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2020 CAEA Totally Tubular Art Talks

  • September 23, 2020
  • 8:00 AM
  • July 01, 2050
  • 3:00 PM
  • Online


 2020 CAEA

Totally Tubular Art Talks

Online Webinar Series

Earn Continuing Education Credit for Recertification

Earn One Credit Hour from Adams State University

    What's the righteous deal?

    1. Sign up for the legit webinar series.

    2. Participate in 15 hours of totally tubular webinar workshops.

    3. Get a chill certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit.


    Like, how much does it cost?

    CAEA Members: $75 for 15 hours
    Non Members: $130 for 15 hours

    What if I register after the rad workshops begin?

    You can register any time you like. Workshops will air on their scheduled dates, then are archived for you to access any time you like in the future.

    How do I get to the gnarly classes?

    • After you register, you will receive email access to each of the scheduled webinars. If you missed a webinar, or want to revisit a webinar, it will be available to you through your membership portal on the CAEA website.

    How do I get my schweet certificate?

    • After you complete 15 workshop hours, you will receive a certificate for 1 hour of continuing education credit.

    What if I like, you know, want more than 15 hours of classes?

    • CAEA will be adding more webinars. You pay $75 for every 15 hours of classes you choose to participate in.

    Will there be university credit hours available for these classes?

    • The webinars offer continuing education credit through CAEA.

    • Earn a credit hour through Adams State University.

    If you have questions AFTER reading the information above, please feel free to contact Vanessa Quintana.

    Totally Tubular Webinar Schedule

    Monday, October 19, 2020 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Travis Hill presents Introduction to Accordion Books

    Description: Learn the basics of how to make an accordion book. These simple yet versatile books can be made by artists of any age and used for a wide variety of purposes. Instruction will include making the text block, covers, and optional closures.

    Suggested Materials: 2-5 sheets 9" x 12" mixed media or similar paper, 2 3.5" x 5" cover boards (illustration board, mat board or heavy, non-corrugated cardboard work well), decorative cover paper large enough to cover the cover boards with about .5" overlap on all sides, glue stick, scissors, folding bone/butter knife, ribbon or yarn (optional)

    Bio: I am an Art educator of about 20 years with a focus in Photography and a love of dabbling in everything else. I enjoy experimenting with new materials and following whatever catches my interest at the time, meaning I rarely complete anything. I hope someday to start a non-profit gallery to provide space for high school students and community members to display their work and gain experience with professional gallery skills.

    Monday, October 26, 2020 5-6PM Recorded Webinar

    Michael Cellan presents Watercolor For People Who Hate Watercolor

    Description: OK, watercolor is fun and simple. Sometimes it becomes daunting because some artists make it too technical. Before the smart phone camera, it was used to make quick sketches to use for a larger painting. I use it to make wonderful works.

    Suggested Materials: We're just learning. You don't need expensive stuff. Look around you, you'll find everything you'll need. Watercolors: Tube, cake, or a watercolor set. I use Prang 16- oval. Brushes: We're doing a small painting. Use small brushes. #'s 1-4. I'm using cheap Talkon brushes. I use a #6 or #8 brush to squeeze water into the WC ovals. WC Paper: Somewhere in your collection of stuff, you have some watercolor paper. I use cold press, #140, 9"x12", cut into 4th's. Cheap at Walmart... Canson, 30 sheet watercolor pad.

    Bio: I've made art all my life. I've taught all levels of art education from kindergarten to grad school. I just like making stuff.

    Thursday, November 5, 2020 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Jess Axelrad presents KISS Keep it Simple: A Simple Guide to Teaching Art Online

    Description: Online teaching is tough but you can do it! In this workshop we’ll go over simple easy tools, techniques and projects to make remote/online learning fun for the teacher and student.

    Suggested Materials: Something to take notes or to share.


    Monday, November 16, 2020 5-6PM  Recorded Webinar

    Greg Custer presents Impressionistic Landscape Oil Painting

    Description: This class will teach the process of creating rich and vibrant landscape oil paintings. Choosing a strong palette, prepping canvases, glazing, and the use of layering techniques are some of the topics that will be discussed.

    Suggested Materials: Reference, canvas, oil paint, brushes, charcoal, paint thinner, and oil medium

    Bio: My students have won 6 silver and 5 gold medals in the past 10 years at the national level of Scholastic. I was chosen 1st team academic all-American at the quarterback position in football my sophomore year in college. I have enjoyed having a successful career as a gallery artist the past 20 years.

    December 7, 2020 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Vanessa Quintana presents Thinking Routines

    Description: This class covers how I incorporate the development and tracking of "Thinking Routines" in the art classroom. Thinking routines consist of growth mindset, grit, and cognitive routines. They enhance student's abilities to engage and persist, facilitate deeper understanding, thoughtfully reflect, and be open to possibilities with their work when they learn that obstacles are opportunities rather than roadblocks to success. Tracking thinking routines also makes learning visible for evaluators, and provides data for intentional and authentic instructional shifts.

