Workshop Spotlight: Stiff Paper, Soft Slabs


To the typical art teacher, clay is a daunting endeavor but to the average student, its just a change to squish some mud! The possibilities with clay are endless, which is one of the reasons students love it so! Whether its a 2-D clay tile with a little relief work or a 3-D vessel, clay is an inspiring medium for students of all ages and all skill levels. Luckily Wendie Love's workshop is all about differentiation and choice through clay. 

This workshop will offer soft slab techniques that are valuable to all levels of students. Adding breadth and depth to any level of clay studio practice the tools and techniques demonstrated in this workshop will allow participants to explore differentiation in the context of clay. Using roofing paper templates to create soft slab forms; students will have the opportunity to explore, design, and construct a wide range of forms. The work may be sculptural, functional, or decorative. The skills will apply to the classroom and/or personal practice. Sam Chung and Bill Griffith are two artists who embrace these techniques. Their work will be used as a point of reference.

Participants should bring: a variety of clay tools, scissors, sketchbook and boxes for transport.

Wendie Love’s artwork is primarily influenced by the role of the form and function in art as it enables the building of community. She works to provide an environment and encouragement for young people to imagine and create. Valuing the creative process over the product, she strives to contagiously instill in her students a love research, planning, and the full embrace of the accidental. For her, clay more than other media, provides endless opportunities for technical research, historical appreciation, creative problem solving, and perpetual learning. Art is about process: establish/recognize a problem, imagine potential solutions, create a solution, evaluate and reflect on the quality of the solution, and repeat. In art and in life, she seeks to experience and share a passion for learning while building a creative community. She teaches at Farragut High School in Knoxville, TN. 

Workshop Spotlight: Introduction to Painting


If you live as an artist in the Knoxville Area than you already know the heaven that is Jerry's Artarama. Seeing all of those art supplies will send a shiver of inspiration from your fingers to your toes! So imagine being taught oil painting by the manager of heaven? Scott Manning gets to play and test these materials all the time! Its sure to be an inspiring painting class!

Participants will explore Color and Mediums from the three major types of Paints - Oils, Acrylics and Watercolors. See how Mediums can open up the world of color from the major Paint Manufacturers of Winsor Newton Oils and Watercolors; Liquitex Acrylics and Golden Acrylics. Participants will try all major mediums and paints from Winsor & Newton and Golden Acrylics A-Z sets. Also an introduction to Caran d’ Ache Drawing and Water soluble product portfolio.

Materials: Participants should bring:

  • Drawing Pencils,

  • Brushes for Acrylics, Oils and Watercolors;
    Journal Samples from manufacturers will be provided for use in classroom and take home. 

Scott Manning is the General Manager for Jerry’s Artarama of Knoxville. Scott is a Graduate from University of Tennessee in Art and Business. He does multiple Art Presentations and classes throughout the year at University Campuses, Schools and Artist Guilds. He works in Watercolor, Acrylics, Drawing and Pourings. A Winsor and Newton Working Artist will accompany him.

2018 TAEA Award Winners

One of the great privileges of serving on the board of the Tennessee Art Education Association is the opportunity to hear from our members to recognize outstanding art educators from all across the state.  This year, we got a fantastic slate of nominees in seventeen categories.  The executive committee of the board reviewed all of the nominations – carefully considering each nominee’s qualifications – to undertake the task of selecting which teachers to recognize.  Each nominee brought so much experience and passion for teaching; the hard part was choosing one educator per category to recognize!  This year’s award winners truly exemplify the qualities and standards of what it means to be a great art educator, going above-and-beyond for their students and their fellow teachers.  Congratulations to our 2018 award winners!

