VATA Conference 2018: Registration is Live!



2018 Conference at Lake Morey, Fairlee, VT  September 28, 2018
Be the Artist! Art Educators... This conference is all about YOU! Connect your creative spirit to the national art standards: Create, Present, Respond, and Connect. Studio practices and engagement with contemporary and traditional art forms are essential to an art educator's professional development and lifelong learning. This is an opportunity for you to be the artist, the teacher, and the student. 

Our keynote speaker, Ken Leslie, will discuss his artistic investigations of light and dark, artist books, and talk about how he balances being a professional artist and professor of art. 

Take a workshop during our breakout session! Workshops include: Adobe Lightroom & Photoshop, Gelli Arts, Lantern Building, Creative Bookmaking, Transfer Collage Monotypes, Kumihimo Braiding, and a Color Intensive workshop with Ken Leslie.

Also, sign up for VATA's Saturday Studio Session: Work it Out with Clay: Using Clay to Address Trauma. The session will take place on September 29 from 10-3 at Artistree in Pomfret, Vermont. Learn both theoretical and hands on approaches to using clay to help students address trauma. Register early as space is limited.





(9/28) Transfer Collage Monotype Workshop with Lian Brehm
Create a transfer collage monotype! Participants will cut, tear, hole punch, etc. pre-inked oak tag pieces to create a reverse image, which will run through the print press, transferring the ink to paper. This technique that can easily be adapted for all students from K-12.

(9/28) Building Lanterns, Building Community Workshop with Gowri Savoor
Visual/teaching-artist, Gowri Savoor, will lead participants in a lantern-building workshop using a variety of construction techniques and materials including willow, tissue paper, and LED lights. Savoor’s in-school residencies culminate in a celebratory, outdoor processional event after dark, engaging students, teachers, parents and community members.

(9/28) Gelli Arts Workshop with Susan Smereka
The focus in this workshop will be on integrating stenciling techniques into your work. There will be two “follow along” demos to get you going. Then, you will create your own stencils and experiment with different ways to achieve the best results for your subject matter. Please come with drawings and/or picture/photos.

(9/28) Nip and Tuck Creative Bookmaking! Workshop with Linda Whelihan
 We’ll make decorative, expressive papers and fold, flip, stack and sew them to make engaging book formats. We’ll share ideas and materials. Bring your imagination, special papers and ephemera and we’ll brainstorm together!

(9/28) Braiding: A Marriage of Multiculturalism & Math Workshop with Ruby Leslie
It takes 5 minutes to learn to make 16-strand Kumihimo braids. These Japanese braids look complicated but are as easy for a 1st grader as a high school student and keep both equally engaged. All it takes is some yarn and a simple cardboard disk with slits and a hole in the middle. Make a sample braid, then learn to set up the disk for a wide variety of patterns. We’ll discuss how to integrate this gender neutral art form into curriculum - from mathematical applications to cultural studies.

(9/28) Lightroom and Photoshop Workshop with Mike Ariel
In this entertaining presentation, we will look at the benefits of using Lightroom and Photoshop together while making some amazing art. No experience needed, only imagination and enthusiasm. Come see how you can use these creative tools in your classroom. Supplies needed: All participants should have access to Lightroom and Photoshop. However, attendees may also observe the demo.

Color Intensive Workshop with Ken Leslie
Starting with a quick review of color theory for painting and design, we’ll do several projects ideal for getting you and your students excited about color and how to use it. We’ll look into the history of color in art and discuss the symbolic, emotional and psychological effects of color in art and everyday life. We’ll go on to a series of exercises that bring out the possibilities of color in art. Bring your choice of acrylics, watercolor, colored pencils or pastels and the appropriate paper.


Paid with Registration (9/29) - VATA's Saturday Studio Session @ Artistree in Pomfret, VT
Join us @ Artistree on Saturday, September 29 from 10-3 for "Work It Out with Clay: Using Clay to Address Trauma." Learn theoretical and hands on approaches to using clay to help students address trauma. Start by learning about using the arts with students affected by trauma from Tracy Penfield, founder of Safe Arts. Fiona Davis, director of the clay program at Artistree, will lead participants in several hands on activities that can help you lead trauma informed projects in a classroom setting.


 Tentative Schedule:

Friday Session:

7:30-8:00 Yoga/Pilates taught by Jenny Jacobson

8:15-9:00 Registration 

9:00-10:00 Keynote Speaker

10:00- 1:00 Breakout sessions

1:00-2:00 Lunch -Annual Meeting-TOY

2:00-3:00 Formal present, respond, connect.

3:00-3:30 Cookies, raffle, evaluations, & certificates (will come online) -end all together  in the main space.

Saturday Session: Artistree in Woodstock/ Pomfret



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Please read the information below for workshop choices and bios of the leaders. You will not have full access to this information during the registration process.

VATA's Fall Professional Development Conference that will give you information on the new collaborative education models of Design Thinking and STEAM. On Friday in Essex Junction, as part of steAmfestVT, learn about design education from our keynote speaker Ruki Ravikumar, the director of Education at the Smithsonian’s Copper Hewitt Design Museum. Her remarks will help inspire, educate and empower teachers and their students with the power of art and design. Take workshops with innovative and knowledgeable artists and educators who use STEAM and Design Thinking projects with students at all levels.  STEAM and Design Thinking both enhance 21st century skills such as critical thinking, creative problem solving, collaboration and technology integration that will give your students essential skills to develop their unique creative approach to life.

On Saturday morning visit and work at The Generator in Burlington for a Studio Session to see some of the local resources that are available all year to Vermont educators You will also get to use the latest technology to create a project of your own.

We are joining the Essex Junction steAmfestVT and the Generator Makerspace in Burlington to offer wrap around activities that will enhance this professional development opportunity. steAmfestVT is a community project spearheaded by the Essex Hub for Women and Business that is our host for theFriday conference activities. Plan to attend the Art Hop Friday evening that begins as our conference activities wind down. The weekend activities also highlight an Essex Mini Maker Fair , Art Exhibits, Vendors and Speakers.

The Generator Makerspace in Burlington is designed to be a cooperative platform for creativity, learning, and entrepreneurship. It will host our Saturday morning Studio Session. This combination of artists studios, classrooms and business incubator is at the intersection or art, science, and technology and is a year round resource for teachers.


Dates: September 29th and 30th.

Friday September 29th Schedule - Essex Junction

8:00-8:30 Registration and Coffee
8:30-9:30  Keynote Speaker
9:30-11:00 Workshop Session One
11:00-12:00 VATA Annual Meeting and Pecha Kucha (slide sharing)
12:00-1:30 Lunch On Your Own, Vendors, Networking
1:30-3:00 Workshop Session Two
3:00-3:30 Wrap up
3:30-5:00 Socializing

Saturday September 30 Schedule

9:00-10:00 Generator Makerspace with Karen Cornish
10:00- 12:00  Learning Lab-Laser cut Woodblocks with Stephanie Zuppo


Conference Registration Prices:


$100.00  - VATA Members
$125.00  - Non Members
$175.00  -  Conference with VATA / NAEA Membership  (and Renewing Membership)
$40.00.   - Students


$40 VATA Members
$65- Non VATA Members


Checks, Credit Cards, Purchase Orders


Location of the Friday Conference

Community Center at Holy Family Church
Essex Jct. VT
5 Corners 4 Prospect Street
Get directions here


Keynote Speaker

Ruki Ravikumar Director of Education at the Cooper Hewitt

Morning and Afternoon

Strategies for facilitating design thinking in classrooms:

This workshop will guide participants through various techniques to help students brainstorm, take risks, and empathize with their users. Teachers will gain exposure to strategies that can be used to develop structured environments to facilitate the messy process of design thinking.   Maximum number per session: 25


Workshop Presenters


Bob Parks and Glenn Littledale

Morning and Afternoon

The Tea Ceremony: Assessment of Project Based Learning:

A project-based STEAM classroom can be challenging, because such settings often feature a broad range of experience and interest levels. During the session, you will learn about the framework for student assessment in a project-based curriculum. Several rubrics will be presented and content will be geared toward 9-12(but may apply to other grade bands)  In addition a hands on activity in which participants design electronic elements for an interactive environment. All abilities welcome; no experience necessary. The session will culminate by bringing participants’ work together to enhance a familiar social ritual. (Tea will be served) All electronic crafts can be taken home.

Workshop limit: 20. - $10 materials fee is due at time of workshop.


Lucie Delabruere

Morning workshop

Let’s Build an Interactive Audible Exhibit for STEAMFest! Bring your imagination. Bring your creativity! I’ll bring the Makey Makey’s and some art supplies, and let’s show the world what Art Teachers can CREATE with CODE, CIRCUITS and CREATIVITY. We’ll dive right into creating our own Interactive Exhibit for STEAMFest. Bring a lap top and if you have any fun materials you like to work with. Workshop limit: 30


Afternoon workshop

If Your Art Could Talk - What Would it Say? Would it speak to you when you touch various portions of the art work? Would it share an Artist Statement about the work? Lean how to add Audio to your ART. We’ll look at a few different ways to add audio to student art work from digital displays of art to physical displays of art, then we’ll dive in and create a talking art display. If possible, bring a laptop or Chromebook or you can join a group with a computer.


Jill Dawson

Morning and Afternoon

Light it Up! Working with a needle, conductive thread, and LEDs (light emitting diodes) participants will design and create their own electrified fashion accessory or expressive textile illuminated with light. Practical suggestions for making electronic wearables with students will be shared, and circuitry basics will be explored.  Workshop limit: 20 - $10 materials fee is due at time of workshop


Melissa Haberman and Megan Martinson

Afternoon workshop

Craft a Glowing Card. Create simple paper circuitry using copper tape, a coin cell battery, and a LED light. This workshop will leave you with a basic understanding of how circuits work and many ideas of using paper circuitry to light up your art and your students art. Good for primary or secondary. Workshop limit: 20


Saturday September 30th

9:00 - 12:00 noon
The Generator  Burlington’s Maker Space at 40 Sears Lane (off from Pine Street)
Get a tour of the new Generator Maker Space by Karen Cornish, director of education, including the Rapid Prototype area: 3D printers, laser cutters, vinyl cutters. Learn about the Generator’s outreach to schools and teachers in Vermont.

Meet with in the Learning Lab with maker: Stephanie Zuppo who is a cartoonist, illustrator, and designer. She also makes laser cut pins. She will lead us in transferring a logo design or simple drawing into a laser cut pin or block that can be used for printing. We will  learn the fundamentals of using a laser cutter. Come with a 2 1/2 - 3 inch drawing or logo, that you would like to be turned into a wood block. Cost: VATA members $40. Non Members $65