Youth Art Month

Youth Art Month in Vermont 

Thank you to everyone that made Youth Art Month a success!



Join VATA in Celebrating Youth Art Month this March
YAM Flag Congratulations to our 2019 YAM Flag designers. Many thanks to all of the students and teachers who participated in our 2019 design challenge. Look at the juried designs for each grade level at and on social media. We are withholding last names until we receive parent releases.

Our overall winner is Claire from Montpelier High School and her design will be printed on our 2019 Flag.
Elementary: Isabella from Milton Elementary School.
MS: Estelle from White River Valley Middle School
HS: Lena from CVU

Selected designers and their teachers will receive art supplies from Sargent Art supporting art education and YAM.
We are withholding last names until we receive parent releases.

YAM Exhibits
Nothing advocates for art education more strongly than seeing student art on display in our communities. Add some of
your student’s art to our regional YAM Exhibits.

Contact our coordinating board members for more local exhibit
information. Consider set up your own community student art exhibit and let us know!

Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier- Liz Swindell-
St. Albans Free Library in St Albans- Jennifer Jacobson-
Chandler Gallery- Kimball Library in Randolph- Rebbie Carleton
Brooks Memorial Library in Brattleboro- Linda Whelihan

Look for Vermont’s Your ART, Your Story display at the Yam Museum located in the vendor display area at the NAEA
conference in Boston March 14-16. Our Vermont State Flag will be on display as well. If you have a piece of student art
(12x18 or smaller) that fits this open ended theme that you would like to contribute to the display please contact Rebbie
Carleton and we can arrange delivery dates before March 8th.

YAM Gallery on Instagram
We hope to inspire and advocate for Art Education during Youth Art Month this March by posting images of student art on our Instagram page. Add your images and a short description to our shared Google Drive and hopefully we will be able to add a new image each day.

Museums Use Art To Tell Stories
Join us, on Saturday March 30th, for a special tour of the newly renovated Hood Museum led by museum educator
Vivian Ladd. Learn how current museum installations prioritize telling the stories of their art and artifacts from diverse
multicultural perspectives in our interconnected global society. The free museum tour for VATA members will start at
11:30 followed by a networking lunch.

VATA Meet Up at NAEA in Boston
Get together with other Vermont art educators at our VATA networking event Friday, March 15th from 6pm at the
Sidebar & Grill, Sheraton Boston Hotel. VATA will provide appetizers and a place to touch base with other Vermont Art Educators.

Support our Vermont 2019 Art educator Tina Logan at 1pm Friday at the Eastern Awards Ceremony. Think about who
you want to nominate for 2020!



Your ART, Your Story! 



Flag Design Competition: Details and Requirements. 

SHARE Your Art, Your Story. Art and Stories are more powerful when they are SHARED. YAM Exhibits will be found throughout the state of Vermont, March 20th 2019 to April 3rd, 2019. For More Information.

Yam Exhibition Locations Include:

Kellogg Hubbard Library in Montpelier

Fletcher Free Library in Burlington

St. Albans Free Library

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum

Learn a New Art Skill to Share with Your Students: The Art of Papercutting- Cutting Your Story

Paper Cutting Workshop with Carolyn E. Guest


Saturday, January 19th, 10am- 2pm. Randolph.

FREE for VATA Members! Registration will be live in December.



Thanks to All of the Students, Families, and Art Educators for a terrific Youth Art Month Reception! A special thanks to our sponsors: Shaws of Berlin, Hannaford of Barre, and Cabot cheese.


TONIGHT: Friday, March 29th, VT YAM Reception at the VT State House

Join us to Celebrate the Talented Youth of Vermont. YAM Flag Presentation. SpeakChorus. And of course Ben and Jerry's!


Announcing the Winners of the YAM Flag Contest:

Overall Winner:

The overall winner of the YAM flag, the artwork will be printed onto a
flag: Anniella P. from A.D. Lawton Middle School, Essex Junction. Tina
Logan is her art teacher.

High School Winner:

The winner of the High School flag is Izzy from Montpelier H.S. Barb Austin-Hutchins is her art teacher.

Middle School Winner:

The winner of the Middle School flag is Sofia from A.D. Lawton Middle
School, Essex Junction. Her art teacher is Tina Logan.

Elementary School Winner:

The winner of the Elementary School flag is Cassandra from Hardwick Elementary School. Beth LeCours is her art teacher.


YAM Competition Entry Form


  Linked In- Youth Art Month

                           VATA’s State House Exhibit

Our thematic Biennial State House Exhibit is open to all Vermont art students in preschool through Grade 12. Please read and follow these guidelines that will help make this a successful exhibit and advocate for Art Education. The theme for The Vermont Art Teachers Association’s  (VATA) March YAM activities is “Linked In “ It is designed to be open ended and inclusive and focuses on how art is linked to and enhances other subjects and human endeavors.

How much work to bring

·      Please bring a curated selection of interesting work, unless it is a group project.  4-6 pieces of a project could be a guideline but think about size as you select work and more or less may make sense.

·      You may display several projects  but each will need a short  description of what  curriculum area or human endeavor endeavor this project to and one NCAS standard.

·      2- D work  or 3-D Work that can be hung  works best  in this venue  but there is some room for 3-D pieces on wide window ledges

 How should your student work be submitted

  Your work should be labeled and ready to hang  

  Please do two labels – one to display and one attached to the back of the work.

Name of artist- grade and school

 Most work is hung with blue tape on the back,but some can be displayed on window ledges or hung. Think about mounting several smaller pieces together  to help us display your students work beautifully. In most cases heavy frames are not ideal but mats or foam core mounting works nicely.

