENT just for you (spouses/SOs welcome)! at The Art Spirit Gallery! A fun filled evening with the gallery to ourselves, appetizers, refreshments, and art work to enjoy! 6-8pm10/5/19- Saturday Day: Master classes and workshops- Choose AHEAD between many options/various times/lengths/pricesSaturday Mid-Day: Awards Lunch and Business Meeting 

"SEE US: Advocacy, Authenticity, Artistry"

Rocky Mountain High School, in Meridian, Idaho 
All DAY Friday and Saturday, Oct 5th and 6th, 2018
Thursday Night: IAEA art educator show opening reception at LaBry Fine Art, 404 S. 8th Street, Suite 166, 5-9PM, during Boise art walk & BAM Bosco arts preview night 

Friday All Day- Hands on and Best practices Workshops  

Keynotes: Alisa Looney, award winning Idaho grown sculptor and enamelist, will share key moments of influence with her most instrumental teachers and mentors. She will also share her current enamel sculpture, which combines her design, metal fabrication and illustration skills into 3D forms with complex narrative surfaces

Cherryn Wight, Australian born, Idaho artist- Idaho artist will share her processes as an free spirited artist and guide the group through a hands on Kandinsky project at same time that we will install and leave as a gift to the school. 

Friday night: PRIVATE EVENT at Boise Art Museum! we had a fun filled evening with the museum to ourselves, appetizers, refreshments, and art projects to enjoy! Saturday Day: Master classes and workshops- Attendees chose AHEAD between many options/various times/lengths/pricesSaturday Mid-Day: Awards Lunch and Business Meeting Optional Sunday Workshop was offered-Enamel on Steel- w/ Keynote, Alisa Looney, enamelist/sculptor and John Killmaster, Master Enamelist. 

Pocatello, Idaho Oct. 6-7  2017      All Day Friday & All Day Saturday! Located at Pocatello High and Idaho State University! 

Keynote: Kris Musto

How can art teachers build strong technical skills while simultaneously fostering a passion for conceptual thinking? How do we engage art students with relevant, current and instructive information? How can we continue to inspire them to think and make? We'll explore a collection of fresh resources and ideas for generating curriculum, assignments, inspiration and encouragement. 

As the Secondary Outreach Coordinator and Principal Admissions Counselor for the Minneapolis College of Art and Design, Kris Musto spends the school year traveling and working closely with art teachers and students in high school art classrooms around the country. Kris graduated with a BFA from MCAD and has worked in Admissions for 18 years. In between taking trips and making things, Kris teaches workshops on book binding, altered books, soft sculpture, intuitive drawing and developing a portfolio for art school.

IAEA Spring One Day Conference History

Spring 2021

Teaching Through Challenge & Change

Saturday, May 1, 2021 

The 2021 Spring Conference provided educators the resources and tools to develop visual art lessons that provide safe, respectful ways for students to engage with ideas of social justice, equity, inclusion, and change. Attendees learned how their visual art curriculum can help students navigate current challenges and empower them to make their voices heard.


The one-day virtual conference featured educators and artists whose work inspires change in their communities. Over 70 educators registered for the conference and attended sessions with featured speakers and presenters.


Exploring Identity

with Casey Doyle, Artist, Associate Professor of Art and Design at the University of Idaho


The Great Basin Murders

with Lily Lee, Artist, Associate Professor of Sculpture at Boise State University


The Art of Human Rights

with Dr. Dan Prinzing, Executive Director of the Wassmuth Center for Human Rights


“Thematic Teaching Journey: Optimizing Learner Agency and Meaningful Connections” with Lorinda Rice and Bob Reeker

“Telling Stories Through Digital Media!” with John Kiser

“Aesthetic Scanning- The Eye of the Beholder” with Michele Chmielewski

“Making Murals: Artist Talk with Alice Mizrachi” with Curtis Reid, Davis Publications

Thank you to all our featured speakers and presenters!

Thank you, Michael Feik, for hosting us at Rigby High School May 4th, 2019!!! 

“Be Masterful”

Rigby Spring Conference 2019 Schedule.pdf

Thank you, Cynthia Dittmer, for hosting us at McCall-Donnelly High School on April 28th, 2018!!! 

“Spring Awakening! Bee Creative with Arts in Motion”

for Art and All Content Area Educators & the Artist Within

McCall-Donnelly Spring 2018 Workshop Schedule
Nampa Spring Art Ed Conf. Workshop Schedule
updated Idaho Falls region 6 flyer 2016