I am honored to serve the members of the Ohio Art Education Association as your president. It is my role to preserve, promote, and protect the interests of our association through supporting the Leadership Assembly and the work they do for all members. It is my goal to:
Reach out to members around the state and learn what your needs are and how we as a leadership assembly can meet those needs.
Encourage the growth of art leaders throughout our organization from membership through Executive Committee because we need strong art leaders for the future of art education.
Support positive advocacy for art education through involvement in OAEA, OAAE, ODE, and the OAC.
Build a diverse and inclusive community of visual art educators by promoting professional growth and leadership.
Thank you for electing me and for supporting me through my leadership journey. Gayle Trueblood ABOUT Gayle Trueblood is committed to student success inside of the classroom. A 1995 graduate of Shawnee High School in Lima, Gayle now teaches in the very classroom where she discovered her own potential., Gayle is a graduate of Bowling Green State University. Gayle has been teaching in Shawnee Local Schools for 23 years, educating in the Elementary studio setting for 21 and now in the High School for the last 2 years. Gayle’s current areas of focus for her students are Jewelry/Metalsmithing, Sculpture and Ceramics. In addition to serving as president of the Ohio Art Education Association, Gayle sits on the Board of ArtSpace Lima and does mural work in various areas around her city. Gayle believes that student success is created through meaningful relationships and connecting art work to real life experiences. Gayle has presented at both our state conference and Summer Symposium, Gayle resides in Lima with her 3 kids and her Rhodesian Ridgeback.
TEACHING PHILOSOPHY As Art educators we reach beyond the walls of our studios and we introduce our students to a world of culture and community. We are responsible for creating citizens who can contribute creatively to our communities and any profession they choose in the future. We are developing a desire for creativity in the moment, and an appreciation for a lifetime. I want my students to know that their voice and perspective are valued. Within my classroom I try to foster an environment in which students are free to share as they create. We have the ability to show them how to explore the visual culture, then they decide how to absorb and make use of this in every facet of their lives. As an educator in the arts, I facilitate an environment where young artists discover themselves as individuals, understand their boundaries and push beyond them to realize their potential…all through the process of art making.