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Jenna Poulton, 5th grader at Ozona Elementary won the top award at Creative Start Sunday November 9th with her digital self portrait. 
Lindsay Waguespack is her art teacher.

Some elementary students that received Artistic Merit and Honorable Mention certificates at the Dunedin Fine Arts Center for Creative Start.
Great Job!

FAEA 2014 Educators of the Year!

Congratulations to Julie Levesque of Frontier Elementary School and to Dwayne Shepherd of Osceola Middle School! Julie was named the 2014 FAEA Elementary Teacher of the Year and Dwayne was selected as the 2104 FAEA Middle School Teacher of the Year. Both were recognized at the Florida Art Education Association conference in Daytona Beach, Saturday, October 4th at the Daytona Beach Hilton Resort. Julie and Dwayne were chosen for these awards as a result of their commitment to art education in Pinellas County and for their leadership. Both teachers have served as mentors for the district and have conducted workshops for art teachers at the local and state levels.

Thanks to Steve Sikorski for a Great Workshop!

On Thursday, September 25th, Steve Sikorski led an art teacher workshop featuring the work of artist Michael Albert. Participants learned about “Cerealism” and received artist's posters signed and dated and multiple lesson plans were shared. Teachers also learned about clay techniques using four different kinds of clay along with reactions created by various glazes.

Sue Honored with FAEA Career Service Award!

Kudos to Sue for receiving the FAEA Career Service Award! 

This award is for those individuals who have demonstrated a career of professional commitment to the field of art education. This includes a history of advocacy and leadership in advancing the cause of art education in Florida, along with research or publication or exhibition that contributes to the body of knowledge of the field at the state or local level.

If you have conference photos, share them on our Facebook page!

PCCA Artist Wins Student Award

Alicia DiRizziano earned the 2014 Charles Dorn Award of Excellence for her work titled “Orchid Moth”.

Yoko Nogami, PCCA at Gibbs HS, is her art instructor.

If you attended the FAEA Conference in Daytona Beach, you had to be energized by the workshops, forums, and time spent with colleagues.

Many of our Pinellas art teachers presented at conference. At the Elementary Division Meeting, Nancy Walkup (NAEA Division Director, Elementary Division) suggested that if you are interested in presenting at a state or national conference, consider presenting with a colleague in order that you gain the experience of presenting while sharing the experience with a friend.

Next year’s conference will be held in Naples!

Advocacy Corner


    In our newsletters this year, PAEA will provide information about how you can be an advocate for arts education.  

     Visit the National Art Education Association website for more information about “Advocacy Made Simple”.   Ideas include how to create a clear message, how to be visible, and how to create a network for communication.  There are also many flyers and articles available for downloading.

   Finally, learn more about how you can join NAEA using your Artsonia funds!

Advocacy 1 x 1


    In the coming months, we will be focusing on how you, one art teacher, can promote art education in our community.  We will also be providing resources where you can find useful information and data regarding how arts education impacts student achievement.

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The Corner Canvas

By Gina Sullivan


   Hello and welcome back Art Teachers! I hope you all had a fantastic summer! As we approach the school year I am curious if you have a "back to school" bulletin board. If you do, what do you put on it for the first month of school? Do you have a group project that you display until projects get rolling? Is it rules and procedures, vocabulary, art from previous year, art history prints, etc.? I'd love to see how you decorate the space, whether it be from last year or this year. Please send me an email ( with a photograph of your bulletin board, your name along with the name of your school by September 12.  I will share our amazing photos in the next newsletter!

Thanks to the following businesses for donations: 

  • Publix
  • Sam’s Club
  • Ruth Eckerd Hall
  • Dali Museum
  • Indian Rocks Beach Art Center
  • St. Petersburg Museum of Fine Arts
On March 6, Osceola Middle School’s art students, lead by Dwayne Shepherd, visited Pinellas County Center for the Arts after their trip to the Dali Museum. 
Approximately 30 students came on the tour of the school at 1:15 and were met by the PCCA Visual Art senior AP students and went on a campus wide tour. They visited all of the PCCA departments, which include dance, design technology, instrumental music, musical theater, performance-theater, visual art and vocal music. They were able to visit the back stage of the grand theater, costume department, theater workshop, choir and orchestra rooms, dance studios and our fabulous visual art studios. Their last stop was one of the art studios where they received a portrait drawing lesson from the AP art students. They learned quick-and-easy techniques to establish facial proportions and how to make interesting and creative portraits. Our AP students stayed after school to spend time with the Osceola students and all 30 Osceola students were attentive and engaged in the lesson given. We were delighted to know that many of the students and chaperones were highly impressed with the PCCA program and showed eagerness to audition for us. At the same time, our AP students were very proud and excited to teach and mentor the middle school students.
We welcome all middle and elementary school art teachers to bring your students to our school for a tour and a quick workshop. If you are visiting downtown St. Petersburg, we are a great last stop before you go back to your school. We will be delighted to tie the lesson with your field trip content for the workshop as well.
Our school hosts over 20 art exhibitions through out the year, along with multitude of performances in our two theaters, open to the public. Our galleries are almost always filled with art exhibitions. Please visit for our schedule in the events calendar. Please contact Yoko Nogami: to book your field trip.

