Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category


Stress Reliever

November 21, 2014

These 12 Childhood Art Techniques Can Help Adults Relive Stress

This article is written by Priscilla Frank for The Huffington Post. The beginning of the article is below with a link to the entire piece.

Making art doesn’t necessarily sound like a stress reliever. Finding inspiration, keeping concentration, finding your artistic voice — these things demand extreme attention, time and effort. Yet there is something about expressing your creative side that can help put your mind at ease.

Most forms of art making involve both logic and creativity — for example, coloring inside the lines and mixing and matching colors to your preference. The combination of vision and precise motor skills also leads to an all-encompassing experience that captivates the brain, pushing other stressors out of the picture, at least temporarily. “The idea that creative expression can make a powerful contribution to the healing process has been embraced in many different cultures,” Heather L. Stuckey and Jeremy Nobel wrote in the American Journal of Public Health. Caregivers involved with creative arts intervention methods at cancer treatment centers in particular “reported significantly reduced stress, decreased anxiety, and increased positive emotions after taking part in the intervention.”

To read more please click here.


Community Cast Join Louisville Orchestra

November 19, 2014

Louisville Orchestra

Teddy Abrams, the Louisville Orchestra, and a community cast of hundreds come together to create a powerhouse performance of Carl Orff’s Carmina Burana. It is very cool to see the number of people who come together for this performance. High schools, community choirs, professional choirs join to make an incredible sound.


Power to the Pupil

November 9, 2014

My TEDxTalk: Sorry, Sir Robinson… I Think I Killed Creativity by Jennifer Magiera/TEDxBurnsvilleED

How do you prevent rubric zombie? Do we have time for creativity? Is innovation a luxury? Does it matter what kind of school we teach in to include creativity opportunities in our classrooms? How do we cultivate students curiosity?


Can Creativity be Taught and Assessed?

November 7, 2014

Ken Robinson

We’ve heard from Sir Ken Robinson in the past on the topic of creativity. Many educators are now talking about creativity, not just visual and performing arts teachers. Sir Robinson dives into the topic of creativity, the teaching of it and the assessing of it.

Where do you stand on the topic? Do you teach creativity separate from a specific topic that you are teaching? Can creativity be taught? Check out this YouTube and see what you think.


Dream Tower

October 26, 2014

Pretty Amazing

During the opening ceremony at the 2nd Youth Olympic Games held in China this year acrobats created an amazing performance that you can view at


Registration Open: MAAI Mega MDI

October 21, 2014

Mount Desert Island High School Mega-regional workshop, Tuesday, November 25

The Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI) is once again offering Mega-regional workshops in five locations across the state of Maine during the 2014-15 school year. The workshops are being facilitated by the MAAI Teacher Leaders with each location scheduled with different workshops.

The five Mega dates and locations for the 2014-15 school year

  • Tuesday, November 25 Mount Desert Island High School
  • Friday, March 6 Aroostook county
  • Friday, March 13 Oxford Hills Middle School South Campus
  • Thursday, April 2 UMaine, Orono
  • Friday, April 3 University of Southern Maine, Portland

The information for MDIHS Mega is located at

Once you read through the details, you can determine which workshop you’d like to attend for Session I and Session II. Click on this link to complete the registration.

You can pay the $25 registration fee using PayPal or you can pay by sending a check made out to Maine Art Education Association and mail it to Maine Arts Commission, c/o Argy Nestor, 193 State Street, 25SHS, Augusta, 04333. You will find all of the information and details that you need when you register at the link above. Please contact me if you have any questions at

Overall Workshop Schedule

  • 8:15 a.m. Registration begins
  • 8:45 a.m. Opening Session and Morning Workshops
  • 9:10 – 10:20 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session I
  • 10:20 – 10:30 a.m. Break
  • 10:30 – 11:40 a.m. Breakout Workshop Session II
  • 11:40 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:30 – 12:45 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 12:45 – 2:45 p.m. Session III Large group by Arts Discipline
  • 2:45 – 3:00 p.m. Closing Session

The workshop titles and descriptions for the MDIHS Mega are included below.

Session I

The Studio Habits of Mind: Using the “Hidden Curriculum” to Encourage Student Autonomy

Join us in our exploration of assessment and proficiency using the Studio Habits of Mind. This workshop will present a practical look at how we came to understand and use the constructs of Studio Thinking in our K-4 and K-8 classrooms to promote independent, self-directed learning. You will gain hands-on knowledge of these habits and leave with strategies you can use in your own classroom. Grades K-8 (Easily adapted for grades 9-12.)


