Interludes provide all Academy participants with the opportunity to receive cross-disciplinary training. Multiple workshops in each content area are open to everyone. All participants are expected to attend one 45-minute interlude session each afternoon. The interludes occur from 2:30 to 3:15 p.m., Monday through Wednesday, and from 2:55 to 3:40 p.m. on Thursday.

Please check back regularly for updates and information about the 2019 Tennessee Arts Academy.


Balloons in the Classroom

Presenter: Sam Cremeens


In this interlude, Sam the Balloon Man (aka Sam Cremeens) will demonstrate the value of using balloons in the classroom, especially in the visual and performing arts. Discussion will include instruction on how to twist a balloon dog (we all have to start with the basics) and how to use balloons as a performing tool.

With sixteen years’ experience as a balloon entertainer, Sam the Balloon Man is one of Nashville’s premier balloon artists. He performs at more than 300 events every year and travels the world as a renowned instructor of balloon art. Sam the Balloon Man will also perform for the Arts Academy Vendor Fair on Thursday.

Relax with Breath and Gentle Movement

Presenter: Sarah Davis

(Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday)

Sarah Davis will help participants discover ways to relax and reduce stress. Each class will focus on different breathing techniques, meditation styles, and gentle movement.

Sarah Davis is the director of public relations for Belmont University's College of Music and Performing Arts. She is also a certified yoga instructor.


Charting the Course for Arts Education in Tennessee

Presenter: Todd Shipley

It is essential for all students to receive a well-rounded education that includes robust and meaningful instruction in the arts. Toward this end, Tennessee adopted new academic standards for fine arts in 2018, new provisions benefiting arts education within the federal Every Student Succeeds Act, and launched the Tennessee: State of the Arts Initiative. This session will explore these new developments in instruction, policy, and advocacy.

Todd Shipley is the director of arts education and program director of State of the Arts for the Tennessee Department of Education.

Show Me the Money! The Basics of Fundraising and Community Engagement

Presenter: Jeff Smith

This highly engaging presentation is based on numerous successful efforts to raise small and large sums of money for visual and performing arts programs. Participants will receive a list of grants, funding sources, and other valuable information that will help them successfully fulfill a variety of fundraising plans for their schools, districts, and nonprofit organizations. An overview of the basics of grant writing and community campaigns will be shared.

Jeff Smith serves the Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools as director of visual and performing arts, where he is proud to support the work of almost four hundred arts educators in providing equitable access to programs of excellence to more than eighty thousand students. Prior to joining the district, he served as the director of arts for Duval County Public Schools in Florida.


Getting the Ball Rolling: A Guide for the Choral Ensemble

Presenter: Jeffery Ames


Are you or your choristers bored with the same old warm-ups? In this interlude, participants will experience how bodily movement and play can enhance a warm-up routine. Participants will leave the session energized and with sharper minds that are ready to tackle just about anything!

Jeffery Ames is professor of music and director of choral activities at Belmont University. His prior posts include positions at Texas’s Baylor University and Florida’s Lincoln and Edgewater High Schools. Ames enjoys teaching music, but more importantly, he enjoys building a community of singers into a family of singers.

How Technology Can Support Creative Movement in the Music Classroom

Presenter: Rita Black


In this session, attendees will participate in learning that creatively uses movement and technology to explore music concepts such as texture, form, dynamics, tempo, expression, and reflection. Texture in music will be demonstrated visually through the use of props and materials. Attendees will also work in pairs and small and large groups to explore other music concepts. 


Rita Black teaches music at Glendale Spanish Immersion School in the Metro Nashville Public Schools. She has taught music for twenty-four years, in both Oklahoma and Tennessee. In 2017, Black was one of only ten music educators in the United States to receive the Yale Distinguished Music Educator Award. She continues to mentor university student teachers and present at local and national conferences. 

Songwriting Projects that Students Love

Presenter: Christopher Blackmon


This session will focus on how to introduce commercial songwriting to music students. Web resources will be used to create memorable songwriting activities that students will never forget.