For middle school students, fall trips would be the best time to prepare your 8th graders to choose their magnet program in the spring. We will be delighted to welcome your students to the PCCA family! And, for elementary school students, February and March would be a perfect time to tie in with the Regional Scholastic Art Exhibition and K-12 Sculpture Exhibition, along with our senior thesis exhibitions. It will be double the fun to find their works exhibited in their field trip destination!


 PAEA Printmaking Workshop - A Success!!!


    An exceptional teacher, Roxanne McGlashan, inspired everyone who attended the Experimental Printmaking class at the Indian Rocks Beach Art Center on Saturday, March 15th, 2014.   Roxanne teaches at St. Pete High.  Roxanne demonstrated the process of mock litho and everyone left the class in pursuit of plexiglass!



      Cheri Connolly (Anona Elementary), Linda Crawley (McMullen Booth Elementary), Susan Davis (Nina Harris Exceptional), and Latonya Hicks (Largo High School).    They were nominated by their schools for Pinellas County Schools Outstanding Educator!

Congratulations to  Karen Santangelo!  

    Karen was recently honored for her enthusiasm and effectiveness in teaching; she received the Alumni Choice Scholarship from National Louis University. Karen teaches at Clearwater Fundamental

Middle School and is a PAEA Middle School Representative.  She also coordinates and plans all of our artist-teacher workshops.

Art Teacher Show at Indian Rocks Beach Art Center a Big Success!


    Thanks to everyone who attended the opening of the Summer 2014 Art Teacher Exhibition at the IRB Art Center.   Twenty-six artists exhibited nearly eighty-five works of art.   The event was featured on the PCSB website, in local newspapers, and Dr. Grego encouraged everyone at the June 24th School Board meeting “not to miss this show!”  

    Carve out some studio time this year, because more opportunities to show your works are coming!

Your Art Friends
are on Facebook

If you're not in PAEA's facebook group, you're missing out on a lot of fun, interesting posts, and super cool sharing! Keep in touch with your art friends and colleagues over the summer and throughout the school year by joining the fabulous facebook PAEA group now! Just click here to join: HERE!

Art Heroes

Adobe Education Leader, Kevin McMahon is the creator of a new project called "Art Heroes" - a program intended to benefit creative students and teachers - and a wide range of noble causes. Essentially, Art Heroes connects digital media students who need to develop their portfolios for college and job apps with non-profit causes that cannot afford industry rates for creative work. This project is in its infancy, so if you teach creatives (or are a creative), they may need to return as the job-list grows. If you know groups who need work done, please pass this information on so they can submit a job.
Here's their website link:

Two Art Teachers to Represent at Largo Art Hop    

Jay Titus and Lisa Bagley exhibited work in the 2014 Largo Art Hop on Saturday, March 8th.    Lisa was the featured Rising Star Artist. Jay teaches at Countryside High School and Lisa teaches at Largo High School.

Another Student Awarded by PAEA!

Lindsay Lovequist, PAEA Treasurer, giving out the Pinellas Art Education Award at the Word and Image Exhibition on February 8th, 2014 at the Morean Arts Center.   Pictured with Lindsay is Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions.   PAEA gives out awards to students at many of the countywide exhibitions.

     Thanks to the Museum of Fine Arts, St. Petersburg, for hosting a free museum tour of  “Mixing Metaphors:  The Aesthetic, the Social and the Political in African American Art, Works from the Bank of America Collection”.  Members who attended the event on Saturday, November 9th, spent the morning sharing ideas for lessons and learning about the artists included in the exhibition.  It was an inspirational day!

Thanks to everyone who helped make the 2012-2013 Administration Building Art Exhibit a success!   Students from Gibbs High School and Largo High School volunteered to help serve refreshments at the event.   The families had a great evening thanks to all of the volunteers.