Jane Snider Hancock Grammar School Visual Arts
Lisa Ingraham Madison Elementary School Visual Arts


Making Evidence of Learning from a Sequence of Artworks

This hands-on workshop will explore a simple photographic darkroom technique to produce artworks to use as examples of proficiency for several of the National Core Arts Standards along with links to Maine’s present P.E.I.’s. Student work will also be presented as examples/exemplars for levels of proficiency. Grades 6-12


Charlie Johnson Mount Desert Island High School Visual Arts

Efficient and Effective Assessment in the Elementary Music Classroom

When you see 200 or more students each week, assessing everyone is challenging.  The lack of time seems insurmountable!  At this collaborative session, we will discuss ways to make assessments efficient for both class time and your time, while still keeping them effective for teaching and learning.  The presentation is directed toward elementary classroom music, but all are welcome to attend and give input. Grades K-5


Frances Kellogg  Ellsworth Elementary Middle School Music 

Let the Maine Learning Results guide your Ensemble Curriculum

The Maine Learning Results are still the state wide Visual and Performing Arts Standards. Take a closer look at your ensemble and discover how you are using the MLRs each and every day.  Learn new ways to integrate all of the MLRs. This workshop is applicable for any age ensemble elementary through high school.  Grades 5-8


Sue Barre Waterville Junior and Senior High Schools Music

Session II

Standards-Based Grading and Assessing for Proficiency


This workshop is about how to use standards and create learning targets in the visual art classroom.  We will be focusing on using standards in every day art lessons, assessing for proficiency and showing growth through the use of portfolios.  Grades 6-12


Shannon Westphal Ellsworth High School Visual Art

It’s Elementary, My Dear!



Come find out ways you can advocate for your elementary school arts program. In this workshop, we will share ideas and strategies to get what you need for your visual art or music classroom and simultaneously take arts education to a whole new level.  Let’s put all those wonderful resources and tried and true strategies to work for us!  Grades PK-8



Catherine Ring New England Institute for Teacher Education Visual Art

Stir-Crazy: A Movement Tool Kit for the Sedentary Classroom


Kids not sitting still in class?  Unable to focus?  This session is for all teachers wanting to add some movement activities and games into the classroom without sacrificing important academic time.  All games can be adapted to fit all subject areas. Grades PK-12 All Teachers



Stephanie McGary Dance

Resources, Resources and MORE Resources for Music Educators


This session will identify helpful, meaningful resources for every need under the sun! Attendees will inform the conversation, bringing their own unique needs to the table. The take-away will be for every music teacher to leave with a bucketful of assistance towards implementing standards, proficiency and assessment practices into their own classrooms. Grades PK-12


Rob Westerberg York High School Music

Session III

The Arts and Proficiency: What, Why and How?

The afternoon session will be focused around group discussions utilizing key questions on how proficiency is being implemented across the state of Maine in our own arts classrooms. Participants will leave with concrete ideas and/or plans to facilitate their own actions. These may lead to breakout sessions to deeper discussions and common concerns. This session will be separated between visual and performing arts teachers.



October 17, 2014

Conference: November 13-15

Screen Shot 2014-10-13 at 9.26.57 PM Join us for Juice Conference 4.0!
Inspiring speakers, expertise building workshops, fun events, a variety of networking opportunities, and unique opportunities to discover Rockland…
There’s so much packed into this year’s conference, we can’t list it all here!

Get the Scoop on Juice Conference 4.0 at:

Registration is Open:
(Early Bird Ticket Price Available!)

Schedule of Events:
Thursday, 11/13/14: 7:30 – 9:00 pm
Songs Beyond Borders 2
Songs Beyond Borders 2 will be a true cross-border, musical culture exchange, featuring two Maine Artists, Denny Breau and Emilia Dahlin as well as two New Brunswick artists, Caroline Savoie and Danny Boudreau. Presented by Maine Arts Commission and Music NB.

Friday, 11/14/14:
Speakers, Workshops, Networking, and Performances
9:00 am – 5:00 pm
Strand Theatre and Venues throughout Rockland
Visit for details

Pecha Kucha Night, Strand Theatre
Doors Open at 6:30pm, Presentations at 7:00pm

PKN After Party, Trackside Station
Kick-off at 8:30, Band at 9:00
A fun night of music and dancing with band, Hello Newman

Saturday, 11/15/14:
New this Year!
Saturday Tours and Workshop: 9:00am – 12:00pm
New this year!  Three unique and exciting opportunities for learning and networking on Saturday morning. We’re celebrating downtown Rockland with two tours:
Tour 1:  From Maine to Main Street: Agriculture, Aquaculture, Fisheries and Food Production. Come immerse yourself in downtown Rockland’s vibrant food scene during a leisurely-paced walking tour.  Witness how community, technology, entrepreneurship, sustainability, and arts are all being utilized to successfully produce, distribute, and sell Maine’s food.  While sampling delectable treats at several businesses, we will hear about the significance of the food production cluster in Maine along with the assistance that some of these venues are able to utilize to help them succeed.

Tour 2: Rockland Main Street Tour: Preservation and Innovation (more info to come!)

Workshop: Using Innovation Engineering to Think About Sustainability.  What does sustainability mean to your organization? Staying in business for the long run?  Using resources in an environmentally responsible way?  Diversity and inclusion as a workforce strategy? During this highly interactive, creative, and fun workshop, we will use Innovation Engineering (TM) tools to help you think about sustainability for your situation. You will leverage the diversity of the other participants to come up with ideas to tackle your opportunities and challenges, and learn ways to systematically make progress towards these goals. The workshop will be led by Catherine Renault, a Certified Innovation Engineering Black Belt, and owner of Innovation Policyworks, located in Brunswick, ME.

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Call for Volunteers:
If you’d like to help (and get a discounted ticket price as our “thank you”), contact us at to get started!

Sponsorship opportunities for promotion at the event and on our website and conference materials are available at a variety of levels.  A great way to show your support for the creative economy!

Conference Partners:
Juice Conference is made possible by the support and partnership of these organizations:

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