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MAEA is Calling! Will you answer?
Cure for the Core: Visual Art, Design, and Creativity
Anticipated Venue: Brunswick High School
Date: April 12, 2014
Registration: $40 (free for members presenting)
MAEA Art Educator Awards Reception: Friday evening, April 11th
We invite you to consider sharing your expertise and craft with your peers.
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MAEA Spring Conference.
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Opportunity for leadership and collegiality
A day of networking and fun
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Bangor High School art teacher, Susan Bryand’s trip to MFA
While not sandy or tropical, I took a fun day trip with my Mom to the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston. The MFA is one of my favorite places in the world ( I will confess that I am not terribly worldly, but it’s a favorite none the less). My first visit was as a young girl (along with the Ice Capades) and I credit this visit with igniting my love of art.
My mom and I took the Downeaster from Portland and took advantage of a relaxing ride to look over the map and plan our attack. My secret to enjoying a museum day trip is to enter with no intention of seeing everything. We stuck mostly to the Art of the Americas wing. We both really enjoy the decorative arts and I like to check in on the paintings that lit a fire in me when I was little.
- Copley’s A Boy with a Flying Squirrel (Henry Pelham) http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/a-boy-with-a-flying-squirrel-henry-pelham-34280. for one (all those textures!) and, of course,
- “Watson and the Shark” http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/watson-and-the-shark-30998 and Sargent’s
- The Daughters of Edward Darley Boit. http://www.mfa.org/collections/object/the-daughters-of-edward-darley-boit-31782
- I also loved the “Think Pink” exhibition featuring fashion in one if my favorite colors. https://www.mfa.org/exhibitions/think-pink
We had a bit of a laugh in the contemporary art section when my mother was admiring a metal screen. When I took a second look and declared that it was a giant cheese grater, we had to check the gallery tag to be sure. After reading a bit about the artist’s intent, we agreed that Mom “got it”, as she appreciated it as a beautiful object because of the change in scale. (Although, we didn’t find it “sinister” as the museum suggested we might.)
We spent some time ( and money) in the bookstore before grabbing a taxi back to the station. I found a few postcards (and temporary tattoos!) featuring work from the collection that was created by some of the artists my students just researched. I also posed for a few photos, standing next to masterpieces to give my students a sense of scale (and maybe a laugh, too).
When we slumped back into our seats on the train, my mother and I were exhausted, but cheerful. It’s nice to take a day sharing one of my favorite places with one of my favorite people.
Brunswick art teacher Allison Price was the organizer of an intriguing “art talk” on a recent Saturday afternoon to accompany the Maine Art Education Association’s Exhibit titled “After Hours” at the Saco Museum.
Five other teaching artists gathered with Allison; Meryl Ruth, Robin Brooks, Manon Lewis, Debbie Bickford and Charlie Johnson. The discussion included a wide range of topics, including artist’s early memories, advocacy, process vs. product, teaching creativity, relationships with students, teachers as artists and assessment, among others. The audience had several questions toward the end of the conversation and audience members came to Allison afterwards to tell her they could have listened for another hour because the discussion was so compelling.
The discussion in it’s entirety (90 minutes, but a good flow and clear audio) can be found at https://drive.google.com/file/d/0BxJsGy-IBRrhUUdkSVpjRkZ4aW8/edit?usp=sharing and there are a couple of short videos created from some of the artworks and clips of the discussion.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO8sLKJ6Bv8 Saco Project
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sO8sLKJ6Bv8 Saco Project 2
“I was so very impressed with the quality and variety of work in the “After Hours” exhibit, and sitting amongst the work of all these talented people to talk with colleagues about what we do with learners in the ARTS and why we do it was a most rewarding and affirming experience!” Charlie Johnson
Thanks to Charlie Johnson, Mount Desert Island High School arts educator for contributing this blog post and creating the videos to document the opportunity.
Call for Art
The Congressional Art Competition began in 1982 to provide an opportunity for Members of Congress to encourage and recognize the artistic talents of their young constituents. Since then, over 700,000 high school students have competed for the honor of having their work shown in the U.S. Capitol.
Congresswoman Chellie Pingree, Congressman Michael Michaud and the Maine Arts Commission invite Maine high school students (9-12) to participate in this year’s Congressional Art Competition. The selected students will have the opportunity to have their artwork displayed in the Cannon Tunnel of the U.S. Capitol for one year, beginning in June 2014.
Each year, the U.S. House of Representatives sponsors a competition for art created by high school students from every Congressional district in the United States. This annual call for art has provided a grand scale opportunity for Maine art students to be recognized and highlights how essential quality arts education is for all students.
Finalists and Runners Up, their families and art teachers will be invited to a reception at the Blaine House in Augusta where the selected students will be recognized. The Blaine House event is the annual celebration that highlights the close partnership between the Maine Arts Commission and Maine’s Congressional offices. Both of Maine’s Congressional representatives are highly enthusiastic about this program and strongly encourage their constituents to apply.