Christopher Blackmon has been a music teacher with Metro Nashville Public Schools since 2009. He has a passion for igniting hope, cultivating character, teaching musical-language literacy, and integrating technology and problem solving into the curriculum. He has produced several original children’s musicals and recordings, and is a three-time winner of the CMA Music Teachers of Excellence Award. 

The Arts as a Reflection of Culture

Presenter: Anthony DeQuattro

(Monday and Wednesday)
For centuries people have expressed themselves through the arts. In this presentation, participants will examine the music, dance, theatre, and visual art of some world cultures to gain a better understanding of the joys and struggles of communities around the globe.

Artfully Adding Ukulele to the Classroom

Presenter: Sarah Fairfield

For those who wonder if they can play the ukulele or teach it to their students, this session will convince them that it is possible! Participants will learn the basics of playing this versatile instrument and develop artful techniques for adding ukulele instruction to the general music classroom.

Engaged Music Listening

Presenter: Brent Gault

Listening is the primary way we experience music. In this session, participants will explore ways to heighten the listening experience by creating active representations of musical ideas and making interdisciplinary connections with selected musical examples.

Why We Teach the Arts

Presenter: Timothy J. Holtan

What is each person’s driving motivation behind teaching the arts? Are connections truly being made with students, and what do those connections look like? In this interlude, Timothy Holtan will discuss these questions and more.

Making Friends and Building Programs

Presenter: Terry Jolley

This interlude will give participants an opportunity to share their ideas for how to build the types of relationships between schools and communities that lead to strong foundations for arts programs.

Terry Jolley’s professional journey has allowed him to work at all educational levels from elementary through college. He has also served in, and provided arrangements for, multiple community performing groups.

Academy Chorale

Presenter: Alan McClung

(Tuesday and Thursday)
Please come and join other participants as the Academy Chorale prepares a program of music to be performed at the Academy luncheon on Friday. The Academy Chorale performs under the direction of Alan McClung, the Academy’s secondary choral instructor.

Put Barbershop to Work for Your School Program

Presenter: Donny Rose

In this workshop, participants will learn how barbershop singing can help in the classroom by strengthening students' abilities to sight read, improving their aural skills, and giving confidence to shy singers. Barbershop singing is a great way to recruit and earn money for school programs. It can also give students the chance to travel to amazing school festivals in one-of-a-kind venues.

Before joining the Barbershop Harmony Society staff as director of music education, Donny Rose taught high school band and orchestra in Seattle, Washington, for thirty years.

Community Folk Dance

Presenter: David Row

Swing your partner, right hand star, do-si-do, and promenade home! In this session, David Row will share some quick and easy strategies to get kids dancing and moving freely. Participants will explore several different folk dance favorites and discuss tips and tricks for creating successful lessons.

Healthy Barbershop Singing is Healthy Choral Singing

Presenter: Steve Scott

In the vocal and choral worlds, barbershop singing is not always embraced as enthusiastically as other vocal styles. In this session, Steve Scott, voice teacher for the Barbershop Harmony Society, will present the idea that healthy barbershop singing is healthy choral singing. He will show how barbershop singing can be beneficial to the sound of a traditional ensemble. Live demonstrations will also be available.

Steve Scott is a singing health specialist and the director of online education for the Barbershop Harmony Society.

Session Title: Folk Music and Movement

Presenter: Teresa West

Please come and join the fun as the presenter shares three multicultural folk songs and companion dances. Favorite performance ideas for incorporating these into a folk dance program will be presented.

Teresa West teaches general music at Walnut Grove Elementary School in Williamson County and has worked there for more than twenty-five years. West is a past president for the Middle Tennessee Chapter of the American Orff-Schulwerk Association and has completed three levels of Orff-Schulwerk training.


Theatre Curriculum Caring and Sharing: Kindergarten through Sixth Grade

Presenters: Nancy Beard and Nancy Essary

In this interlude, kindergarten through sixth grade teachers will be encouraged to share their favorite classroom activities, teaching tips, and theatre lesson plans with other teachers from across the state. Theatre facilitators Nancy Beard and Nancy Essary will lead the session.

Nancy Beard teaches at Shady Grove Elementary School in the Shelby County school district, where she works with students who are English language learners. Prior to this position, she taught Orff Music in the Memphis and Shelby County schools. She has also taught band, chorus, and general music in Illinois and Kentucky. Beard serves on the Academy staff as a drama facilitator.

Nancy Essary is a second-grade teacher with the Rutherford County school district, where she integrates the arts into general classroom education. Essary has attended the Arts Academy for numerous years and currently serves as a facilitator with the elementary drama staff.

Connecting Theatre to the Classroom

Presenter: Catherine Birdsong

This workshop will give educators various learning strategies and student activities that they can use in their classrooms to explore themes and topics from the musical Tuck Everlasting, which was produced this past season at the Nashville Children’s Theatre. Activities will draw on Tennessee Standards and Social and Emotional Learning themes. Tuck Everlasting will be featured during TAA’s Wednesday midday performance session.

Catherine Birdsong graduated from Belmont University with a degree in musical theatre. After graduation, she worked as a director, choreographer, and music director with the Youth Academy of Dramatic Arts in Los Angeles. She is currently a teaching artist for Nashville Children’s Theatre (NCT), where she also serves as the education booking manager for school field trips. Last season she played the part of Ariel in NCT’s production of Disney’s The Little Mermaid. In August, she will be a cast member in the company’s production of The Itsy Bitsy Spider.

Trash to Treasure: Making Stage Props out of Found Objects

Presenter: Sarah Bolek

(Tuesday and Thursday)
In this interlude, participants will use found objects to make stage props. The session will begin with a brief presentation about the creative ways different methods and materials can be transformed for use in the theatre. It will conclude with everyone making a simple prop out of cardboard and other found objects.

Sarah Bolek is a freelance theatre artist based in the Nashville area. Her primary areas of expertise are props and puppets. She regularly works with the Nashville Shakespeare Festival, Verge Theater Company, the Theater Bug, and other local theatre companies.

Regional and National High Schools Student Television Production Awards

Presenters: Geneva Brignolo, Nic Dugger, Aaron Gant, and Clifton Hunt

Members of the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences (NATAS) will talk about regional and national student television award programs and opportunities. Attendees will learn the rules for participation and watch examples of recent winning videos. The award contests are a great way to get students involved in television production activities and to gain recognition for them and their schools.

Geneva Brignolo is the executive director of the Nashville/Midsouth NATAS chapter.

Nic Dugger from TNDV Television in Nashville is the incoming 2019 to 2020 Nashville/Midsouth NATAS President and student awards chairman.

Aaron Gant from Warner Chappell Production Music in Nashville is the Nashville/Midsouth NATAS governor.

Clifton Hunt from NewsChannel 5 Network in Nashville is the current president of the Nashville/Midsouth NATAS chapter and is a national trustee of the organization.

Acting with Archetypes

Presenter: Josh Chenard

(Monday and Wednesday)
Ever-present in classic mythology, literature, psychology, art, and even personal thoughts and memories, archetypes exist as energies and characters that have spanned time and culture. Using breath, movement, voice, and imagination, participants in this interlude will explore several archetypes that enhance character development, deepen the connection between text and action, and heighten intuition.

Dramatic Definitions

Presenter: Bethany Corey-Ekin

(Monday and Wednesday)
Bethany Corey-Ekin will demonstrate how actor tools can be used to help students connect with content. Participants will learn how to use the tools of body, voice, mind, and imagination to construct and deconstruct definitions and build vocabulary skills.

Behind the Headlines: Tips for Creating a Successful Student-run TV Newscast

Presenter: Jennifer Duck

Visual storytelling continues to be the dominant preference for news viewers across the country. Social media also plays a vital role in the future of moving images and sound. With this in mind, Jennifer Duck, a seasoned network TV news producer and Belmont University media studies instructor, will go behind the headlines to explain what it takes to create content that keeps audiences engaged. She will also offer tips that educators can use to encourage students to make use of the latest media innovations in their work.

