2019 Tennessee Art Education Association 

Professional Development State Conference

October 24 - 26, 2019


Watkins College of Art

2298 Rosa L. Parks Boulevard
Nashville, TN 37228





 Early registration 2-day: $200

Early registration 1-day: $100


 Early registration 2-day: $280*

Early registration 1-day: $140

Student Member:

Early registration 2-day: $100

Early registration 1-day: $50

Retired Member:

Early registration: $175

Early registration: $87.50

A $20 late registration fee will be added after October 1st.

NO on-site registration 

Join NAEA/TAEA today and enjoy a $80 discount on your conference registration.

*The non-member price includes the price of a TAEA Membership ($80)....  So why not join NAEA/TAEA today and enjoy the many other benefits? Check out what you'll receive at Join YOUR Community!  Then come back and register with your new member ID number!

If you have questions about the conference, contact Janis Nunnally, nunnallyj@pcsstn.com

**NO PURCHASE ORDERS OR PERSONAL CHECKS WILL BE ACCEPTED. WE ACCEPT Visa, Mastercard, American Express, Discover, and apple pay. ** Please email taea@tnarteducation.org for payment questions

Registration closes October 20th. Early Registration ends October 1st! There will be a $50 non-refundable charge on all refunds. 

Registration includes ALL of the following:

Friday night Reception: Wear your best Country Hoedown outfit. Hands on art activities. Drinks, snacks, and music! Bring your wears and sell at the Artisan Market. ($10 fee for a table) let Dr. David Meade know if you would like a table at meadearts@gmail.com

• Vendor provided Demos and Workshops
• Super Session Presentations
• Hands-on Workshops by world-class Presenters
• Keynote Speakers
• Artisans Market
• Access to Vendors
• Most Studio Supplies
• Swag Bags! 

Pre-Service Teacher Scholarship

We are offering free registration to the 2019 TAEA Annual Conference for the first 10 pre-service TAEA members that apply!

To apply for free registration, complete this online form (https://tiny.utk.edu/preserviceconference). Any questions can be directed to Dr. Joy Bertling at jbertlin@utk.edu.


2-Day Workshops

ALTERED BOOKS/VISUAL JOURNEY  (2-DAY WORKSHOP)                                    

Workshop Artist: Melody Weintraub

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Workshop Artist: Paul deMarrais

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Workshop artist: Brooke Griffith  

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Workshop Artist: Judy Klich

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PRINTMAKING (2-Day workshop)

Workshop Artist: Jake Lee

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1-Day Workshops

Mixed Media (1-Day workshop offered Friday and Saturday)

Workshop Artist: Wayne Brezinka  

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Clay (1-Day workshop; Elementary Clay offered on Friday, Secondary Clay offered Saturday)                 

Workshop Artist: Danielle McDaniel

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Wet Felting: Wool Geode Soft Sculptures (1-day workshop offered both Friday and Saturday)

Workshop Artist: Dr. David Meade

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Drawing for Graphic Novels (1-Day workshop, Friday Only)

Workshop Artist: Sanford Greene

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Workshop: Digital Art   (1-Day Workshop, Saturday Only) 

Workshop Artist: Rachel Briggs

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The Awards Banquet Is not included in your registration price; so if would like to join us for a fabulous evening honoring some of our outstanding educators across the state, you must also add it to your cart when registering.

2019 Awards Banquet

Join us on Thursday evening, October 24 at 6:30 pm as we recognize and celebrate all of the 2020 TAEA Art Educator Awardees on The Clay Lady Campus, 1416 Lebanon Pike, Nashville, TN 37210. Heavy hors-d’oeuvres and dessert will be served. Awardees come free. Space is limited. Guest tickets are $15 each!


The Clay Lady Campus

1416 Lebanon Pike

Nashville, TN 37210


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Mixed Media with Wayne Brezinka (1-Day Workshop)


Brezinka will be leading a unique exercise in mixed media in a 1-day workshop. Come investigate the physical qualities of art through objects both common and unexpected with a willing attitude to experiment and learn by doing.

Wayne is an award-winning artist and illustrator hailing from Nashville, Tennessee. He works with paper, paint, found and repurposed items, telling stories through image with strong and intelligent conceptual solutions. As a contributing artist to publications including The Washington Post, The New York Times, POLITICO Europe, Deloitte University Press and The Tampa Bay Times, his work has been recognized by the Society of Illustrators, Communications Arts, Print Magazine and 3x3. The Nashville-based artist’s LINCOLN portrait was on a 5-year loan for a temporary exhibition at the historic Ford’s Theatre and Museum in Washington, D.C. ending in 2017. His portrait of BOB DYLAN recently wrapped a five-month-long exhibition at the Tennessee State Museum in late 2015. Former United States Vice President Al Gore and country music icon George Strait are among Brezinka’s most recent collectors.


