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CAEA Virtual Book Club

Help CAEA build community and networking through the CAEA Book Club.

Designed for both members and non-members, the club will offer an opportunity during each session to ask what you can do in your classroom to help your students as an art educator. All book club events will consist of three sessions that will take place over a four- to six-week period.

Book selections will vary, as will the presentation styles, to meet a variety of tastes and purposes. Some sessions may have the authors of the books present, while other sessions will be just for fun with members hosting the series and book titles that are more creative or fun in nature. The goal is to have a book club event every four to eight weeks with a mix of serious and light titles.


Making Artists

Making Artists by Melissa Purtee and Ian Sands

Dates: Wednesday, September 16;  Wednesday, September 30;  Wednesday, October 14
Time: 6:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
Hosts: TBD
Cost: Free, but you must register as spaces limited.

Click here to register.

Reading Schedule

  • Part One, or as much as you can, by September 16
  • Part Two by September 30 with Melissa. Questions by 9/27
  • Rest of the Book by October 14.

Email questions for Melissa to: [email protected].

Special appearance by Melissa Purtee on September 30th


Sponsored by Davis Publications
Davis is happy to provide a 10% discount on Making Artists with a discounted (not free) shipping rate. This discount code provided is for book study participants only and will be made available to book club registrants.

For the direct link to Making Artists, print edition, please visit

"This book makes us re-frame our practice from teaching art to teaching for creativity. It prioritizes the classroom culture we create where artists gather to question, think and play."

—Cindy Meyers Foley, Executive Deputy Director for Learning and Experience at the Columbus Museum of Art and keynote speaker for CAEA 2018.

A comprehensive look at how and why a student-directed classroom is essential for the development of the student artist in the 21st century. Making Artists picks up where The Open Art Room left off, covering issues and situations choice teachers encounter as they design their program. This text provides tested methods for working through specific situations including room design, material handling, student ideation, production, and assessment. Additionally, you will enjoy a new set of unit and lesson plans to implement as you develop student-directed classrooms. 247 pages, softcover

Melissa Purtee has been working in K–12 classrooms for 15 years and documenting her experiences with student directed learning on her popular blog Thoughts on Arting. A frequent presenter at state and national art education conferences, she is the co-author of two books from Davis Publications, The Open Art Room and Making Artists. Additionally, Melissa serves on the Board of Directors for Teaching for Artistic Behavior Inc. She currently lives with her husband and two sons in Raleigh, NC, where she teaches high school visual arts and art history.

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Additional titles will be added after the 2020 conference.