Jennifer Duck is a national Emmy Award winning producer and adjunct professor at Belmont University who currently works behind the scenes on CNN’s show Anderson Cooper 360. She has also worked as a producer for Katie Couric as well as the Oprah Winfrey Network. Duck is on the board of the Nashville/Midsouth chapter of the National Academy of Television Arts and Sciences.

Rehearsing Shakespeare’s Fools

Presenter: Zachary Fine

(Monday and Wednesday)
This session will present a mock audition scenario to uncover the fun and ridiculous world of Shakespeare’s fools. Participants will use text and comedic characters from Shakespeare’s plays to explore the audition process. The skills that will be explored include identifying ways of playing with verse and prose when portraying different types of fools and clowns, as well as understanding how to make a positive impression at an audition.

Lighting, AV, and Sound Forum: The Basics

Presenters: Jeff Goetsch and Tom Stotler

(Tuesday and Thursday)
Participants in this session will explore a wide range of issues related to lighting, audiovisuals, sound design, and equipment. The presenters, who have many years of technical theatre experience, will field questions, display current equipment, and offer practical solutions to many of the common problems shared by school theatre and musical directors. Participants should bring their ideas and concerns to this informative session and be ready to join the conversation.

Jeff Goetsch has thirty years of experience in the lighting industry. In the beginning of his career, he traveled across the country with various road-touring shows. In 1992, he moved to Nashville and began designing and installing lighting for many new facilities in the city. Since 2002, he has represented major lighting manufacturers in Tennessee and helped theatres, schools, and other live performance facilities with their design and lighting needs. He can be contacted at

Tom Stotler has more than thirty-five years of experience in the audio/video industry. He has held many professional industry positions—from being a touring sound engineer to a sales and product manager for two Fortune 500 companies. For the past ten years, Stotler has worked in the audio, video, and theatrical design-build and integration business. In this role, he provides audio, video, and lighting solutions for theatres, schools, and performing art centers in and around Tennessee.

Sensory Playwriting

Presenter: Tamara Goldbogen

(Monday and Wednesday)
Join Tamara Goldbogen for a playwriting workshop that will explore enjoyable and effective ways to get students writing. Participants will dive into playwriting with all their senses engaged. Hands-on activities will inspire them to approach writing in new ways.

New Elementary and Middle School Scripts from TRW—Theatrical Rights Worldwide!

Presenter: Jim Hoare

In this session, free perusal scripts will be distributed to all participants. Both Young@Part, the authorized edition of TRW’s Broadway musicals for middle schools and Younger@Part for elementary schools, will be discussed. Licensing expert Jim Hoare will describe the many advantages and possibilities for producing a Young@Part show. Titles that will be reviewed include The Addams Family, All Shook Up, Spamalot, Miss Nelson is Missing, The Wind in the Willows, We Will Rock You, and How I Became a Pirate. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.

New High School Edition Scripts from TRW—Theatrical Rights Worldwide!

Presenter: Jim Hoare

In this session, free perusal scripts will be distributed to all participants. Approved changes, creative casting suggestions (the importance of using more girls), low-tech production resources, props, sets, SFX, accompaniment tracks, and projections will be discussed. School editions for All Shook Up, Bright Star, Beehive, The Addams Family, Spamalot, Ring of Fire, and We Will Rock You will be introduced. During the workshop, questions and concerns about the theatrical licensing process will also be addressed.

Jim Hoare is the executive vice president for Theatrical Rights Worldwide and the author of Your High School Improv Show Playbook. This is his forty-third year in educational theatre. He has presented workshops throughout the United States and the United Kingdom. In 2011, he received the New York State Theatre Education Association’s Lifetime Achievement Award.

