0001-73046700Do you wish to share your insights into art education with our WAEA members at the upcoming state conference?  Does filling a regular session of 55 minutes seem too daunting or unnecessary?  Does a 6 minute/40 second presentation opportunity sound more applicable to your needs?! Let’s rally for a way to hear many voices in “Our Own PechaKucha!” @ WAEA 2016.

WHAT IS PechaKucha? 

PechaKucha (PK)  is:

  • a presentation format
  • calls for 20 slides to be shown and discussed by the presenter for 20 seconds
  • the slides are on a timer to keep the presentation brisk
  • each presenter is thus responsible for exactly 6 minutes and 40 seconds of content
  • because of this, it allows for multiple-speakers to share a variety of ideas in one session


Here is a PechaKucha about what a PechaKucha is, as presented by Jodi Patterson at the Washinton Art Education Association state conference in Leavenworth, WA, in October of 2015.  The focus of this presentation was to teach people about the presentation method with the hope of motivating the conference audience to advocate for our own PK at the next conference.

NOTES:  I used Movavi Screen Capture Studio to record the PowerPoint.

@ :41 — add the word “conference”

@ :59 — “pronounce” it

@ 1:23 —   the word was not invented by Dytham/Klein, but the style of PechaKucha was

@ 2:12 —  should say this “slide” is, rather than “this PK is.”

Here is another example of a PechaKucha.  This one was made by art education student Jessa Morissey in Jodi Patterson’s ART391, Foundations of Art Education course.

@ 2:10   — At this point in the video, Jessa stopped the video and led our class through a vase/face drawing as described here.

Here is a link to the NAEA Curriculum Slam as presented in Chicago. Jodi showed the front matter of the Curriculum Slam and then Rachel Vasling’s PechaKucha “Unrule” presentation at the convention. NOTE: the NAEA curriculum slam does NOT adhere to a strict PK format. Her goal for sharing this section was to show howa PK event moves from presenter to presenter:   NAEA Curriculum Slam!

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PART ONE:  SUBMIT A PechaKucha IDEA proposal


All topics applicable to WAEA’s audience are welcome.  We are currently accepting topic proposals to be presented at the 2016 conference.  Think about what you are passionate about and submit a proposal.  Topic ideas might include:

  • spotlighting a successful community art event that you hosted,
  • showcasing student work and/or art projects,
  • new and interesting art techniques,
  • tips for student teachers,
  • art room adaptions,
  • technology in the art classroom,
  • art integration ideas,
  • tips for constructing a portfolio,
  • how to organize a busy work and artistic life,
  • introduction of a new artist/s,
  • synopsis of a recent research topic,
  • travels relevant to art teachers,
  • famous art educator biographies,
  • community resources,
  • an art movement’s manifesto/a,
  • the environment and art,
  • how to use PechaKucha in a classroom,
  • or ___________________ .

. . . the possibilities are endless!


Submission proposals should include:

  1. Your name, job title and job location.
  2. Declaration of perceived audience for topic (ele, sec, higher ed, museum, admins, etc.).
  3. Contact information (email and phone).
  4. Presentation title.
  5. Brief outline of the proposed session – this can be in paragraph form and/or annotated outline of 20 slides.
  6. Include a few images to help clarify proposal if possible.

NOTE:  Submissions may need to undergo a jury process if more than seven submissions are received.  If fewer than seven sessions are received, then the overall 55 minute session will end with a question and answer period to fill the allotted time block.  


If your proposal is accepted, it is time to construct your PechaKucha!  See tips below.

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PART TWO:  MAKE a PK Presentation


Once your position on the PechaKucha session is confirmed, it is time to organize your presentation.  The following key points are components of a PK and will be explained below:

  1. PK slides are set on a timer and progress automatically every 20 seconds.
  2. Slides of a PK are generally visually strong (rather than plain wordy bulleted slides indicative of many PPTs).

Because PechaKucha slides progress automatically, the presenter cannot stop to advance a slide manually or go back to a previous slide. This format forces the presenter to concisely engage the audience with the slides/visuals.  Part of the spirit of PechaKucha is that an image on a slide should support what the speaker is saying and not be something the audience generally has to read … but since we are a creative bunch, you are welcome to surprise us.  It is acceptable to provide the audience with a written handout or take-away (at your own expense) if desired.

