Our first honored artist this year is Ralph Iaccarino, long time Quad City painter and art educator. His exhibit will run through October/Nov. He will give an art talk to CAA Visual Art students. Later in the year he will do a watercolor workshop.
"Raphael Iaccarino is an internationally recognized artist whose paintings are exhibited in public and private collections worldwide. Inspired by the magnificence of the tropical rain forest and jungles, his vivid watercolors have received much acclaim for their originality and outstanding artistic merit. First introduced to the beauty and ecological importance of the rainforests and jungles of Central America in 1981, Iaccarino became intrigued by the vast possibilities for creative expression to be found there.
After numerous visits to Costa Rica and experiencing these visual concepts first hand, the rainforests and jungles have become a major focal point for this artist. Immersing himself in the world of the tropical terrain, Iaccarino is able to convey its sensual aura through watercolor, utilizing his exceptional talents to portray the majestic foliage in all its brilliance and splendor in a medium seldom used for powerful expression. The vivid colors and bold lines merge with subtle shadings and lighting to present captivating visual effects."
-Terry Lindral, Arts Reviewer
7th Integrated Arts and Visual Arts students went to the Figge to interview artist, Mia Feuer. The artist shared about her work with environmental materials as well as being aware of the materials she was using as an artist. Students were able to ask Feuer student generated questions as the Integrated Arts students prepared to write original skits inspired by Feuer's work and life.
CAA 7th grade students volunteer at The William-Butterworth Foundation's Porch Party on Sunday, September 22nd, 2019. The porch party celebrated the arts and culture community of the Quad Cities. The Figge Art Museum and CAA shared a part of last year's 6th grade Visual Art and Communication & Media Arts exhibit titled, Synergetic Spaces. The tree portion and signage will traveled to the Butterworth Center & Deere-Wiman House. CAA students volunteered to assist attending community members with the art activity.
7th grade integrated arts students are focusing on the theme, Connections this quarter. Students are working on a project-based learning assignment where their challenge is "How can I make connections with my community using communication and media arts?"
Students reached out to Rick's House of Hope. They visited their location in Davenport to take photographs and video for a promotional video they will produce to communicate their mission and services to our community.
What a fun collaboration to promote youth mental health services in this community!
7th Grade CAA Integrated Arts Students meet with a representative of King's Harvest Pet Shelter. Students are collaborating with the organization to promote their mission and create a fundraising opportunity.
7th grade Music, Dance, and Theater students visited the Theater Department at Augustana College on Monday, September 23 and were given a tour by Jeffrey Coussens, Professor Theater Arts, and Chair of the Department.
The trip was arranged by the German American Heritage Center to help students prepare for an upcoming performance in collaboration with the center's "Fractured Fairy Tales" program.
Thank you to our September DJ - Maya Thiessen for putting together tunes for students to hear when they arrive at the CAA and when it is passing time! Our student DJs create one 30 minute playlist per month for two months!
We can't wait to see what's in store for October!
You can find the playlist online through Spotify entitled CAA September Playlist.
Strobelite by Gorillaz feat. Peven Everett
Stop Thinking (About Me) by Alfie Templeman
Golden Days by Panic! At The Disco
Jenny by Studio Killers
My Dude by Litany
wish you were gay by Billie Eilish
Bloom by Troye Sivan
Looking at Me by Sabrina Carpenter
Better By Myself by Hey Violet
Just a Stranger by Kali Uchis feat. Steve Lacy
Alright Aphrodite by Peach Pit
Dancing With Myself - EP Version by Generation X
Girls / Girls / Boys by Panic! At The Disco
Established as a professional organization in 1950, Art Educators of Iowa soon began recognizing those of its members who stood out as exemplars in the field.
Awards are given each year to selected members of the Iowa arts education community that have shown stellar dedication to the craft of teaching art to children. AEI & NAEA give awards every year to honor the best art teachers in the state of Iowa and at the regional and national level.
Arts Educator of the Year
Communication & Media Arts Teacher Colleen McCarty-Tomlinson was named the 2019 Art Educator of the Year! Colleen just began her third year with the Academy coming to us from Rivermont Collegiate. While at Rivermont, she observed how significant relationships with parents/guardians, the school community and the larger community are to cultivating an empowering and meaningful education for students.
Colleen received her B.A. at Augustana College and Teaching Certification in Art Education at the University of Iowa. She serves on the Iowa Department of Education's Fine Arts Standards Adoption Team and is presently working with fine arts educators to adopt National Core Arts Standards for the state of Iowa and create companion material to benefit art educators. She is a member of the National Art Education Association (NAEA), Art Educators of Iowa (AEI), and Iowa Alliance for Arts Education (IAAE) member devoted to her professional development as a teaching artist and art education advocate. Colleen continues to work on her personal artwork.
"Colleen is an excellent example of professionalism and committed to bettering her profession. She always has great insight and contributions, is open to suggestions and working to solve problems."
The recipients will be honored at the AEI Fall Conference in Decorah, IA. The Awards Banquet will be from 6 - 10 p.m. on Friday, October 11th. It will include a Silent Auction from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. and Dinner with puppet performance by Monica Leo. The event is located at the Hotel Winneshiek, 104 E. Water St., Decorah, IA 52101