Fitting in the Fitz

Presenter: Chauntee’ Schuler Irving

(Monday and Wednesday)
In this session, Chauntee’ Irving will teach an abbreviated introduction to Fitzmaurice voice work techniques. The interlude will include forty-five minutes of floor work and targeted exercises that are designed to quickly and succinctly integrate the body, breath, voice, and sound in the acting classroom. Participants should come prepared to work on the floor and dressed in comfortable clothes that allow them to move freely. Bringing a mat is also recommended, but can be provided if needed.

Theatre Curriculum Caring and Sharing: Seventh through Twelfth Grade

Presenters: Jennifer Keith and Pollyanna Parker

In this interlude, upper middle school and high school participants will be encouraged to share their favorite classroom activities, teaching tips, and theatre lesson plans with other teachers from across the state. Theatre facilitators Jennifer Keith and Pollyanna Parker will lead the session.

Jennifer Keith is the founder of the drama program at Grassland Middle School in the Williamson County school system, where she also teaches. In 2014, she was named teacher of the year by the faculty of Grassland. Keith is an avid traveler who regularly brings her global experiences back to her students and her curriculum.

Pollyanna Parker was inducted into the Tennessee High School Speech and Drama League’s Hall of Fame in 2010 and is a past recipient of that organization’s Ruby Krider Teacher of the Year Award. Parker teaches at Rossview High School in Clarksville, where she was named teacher of the year in 2015.

Improvisation: Exploring Character Status through Play

Presenter: Shawn Knight

Participants will be introduced to improvisation exercises and games that will help them develop their ideas about exploring character status with students in order to create clearer, more precise character relationships on stage. This will be an interactive session that is ideally suited for middle school and high school instructors.

Improvisation: Exploring Character Creation through Play

Presenter: Shawn Knight

In this interlude, participants will be introduced to improvisation exercises and games that will help them develop their ideas about approaching character creation with their students. These same exercises will also help students make bold choices, which will lead to more energized and unique storytelling techniques that can be used for dramatizations and stage productions. This will be an interactive session that is ideally suited for elementary and middle school instructors.

Shawn Knight is a professional Equity actor in Nashville and a lecturer at Belmont University. He teaches theatre to artists of all ages-–from pre-school children to adults. Knight has also written a series of ten one-person shows about famous American composers.

72 Steps: The Artistic Process

Presenters: Kathryn Linsley and Briona Richardson

During this workshop, two members of the Nashville Ballet company will discuss the artistic process they used to create a work that depicts a historical event. They will also illustrate how dancers, choreographers, and composers must collaborate to give a work a genuine voice.

Kathryn Linsley is a retired soloist with Ballet West, where she danced for ten seasons. She is currently academy principal at the Nashville Ballet.

Briona Richardson is the community engagement manager at Nashville Ballet. She has a degree in dance education from The Ohio State University.

Shakespeare as a Contact Sport

Presenter: Carmen-maria Mandley

Jump! Roll! Slide! This wildly physical approach to Shakespeare’s texts will foster excitement for Shakespeare’s words and help participants make personal connections with his world and characters. The session is great for the beginning Shakespeare lover as well as veteran performers and teachers. The approach is a perfect fit for high school students who are engaging Shakespeare’s texts for the first time.

On With My Speech

Presenter: Carmen-maria Mandley

Explore wild and whirling words! This session will show that Shakespeare is much more poetry, passion, and wit than just tights, kissing, and funny accents. This revealing play shop will inspire participants to learn about Shakespeare’s language, his relationships, his textual secrets, and his writerly voice. The approach is designed to get students of all ages (elementary through high school) to engage with Shakespeare for the first time.

Carmen-maria Mandley is an actor and director for the Tennessee Shakespeare Company in Memphis where she serves as its education and outreach manager. She has taught, acted, and directed for numerous theatres across the country including the Orlando Shakespeare Theatre in Florida and the Portland Stage in Maine. Mandley trained at Shakespeare and Company and at the Dell’Arte International School of Physical Theatre. She is a published poet and a produced playwright.

Power of the Puppet

Presenter: Morgan Matens

(Tuesday and Thursday)
In this interlude, participants will join Morgan Matens from the Nashville Public Library’s puppet troupe as she shares a brief history of world puppetry and talks about the power of performing with puppets. The workshop will include live examples and the chance for everyone to try a few puppets and ask questions.