- Must be a high school student: grades 9-12.
- Work must be two-dimensional.
- Work must be unframed, and no larger than 25 in. by 25 in.
- Work must be no more than 4 inches in depth.
- Each entry must be original in concept, design, and execution and not violate any U.S. copyright laws.
- Any entry that has been copied from an existing photo (not the student’s own), painting, graphic, advertisement, or any other work produced by another person is a violation of the competition rules and will not be accepted.
- Work entered must be in the original medium (not a scanned reproduction of a painting or drawing).
- One entry per student.(Please note that while schools may submit multiple entries, individual students are limited to one entry.)
- Acceptable categories:
Paintings (oil, acrylics, watercolor, etc); Drawings (pastels, colored pencil, pencil, charcoal, ink, markers); Collage (must be two-dimensional); Prints (lithographs, silkscreen, block prints); Mixed media (use of more than two mediums); Computer generated art; Photography.
To be considered for review, the student information and release form AND artwork must be submitted in digital format. Actual artwork will not be accepted for review.
–Artwork format must be a digital or scanned image saved as JPEG (.jpg) with resolution of 300 dpi or higher at 5” x 7”. When you save your image, use the following naming conventions for the file:
- Artist name_title of image_year of work.jpg (Example: JaneDoe_Untitled_2014.jpg).
- Maximum of 72 characters in the file name.
- Name cannot contain any spaces or characters other than letters, numbers, underscore or hyphen.
–A completed and signed student information and release form must also be submitted. Please go to https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Congressional-Art-Comp.
Forms can be saved at a Word document or as PDF. When you save your signed student information and release form, use the following naming conventions for the file:
- Artist name_title of image_year of work.doc (Example: JaneDoe_Untitled_2013.doc).
- Maximum of 72 characters in the file name.
- Name cannot contain any spaces or characters other than letters, numbers, underscore or hyphen.
Submission materials will be accepted as email attachments only (not embedded in the email) and should be sent to Julie Horn at email@example.com. Please put “CAC Submission” in the subject line of your email.
Your email should have the following two attachments:
- Image in .jpg form as specified above
- Student information and release form in .doc or .pdf form as specified above.
***Entries that do not have the specified documentation will be considered ineligible.***
The final decision regarding the suitability of all artwork for the 2014 Congressional Art Competition exhibition in the Capitol will be made by a panel of qualified persons chaired by the Architect of the Capitol. Artwork must adhere to the policy of the House Office Building Commission. In accordance with this policy, exhibits depicting subjects of contemporary political controversy or a sensationalistic or gruesome nature are not allowed. It is necessary that all artwork be reviewed by the panel chaired by the Architect of the Capitol and any portion not in consonance with the Commission’s policy will be omitted from the exhibit.
For information about the Congressional Art Competition please contact Julie Horn at the Maine Arts Commission, at 207/287-2790, or through e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three opportunities for students
- Yamaha: Young Performing Artists program
The Yamaha Young Performing Artists Program (YYPA) recognizes outstanding young musicians from the world of classical, jazz and contemporary music. Each year, the YYPA Finalists are invited to perform at the Music for All Summer Symposium held in late June. Maximum award: $5,000 in retail credit towards a professional model Yamaha instrument, as well as a series of clinics and master classes with renowned artists, designed to help winners launch their music career. Finalists will also receive a professional recording of their performances and national press coverage. Eligibility: musicians ages 16-21. Deadline: March 31, 2014
- Google: Doodle4Google
One talented young artist will see his or her artwork on the Google homepage and receive a college scholarship and a Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Students should create their doodles based on the theme “If I Could Invent One Thing to Make the World a Better Place…” Maximum award: $30,000 college scholarship; $50,000 Google for Education technology grant for his or her school. Eligibility: students grades K-12. Deadline: March 20, 2014.
- Writers in the Schools: Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest
The Sarah Mook Memorial Poetry Contest acknowledges, encourages, and rewards the efforts of student poets. Maximum award: $100. Eligibility: students K-12. Deadline: March 31, 2014.
Tonight at Waterville High School
The regional Maine Arts Assessment Workshop and Potluck at Waterville HS on Feb 26th (4-7pm…….3-4pm open advocacy lab and 7-8pm open advocacy lab) is open to all educators and administrators.
There is no cost (please bring a dish or snack to share). Come early….leave early…come late…..stay late!
Please know that all educators and administrators are invited and discussions regarding local resources and galleries for valuable opportunities will also be presented.
