Trends - The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association

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About Trends

Trends, The Journal of The Texas Art Education Association is published annually and is distributed to all TAEA members at our state conference.

The purpose of this peer-reviewed journal is to expand art education discourse by highlighting research, issues, and concerns that can inform our theoretical and pedagogical practices in and out of the classroom.

The viewpoints contained in Trends, The Journal of The Texas Art Education Association represent those of the writers and not the Texas Art Education Association. TAEA reserves the right to refuse any submissions based on questions regarding copyright, ethics and/ or inaccuracy. The co-editors reserve the right to edit copy for length without loss of integrity to submitted articles. Please refer to the "Author Guidelines" link for further clarification.

Current Call for Manuscripts for Trends 2024

Story: Visual Expression of Past, Present, and Future Experience

The 2024 Call for Submissions for TRENDS has the theme of visual story over the continuum of time. The theme explores and examines how student art making and choice, pedagogical strategies, and investigation transform biopsychosocial stories into visual depiction that evokes memory or imaginates time, space, and place. Art tells stories. Artists tell stories. Through traditional or digital materials, art can share the beauty or the tragedy of life. Art can luminate a story with complex detail, or art can covertly convey only a portion of a story. Through visual choices, the artist's story may only be known to them. While those stories evolve in the mind, memories, and imagination of the artist, the storying is passed on. Like context that comes from the artist's mind, audiencing also happens in the mind of the viewer. What do we see in others' storying? What can we learn by the examination of visually depicted time? What lines can be drawn from the artist's conception to the viewer's understanding? How are the tales of art students and others shared in the classroom, school, museum, gallery, community setting, or in digital spaces? The editors invite submissions that represent the complex or the simplistic, historical memoir, cultural connection, contemporary narrative and experience, anecdotal story, or imaginate future or fictional visual story.

We encourage submissions that address how art educators:

  • plan curriculum that encourages visual storytelling
  • provide opportunity for choice-based projects that encourage the telling of story, tales, and experiences that are important to individual students
  • process, respond to, and act upon students' visual stories
  • give students opportunity to reflect on their telling of story and experience
  • incorporate opportunities for students to convey historical, contemporary, cultural, and future themes in storying

Some questions you might consider are:

  • How can the art classroom environment encourage visual storytelling?
  • What stories are students telling through their art making?
  • How is cultural or community knowledge constructed through visual storytelling?
  • In what ways do students share visual stories?
  • In what ways has the telling of stories changed the lives of students?
  • What determinations can researchers make from the analysis of visual stories?

Types of Submission

Visual images with minimal text accompanied by a 200-500-word description (descriptions may or may not be used, but are required), creative written submissions of between 1,000 - 2,000 words, traditional research manuscripts of up to 2,500 words, and book reviews related to the issue's theme.

Submissions must follow the 2024 Trends Author Guidelines listed below.

For questions or to request author guidelines, please contact .

Trends, The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association is a refereed professional journal, published annually by the Texas Art Education Association. The journal accepts articles written by authors residing both inside and outside of the state of Texas.


2024 Trends Author Guidelines (Posted 10/22/2023)

TAEA Photo Release Form (Updated 10/22/2023)

TAEA Copyright Release Form (Updated 10/22/2023)

Accessing Past Issues of Trends

Dear readers, we are delighted that you can now access past issues of Trends. Click here to view past issues of Trends, beginning with March 1957. We are so grateful to Dr. Jack Davis for helping our organization have access to our legacy.

2024 Trends Author Guidelines for Submission of Manuscripts


Original manuscripts must be received by April 1, 2024 as a Microsoft Word document, Pages document, or Google Doc link. Please submit electronically via email to . This annual journal will be published in late October 2024.

We welcome arts-based submissions, creative written submissions, book reviews, as well as research articles.