PAEA's Teacher Appraisal Workshop a Success!    

Thanks to everyone who attended our first Appraisal Sharing Workshop on Thursday, October 24th!

   Also, thanks to Gina Sullivan and Haley Treiber for planning and facilitating the event!

Welcome Reception Sponsored by the Ringling College of Art and Design

     While attending the FAEA conference in Daytona Beach, make sure you don’t miss the Welcome Reception sponsored by the Ringling College of Art and Design.   The reception is from 7:00-9:00 p.m.; the location is the Atlantic Center for the Arts.   More information can be found at

Meet up with your Pinellas colleagues at this event!

Save the Date:


FAEA Conference:  10/11-13


Art Teachers and Teacher Assessment Workshop, Walsingham Elementary, Thurs. 10/24,

4:30 p.m.   RSVP:  Gina Sullivan by October 18th


Museum of Fine Arts TourMixing Metaphors The Aesthetic, the Social & the Political in African American Art, Sat. 11/09, 10 a.m.   

RSVP:  Wendy Bruce by Oct. 1st (Free Admission for PAEA Members)

Two Pinellas Art Educators Win FAEA Educator of the Year Award!

Congratulations to Linda Crawley and Roxanne McGlashan!!!  Both are Florida Art Education Association Art Educators of the Year-2013!    Both teachers will receive their awards at the FAEA conference on Saturday, October 12 at the Awards Breakfast.   Tickets are still available for this event…visit to purchase tickets.

     Roxanne teaches at St. Petersburg High School and Linda Crawley teaches at McMullen Booth Elementary; both will receive awards at the 2013 Florida Art Education Association Conference on Saturday, October 12 at the Hilton Daytona Beach Resort, Daytona Beach, Florida.

Linda Crawley is the person you call when you want something done.   She is one of those people who have figured out how to get fifty things done in a twenty-four hour day.   When does she sleep?

     Linda was one of the first teachers in our district to pilot a Mac computer lab.   She is an expert at teaching with a Smartboard.   Currently, she is figuring out how i-pads can be used in her elementary classroom to advance art learning.  She shares this information with all of the Pinellas Art teachers on our database.   Her students consistently have artworks exhibited throughout the county and the state (not to mention on-line at!).  

    It not just students that she teaches….she often leads workshops at District-wide trainings.  She conducts trainings related to use of the Smartboard, strategies for working with ESE students, curriculum, Common Core, and the NGSSS.   Teachers scramble to be included in her workshops and trainings.

    Linda has demonstrated leadership within Pinellas Schools and in FAEA.   She has been the Team Leader at her school for five years, served on the School Improvement Plan Committee, and has been the PMAC liason at her school for the past four years.   Finally, she has served on several PTA Boards.

     As an Art Educator, she has been a member of the Pinellas Art Education Association (PAEA) since 1990.   She served as Secretary for the organization for two years, and continues to volunteer for PAEA at various events.    A member of FAEA for twelve years, she has presented at every state conference.   She also volunteered her time to prepare for the FAEA State Conferences that were recently held in St. Petersburg.

    While she is not busy teaching, she publishes.   Article written by Linda have appeared in publications such as Arts and Activities and Mayco.   She has also participated in developing the Pinellas Visual Art Curriculum, aligning the new standards and Common Core with the Pinellas Key Learnings.

     Linda is a member of ACE (Arts for a Complete Education); she currently is serving as Co-Chair of the organization.  She attends many School Board meetings as a representative of ACE and meets with legislators to advocate for equitable arts education for all Florida students.   She is a Committee Member of the Clearwater Arts Alliance, which supports and advocates for arts education opportunities in the city of Clearwater.  

    Linda is a leader that exemplifies commitment to the field of art education.   But more than that, Linda inspires and motivates others in a quiet, caring manner.   She encourages other art educators to present at FAEA conferences and helps them prepare.   She generously supports fellow educators by communicating strategies for teaching students with special needs, by sharing her knowledge of technology and curriculum, and by just providing support to others when needed.

   Even though she doesn’t sleep, she still maintains a positive attitude.  The trait most admired about Linda is the way she optimistically encourages others to focus on the “big picture”----quality arts education for all.

PAEA Workshop:  Sculptural Forms Through Weaving

     On Saturday, September 14th, a group of PAEA members joined the Tampa Bay Basket Weavers Guild for an enjoyable afternoon.  The Guild members had previously exchanged brown bags that contained random items they were instructed to use to create a basket that would be revealed on September 14. 