Guerrilla Advocacy Open Lab (S Goulet) 3:00 – 4:00
Lisa Ingraham and Gloria Hewett Presentations – 4:00 – 5:10
- Lisa – Stick Figures and Finger Painting – Dispelling Myths about Elementary Art programs
- Gloria – Working Backwards from a Great Art Lesson to Standards and Assessments
Break/Intro/Discussion/Sharing/Potluck 5:10 – 5:50
- Lisa Wheeler – Common Street Arts Gallery
- Nancy Baron – Harlow Gallery
- Student teacher mentor opportunity
Pam Ouellette (to entire group) 5:50 – 7:00
- Literacy – Gateway to Creativity
- Guerrilla Advocacy Open Lab (S Goulet) 7:00 – 8:00
This workshop is your local outreach component of the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative.
An exploration of each workshop can be found at (scroll down to Feb 26th date):
Contact hours available.
For more information and to RSVP…please contact any of the presenters or
20th anniversary celebration
Portland, Maine: In celebration of National Youth Art Month during the month of March, the Portland Museum of Art (PMA), in collaboration with the Maine Art Education Association, has organized an exhibition of artwork created by Maine art students. This year celebrates the 34th anniversary of Youth Art Month exhibitions in Maine and the 20th annual exhibition at the museum. The PMA’s exhibition, on view from March 8 through April 6, will showcase more than 100 works of art by students throughout the state, from elementary school through high school. All participating students will receive certificates of recognition. An exhibition celebration will be held at the PMA on Saturday, March 8 from 4 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
National Youth Art Month is an annual observance each March to emphasize the value of art education and to encourage public support for quality school art programs. Art education provides students with important critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, in addition to fostering self-esteem, self-discipline, and an appreciation for the work of others. The Youth Art Month exhibition celebrates and validates student achievement in the visual arts, and the Portland Museum of Art is proud to honor the talent and dedication of these young artists and their teachers. Youth Art Month has been observed nationally since 1961, and on the state level, sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association since 1980.
The following article is reproduced from the Courier Publications’ Village Soup on February 10, Editor Dagney C. Ernest.
Christensen is a professional potter who currently works with the sgraffito technique on porcelain. He creates thrown and handbuilt forms and uses the ancient technique of sgraffito for surface design. This technique entails coating the clay with black clay slip or underglaze, and scratching through to reveal white clay underneath.
Christensen has demonstrated his working technique and discussed his sources of inspiration. He uses the medium of clay to tell stories about the natural world and our relationship with nature. He explained that he typically starts a piece with the beginning of an idea in mind, and draws intuitively with a freehand technique directly on the clay. During the process of drawing on the clay, the full “story” of a particular piece develops. The idea from one piece may lead into another, until the entire story emerges in a series of clay forms.
Students began their projects working with sgraffito on flat, leather-hard tiles, drawing into the underglaze with a variety of tools. Christensen is meeting with students several times and will develop the project further with handbuilt and manipulated slab forms with sgraffito.
This artist residency is sponsored by Youth Arts and the CHRHS Art Club with advisor Brown. For more information about the artists, visit timchristensenpottery.net.
David Rufo’s discovery
Some time ago Bucksport art teacher Linda Babb sent me a link to an article that was published in October 2013. Many teachers send me links to interesting articles, videos, and other information. I place them in a draft for a blog post and when I have a minute I go back to the drafts and publish them. Linda found the article interesting and so do I. Not only is this article interesting but the source is as well. Some of the following is taken directly from ALT/space which is a project of the Teaching Artist Journal. It is a peer reviewed print and online quarterly publication that provides a space to hear from teaching artists and for “all those working at the intersection of art and learning”. Doesn’t that pertain to all arts educators? The teaching artists are from all over the world so the global perspective is provided by nature of the authors. I hope you will check it out and subscribe online.
The article that Linda sent is called Math Journal Graffiti and located at http://tajaltspace.com/post/64163415848/math-journal-graffiti-david-rufo#sthash.4jWvRnEI.dpuf. David Rufo is an artist/teacher/researcher working on his PhD at Syracuse University in Art Education. With seventeen years experience as a general classroom fourth grade teacher, David’s current research interest is the self-initiated creativity of children in a child-centered environment. In addition to being a full-time teacher, David is also an adjunct instructor at Syracuse University where he has created and taught a course titled, Art Educators as Contemporary Artists. His most recent article titled, “Building Forts and Drawing on Walls: Fostering Student Initiated Creativity Inside and Outside the Elementary Classroom,” was published in the May 2012 issue of the peer-reviewed journal, Art Education.
David is interested in the marks people have made in history as well as the marks children make. He pulled out old workbooks from a cabinet and found the markings that his students had left. The usual drawings often found in the corners of pages, in the margins of papers; hearts, animals, figures, etc. He has considered the transformation his classroom has gone through provided a restricted environment to a more relaxed one to encourage the development and use of creativity.
Check out the article to read more about David’s thinking and to see some of these priceless drawings made by his students in their math notebooks!