Clay with Danielle McDaniel (Elementary Clay on Friday, Secondary Clay on Saturday)

Elementary - Friday, October 25

“Fluency in the language of the visual arts is the ability to Create, Produce, Respond, and Connect through symbolic and metaphoric forms that are unique to the visual arts.”

Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady will share her 38 years of clay teaching experience to help elementary art teachers teach a clay project simply, successfully and able to meet the Visual Arts Standards as outlined by the State of Tennessee. Hands on lesson will be taught after exploring each of the domains as they pertain to teaching clay in the classroom.

Secondary - Saturday, October 26

“Fluency in the language of the visual arts is the ability to Create, Produce, Respond, and Connect through symbolic and metaphoric forms that are unique to the visual arts.”

Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady will share her 38 years of clay teaching experience to help secondary art teachers teach a clay project successfully and able to meet the Visual Arts Standards as outlined by the State of Tennessee. Teaching students on the potter’s wheel will be taught after exploring each of the domains as they pertain to teaching clay in the classroom.

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Danielle McDaniel~The Clay Lady has dedicated her life to the transformative power of art by teaching clay to hundreds of thousands of children and ensuring clay would be taught in the classroom by educating art teachers The Clay Lady Way She created The Clay Lady’s Campus, an art community in Nashville TN, which sees over 500 students and artists each week, filling studios and classrooms with enhancing, creative endeavors. For all ages, all levels and in all circumstances, Danielle~The Clay Lady has created a way for clay to be accessible to everyone via videos, books, seminars and The Campus.

Take What you Think, Take What you Feel, Mix It All Up and Make Something Real. 

Since 1982, this motto has been repeated by The Clay Lady and her students in every class and workshop. It encompasses her philosophy surrounding the greatness and goodness of being an artist that goes beyond creating a clay project. It also asks the artist to consider the call that artists not only make beautiful things, but they are called to make the world a more beautiful place.

Wet Felting: Wool Geode Soft Scultures with Dr. David Meade (1-Day offered both Friday and Saturday)

In this one-day workshop we will explore how to use soft roving (wool) to create a beautiful hard(ish) felted geode! Throughout this creative journey we will discuss wool fibers and fiber processes while merging science with art. Your geode could be the end of your making process, or it can be the beginning of something new- we will view, discuss and explore additional exciting projects!



David lives in rural Northeast Tennessee, where he is an elementary art teacher by day and an artist by night.  David has his B.S. in Interior Design from The Art Institute of Pittsburgh, M.A. in Art Education from Edinboro University, Ed.S. in General Education from Union College, and Ed.D. in Administrative Leadership from Carson-Newman University.  David started his passion for art in an unusual way, by starting his studies in Mathematics and Chaos Theory but soon found the beauty that was created with fractals. This led him into the technical side of Interior Design. 

While attending The Art Institute of Pittsburgh he grew more intrigued with “Art” it’s self.  He began taking figure drawing, painting, form and structure, ceramics, and art history classes.  From that point on he knew that art was his life’s passion and by gaining a teaching certification in art education he learned that he could inspire others while helping them learn more about the art world.  

David’s artwork is inspired by his dreams, life experiences, his surroundings, and his family and friends.  His biggest inspiration is his students, he says, “every day I learn something or some new way of doing something from them”.  David has exhibited his work in several shows and been a featured artist of the month.  He is also a member of the Crochet Guild of America.

When David is creating pieces he mostly works as a fiber artist creating dyed, crocheted, knitted, and woven pieces of wearable art.  He also creates painted pieces using acrylic, gouache, and watercolor.  Recently, he has started rust painting on silk fabric.  


Drawing for Graphic Novels with Sanford Greene (1-Day offered Friday only)

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Sanford Greene will facilitate a workshop on Friday only. This workshop will cover the techniques of drawing for graphic novels. He will reveal more insights on his amazing career in this area, including his time with Marvel comics and his new series that he has created.


Sanford Greene has worked professionally in the comic illustration and related industries for over 16 years. Working for mainline publishers such as, Marvel, DC, Dark Horse and Image Comics. You can see his most recent work on the hit Marvel series “ Powerman and Iron Fist “ as well as illustration work for “ Black Panther ” and “ Luke Cage “. He is currently working on his creator owned online comic series for the popular Webtoons platform called “1000” and the critically acclaimed new title called “ Bitter Root “, an action fantasy set during the Harlem Renaissance, published by Image comics. Sanford also is an instructor in the art department for Benedict College.