Your presentation will contain 22 slides in the following order:

  1. A title slide, not on a timer.  Used by moderator.
  2. 20 body slides with built-in 20-second auto-advance.
  3. A closing slide for the presenters name and contact info, not on a timer.  Used by moderator.

Most PKs are made with PPT or Keynote.

  • Here is a PPT template that might be a useful base:  PPT_PKMaster
  • Here is a Keynote template that might be a useful base:  Keynote_PKMaster

If the above files do not work for you, you can build your own PechaKucha from scratch.  Here are some tutorials for your consideration:


FAQ’S written by Jodi Patterson:            

Do I have to speak to the audience?  Yes and no.  Yes – you must be at the conference session.  No, if you know how to add audio to your PK, then it might be possible to automate the whole process.  This would almost be like watching a short film.  However, if you choose this option – you still need to be present.  Options are limitless.  A friend of mine once performed a PechaKucha entirely through mime … doesn’t that sound powerful?

Do I have to memorize the script?  No.  You can bring notecards with you to read from.

Do I have to use PPT or Keynote?  You may use another format, but I cannot assure I can be of help if trouble arises.  Also, make sure the program you choose is something that my MacBook Pro can read once I download your presentation.

Do you have tips for organizing a presentation?  I begin with old fashioned note cards.  I use one notecard per slide – writing a few cues on each card.  Then I look these over and decide if I can join some cards together, if I need more content and if the cards/information need to be re-shuffled.  I then read/discuss each notecard aloud to see how well I am covering a 20 second frame.  Once I get the outline, I select the images and then make the presentation.  Once the presentation is together, I practice – practice and practice some more.  The 20 second framework really forces me to think about what is important.

Should I animate my slides?  You’ll have to make a decision about this one.  Animation (including slide transitions) is movement, and movement pulls the eye of the audience away from you to the slides. 20 seconds is a short a time and movement forces the audience to refocus attention.  I suppose you should just decide whether it will add value to your slide and go from there.  Of course, if your work is all about movement – then go crazy with it!

How will the first and last slides be used?  We will be on a tight schedule.  I will use the first slide to introduce you and the last slide will briefly be shown during the transition of one presenter to the next.  You will not have time to speak to either of these slides.

What if I miscalculate my talk?  This is why practice is important.  Have an excellent idea about what you want to say, but build in a sentence into each slide that can be dropped if you start running out of time. Or alternatively, highlight the sentence you most want to get across and make sure you fit that in early.  It is okay if you make a mistake – just keep going!  Remember – this is fun!

Can a group present a PechaKucha?  Sure.  Grab some friends and put together an awesome presentation together!

What made you think of this idea?  A few things.  Mainly, when I attended my first WAEA conference (I am a recent transplant), I felt like I wanted to hear from more people.  Since the sessions were all nearly one hour, I had to pick and choose carefully.  I feel this format offers a variety of voices to be heard in a condensed amount of time … a great “bang-for-a-buck” so to say.  Second, it gives people who want to present but feel a session is too much to fill, a way to do it.  Third, it gives new presenters a safe way to tread into the realm and it gives veteran presenters a nice bit of fresh air.  Fourth, I’ve attended these in person and always left inspired.  And lastly, I love how the format is structured yet open for surprises.  I figure with a creative bunch like WAEA members – we might get to experience some great out-of-the-box talks!

Hey – how do I say PechaKucha anyway?    I do not know if there is only one way to pronounce this Japanese word [that means “to chat.”]   I have heard very educated people pronounce it in a variety of ways: “pech-a-kee-shoe”,  “pech-cha-cha”,  “pecha-koocha”, “pu-CHOK-chu”, etc.  Daniel Pink says, “pe-chak-sha” and the NAEA moderator pronounced it “pech-awk-a-cha” …  I’ll accept whatever version you want … I’m just happy you are involved.

LAST UPDATED:  NOV. 10, 2015