Morgan Matens is the lead builder for Wishing Chair Productions, the Nashville Public Library's puppet troupe. She performs shows in area schools with the Library's Puppet Truck and also designs and creates new puppets for their shows.

Dancing a Legacy

Presenter: Lynnette Young Overby

(Monday and Wednesday)
This workshop will provide teachers with the tools they need to lead a movement experience that focuses on a personal history: the legacy of women in the lives of their students. Working individually and in small groups, participants will use choreography to express a variety of character traits.

Audience Participation Stories

Presenter: Susan Ramsay

This interlude will showcase stories in which the audience can sing, move, or chant and become an integral part of the narrative. Several stories will be shared, which will allow participants to see and hear different examples of this genre or add to their own repertoire of participatory storytelling.

Haunted Storytelling

Presenter: Susan Ramsay

Many children and adults enjoy listening to stories that are frightening. Stories that involve a protagonist in a scary situation can still have a positive theme overall, and they can even help listeners face their fears in a safe environment. In this interlude, participants will hear examples of folk tales that have frightening elements, hear suggestions for how to choose and tell such stories, and talk about the guidelines for sharing these types of stories in the classroom.

Theatre Connections

Theatre Core Faculty

(Tuesday and Thursday)
Theatre instructors will be in their classrooms to answer specific questions about their sessions and to provide one-on-one time with participants who desire additional information about theatre related issues or arts education concerns.


Art for a Cause

Presenters: Christan Allen and Karen Strachan


You're never too young to have a voice! This interactive workshop will explore ways to address social justice issues in the art classroom. Participants will create three different projects that can be adapted for elementary through high school students. These projects will explore a variety of ways to advocate for a cause: personal pendants, collaborative monoprint quilts, and canvassing with handmade relief prints. 


Christan Allen and Karen Strachan work together in the education department for the Dixon Gallery and Gardens, where they work to unite art and horticulture in new and accessible ways for all learners. Allen is the outreach coordinator and sees more than twenty thousand students annually through the Dixon's long-standing program, Art to Grow. Strachan is the youth programs coordinator. In her role, she develops and facilitates innovative onsite programming through field trips and professional development opportunities. 

AP Portfolio Updates

Presenter: Melanie Anderson


Starting this coming school year, the AP portfolio requirements in visual art are being renamed and redesigned. Future portfolios will have two sections: sustained investigation and selected works. Students will now have fewer required works to submit which will give them more time to focus on in-depth, inquiry-based art and design making. In this interlude, Melanie Anderson will talk about the redesigned AP course and exam. She will also share a detailed framework that aligns with updated scoring rubrics.

Melanie Anderson is an art educator at Arlington High School in Tennessee where she teaches AP Studio Art, Senior Studio, and Art 2. She began her career as a graphic designer and was the director of advertising for Catherine’s Stores Corporation for many years before finding her true calling as an art educator and working artist.

Writing about Art

Presenter: Susan Bee 


This session will show teachers how to organize an Empty Bowls program that is specifically designed for Title I Elementary Schools. The participants will learn about hand-building bowls with kindergarten through fifth grade students, the story of "Stone Soup", and how to create an unforgettable community event. This twist on Empty Bowls allows students and families from low-income backgrounds to participate in giving back while also enjoying an inexpensive Stone Soup dinner.

Guess Who? Gamifying Art History for the Art Classroom

Presenter: Jeremy Blair 


This session will share innovative approaches on how to use games to teach art history to students of all ages. Participants will review strategies from popular board games and explore ways that these games can be reinterpreted to teach the history of art. The group will first play art history-inspired Guess Who? and Cranium. Then they will work together to brainstorm and design their own gamified elements. The overall aim of the interlude is to show teachers how to use the participatory and community-building nature of games to develop new instructional strategies in the art classroom. 


Jeremy Blair is an assistant professor of art education at Tennessee Technological University in Cookeville, Tennessee.