     We shared in the unveiling process of the many creative and interesting baskets that they had made over the summer months. The Guild members shared their wealth of knowledge with PAEA.  We learned random weave using a plastic strawberry basket as well as traditional weave using newspapers. The Guild shared many sculptural projects along with multiple supplies they donated freely to anyone that wanted the materials.

      We had a terrific afternoon and the Guild members were happy to share their experiences in the hopes that the art of weaving will be shared with future generations.


Virtual Exhibition – Call for Entries

Submit your artwork into FAEA’s Member Virtual Exhibition!  There will be awards given out in several categories such as drawing, ceramics, and painting and there will be a cash award for “best in show”.

The exhibition will be shown and celebrated on Thursday, October 10 at the Ormond Beach Memorial Art Museum & Gardens from 7:00 pm-9:00 pm.  

Visit to enter you work today!

Note: This is a professionally juried exhibition. Entering work does not guarantee acceptance.
Thanks, Former President Dwayne!

At the 2103 District Wide Training, PAEA recognized Dwayne Shepherd
for his years of service to PAEA.  (We think it was over a decade!!!).   

   Dwayne teaches at Osceola Middle School and was a Pinellas Teacher of the Year Finalist in 2009. He organized many events, including Picnic and Paints, Creative Curiosities, and Artist-Teacher exhibitions. Thank you, Dwayne, for working tirelessly to promote arts education in Pinellas County!
Glass Artist Donates Art to PAEA

    You may have wondered who created the glass sculpture that was given to Dwayne Shepherd at the District Wide Training on August 14.  His name is Jason Bourgholtzer.
    Jason Bourgholtzer was born in St. Petersburg, Florida in 1976. His love of glass started from a visit to the Renaissance festival in the spring of 1999, which blossomed into an apprenticeship that lasted 2 years. Being a Florida native and living near the Gulf of Mexico his entire life, his major influences come from the ocean and its creatures. In January of 2013 he was hired to work as a performing artist at Disney where he is currently employed by The Arribas Brothers at The Walt Disney World Resorts. He currently does custom pieces outside of working for the Arribas Brothers, Artwork is available to view on his website. For info, contact: Jason Michael Bourgholtzer
, 727-776-1467,

Here's the List of Pinellas Art Educators Presenting at FAEA in Daytona from October 10 - 13th, 2013:


Head, Hands, Art
 - Julie Levesque & Amy Laroche
 ART Teachers with SmART Boards
 - Linda Crawley

 Digital Photography and the Art Field Trip
 - Donna Sinicrope (retired)
 1 and 2 Point Perspective: Interior Design and 3-D Models
 - Serrena Hospedales
Contemporary Jewelry Design from Found Objects & Non-Traditional Materials
 - Marty Loftus
 The Salvador Dali Museum Junior Docent Program - 
Leslie Footlick & Esta Levine
Digital Photography with ANY Camera
 - Jack Tovey
Digital Underwater Landscapes
 - Linda Hilterbrandt
 Not Your Average Use of Forks & Spoons: Creating Art from Plastic Dinnerware
 - Meredith Cohen

 Collaborative Painting Panels
 - Dwayne Shepherd & Haley Treiber
Visual Analysis is Critical to Common Core Literacy - 
Susan Castleman
 Key Findings from a K-12 Art Teacher iPad Pilot Program - 
Jonathan Ogle & Jack Tovey
 Knee to Toe Figure Drawing - 
Patricia Priscoe (retired)
 Making Data Collection Fun: Using the DoJo App in the Art Room
 - Judith Worley

FAEA Recognizes Pinellas County Student at Gibbs PCCA for Excellent Artwork with the Prestigious Sargent Art Award! 

Congratulations to her Art Teacher, Marty Loftus!

See all award-winning work on FAEA's website by clicking here:

The NEW "Eat, Sleep, Create, Repeat" PAEA Shirt Is Unveiled! 

Buy yours at the Art DWT training day on August 32d or email us for details:


The National Coalition for core Arts Standards (NCCAS) released a draft of the PK-8 Arts Standards last month.   If you are interested in reviewing the Visual Arts Standards, visit the NCCAS website at the website below for detailed instructions.

     NCCAS is the coalition of national arts and education organizations and media arts representatives that are developing the 2014 National Core Arts Standards. The new, voluntary grade-by-grade web-based standards are intended to affirm the place of arts education in a balanced core curriculum, support the 21st-century needs of students and teachers, and help ensure that all students are “college and career” ready. The arts standards emphasize “big ideas,” philosophical foundations, enduring understandings/essential questions, and anchor/performance standards, all of which are intended to guide the curriculum development and instructional practices that leads to arts literacy for all students.