    Suggested Materials: Note taker, and our growth mindset!

    Bio: I teach art in an adaptive program for SEL students. I LOVE all kinds of things. ART, cooking, music, mountaineering, bourbon, my family, my friends, and a having a good time! Let's Play!

    Monday, January 11, 2021 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Alexa Overby presents

    Expanding Your Curriculum to Include Diverse and Underrepresented Artists

    Description: Have you wanted to expand your teaching of artists to go beyond the traditional "dead white guys"? Learn about possible diverse and underrepresented artists that you could include in your curriculum and find out ways you can connect these artists to your lessons. We will discuss ways social media and other resources can help you continue to discover how vast the art world can be.

    Suggested Materials:

    Bio:  Dr. Overby has been teaching in the high school setting for over 22 years and still finds teenage students amazing to work with, She is an adjunct instructor for the Art of Education University. She is a self-described nerd of art history and photography.

    February 8, 2021 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Andrea Slusarski presents 

    Plein Air at Home! Watercolor Workshop to Unwind



    Description: Join me tonight for a plein air adventure at home! I'll be sharing a simple watercolor landscape demo to follow along with as we discuss Creativity & have an evening connecting with our creativity with fellow artists/educators. Bring your favorite sketchbook materials & a fresh cup of tea as we connect and unwind.

    Suggested Materials: Sketchbook, Pens, Pencils, Watercolors, Collage Materials, Markers, i.e.

    Bio: creative thinker // finding flow everywhere

    March 8, 2021 5-6PM

    Debi West presents Art of Anatomy- Mixed Media Fun!

    Description: This hands-on workshop showcases my “Art of Anatomy” lesson, which is something I have been doing for years now with my Art II students (although this lesson is easily adaptable 4-12). I will showcase student samples, the lesson, and then we will have an opportunity CREATE!

    Suggested Materials: Sketchbook and your favorite variety of media for the evening tutorial.


    March 22, 2021 5-6PM

    Travis Hill presents Illustration Board "Lithographs"

    Description: Use this quick and simple technique to create lithograph-like artwork using illustration boards and a few basic materials.  Good for almost all ages and easy to scale up or down as needed, these can be used to teach about colors, layering, iterative design, contour drawing, and more! 

    Suggested Materials: - 5x7" white illustration board (mat board would probably work as well) - 5x7” palette paper - Masking tape - Colored ballpoint pens (not rollerball) - Pencil - Crayola Color Sticks, crayons, colored pencils or oil pastels (any drawing media that layers with good coverage should work pretty well)

    Bio: Non-Traditional Programs Representative Colorado Art Education AssociationArtSource Summer Residency C&O

    March 29, 2021 5-6PM

    Lisa Adams presents Inkspired Art

    Description: Using newspaper, ink, glue and mixed media participants will create beautifully Ink-spired artworks. Artists interact visually, not literally with text allowing them to develop authentic abstract or original representational illustrations.
    All participants will leave with a started and a finished work of Ink-spired Art as well as a bevy of ideas that are great transitional, sketchbook or extension prompts, depending on your classroom needs. Moreover, this is an inexpensive and easy studio lesson to tier into multi-levels. The contextual elements are a collaged platform to create original compositions. This is a project where student artists work in tandem with their editorial or literary resource allowing the learner to develop authentic non-objective or depictive illustrations.
    We are immersed in a time of hot topics. This project can easily be transformed into a social, equity or cultural issue interaction where student artists are allowed to embed their ideas, feeling and opinions about current social and cultural mores; allowing them to dive into a deep investigative and reflective humanities assignment through their art.

    Essential Tools

    **Watch this video to prepare your Board before Class
    • Newspaper/Atlas maps/Book pages
    • Board/Chipboard /Cardboard/Matt board/140lb WC Paper

    • Matte Medium/ Modge Podge or  I got no budget” formula- Glue & Water

    • A “crappy” brush for Matte Medium application
    • Sharpies /Markers /**PN Microns (they will not lose their ink)
    • Black India ink
    • White Ink (optional, but really cool!!)
    Not Essential, but really Cool Tools... 
    • Watercolors/Acrylics
    • Charcoal
    • Colored Pencils
    • Caran D'ache- Water Soluble Crayons
    • Black Glue- Elmers (non washable) + Black Ink
    • Hot Glue- can be painted
    • White Glue- dries clear, can be painted
    • Liquid Graphite
    • Graphite
    • Anything that you can think of...
    Bio: “I can contour draw myself out of any situation and I know purple solves most artistic dilemmas”

    April 5, 2021 5-6PM

    Sam Peck presents Comic and Tetrad

    Description: My comics are about doing mundane everyday tasks and how they provide space for thought. I do love a good superhero story and the possibility provided by speculative fiction.

    Suggested Materials: Bring your sketchbook!