Social-emotional Learning in the Art Room

Presenter: Lauren Cochran


This talk and “mini make and take” will present experiences and resources that have been used to turn the art classroom into a place of social-emotional learning for students. The presenter, who is a trainer for the Tennessee Department of Education’s Strong Brains initiative, will share research-based concepts with the group and show art educators how easy and natural it is to make social-emotional learning part of visual arts teaching. 

Lauren Cochran is an art educator at Liberty Elementary School in the Franklin Special Schools District located in Williamson County. She has taught in Alabama, Georgia, and Tennessee and has also worked outside of the school setting teaching art education for various nonprofits. 

Microscopic Worlds

Presenter: Jim Dodson


This workshop is designed for Visual Art Recognition Day student attendees.

Participants in this workshop will create abstracted compositions that rely on imagery found in the microscopic world. In the session, images of viruses, bacteria, cells, strands of DNA, and other objects will be layered and combined to bring together the fields of visual art and science. The lesson Jim Dodson will share is one he has successfully used in his own hometown as a true STEAM project. Participants should bring their smart phones to the workshop since they will use them to acquire the images for their compositions.

Since 1987, Jim Dodson has been an art teacher in the Oak Ridge school system. In 1998, he was recognized as the Tennessee Art Educator of the Year, and in 1999, he was named the National Middle School Art Educator of the Year. Dodson is a board member and past president of the Tennessee Art Education Association. He also currently serves on the board of Dogwood Arts in East Tennessee.

Project Demonstration: The Clay Lady Way

Presenter: Danielle McDaniel


During this workshop, Danielle McDaniel, the Clay Lady will demonstrate more than twenty-five projects that are appropriate for most ages, most classroom set-ups, and most curriculums.


Danielle McDaniel, the Clay Lady, has dedicated her life to the transformative power of art by teaching clay to hundreds of thousands of children and encouraging art teachers to teach clay in their classrooms. She created the Clay Lady’s Campus, an art community in Nashville, Tennessee, which works with more than five hundred students and artists each week.


Developing Motif: Using Basquiat as Inspiration for Altered Monotypes

Presenter: Emily McEneely 


Educators in this session will learn how to teach a lesson appropriate for fifth to eighth grade students on developing personal symbols and using expressive line in a monotype artwork inspired by Jean-Michelle Basquiat. During the interlude, participants will explore printmaking and ways of using additional layers to expand their work. A lesson outline and a list of resources needed to teach the lesson will also be shared. 

Emily McEneely has been an elementary public school art educator for more than ten years. McEneely has recently relocated to Tennessee from her home state of New Jersey and is working to further embrace authentic, choice-based art education in traditional environments.

Collaborative Experiments with Gelli Printing

Presenter: Meaghan Brady Nelson

(Monday and Tuesday)
This session will begin with a basic demonstration on making inexpensive gelatin plates and using them to create gelli prints. After that, participants will collaboratively explore the process of gelli printmaking.

Meaghan Brady Nelson is an assistant professor of art and the art education coordinator at Belmont University. She keeps an active studio practice and is inspired by collaborative artmaking.

Art Therapy in Schools and Communities: Building Partnerships with Art Therapists
Presenter: Rachel Murphy Norman


What is art therapy? Where does art therapy take place? How can educators, administrators, and parents create partnerships with art therapists to meet the mental, emotional, and behavioral needs of students in Tennessee? In this session, a credentialed art therapist will address these frequently asked questions and present case examples that show ways that art therapists have worked with schools and communities across the state. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about connecting with local art therapists and advocating for art therapy programs and services in their own schools.

Rachel Murphy Norman is a registered art therapist based in Nashville, Tennessee. She has worked in various settings across Middle Tennessee including inpatient behavioral health, outpatient community services, foster care, and kinship foster care. She currently serves as associate art therapy program director with MyCanvas Youth Community Arts and as an art therapist and support group coordinator with Family and Children’s Service. 