PCS Students and their Art Teachers Win Big in NYC!

Arts for a Complete Education : ACE

     Did you know there is a group of community members advocating for quality arts education programs in our schools?   The group is known as ACE-Arts for a Complete Education.   ACE members work to educate the community about arts education issues.  They attend all School Board meetings and meet with legislators and government officials to ensure all students in Pinellas County have access to arts education programs.  ACE also recommends policies that support continued arts education opportunities.

      The ACE steering committee includes educators, administrators, parents, volunteers, arts advocates, artists, and representatives from civic groups, industry, local businesses, and PTSA members.  For more information, contact ACE at; or, you can contact Wendy Bruce or Linda Crawley for more information.

April 2013

 For more information, download ACE's most current brochure from:

Amazing Digital Photography by 5th Grade Students @ Shore Acres Elementary

Shore Acres Fifth Grade students exhibited photographs taken during their Art Field Trip to Tampa Museum and the Florida Museum of Photographic Arts at the Abbey Adams Law Firm in downtown St. Petersburg.   Students used iPhoto to edit their images for exhibit.  This is the second student exhibit featured at the law firm this year.

Art Teacher, Donna Sinicrope, accepted a recycled Mac Lab for her classroom 3 years ago, requiring several replaced batteries and a few upgrades. Learning as she taught, Sinicrope has brought the students to a superb level of digital art making using this refurbed lab. Just goes to show that you don't neccessarily have to have the latest and greatest to make great art!

On the right are two examples of fifth grade digital photography taken by students in Sinicrope's class.
April 2013

Word & Image Award Recipient

     Smile!   Madison, a fifth grader at Oakhurst Elementary, was especially delighted to win an award for her artwork.   The award was given by the Morean Art Center at the Uniquely, Creatively Me Exhibition. Madison received a 1 week scholarship to a summer art camp at The Center.

                                         “Talkative Me”
I, Madison, am talkative. That means I can talk for over an hour straight. Because I talk a lot, I can talk fast enough to confuse people. That leads up for me, a girl, to be able to rap. In my family I’m the only one who can talk for over an hour straight. When I think of the word talkative, I think of five colors: purple, pink, orange, yellow, and white. My mom tells me I’ve been “talking” since I was born. She really means that since I was born, I have been making noises with my mouth! I can sing really well because I talk a lot. This self-portrait represents talkative; it’s an up-close and personal self-portrait of me, well, talking. One last thing, my favorite shirt is my ‘Little Miss Chatterbox’ shirt. This is how I, Madison, am creatively uniquely me!"

Youth Art Month

Fellow art teachers,

It is that time of year again where we celebrate Youth Art Month (YAM)! Youth Art Month is a month of promoting art and art education in the United States. It is observed in March, with thousands of schools participating, often with the involvement of local art museums and civic organizations.


As art teachers we like to celebrate art everyday in our classrooms, but March is specifically dedicated to promoting art and art education in the United States. You are making art in your classrooms already, so it is very easy to tie in! Activities can be small or elaborate. Here are some ideas for YAM:

  • visit an art museum • have an art show at a library, other places in the community • fun art facts on the morning news or announcement • charity participation (ie. Empty Bowls) • large banner for students to sign or put ideas • beautify the community with sidewalk chalk display or craft workshop • partnerships with local newspaper or radio stations •poster contest supporting the arts • living artist program • quilt project • select an honorary chair person (local celebrity) to speak at PTA to advocate the arts

Also, if you are on Pintrest don’t forget you can find many creative ideas for YAM on there as well! PAEA facebook and the Visual Arts moodle will also have great information. Please document your participation and email me at Please send me your name, your school, and how you participated in YAM. Thank you for advocating for the arts!

2013 Word and Image Reception at the Morean Arts Center

     On Saturday, February 9th, parents, grandparents, and other family members and friends packed the Morean Arts Center for the Word and Image Reception for schools N-Z.  All students were honored as Amanda Cooper, Curator of Exhibitions, read every student’s name whose artwork was juried into the show.  

     PAEA President-Elect Wendy Bruce and Treasurer, Amy Laroche, presented an award to a talented student from Seminole Elementary. This PAEA Featured Artist received a $25 gift card for Michael’s to buy art supplies and other fun creative things!

     Congratulations to all of the students, their families, and the art teachers for their inclusion in this exciting exhibition!

Painting which earned the PAEA Featured Artist Award!!