    Bio: Sam Peck is an artist, researcher, and educator with experience at the K-12 and university levels. He has a BFA from URI and an MFA from UNC-G in printmaking. Peck currently works/makes/studies at UMINN as a Ph.D. student, lectures at APP State and lives with his partner, Lindsay, and their dog, Sir Sundance (whom he writes comics with) in Minneapolis, MN.

    April 19, 2021 5-6PM

    Frances Flicker and Jeanne Richins present Fun with Paper Fish Sculptures

    Description: Create an Asian Inspired fish sculpture using an array of different papers. Applying a simple template, you will learn to construct variations of this beautiful symbolic fish. In addition, we will explore the philosophy and advantages of cross-disciplinary art instruction detailed in the series: Creating Art for All Ages.

    Suggested Materials: 12”x18” colored construction paper; White muffin/cupcake liners; Colored markers; Scissors, stapler, Rubber cement (or any glue you have handy); Paper towels (or anything to fill the body cavity of the fish) 6. 12” wooden dowel*Optional items for a stand: Square block for the base. Acrylic paint to color the stand.

    Bio: Jeanne and Frances are art educators, K-12, finding inspiration encouraging other people to discover their own artistic spirit. In addition, they are co-authors of the series Creating Art for All Ages.

    April 26, 2021 5-6PM

    Rachel Kellum presents Teaching Stop Motion Animation

    Description:  Are you a fan of The Nightmare before ChristmasIsle of DogsJames and the Giant Peach or that childhood classic, Rudolf the Red-nosed Reindeer? So are your students! Using a free, online, easy-to-use application,, I will share with you a stop motion animation unit I developed and taught this spring to middle and high schoolers. In this presentation, you will learn how to teach this standards-based unit step by step, access my adopted/adapted teaching and student resources, become familiar enough with some of the bells and whistles of to create your own animation, and witness a few student-made films!

    Suggested Materials: This presentation will only require a computer and internet access. Later, to play with yourself, you will need a camera to shoot your film; any kind will work: a document camera attached to your laptop, a tablet camera or phone camera. CloudStopMotion interfaces with it all!

    Bio:  Rachel Kellum earned a BFA in Visual Arts with an emphasis in painting and drawing from Millikin University and an MA in English Education from Colorado State. Lucky to have taught only in small rural towns where instructors are required to wear many hats, she has almost always been able to teach in both disciplines at the same time! For 11 years at Morgan Community College, she taught studio art and art history/appreciation courses, as well as writing and literature. She is completing her third year teaching K-12 Art at Moffat School in the San Luis Valley and is thrilled to say that she has mostly hung up her English teacher hat. She has finally found her teaching heart’s home: making art with kids!

    May 3, 2021 5-6PM

    April Cannon presents Monoprinting on Clay

    Description: In this course, you will learn how to apply the printmaking technique of monoprinting to clay. Using a few basic tools and supplies you will learn how to add color and imagery to your ceramic pieces without using glaze.

    Suggested Materials: clay vessel, either leather hard or bisque fired, news paper or news print, ceramic underglazes, paint brush, soft rib, plastic stencils (optional), stamps (optional)

    Bio: Artist, writer and educator, Denver native April Cannon lives and works in the Denver area while raising her two beautiful children. She began working in clay in 2003 and received her MFA from Fort Hays State University in Hays Kansas in spring of 2018. She was born and raised in the Wheat Ridge area and received her Bachelor of Arts in French from the University of Colorado at Boulder. She also spent a year in high school living in Vendee, France, and 10 months studying at the University of Bordeaux while working on her B.A. Her work has been shown throughout the United States in numerous group shows and in multiple solo shows in Denver. Her current body of work is a discussion of the growth that occurs during times of personal upheaval.

    May 17, 2021 5-6PM Live Webinar

    Justine Sawyer presents On Beyond Zentangle


    Description: Appropriate and modifiable for any age and experience level. Building off of the concepts learned in creating Zentangle drawings, this webinar will give you a plethora of ways to extend the concept of making Zentangle style drawings into low-relief and 3-D works based on 2-D drawings. You may create a low-relief tile sample for your classes during the session or sit back and just soak in some ideas. One idea will be demonstrated and created during the session and other ideas will be discussed. Presentation ready to go for your classes will be shared with all participants. Input and sharing of ideas from attendees is welcomed and encouraged!(“Together we ART better”—Debi West)

    Suggested Materials: Supplies (if you want to make art during the session or just fill your mug with a relaxing fluid of your choice):
    -prepared Zentangle drawing of your own, one of your student’s Zentangles, or just an image from the internet of a Zentangle you find inspiring
    -cereal box or similar weight box
    -white glue and glue stick
    -scissors and x-acto knife 
    -masking or painters tape (tape with texture)

    Bio: Justine has been teaching art for 26 years in a variety of settings including all ages from K-12, rural Iowa to metro Denver to the island of Cyprus, private, public, and charter. Her current role is teaching grades 4-8 in a project-based learning charter in Durango, Colorado. She strives to always grow and learn as an educator and loves to be inspired by her students and art education peers. 

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