VATA volunteers will make every effort to return work to your students. Experience has shown us problems can occasionally occur. We suggest you label work well and take a digital image of work submitted so that in the case of  a disaster we can at least make a digital print.

Labeling This in the information we would like on labels. This size will work on an Avery address label 5660 and could be modified with your school information. You can also make your own .You will also find invitations you can print out for your students and certificates of participation on the VATA website

Sample Label -Can be customized to fit on a mailing label

Linked In-Youth Art Month




 Teacher project description is optional but helpful….. Ideally it would have  have title, What the project is LINKED to, How art and art standards enhance this type of learning (not a dissertation …. What people will read in 20 sec)


Drop Off Points

Work to collection points before March 5th or delivered to Vermont State House March 5th from 3-5 pm. If you are delivering work  on March 5th consider staying and helping us hang the exhibit. Let us know if you plan on bringing work directly on March 5,  so we can make arrangements  to let you in.

  Please bring your work packaged, labels and ready to hang

If you plan to participate please contact the teacher at your collection point by Feb 20th


Northern Vermont                   Southern Vermont                            Central Vermont

Abigail Bartell                    Linda Wheilan                      Rebecca Carleton

Danville School                          ( Home Address)                        Randolph Elementary

148 Peacham Road                   26 Strand Avenue                      40 Ayers Brook Road

Danville, VT 05828                 Brattleboro, VT 05301            Randolph Vermont 05060

802-684-3651                      802-258-3040                    802-728-9555


Burlington Area                                                 Franklin County

 Tina Logan                                       Jennifer Jacobson

Albert D Lawton School                      Swanton Schools

104 Maple Street                              24 Fourth Street

 Essex Junction VT 05452             Swanton VT 05488

802-878-1388                               802-868-4920                     


Reception for Artists families and Legislators  Friday March 30  5-6:30 > Work should be  picked up by teachers at the reception  unless clear arrangements have been made for it to be  taken back to the collection point and picked up there. This celebration will have refreshments and certificates for Artists.


Youth Art Month 2018 Flag Design Competition
VATA (Vermont Art Teachers Association) sponsors a YAM Flag design challenge for all Vermont
art students. One design selected by a jury will be printed as the Vermont YAM flag for 2018 and
be eligible for awards. The student’s school will receive a digitally printed copy of the flag. The
open ended theme for VATA’s March YAM activities and flag this year is “Linked In“ and focuses
on how art is linked to and enhances other subjects and human endeavors. Each year, the
National Council for Art Education coordinates Youth Art Month activities and invites States to hold
their own competition for their YAM Flag.
Sargent Art is generously providing cash awards for the student who is selected by a jury to design
the 2018 flag for Vermont as well as supplies for their school. Additional art supply prizes are
provided for students recognized at the Elementary, Middle and Secondary levels. The winning
design will be made into a flag for display in the Youth Art Month Museum at the National Art
Education Association (NAEA) annual National Convention in Seattle, WA.
• Submission is open to all Vermont Art students pre K-12th Grade
• Any artistic materials and techniques are fair game. We have the flag digitally printed.
• We have decided not to post entry limits for schools but ask educators to help our jurors by
submitting students best work.
Each entry must be easily digitally submitted via Jotform at Link or will not be included
in our jury process.
• Please consider sharing your student work on Instagram at # VtYAM 18 and visit our Pinterest
Linked In – Vermont Art Teachers Association page for ideas.
• High resolution and well lit images of designs will enlarge into a final winning printed flag successfully.
Flag Requirements:
• The final printed flag will 3’x5’. Design submissions should be in a proportional format.
• Design that connects to the Vermont Theme “Linked In”
• Text that will needs to be included in the Flag design - (by hand or digitally) Templates
o Vermont ( most important)
o 2018
o Youth Art Month
o Linked In
*Sargent Art generously offers awards to the selected designs and Information will be provided to the
winners and their teachers.
The Grand Prize from Sargent Art for one STUDENT whose flag is selected and printed as
the Vermont 2018 YAM Flag
o A cash prize of $1,000!
o $1,500 worth of classroom art supplies for her/his Art Teacher:
3 Category Prizes: Elementary Level/Middle/ Secondary
o $100 worth of Art Supplies for one Student
o $300 worth of Classroom Art Supplies for her/his Art Teacher.
Deadline: March 5, 20
Any questions, please contact Liz Swindell -



Math Murals with Mary Lacy

Thanks to all of those who Joined us for the February 3rd workshop with Vermont artist, Mary Lacy. Here are some highlights!


Saturday Feb 3rd   10am -1pm

Chandler Center For The Arts - Randolph

  Get inspired for VATA’s Celebration of Youth Art Month  (YAM) with a  hands on workshop for teachers that will immerse you in math and art through a project you can share with your students. The theme for The Vermont Art Teachers Association’s  (VATA) March YAM activities is “Linked In “ and focuses on how art is linked to and enhances other subjects and human endeavors. We will host a YAM exhibit at the Vermont State House in March open to all Vermont Art Students.

 This workshop will be led by Vermont mural artist Mary Lacy, who just completed a series of community mural projects across the US. Mary has also worked in Vermont Schools leading students and teachers in art mural projects that discussed proportion, fractions, measurement, multiplication, and the xy coordinate plane.  In our workshop teachers will complete a large-scale butterfly based off a smaller image using those principals. Those images could be grouped together to create a composite “Flight of Butterflies” or another group of animal mural in your school. The workshop content can be adapted for upper elementary through high school classes.

  The workshop is free for VATA members and $20 for non -member art educators or other interested educators. Space is limited sign up with a message to