Cover Page

All submissions should include a cover page that contains the following information for all 1st author and supporting authors:

  • Title
  • Type of submission (e.g., arts-based; creative; book review; research, other)
  • Name of 1st author (corresponding author)
  • Names of supporting authors
  • Institutional affiliation of each author
  • Mailing address for each author
  • Phone number for each author
  • E-mail address for each author
  • Biographical statement for each author (approximately 100 words)
  • You must also include a brief statement clarifying that your submission is not under consideration for publication elsewhere.

Abstract Page

All submissions should include an abstract page that contains the following information:

  • Title
  • Type of submission (e.g., arts-based; creative; book review; research, other)
  • Abstract (75-150 words)
  • Keywords (3)
  • Number count of references listed (as appropriate)

Caption Page

See caption directions below and include this page if required

Specific Guidelines (based on submission type)

Arts-based submissions are primarily visual but might be accompanied by short texts that respond to the theme. Submissions should be accompanied by a 200-500 word contextual description (which might not be published but will be used to review the submission). Low resolution images are ok for review purposes, but please see image guidelines below to understand what is required for publication.

Creative written submissions should be between 1,000 - 2,000 words. We encourage including images. As above, low resolution images are fine for review, but carefully read the image guidelines below to understand publication requirements.

Book reviews should be 300-500 words. Reviews should provide a clear, concise description of the book. The book's thesis should be clearly defined. The review should position the book within relevant literature on the issue theme, and clearly demonstrate its contribution to the theme.

Research articles should be approximately 3,000 - 4,000 words in length and be written for a general audience who is knowledgeable about the practices of art education. Please avoid jargon and highly technical or specialized language. We welcome articles that explore the practice of art education from various contexts, such as schools, museums, community centers, libraries, and other informal or incidental learning ecologies.

General Guidelines for All Submissions

Preparation of Manuscripts

  • Include the title of the article and page number in the top-right header of each page.
  • Manuscripts must be formatted according to APA (7th Edition) standards.
  • Use a 12-point font in Times New Roman or Arial.
  • Double-space article and use 1-inch margins.
  • We highly recommend that you have a professional colleague read and critique the article prior to submission. We will accept your submission based on the quality of the 1st submission.
  • Do not include your name or any other identifying information within the manuscript (except for the cover page).
  • All submissions will be blind reviewed and must be anonymous.
  • Submit as a Word doc, a Pages doc, or a Google Doc.

Preparation of Illustrations

  • Illustrations are encouraged for all submissions, whether as photographic documentation of events or as illustrations of artworks.
  • If ┬áimages are intended to illustrate your text, please insert low resolution thumbnails directly into the Word document for review purposes.
  • If your images are intended as stand-alone art works (e.g., as part of a creative submission), please attach them to your email as .jpg files (approximately 1,000 pixels long or wide, and under 500K file size).
  • All illustrations must have captions. If images are inserted into the text document you can provide a list of captions at the end of the document. If images are submitted as separate files, you must also submit a separate caption document.
  • In the caption that correlates to each illustration, you must clarify that you have or can obtain publication right(s) to the image if it is accepted. Copyright laws prohibit the publication of images that you do not own or to which you have not secured explicit permissions.
  • Upon acceptance, final images will need to be of publication quality and resolution (generally that means about 5MB file size at full-resolution pixel dimensions).
  • Additionally, images to be published must be accompanied by a photo release, and if the image is owned by someone else, a copyright release form.
  • Photo Release Form (link above under Forms)
  • Copyright Release Form (link above under Forms)


Submit cover page, abstract, and caption page (if needed) in one digital file to . Submit images in this same email as separate files following directions above. Also include the Photo Release Form and Copyright Release Form.

Review Procedures

All submissions will be blind reviewed.

Most manuscripts are accepted on the basis of the quality of the first submission. Some manuscripts may be asked for at least one round of revisions.

The co-editors reserve the right to edit articles for length.

TAEA reserves the right to refuse submissions based on copyright, ethics, and / or inaccuracies.

Trends, The Journal of the Texas Art Education Association, is a refereed professional journal, published annually by the Texas Art Education Association. The journal accepts articles written by authors residing both inside and outside of the state of Texas.