Professional Development

Listings shown here and links to organizations and individuals are provided to art teachers as a service. AEI claims no endorsement or support for courses offered or credit given. External links may change without notice. We attempt to list events chronologically and delete listings as the dates pass.

Salisbury House: An Interdisciplinary Exploration
Course #:  IS017999991601  Dates are June 8 & 9, 2015, from 8:00 am-4:30 pm each day.
Heartland AEA11
Target Audience: This course emphasizes a multicategorical interdisciplinary approach to student learning. All teachers of grades 4-12 coming as a team or singly are encouraged to enroll. 

EDEX graduate credit is being offered for this course. 

Using Salisbury House as a resource, this on-site interdisciplinary workshop will engage participants in art, social science, language arts, and science activities. Participants will engage in interdisciplinary activities on day 1 and develop their own activities on day 2. Teams of teachers are encouraged to enroll.

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

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: