Professional Development

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Online Courses for Art Teachers
Jessica Balsley, an AEI Member, is teaching Graduate Courses Online through her website The Art of Education. This is the first of it’s kind in Iowa and perfect for some of those teachers who may not live close to an AEA where they can easily take a class that is relevant to art education.

More Professional Development Opportunities® – Submit Your Lesson Plan for a Chance at $500! is looking for the best lesson plans for teaching students about energy or sustainability. Lesson plans may vary in scope and topic but all lessons must: Encompass energy and/or sustainability knowledge; be appropriate for a grade level from kindergarten through eighth grade; include goals and how you plan to measure students’ understanding; include a fully detailed description of the lesson plan, handouts, etc., including a list of all materials needed; use information found on (including Kids Learning Center, blog posts, state pages, etc.); be created by one teacher without use of existing prepared educational materials outside of those available on; and encourage student development through participation opportunities. – See more at:

Champion Creatively Alive Children. A grant opportunity from Crayola.

The most convenient sources for re-certification credits are Iowa Area Education Agencies (AEA):

Iowa Learns: a central, Web-based catalog of Iowa distance learning resources:

Professional Organizations, Resourses, and Associations
Many of these organizations offer summer and weekend workshops. All will inspire you to do your own art work. Check them out!

Amana Arts Guild:

Central Iowa Art Association:

Colored Pencil Society of America:

Fiber Arts Guilds of Iowa:

Guild of American Papercutters:

International Association of Pastel Societies:

Iowa Art Museums, Non-profit Organizations, Galleries, and Art Centers:

Professional Development for Teachers: (Find Artedia on their resources link:

Iowa Art Galleries:

Iowa Art Pottery Association:

Iowa Woodcarvers:

National Oil and Acrylic Painters Society:

National Watercolor Society: