Wednesday, July 17, 2013

ClarkFEST 2013

Artisan Market will promote local & regional artists and offer quality handmade items.     WHEN: Labor Day, September 2, 2013
WHERE: Clarksville, Indiana

CONTACT: Joyce L. Ribble
AEAI Summer Art Teacher Retreat 2013 Follow-Up
We just wrapped up the Art Teacher Retreat at St. Mary’s of the Woods College.  The art studios were hopping until late at night. It was the 10th anniversary of the retreat! There were 32 participants from all over the State!


Monday afternoon started with White Line Woodcuts inspired by the Provincetown printmakers taught by retreat organizers, Trish Korte & Kevin Schultz. The finished woodcut was then painted with watercolors and transferred to arches paper. Here are a few of the works created:

Print by Brenda Wampler


Print by Laura Schroeder
Monday evening we learned about Viking Knit Bracelets from RoAnn Thompson. The transformation of knitted wire being pulled through a series of holes in a wood block created a very tight mesh. Adding beads and a closure were the finishing touches.
RoAnn Thompson teaches Viking Knit Bracelets workshop.
Tuesday we learned about Mexican Painted Floor Cloths from Mary Sorrells, who shared her Lilly Grant experience of studying this process from an artist in Mexico last summer. We learned new painting techniques and many participants applied this new knowledge to their floor cloth creations. We appreciated the acrylic paints & mediums donated by Chroma, Inc. for this workshop.
Mary Sorrells talks about painting techniques for floor cloth painting.
David Henke taught us about casting slip molds. We deconstructed the slip molds and reconstructed them for some exciting and sometimes bizarre combinations. We also had clay and underglazes donated by Brickyard Ceramics in Indianapolis. Some participants combined slip cast mold pieces with slab molds.
David Henke instructs
Katie Vanderkolk and Suzanne Finn.

Slip cast and press molds reconstructed
by Suzanne Finn.




Many thanks for all of our presenters and helpers!! We have an amazing resource in our very own AEAI members. This retreat is just one of the many benefits of being a member of our association of art educators.


Paper Arts & Book Making

JULY 7-11, 2014


Sunday, February 10, 2013

AEAI Summer 2012 Art Retreat at St. Mary's of the Woods College

In July, District 7 Co-Reps, Trish and Kevin, presented an encaustic workshop to the art teachers gathered at St. Mary's of the Woods College for the annual Art Teachers Retreat.  Members learned about mixing their own colors with the hot wax.   Trish and Kevin taught how to layer and fuse materials to the surface, incise and add color, add textures and many other techniques. 

Here are a couple of works that were created in the workshop.

2012 District 7 Summer Workshop

District 7 members gathered for a jewelry making workshop.  Middle School Art Teacher, Michelle Chastain brought her glass fusing kiln and taught us about making glass fused pendants.  Members selected a mold, colored glass frit and learned mixing colors using the colored glass.

Michelle unloading the kiln.

Fused Glass Pendant

Michelle also shared a fun lesson inspired by Dale Chihuly using elmers glue gel, markers, and wire to make glue bowl forms.  She came prepared with folder for all participants to take home with them that included information about glass fusing and making  glue bowls.

Soldering the edges of the collaged glass pendants

Kevin Schultz, District 7 Co-Rep and High School Art Teacher, taught members how to make collaged glass pendant using photo images, collaged papers, glass slides, copper tape, and silver solder.  Here are a few of the pendants that were made at the workshop.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

2011 Outstanding Art Educator Awards

Two of our very own District 7 members were awarded AEAI Outstanding Art Educator Awards!!

Congratulations go to Trish Korte, who teaches AP Art, Advanced Drawing, Fiber Arts, and Ceramics at New Albany High School, and is the District 7 Co-Rep. She was awarded the Outstanding High School Art Educator for 2011.

Our Liaison for Scott County, Michelle Chastain, was awarded the Outstanding Middle School Art Educator for 2011. Michelle teaches art at Scottsville Middle School. Congratulations to Michelle!

Be sure to meet these inspiring ladies at the AEAI Fall Convention which is coming up next month on November 4, 5, & 6 in Indianapolis. They are both high energy, positive forces in Arts Education in their schools and the community.

Saturday, October 1, 2011

October News 2011

District 7 Harrison County liaison & K-12 Art Educator, David Henke, was featured in a recent article in the Indiana section of The Courier Journal dated Saturday, October 1, 2011. David's students were studying the life cycle of the monarch butterfly and were directed to create their own depiction of one of the stages of life of the butterfly in the form of a clay tile. It's a great article that features David and his students working across the curriculum incorporating science into the art classroom. You can read more about this project at

Katie Stotts, a Senior at New Albany High School, was recognized at the St. James Art Fair for winning a $2000 art scholarship in photography. Katie is a Media Arts student of Kevin Schultz, AEAI District 7 Co-Representative. This is a photo of Katie with her photography portfolio featured at the Weber Gallery in Louisville, Kentucky.

Monday, September 5, 2011

Fall 2011 AEAI District 7 Report

District 7 Co-Reps
Trish Korte & Kevin Schultz

The summer has slipped away and we are now back in our classrooms, writing lessons, reviewing new standards. We hope your year is off to a great start!

Trish had a wonderful opportunity to attend TICA (Teacher Institute Contemporary Art) at the School of the Art Institute in Chicago. Days of intense studio and the opportunity to meet with contemporary artists exhibiting today and working along with the most amazing Art teachers from around the country!

Following TICA, Kevin and Trish enjoyed more creative endeavors with some of the wonderful teachers from across our State! The annual retreat at St. Mary’s of the Woods College was again rewarding and productive. Lessons and techniques, so generously shared, ignite the passion we hope to communicate in the classroom. We are so pleased that we had representatives attend from several counties within our district.
Pictured from left to right: Trish Korte, Michelle Chastain, Kevin Schultz, David Henke, RoAnn Thompson, and Mary Sorrells.

At the AEAI summer retreat at St. Mary's of the Woods College, we had 4 days with our colleagues where Deena Church shared jewelry making techniques, Professor Bonnie Zimmer facilitated a collaborative mandala and basketry techniques celebrating our cultural pasts with an admiration for the skills of our ancestors. We also had the opportunity to practice our skills in figure drawing, painting, and ceramics; endeavors that we find difficult to schedule in during our busy school year.
Bonnie Zimmer demonstrating basket weaving technique.

Please plan to attend the annual AEAI State Convention. Working with like-minded individuals is so rewarding. We hope you take advantage of all that our colleagues have to offer at the State Convention the first weekend in November, Friday, November 4 through Sunday, November 6. We will be offering an art workshop in Asian Folded Poetry Books.

If you have any needs that we could address in a workshop for our district this school year, or, if you have any other questions, please let us know. You may contact us at our school e-mail accounts.

Trish Korte at
Kevin Schultz at

We hope to see you in November at the AEAI State Convention! Have a great school year!!