Program for arts integration for new teachers (p.a.i.n.t.)



The experience of P.A.I.N.T. internships have been very valuable over the course of this first year at UW-Stout. Coming into this program as a transfer sophomore, I was not sure how far my experience with coaching for my local swim team would get me in a classroom focused primarily on art. Through the two internships that I have accepted through the P.A.I.N.T., I have learned how to translate art as a subject into art as an avenue for students to learn about themselves and their creative side. The greatest thing that I have taken from these lessons, because I am primarily working with students at the elementary level, is to be able to be flexible in lessons, especially if that allows the student to enhance their self expression. I love being able to provide opportunities for these students to experiment and make projects that push their creative mind. Another wonderful factor of these internships is that they allow me to know the students that live in Menomonie. I feel that sometimes as college students we are disconnected within the actual community that we live in. These internships allowed me to create relationships with the youth of Menomonie, which could possibly be my students in my student teaching in a couple years. Finally, P.A.I.N.T. has shown me how much joy I receive from teaching. Billy Joel says, “If you are not doing what you love, you are wasting your time.” Words could not be any truer. Through the experience of these internships, I have found a love for inspiring others. Providing techniques and materials for their passions to be displayed through art, is an honor. I plan on continuing with these internships, every new internship provides a new opportunity for me to learn how I can make myself a better educator.


ABBY NAUMAN, Early Childhood Education

I have never been more nervous to see kindergarteners in my life! My name is Abigail Naumann, and I started a P.A.I.N.T. internship last semester teaching yoga to kindergarten through second grade at Rocky’s after school program. When I first started, I was only a freshman in my first semester of college, and I was a little nervous about what I had gotten myself into. But as soon as I walked into the school building, I was greeted with smiling, curious little faces excited to learn something new. I have been teaching two days a week ever since! To me, the P.A.I.N.T. internship was like a mini practice teaching. It gave me so much experience writing lesson plans and handling a class of children right away in my college career, which was very beneficial for my college classes, because I could directly relate to and connect with what I was learning about teaching. It's sometimes scary to jump right in, but building experience is the best way I know to improve your teaching. I would highly recommend a P.A.I.N.T. internship because it a great break from college to teach and play with young children, and it's honestly the best part of my week!


GRACE ROGERS, Art Education

I had a wonderful experience as a PAINT intern. My PAINT internship came out of a personal interest in creating a recycled plastic bottle cap mural. An elementary school principal also saw one of these murals online and showed an interest, so Tami was able to connect us and pull in a fellow art ed student who was also interested in sustainability. This internship allowed me to work with small groups of students - and altogether, everyone in the school took part the mural creation. This gave students a lot of ownership of the project and gave us lots of time to get to know individual students. Although creating the mural got to be a little stressful, seeing its popularity on social media over the past year, it has been such a confidence booster.
I learned a lot about planning from this project, as it was the first time I worked with an entire school, and figuring out how to make sure everyone could be involved was a really interesting problem. This was also great practice for how to calculate materials, get students involved, and get it all done on time!



I have always found a passion for community-based art education, as well as sustainable art. If not for my PAINT internship, I’m not sure I would have had the opportunity to express both passions during my college career. In creating the bottle-cap mural at Downsville Elementary, I was able to connect with students and staff, as well as the community of Downsville. It was really inspiring to me as a future educator to see how much community members and college peers are willing to get involved and help if you just ask!
I believe that with experience comes confidence in teaching, and PAINT is the perfect opportunity for that.


Marko Pechnik, Art Education


P.A.I.N.T. internships have allowed me to go out into the field and experience what it is like to move out of the comfort of the classroom and teach students in schools or provide lessons for students through special programs, such as the P.A.I.N.T. international program. Being a P.A.I.N.T. intern allows me to see my strengths and weaknesses through these hands-on experiences. When I am better able to understand my difficulties in teaching I can narrow my focus in specific subject I am learning in school. Overall, this experience has brought nothing but positivity in my life. I feel proud of myself for being able to take over a classroom of 15-20 children, and I am excited to be able to showcase the beautiful creations my students make on our BLOG. It has only made me more confident in my ability to be a better educator.

                                 - Marko Pechnik, Art Education  

Sami Cromer, Early Childhood Education

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I absolutely loved being a PAINT intern! It was the first time a majority of us (the interns) get a chance to lead a class in art lessons. We have the ability to decide what we are going to do each day and the experience helped a lot with developing classroom management skills as well. After being a PAINT intern, I am very confident in my decision to become a teacher! It is a very reassuring feeling, almost like the semester of being a PAINT intern was a little sneak peak into what our future looks like. I was so grateful that this opportunity was offered to ECE students, like myself, and not just Art Education students. It gave me the opportunity to explore a variety of art projects that I could possibly do in my future classrooms because I think it is so important to incorporate the arts in the early childhood classrooms. I loved bringing new projects to the class everyday and seeing how simple it is to connect a history or language concept to the project. I had a wonderful experience and hope to be an intern again next year!

                         - Samantha Cromer, Early Childhood Education

Sarah Bennett,
Art Education


As an art education major, and a lover of teaching, I am constantly searching for opportunities to gain experience in my field. he P.A.I.N.T. program provided me with a remarkable opportunity by hiring me to co-teach an art class for the Boys and Girls Club of Menomonie. I cannot even describe the full extent to which this internship impacted me and my capacity to teach children. The class was run entirely by my partner and I, with a supervisor from the club to assist us if necessary. We were able to arrange our own projects for the class, which was very exciting for the two of us—it was just like writing our own curriculum. The students were fantastic to work with. They would scurry into the room every day, eager to hear what our next project was. The passion that children have for making art is what inspired me to become an art teacher in the first place, and this class has reaffirmed that.

The internship was an incredible learning experience as well. As with any class, there were a few children that misbehaved. It was helpful to have a supervisor, but my partner and I tried as much as possible to manage the classroom by ourselves. It was certainly challenging, but it is something we must practice because one day we will have to maintain our own classrooms. In addition to classroom management, my experience with the P.A.I.N.T. internship also provided me with practice in lesson planning, instruction, and working in a professional setting. Teaching this class has made me significantly more confident in my teaching abilities. Every time I have the opportunity to teach children, I become more and more enthusiastic about my future as an art teacher.       

- Sarah Bennett, Art Education