Get to Know TAEA 

Presenter: Janis Stivers Nunnally 


This session will provide an opportunity for all Tennessee art educators to talk to board members of the Tennessee Arts Educators Association (TAEA). After a short presentation, board members will answer questions. Participants will also learn how to apply for the presentation of a SuperSession at the TAEA state conference, which will be held on October 24–26, 2019, at Watkins College of Art in Nashville, Tennessee.

Janis Stivers Nunnally is the current past president of TAEA and the state conference chair. She is a middle school art educator at Upperman Middle School in Baxter, Tennessee. Nunnally is also in the current NAEA School for Art Leaders class and a member of the SE NAEA Art leadership. 

The Impact of Visual Arts in Alternative School Settings 

Presenter: Ednita Prentiss


This interactive workshop will offer unique ways to keep students engaged from start to finish while keeping classroom behaviors under control. In this session, participants will create a group grid drawing, a book using large sheets of drawing paper, and a carry portfolio. Participants will work in marker or color pencil and produce a finished example to take back to their classrooms. 


Ednita Prentiss is an artist, entrepreneur, and educator from Mississippi. Prentiss is a visual arts educator in Memphis, Tennessee and the owner of Artistic Motif T-shirt and Accessory Company, which is located in north Mississippi. The Arrowhead Magazine located in Clinton, Mississippi, has published several pieces of her artwork.

Tie Dye

Presenter: David Reynolds 


Participants will have the opportunity to experiment with tie dye and walk away with a dyed creation of their own. 

For the last seven years, David Reynolds has been an art educator in Williamson County. He is currently the art teacher at Moore Elementary School in Franklin, Tennessee. In addition to teaching, David is a freelance graphic designer and video editor. This is his third year as a TAA visual art facilitator. 

Exploring the Magic of Indigo: Shibori for the Elementary and Middle School Classroom

Presenter: Libby Scanlan 


This interactive workshop will offer elementary and middle school art educators the opportunity to explore the art of shibori. Participants will learn a brief history of dying with indigo before folding, binding, and dying fabric. This interlude will be presented as a one-class project that teachers can take back to their classrooms. Lesson plans tied to national visual arts standards will be provided.


Libby Scanlan is an art educator at Glendale Elementary in Nashville, Tennessee. Scanlan earned a degree in metalsmithing from the Appalachian Center for Craft in Smithville, Tennessee. She brings her love of craft to this interlude with a fiber arts lesson.

Creating Color Patterns with Clay

Presenter: Kim Shamblin 

(Monday and continued on Wednesday)

This is a two part interlude. Participants will be provided with knowledge of ceramic techniques for all levels and shown how to make connections across disciplines. Participants will create agateware (also called nerikomi or neriage in Japanese). This technique creates a marbled effect in clay by using layers of clay to create patterns or designs in blocks that can then be sliced or thrown to make vessels, plates, and many other objects.


Kim Shamblin has been teaching elementary and middle school in the Millington area for twenty-four years. Shamblin is currently teaching art at Millington Elementary School and has been a TAA facilitator for the past eleven years. In 2016, she was named Tennessee Art Education Association Middle Level Art Teacher of the Year.

No Money, No Problem

Presenter: Allison Swanner 


In this session, participants will learn about fundraising through two different styles of Family Art Night (FAN). The idea behind FAN is to organize a community event for students and their families. At the event, each student or family member creates a meaningful work of art. This not only creates a memorable experience, but fosters a positive school climate and raises a significant amount of money for the art program as well. The session will discuss how to organize, schedule, and promote FAN events. Participants will also have the time to share their own fundraising tips and tricks. 


Allison Swanner is an elementary art teacher with ten years of experience in East Tennessee. She is also the director of the Exceptional Artist Art Camp that hosts more than two hundred students each summer. Swanner connects art with her community through events such as Family Art Night, Empty Bowls, a system-wide formal art show, and summer camps.

Visual Art Studio Connections

Visual Art Core Faculty

(Tuesday and Thursday)
Visual art participants may use this time to continue working in the studio, talking with their instructors, or networking with fellow teachers about issues and concerns related to the arts and arts education.