On January 14, 2012, North High School Art Department hosted its 1st Annual Art Teacher Idea Exchange hosted by the Wisconsin Art Education Association and local WAEA members, Carol Rokicki of North/South High School and Brian Sommersberger of Random Lake Elementary School worked together along with Lee Amborn of Black River Falls Middle School to develop an open invitation to K-12 art educators in the North East Region, which included local colleges and private schools. Lee Amborn has been doing the Annual Art Teacher’s Idea Exchange in his district for the last 28 years.
Carol and Brian thought it would be a wonderful opportunity for art teachers to get together and exchange ideas/lesson plans and instructional thoughts. Those who participated were told to bring numerous copies of one lesson plan plus visual samples. Teachers were also asked to bring one “teacher tip” to share. Participants were excited about having the opportunity to see different ideas and approaches to art instruction. About 10 art educators attended the 1st Annual Art Teacher’s Idea Exchange from various grade levels and districts. The 2nd Annual Art Teacher Annual Idea Exchange is already being planned for next year.
Brian Sommersberger is currently serving as WAEA’s North East Regional Vice-President. Carol Rokicki is currently serving as WAEA’s Secondary Representative.