Digital Art with Rachel Briggs (1-Day offered Saturday only)

From an existing sketch, learn the essentials that will ease you on your path to bring analog drawings from your sketchbook to life! Learn fundamental starting points of Adobe Photoshop, InDesign and even Illustrator, and experience how these programs can enhance your illustrations. Each attendee should bring a sketchbook or an existing black and white drawing to class. We will discuss the best way to prepare an image for scanning, digitizing, cleaning and refining the line art, digital coloring with brushes, adding text and the basics of layout (how to use the image in a flyer or publication) and more! Bring sketch / sketch book, drawing tools (pen, pencil) and any examples of digital illustrations you've seen out in the world that you love, bring those too! We'll discuss how they are made!



Rachel Briggs is an illustrator and designer based in Nashville. Formerly Art Director at American Songwriter magazine and in-house illustrator & designer at Time Out Chicago, her illustration work has since appeared on the cans and bottles of Wiseacre Brewing Company, various album covers, band posters, tour backdrops, music videos, and in publications from Brooklyn Arts Press, Third Man Books and more. www.rachelbriggs.com 



2-Day Workshops


Altered Books/Visual Journey with Melody Weintraub (2-Day Workshop)

Participants will create an altered book based on the theme of their choice. They will learn some foundational techniques for preparing and altering books as well as explore various mixed media processes including: photo-transfer, black-out poetry, paper-weaving, pop-ups and others. Participants will also see how altering books can be used not only in the classroom but also as a personal and meaningful way to record a visual journey. Participants are encouraged to bring clippings, ephemera, photo-copied photos, and other objects that align with the theme they wish to explore. All other supplies, including discarded books will be supplied as well as an illustrated guide.


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Melody Weintraub has over 30 years’ experience in community art instruction and adult art instruction and over 15 years of K-12 classroom art instruction experience in both private and public schools. She has presented at the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Tennessee Art Education (TAEA), Virginia Art Education Association and Mississippi Art Education Association Conferences. She received her Master’s of Art Teaching in Secondary Art Education from The University of Memphis, where she also served as a full-time appointed art education instructor for two years. In 2014, she was named TAEA Middle School Art Educator of the Year. In 2015, Weintraub was elected to the Board of TAEA as West Tennessee Regional Chair. Currently she serves as TAEA President-Elect. She is a regular contributor to, SchoolArts Magazine. Her most recent article, Why Art Really Matters to Me, was featured in the September 2019 issue. She also wrote and illustrated the children’s book, The Little Bluebird (2001) and illustrated, ABC’s for Teachers by Billie McDonald Jeffries (1993). Her professional work as an artist focuses on drawing and painting, collage and assemblage. She maintains a YouTube Channel where she posts instructional “Tips for Teachers.” Her website, gallery and blog can be found at www.melodyweintraub.com

Painting with Oil Sticks with Paul deMarrais (2-Day Workshop)

Eight years ago, I began work on developing my own line of oil sticks. In this workshop, I will show you haw versatile and exciting this medium can be. We’ll get into color mixing and using palette knives and will explore all sorts of options and techniques that are possible with these oil sticks. During the course of teaching workshops, I have found that students do very well with my oil sticks. My theory is we are all baptized in art with crayons so there is a built-in familiarity there. Traditional oil painting gear can be intimidating and initiate a crippling fear that is an enemy of creativity and free expression. In the last couple of years, my interest has been how to paint with ore tightness ad detail and I am eager to share my best tips and experiments. I will supply all the materials you will need for some fun and challenging painting. Come join me!


My name is Paul deMarrais. For many years I was a pastel painter and wanted to learn how to paint with oil paint. The brushes, gear, and techniques were foreign to me and my efforts were discouraging. I became interested in making oil sticks so I could learn to paint with oil with a pastel-like technique that I was very familiar. This began a seven-year journey of trial and error, testing, tweaking and experimentation that continues every day. My oil sticks are bright, easy to hold and to use and I hope you will consider giving them a try. Artists around the country and the globe are creating exciting paintings with them in a variety of styles. I enjoy working with other artists and sharing what I can to help them create the paintings they would like to create. As a veteran painter, it is now my mission to try and inspire others to enjoy the challenge of making paintings like I have. Each painting I make is a journey and a chance to learn something. It is learning that keeps all of us moving forward in life!




