We would love to hear from you about your experience teaching elementary art and what type of programming you would like to see offered by your Elementary Division. We would also like to encourage you to share your experience by presenting a workshop at our next OAEA conference. Being a workshop presenter is a great opportunity to connect with your fellow OAEA members!
Who are we?
My name is Amy Combs. I am a member of the SouthWest region of OAEA and a teacher in the Sycamore School District in Cincinnati. E.H.Greene Intermediate is my professional home, where I have been teaching 5th and 6th grade general art, as well as, advanced courses, for the past 14 years. I am passionate about art education and finding innovative practices in our field that encourage creative exploration and the life-long appreciation of art. As an artist, I am still exploring my own artistic journey, fine tuning figurative drawings and paintings in my spare time.
My name is Arenda Evans. I teach grades K-8 in Cleveland, Ohio at Lakeshore Intergenerational which is one of three schools in a model of successful charters. Our intergenerational curriculum includes a major focus on interaction with the older adults in our community through organized nursing home visits, our mentor program and other activities. My general art classes are multi-age with no more than 18-20 students per class. I have over 20 years of teaching experience with 14 of those years with the IG schools. I am passionate about providing for my students an experience and environment that inspires creative expression, artistic growth and real world connections. As an artist, my specialty is metal sculpting.
We are thrilled to co-chair the Elementary Division of OAEA. Our unique perspectives help us advocate for one another, the children we teach, and our profession as a whole. Our goal in representing you is to bring more unity and connectivity to this community of elementary art educators. We hope to offer you relevant programming, professional development, and community building opportunities. Together, we can find support, strength, and the ability to sustain the wonderful work of creative thinking.
We would love to hear from you about your unique experiences teaching elementary art across Ohio. We encourage you to be more active in OAEA. Contact us with questions, concerns, or new programs you feel would support our goals or you on your journey with Elementary Art Education.