-Kathy Dumlao, President Elect


Tennessee Art Educator of the Year

Tina Atkinson


East Region Art Educator of the Year

Mary Katherine Chin


Middle Region Art Educator of the Year

Ted Edinger


West Region Art Educator of the Year

Amanda Tutor


Elementary Art Educator of the Year

Rebekah Laurenzi


Middle Level Art Educator of the Year

Eliza “Beth” Perthel


Secondary Art Educator of the Year

Carol Vinson


Higher Education Art Educator of the Year

Joy Bertling


Administration Educator of the Year

Heather Casteel


Museum Art Educator of the Year

Brooke Griffith


First Year Educator of the Year

Ericak Ryba


Pre-Service Art Educator of the Year

Gracie Knestrick


Emeritus Art Educator of the Year

Flowerree McDonough


Higher Education Student Achievement Award

Heather Eades


Distinguished Service within the Profession

Brad Foust


National Art Honor Society Sponsor of the Year

Cindy Bennett


Friend of TAEA

Dr. Richard Ranta

Watkins College of Art, Design, and Film

Workshop Spotlight: Painting with Oil Sticks


Ask anyone about their experience with Paul deMarrais' workshop and you'll hear glowing reviews! His oil sticks are the best quality and his instruction is stellar. Participants always leave with some amazing works of art. 

This workshop will get you started in a brand new kind of painting experience. Five years ago, Paul began learning how to make oil sticks and created his own user-friendly brand. Oil sticks are oil paint in a stick form made of walnut oil, natural waxes and dry pigments. It's a great way to paint. You won't need smelly solvents and the mountain of gear associated with traditional brush painting. Paul will show you how to do both a traditional painting and also techniques that lend themselves to more experimental approaches. In the classroom, Paul believes oil sticks are an excellent way to introduce students to color theory, color mixing and many other key concepts of painting. We all share a common 'crayon' experience from our childhood and these sticks are the ultimate crayon experience but with rich color, creamy handling and the exciting possibilities of oil painting. He will demonstrate and show how to create textures and effects with an inexpensive embossing heat gun. Paul will supply each artist teacher with a starter kit of oil stick colors and with ample supply of boards on hand. Come join me and you will be amazed at what you can create with these oil sticks! You’ll find more information at

Workshop Spotlight: Inner Workings of Monotype


Messy artists beware! Printmaking is one art form that requires a little patience and cleanliness. You might be messy but your work won't be!  

This two-day workshop will cover the basics of monotype and its transfer processes. We will learn about ink and the grease content as well as modification and treatment of the oil base ink. On day one we will be focusing on treatment of paper and transparency and on the second day, we will be working with high contrast and opaque color printing. All materials will be supplied

Koichi Yamamoto is an artist who merges traditional and contemporary techniques so as to develop unique and innovative approaches to the language of printmaking. His prints explore issues of the sublime, memory, and atmosphere. Koichi has worked at many scales, from small and meticulously engraved copper plates to large monotypes.

Koichi has exhibited internationally. He has taught at Utah State University and the University of Delaware. Currently, he is an Associate Professor at the University of Tennessee in Knoxville. His most recent sabbatical research has been working with bamboo from Kauai Island in Hawaii and making numerous kites at Joshua Tree National Park as an Artist in Residency. He lately produced a set of prints at an artist residency in Barcelona, Spain. 

Workshop Spotlight: Fibers


What could be more relaxing than spending an afternoon weaving with good company? The only thing missing is some tea! There are only a few spots left for this workshop; be sure to sign up soon before it's sold out!

Participants will each make a simple loom (to keep) and learn to weave on it. Looms may be long for a scarf, or rectangular for a bag. Fiber project ideas suitable for classrooms and suggestions for tying fibers in with many enduring ideas will be discussed. Instruction sheets and help will also be available for finger knitting, Kumihimo braiding, rope twisting, paper basket making and many other fiber techniques that only require inexpensive and easily available materials.

Materials: Participants should each bring at least two balls of yarn. One choice should be a relatively strong yarn that is not too hairy (for warp.) The other (for weft) can be any type at all, or even a medley of various yarns. Please bring extra odds and ends of yarn to trade and share with everyone. Grace will provide loom-making necessities.

Grace Eckert teaches Weaving and Fibers in the Visual and Theatre Arts Department of the University of Tennessee at Martin and is the Art Gallery Coordinator. She earned a bachelor degree in Fine Art from Illinois State University in 1977. Grace has exhibited worldwide and been awarded numerous artist residencies and public commissions. She lived in England for ten years and her works are in many private and public collections, including the Victoria and Albert Museum.

Grace has designed, made and sold over a thousand fiber art pieces. She maintains a private studio in Paris, TN where she creates tufted rugs, woven tapestries, and one-of-a-kind knitted and loom woven pieces. 

Workshop Spotlight: Steampunk Bugs


Look at that adorable little bug! Isn't he the sweetest?! How can you resist those giant cog-eyes?! 

In this Steampunk Workshop, participants will make bugs and other assemblages using metal gears, coils, clock parts, keys, trinkets, gems, hardware and junk drawer finds in Steampunk/Neo-Victorian Style. Steampunk lessons are highly engaging to students and flow easily across the curriculum while enhancing design-thinking and problem-solving strategies.

Melody Weintraub has worked as a professional artist for over 30 years. Her painting has been characterized as representational, evoking a narrative quality. Currently she is exploring mixed media and assemblage. She has conducted teaching workshops both regionally and abroad. She produced a watercolor video series, “Watercolor Painting Made Easy,” and is the author/illustrator of a children’s book, “The Little Bluebird,” published in 2001. She has been published in four issues of School Arts Magazine; “Art Rocks in Memphis” (Summer 2017), “Romare Bearden and Me” (Feb 2017), “Art After Hours” (October, 2016), “The Indispensable Art Teacher” (May/June, 2011), “How to Become a Highly Effective Art Teacher” (August/September 2011) and has five articles pending. Her article on, “Steampunk Bugs” is scheduled for the March 2018 issue of SchoolArts. She writes a weekly blog, “Art Teacher Tips” and has produced several instructional videos on her own YouTube Channel.

Melody Weintraub is an award-winning middle school art teacher at Briarcrest Christian School in Memphis, having presented both regionally through the Tennessee Art Education Association and nationally through the National Art Education Association (NAEA) Conferences. She is a member of The NAEA, The Memphis Germantown Art League and The Portrait Society of America. In 2014 she was named, “Tennessee Middle School Art Educator of the Year,” by the Tennessee Art Education Association (TAEA). She serves on the Executive Board of the TAEA as West Tennessee Regional Chair. She has taught K-3 through graduate level art education classes having served at The University of Memphis both as an adjunct and full-time instructor. 

Other than teaching and painting, Weintraub loves spending time with her family at the lake house and she also enjoys acting as a second profession. She can be seen in several television commercials and also appeared as the history teacher in the movie, “The Blind Side.” 

Workshop Spotlight: A Taste of Blacksmithing


It's hot and sweaty and definitely hard work. Get your mind out of the gutter! I'm talking about blacksmithing. This workshop is not for the faint of heart; it requires a lot of work and the conditions will be hot... duh! Speaking from experience, its easily one of the most fun I've ever had! Plus, how often do you get to say, "I know blacksmithing?" 

The blacksmithing workshop is an introduction to the fundamental techniques and tooling for forging, joining, and finishing steel into utilitarian forms such as hardware, cutlery, furniture, utensils, and architectural objects.  

Safety Equipment Required:

  • personal safety glasses - I recommend a decent pair that fit comfortably, as you will be required to wear them the entire time while working in the studio. 
  • a pair of good-fitting leather gloves - The need not be heavy welding gloves; garden style leather gloves will suffice. 
  • wear a full-leather shoe - no need for heavy boots. Leather tennis shoes or hiking boots will work just fine. 

We have earplugs available and all tools and metal will be supplied. 

Bill Price is a working artist/blacksmith, and full-time assistant professor of Metal Arts and Sculpture at Memphis College of Art. In 2006 he earned a master’s degree in Blacksmithing from Southern Illinois University Carbondale and has a BFA from Memphis College of Art. Bill maintains a studio and blacksmith shop, making both functional and sculptural pieces for private and corporate collections. He has shown work extensively, in both juried and invitational exhibitions, throughout the U.S. and abroad.

Bill has been nominated for the 2013 Emmett O’Ryan Award for Artistic Inspiration and two Niche Awards. His work has recently been added to the permanent collections of the Arkansas Art Center in Little Rock and the Kamm Teapot Foundation in Sparta, NC. Most recently, Bill was the recipient of the 2016 NICHE Award in the enameled metals category.