The Basics: Simple Techniques to Make Jewelry in the Classroom with Brooke Griffith (2-Day Workshop)

Join us for a fun, intensive dive into the world of jewelry making in this 2-day workshop!  In this class, participants will learn wire wrapping basics how to wire beads on a continuous strand, connect chains with wire pins, create a chain using wire wrapping techniques, and learn simple wire soldering skill that can all be applied to jewelry making in the classroom. All jewelry tools and materials will be provided-however, if you have jewelry pliers and tools you prefer working with, please bring them with you



Brooke is the owner and designer of Glen & Effie, a jewelry company dedicated to creating modern heirlooms for women of all generations.  Native to east Tennessee, she decided to move to Nashville to pursue an education and career in the arts.  She eventually decided to combine her love for fashion, stories, and antique finds. The jewelry business was formed out of respect for the detail and craftsmanship of earlier generations-ultimately named after her grandparents, Glen and Effie Allen. Hand crafting each unique accessory has allowed her to tell stories with relics from history-reviving forgotten and old pieces into designs that will remain just as timeless a they have been in the past.


Basics and Beyond with Encaustics with Judy Klich (2-Day Workshop)

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Take this 2-day workshop with Encaustic Artist, Judy Klich, MFA and learn how LUSCIOUS and VERSATILE the Encaustic Medium is and BEE introduced to all the amazing techniques you can do with WAX.  

On the first day this workshop is designed to give students an introduction to the vibrant world of encaustics.  You will learn how to make your own wax medium, tools and support surfaces as well as setting up a studio space and safety procedures. We will explore many different techniques including fusing, incising, and scraping.  Demonstrations of each technique will be shown.   

The second day will focus on collage with paper, fabric and three-dimensional natural materials along with Photo and Drawing Transfer techniques. Students are encouraged to bring collage materials, and photos and graphic prints copied on a black and white and color laser printer.  You may also bring different drawing materials to see multiple ways to transfer onto the wax surfaces.


Judy Klich experiences a spiritual connection to the natural world through painting. Capturing the earth’s beauty, Judy’s work features natural and organic shapes amid three-dimensional textures and geometric shapes infused with rich color. 

Encaustic is her chosen medium and passion, opening a space for limitless creativity. Its unique physical properties—using a mixture of beeswax, dammar resin and pigment combined with heat—offer a multi-dimensional, heavily textured surface.  Judy’s process unites painting, drawing, collage and photograph transfers creating an unexpected spontaneous flow of energy and endless possibilities.

Judy Klich earned a Bachelor of Science degree in interior design from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro in 1990. After 18 years as a professional commercial designer, Judy decided to pursue her lifelong dream to be creative without parameters and paint bold abstract paintings. She completed a Master of Fine Arts degree at the Academy of Art University in San Francisco in May 2011. Judy now works as an Art Consultant with Corporate Artworks and selects art for commercial and healthcare projects on a daily basis while continuing to paint in the evenings at her home studio.

Judy is represented by River Gallery, Chattanooga, TN,  TN, Lark and Key Gallery, Charlotte, NC, The Studio Gallery in Grayton Beach, FL and Adam Peck Gallery in Provincetown, MA.  She has also participated in multiple juried shows since 2009 including Harding Academy Art Show, Brentwood Academy and Lipscomb Academy art shows and has had multiple solo shows over the last 9 years.

Judy teaches encaustic, watercolor, acrylic and oil painting privately and in classes in her studio in Nashville, TN. Her website is www.judyklichart.com


Printmaking with Jake Lee (2-Day Workshop)

In this two-day workshop, we will produce images on paper using screenprint (also known as silkscreen). This process is great for making bold, graphic images in bright color. You will learn the process of making stencils, exposing screens, and techniques for printing multiple layers and colors. We will experiment with many hands-on techniques for making an image, and you will learn alternate ways to do the process without the convenience of purpose-built equipment. At the end of the second session, you will have created an edition (multiple copies) of multi-color prints. We will approach this workshop as a time for experimentation and learning the process, not focused on the final product. Come ready to get messy! 


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Jake Lee is a graduate of Vanderbilt University; he graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors in Art in May 2016. His work has been shown in group shows in the Nashville area, and most recently in a solo-exhibition at Halcyon Bike Shop. Jake currently lives in Nashville, TN where he works as an Event Coordinator at Walk Bike Nashville and teaches Community Education classes in printmaking at Watkins College of Art. Jake's recent print work dips a toe into the surreal while cultivating an invented narrative about the natural and built environment. His sculptural and mixed-media work investigates material, and how we interact with those objects in the world we deem disposable.