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TAEA Mission

To promote quality visual arts education in Texas by promoting visual arts education as an integral part of the curriculum through professional development of knowledge and skills, representation of the art educators of Texas, service and leadership opportunities, and research and development of policies and decisions relative to practices and directions in visual arts education; to sustain and advance professional development; to encourage and promote the advancement of knowledge and skills.
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A Message of Encouragement

Dear Fine Arts Educator:

We hope you are all staying safe and well, however you are beginning the school year.

The video below expresses the anxiety so many teachers and students have felt as the pandemic has changed the way we do – well, everything. The fine arts are designed to bring people together, so it has been especially difficult for us to find ways to connect with our students, and to have them connect with each other.

CEDFA Texas - Return to School Fall 2020

This short film offers a message of encouragement to members of your organizations. I hope that you will share it widely among your membership and on social media.

Thank you for your continued support of fine arts!

Sara Chapman – TAEA Executive Director
MaryLou Johnson – TDEA CEDFA Representative
Betsy Cornwell – TxETA CEDFA Representative
Kay Vanlandingham – TMEA Representative
Robert Floyd – TMEA Executive Director
Kris G. Andrews – CEDFA Executive Director


Safety Recommendations During COVID19 Epidemic

Students and art educators should have a safe and secure classroom/teaching environment with adequate safety protocols to support the health and well-being of all participants. The Texas Art Education Association's Executive Board has compiled suggested guidelines to follow based on the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Texas Education Agency (TEA), and National Art Education Association (NAEA) recommendations.

Each school district will differ in their mandates and teachers should adhere to their school or school district's protocols. Classroom cleaning and sanitizing supplies should be provided by the school or district.

Suggested safety protocols for art rooms should include but not be limited to:

  1. Reduced class sizes to maintain proper social distance of 6ft
  2. Facial masks or approved face shields should be worn
  3. Hand sanitizer and proper hand washing facilities made available
  4. Individual student supplies
  5. Cleaning and sanitizing of tools, materials, furniture and spaces between uses and/or classes
  6. Additional measures as necessary

Texas Art Education Association's Executive Board gathered information from:

TAEA StarTAEA Winter Star

Let 2020 be the year for exploration, for creativity, and generosity! Download the Fall 2020 STAR now.
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VASE is the only art event of its kind in the nation. See past winners, register, and more.
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Junior VASE serves the same purpose as VASE, but at the junior high / middle school level.
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TAEA has launched a program for elementary art teachers and students, modeled on VASE.
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VASE Juror TrainingVASE Jurors

Apply to complete online training to be a VASE Juror. Click here for application step-by-step instructions.
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Sketchbook InitiativeSketchbook Initiative

When you create, you inspire others to create with you!

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Watch for year-round updates from TAEA via your TAEA App.

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2020 Conference

Be sure to join us for TAEA's first virtual conference. Content available Nov. 20 - Dec. 30.

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2020 Book Study2020 Book Study

Join us now as we launch another book study!

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Find out important dates for YAM, VASE, and other TAEA events for 2020-2021.
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GalleryStudent Gallery

View student artwork from VASE, TEAM, and YAM.

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Annual Members Art ShowMembers Art Show

View the latest artwork from TAEA's own artists in the TAEA Annual Members Art Show.
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Visit the website of the Center for Educator Development in Fine Arts (CEDFA).
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Visit the NAEA website to learn more about the NAEA and the 2021 Convention.
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Districts of DistinctionDistricts of Distinction

TAEA announces the 2019 Districts of Distinction. Congratulations to these 20 districts!
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Youth Art Month Book2020-2021 YAM Book

This great resource (PDF) will help you to celebrate National Youth Art Month.

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TAEA presents student artwork at the fall conference and at the Texas Education Agency.
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View the latest issue of Trends or any of the archived issues going back decades.
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Big Art DayBig Art Day

Join in this statewide event, and help us promote art in Texas! Register your TAEA Big Art Day event today.
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Youth Art MonthYAM

March is National Youth Art Month and Texas has been a leader in Youth Art Month since 1961.
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Support art education in your Texas community!

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