Workshop: Balinese Batik Painting

11069392_10206487333247349_7091359100718696953_nMichelle Barnes and Sarah Carnes will present a Balinese Batik Silk Scarf Painting Workshop based on studies from their 2014 Bali FUND FOR TEACHERS GRANT Experience on Saturday, April 18 at 1:00 PM. The workshop will be held at Oklahoma Contemporary, and is conveniently scheduled after the April 18 OAEA Board meeting.

OAEA members are $5, all others $10, and all Batik making supplies are provided. (NOTE: Please bring a hair dryer, this will help the initial drying process go faster!)

We have a limited number of spots available!  To register, please email ASAP.

Youth Arts Day 2015

Below are images from the 2015 Youth Arts Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol on March 10. Congratulations to Chloe Miller (Piedmont Middle School – 7th grade) whose YAM flag was selected as the winning design!

Young Talent in Oklahoma Results

Judging commenced late Saturday afternoon for the 2015 Young Talent in Oklahoma competition and the selected student artworks are available below in both .pdf and .doc files:


2015 YTIO Results


2015 YTIO Results

Artwork drop-off is this Saturday from 9 am to 10 am at the Lightwell Gallery on the University of Oklahoma campus. Volunteers are needed to help hang the show, so if you are able to stay for an hour or two after dropping off your work, help would be greatly appreciated. If you are unable to bring your student’s work, please use the YTIO Results document as a reference list for other teachers in your area that you can contact who may be able to deliver work for you.

Senior portfolio winners are allowed to exhibit three of their portfolio works. Please email Melissa Mayo with the three artwork titles and the name of the student as soon as possible so she can prepare the programs and awards.


For all students who had artwork selected, please complete and attach the following labels to the back of their artwork:


Artwork Labels


Artwork Labels

– March 14 (Saturday) 9 am – 10 am: Delivery & Installation of Artwork at the University of Oklahoma Lightwell Gallery (please deliver your work by 10 am)
– March 16 (Monday), to March 28 (Saturday): Exhibition open for viewing
– March 28 (Saturday) 1 pm – 2:45 pm: YTIO Reception at Lightwell Gallery
– March 28 (Saturday) 3 pm: Awards Ceremony
– March 28 (Saturday) 4 pm: Artwork removed from gallery by teachers




Youth Arts Day at the State Capitol – March 10, 2015

During the Youth Arts Day at the Oklahoma State Capitol there will be a visual art slide show and OAEA needs images of your students’ artwork (with/without the student, have permission to share the image if they are included). Artwork images created from any year can be submitted and all grade levels will be represented. We would like 5-10 images per teacher.

Youth Arts Day
State Capitol
Tuesday, March 10
9-11 AM

We hope you can make it to this event, if not, plan on it March 2016. Door knockers will be passed out afterwards.

Also, please send us any news articles or news stories about art in your communities to us for August 2014-June 2015.  Especially anything about student awards, art shows, murals, etc. We are putting together the YAM book for National.

Please send al Youth Arts Day images and news articles to the OAEA Youth Arts Month Co-Chairs , Sarah Carnes or Michelle Barnes


Student Opportunities with the Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition

The Oklahoma Visual Arts Coalition has provided a comprehensive list of workshops, scholarships, and volunteer opportunities for students across Oklahoma. Click here for their downloadable brochure.

Upcoming Contest and Event Dates

February and March are very busy months for art education, and the OAEA would like to help you keep track of everything going on! Below are some of the major contests and events happening within the field of art education in Oklahoma:

Feb. 12 – Youth Art Month Flags, State Superintendent’s Showcase, and NAEA Convention artwork due to Sarah Carnes and Michelle Barnes.
Feb. 13 – Junior Young Talent in Oklahoma artwork lists due.
Feb. 18 – USAO Innovations Artwork delivered for exhibition (11 am – 7pm)
Feb. 20 – Young Talent in Oklahoma submissions due by 7pm (Westmoore High School)

March 4 – State Superintendent Award for Arts Excellence application postmarked and mailed.
March 23 – Modern Madonna of the Prairie Photography Contest submissions due.
March 26 to 28 – NAEA Convention in New Orleans, LA.

Young People’s Art Exhibit Photos, Youth Art Month Flag Submissions, and NAEA Convention Artwork

Take a few moments  to view photos from the 2015 Young People’s Art Exhibit in Oklahoma City. Thank to you everyone who participated and helped out with the exhibition!

On Thursday, February 12 from 4:15-5:30, Kate, Michelle Barnes, and Sarah Carnes will be at the I-240 Starbucks (East of 76th & South Penn (near Dollar Tree/Mazzio’s Pizza/Joe’s Crab Shack) accepting YAM Middle School (6-8) Flag submissions, Superintendent’s Showcase artwork (we need 2 from every teacher (K-6th), and artwork for NAEA National Convention in New Orleans (we have not had artwork on display for several years (PK-12th).

Signed releases are needed for YAM flag submissions if the student wins the YAM state flag and releases are also needed for artwork going to the NAEA National Convention. We will make needed copies of the originals. Artwork from National Convention will be brought back by Michelle Barnes and Sarah Carnes. Please follow the guidelines for submissions (no frames). You will have it back to enter the OK State Fair later in April.

Superintendent’s Showcase (Oklahoma State Department of Education – Oliver Hodge Building) artwork is displayed during the Month of March, and we are needing volunteers to help hang the show. Please contact Michelle Barnes or Sarah Carnes if you are interested. Artwork needs a label taped to the bottom right corner in neat PRINT, black pen or typed, taped from the back side.

Labels can be found at click EVENTS, click YOUTH ART MONTH, click, documents and you can find Sarah and Michelle’s contact information on this website also.

Free School Tours of the Oklahoma City Museum of Art!

Guided tours of the Museum provide a discussion-centered experience for students and teachers. Docents, the Museum’s tour guides, facilitate encounters with art that include components of state and national standards in the visual arts, social studies, and language arts.
Free admission and transportation reimbursement for groups who serve school-aged children, is provided through the generosity of the Inasmuch Foundation and other donors.
To arrange a tour for your students, email,, or call (405) 236-3100, ext. 213.

Portfolio Day a Huge Success

The OAEA and the Oklahoma City Museum of Art hosted Portfolio Day 2015 on Friday, January 16, and the student turnout was fantastic! Over 200 students attended the event and used this opportunity to meet with colleges and universities to discover more about their visual arts programs, as well as display their own artwork to receive feedback from professors and university representatives. Oklahoma universities and college made-up the majority of the group, while the Art Institute of Chicago represented the out-of-state school. Below are more details pertaining to the event:

By the Numbers:
Oklahoma high schools who participated: 29
College and universities who participated: 11
Students showing portfolio work: 188
Students without portfolio work: 22

A huge “thank you” goes out to Jann Jeffrey for organizing this event, as she put forth a great deal of hard work to bring this together!


Young People’s Art Exhibit & Youth Art Month

The Young People’s Art Exhibit at Oklahoma Contemporary is still accepting artwork for their 2015 show in Oklahoma City. Click here for more details. The 2015 schedule for Youth Arts Month (YAM) has been updated as well. Please take a moment to see what’s happening for YAM 2015!