MAEA Research Commission

Think Tank Writing Project

Think Tank: Exploring Classroom Teaching and Artistic Practice

A Project of the MAEA Research Commission

Have you got an interesting research question related to teaching or your own artistic practice? The MAEA Research Commission is continuing to host a writing project called “Think Tank: Exploring Classroom Teaching and Artistic Practice.” The writing contest is open year round. Every two months there will be another chance to submit your work for entry into the writing contest. Members will be encouraged to write an article about their views on their own teaching/artistic practices based on different writing prompts. Submit your article to the MAEA council and share it with the MAEA community. All submissions will be eligible to win your choice of an free one year NAEA/MAEA membership or a gift certificate from Dick Blick.


Deadline to Submit Articles: November 20th, 2016 


Winner will be Notified by E-mail:  November 27, 2016


Winner will Receive: The winner for the writing contest will receive either a free membership to MAEA/NAEA or a $100.00 gift card to Dick Blick Art Supplies and will be the winner’s choice. In addition, the winner will also be highlighted with their article in the MAEA Gazette and MAEA Research website.


Writing Guidelines: We follow the MAEA writing guidelines. You are encouraged to include images with your article and will be responsible for getting any necessary permissions. (See MAEA photo and artwork release forms). Please include the following information below with your article submission to Ben Tellie,

  • 1-2 images (jpegs; minimum 300dpi for a 4”x6” image) with a signed release form
  • Short 40 word biographical sketch (MSWord.doc or PDF) of the artist/educator
  • Article in MSWord.doc or Pages format, double-spaced, 10 or 12pt font, 800-1000 words


Writing Prompts 

 Artist and Teaching Practice: Write about a work of art you recently completed. Walk us through the process from start to finish. Explain how the artwork has informed your teaching practice if at all.

Artist-Teacher: How does art making inform your teaching process? Or vice versa?

Research in Practice:Write about a problem in your teaching practice and how are your currently solving it. Reflect on a topic you might be interested in exploring further (assessment, STEM vs. STEAM, Classroom management, etc.).

Growth and Professional Development: How do you measure growth in professional development?

Technology in Teaching Practice: Reflect on how you use technology in your own teaching practice along with issues relevant to art education with technology.


Other Topics to Explore in Teaching and Artist Practice 

Design Education and Research  Policy and Practice Diverse Perspectives of Curriculum and Pedagogy. Artist-Teacher-Researcher 
Formal and Informal Education Contexts Trans-Cultural Issues Identity in Art Education First Year Teaching 
 Public, Community and Environmental Art  Classroom Management  Museum Education  Visual Communications 
Visual Communication and Culture Empathy in Art Education  Best Assessment Practices  Civic Education 


How will Articles be Assessed?

All articles submitted for the writing contest are peer-reviewed and evaluated by members of the MAEA Executive Council. All articles will be reviewed using a blind review process. Please review the scoring rubric below used by the MAEA review committee:


Clarity, Quality of Writing, and Experiential Context

Writing includes a clear, understandable, and focused approach to the writing prompt and process. Writing is of quality and demonstrates innovation and reflection. Writing includes personal examples of experiences with a clear context.

7 – Writing is very clear, well written, and adheres to the writing prompt. The article is clearly

defined as readers can understand the purpose of the article. Quality is evident with strong

examples from personal experiences.

6 – Writing is clear, adheres to the prompt, and writing quality is evident. Includes good

examples of personal experiences.

5 – Sensible writing and quality is evident with good personal examples provided.

4 – Sensible writing and quality is evident but needs work. Personal examples are provided.

3 – Writing lacks clarity and quality. Some evidence of personal examples are provided.

More effort and time needed.

2 – Writing is vague and difficult to follow. Little to no personal examples are included.

1 – Writing is not understandable with little to no context.