TAEA 2019 Book Study

TAEA 2019 Book Study

Launching the third year of the TAEA Book Study!

With that, TAEA is offering a spring edition of the book study of The Open Art Room, which we offered in the summer of 2018. It will be open for participation March 9th-April 20th.

We received several emails requesting opportunities to earn CPE hours this spring. If you are seeking professional development hours before the end of the school year, this is your opportunity!

Upon completion of the criteria for credit, participants will receive a certificate from TAEA for 10 CPE hours.The criteria for credit: respond to all questions in Google Classroom, (there are two questions per chapter) and interact with a colleague in a discussion of a prompt or topic at least 5 times (once per week.) If you are interested in non-credit participation, we are thrilled to learn with you as well!

The Open Art Room II-Book Study is a flexible book study which allows you to jump into the study on your own time, as all the questions will be posted in advance. The moderator will check in with the opportunity for a meet-up, and possibly a chat with the authors, TBD. Please complete the form below, including your personal email address as Google Classroom will not accept a district-associated email address for this class.

The TOAR II Book Study begins March 9th and will remain open until April 20th. The book is available at https://www.davisart.com/, order it soon!

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You will receive an email with a link to the Google Classroom.

The Open Art Room
by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands

Taking inspiration from a variety of contemporary approaches, this book presents a framework for Choice-Based instruction for Secondary Level (grades 6–12) Art Education. The Open Art Room provides a student-centered approach to art instruction that is inspirational, practical, and classroom-tested.

Highlights include:

  • Flexible instructional frameworks with options for beginner, intermediate, and advanced levels of Choice
  • Assessment for Choice-Based art teachers
  • Unit plans, bootcamps, mini-lessons, and classroom examples
  • Clear connections to the National Core Art Standards
  • Engaging stories of student struggles and successes

Available at https://www.davisart.com/.

Summer 2019 TAEA Book Study

The titles for this year's book study have been selected! Thanks to all of you who made your choices on the survey that was sent out to membership. It was a difficult decision, as all the books were outstanding. We will keep them in mind for future book studies.

Engaging Learners through Artmaking: Choice-based Art Education in the Classroom by Katherine Douglas and Diane Jaquith, 2nd Ed.

Studio Thinking from the Start: The K-8 Art Educator's Handbookby Jillian Hogan, Lois Hetland, Diane B. Jaquith, Ellen Winner

Visual Thinking Strategies: Using Art to Deepen Learning Across School Disciplines by Philip Yenawine

We encourage you to look for the titles now at online booksellers (Amazon, Half-Price Books, for example) or at your local bookseller. The summer book study of Engaging Learners through Artmaking will begin in June. The sign-up will be distributed via email and posted here in May.

If you have any questions, please contact .

Past TAEA Book Study Titles

Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom

Participatory Creativity: Introducing Access and Equity to the Creative Classroom, by Edward P. Clapp


The Creative Habit

The Creative Habit, by Twyla Tharp


The Open Art Room

The Open Art Room, by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands


Mindset: The New Psychology of Success

Mindset: The New Psychology of Success, by Carol Dweck


Carol Dweck on TED

The Innovator's Mindset

The Innovator's Mindset: Empower Learning, Unleash Talent, and Lead a Culture of Creativity, by George Couros



Launch: Using Design Thinking to Boost Creativity and Bring out The Maker in Every Student, by John Spencer and A. J. Juliani



Art & Fear

Art & Fear: Observations on the Perils (and Rewards) of Artmaking, by David Bayles and Ted Orland