Archive for May, 2011


Haystack Registration

May 31, 2011

Starting June 1st

So, today’s the day if you haven’t already done so! If you are an art educator and would like to attend the Haystack conference this year on September 16,17, and 18 I suggest you go to the Maine Art Education Association website (MAEA).

All of the information is there included how to register. You will need to download, print and snail mail, POSTMARKED June 1, your registration to the registrar. Don’t forget to include a self addressed, stamped envelope.

You do need to be a member of MAEA. If you’re not you can send it with your conference registration. It is first come, first serve, as they are received by postmark.


Coral Reef Project

May 30, 2011

Maine to create a crocheted coral reef with the help of The West Oxford Agricultural Society

Latvian reef

The West Oxford Agricultural Society, presenter of the Fryeburg Fair, has recently partnered with the Institute For Figuring (IFF) to participate in their internationally known Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project. Crafters, artists, artisans and students will create THE MAINE REEF, a Satellite of the worldwide Hyperbolic Crochet Coral Reef project created by Margaret & Christine Wertheim of The Institute For Figuring, Los Angeles which will be shown at The Fiber Center during the 2012 Fryeburg Fair. Everyone is invited to participate.

Maine joins the countries of Africa, Australia, The UK, Ireland, and Latvia who have created Satellites as well as Arizona, Chicago, Gainesville, Indiana and New York in the U.S. The IFF’s own Crochet Reef collection was most recently exhibited at the Smithsonian for six months ending on April 24th of this year.

The MAINE REEF project in simple terms is a Fiber Art installation that will be made up of hundreds, maybe thousands of hyperbolic coral forms and other reef related elements created by crocheting or other fiber art forms such as felting or knitting. However it goes way beyond that!

This project does provide a statewide opportunity to bring together the many people who crochet and practice fiber arts simply for the fun of it, but it also presents an educational opportunity for schools and Institutions of higher learning by offering the nexus of math and science along with community art, and feminism. Add to that, awareness of marine conservation and research efforts within our state as well as Canada, and it is easy to see the potential scope of this project!

It brings me the greatest pleasure to be organizing a project that has potential to do so much!

Here are some of those things:

  • For Maine to be a part of an international educational art project
  • To bring an amazingly beautiful Fiber Art exhibit to the people of Maine
  • To encourage and build community by participation in creating and displaying the reef
  • To create opportunities for teaching artists to teach workshops
  • To create opportunities for people to learn a new hobby
  • To offer children a venue for creating fiber art that will be displayed at the fair
  • To increase awareness in the people of Maine that we are not immune to the issues affecting the health of coral reefs around the world
  • To increase awareness of Maine College and University research efforts regarding the health of our Maine waters and how it can potentially affect local shellfish and our economy
  • To connect universities and colleges throughout the state with the IFF and the message it shares about the connection of math, science, art and ecology
  • To share our accomplishments and progress on the internet with the world
  • To have fun!

For more information, contact me about the project, or to learn how you or your students can participate or help please visit our blog at

Gale Bellew

Project organizer – The Maine Reef


Teacher and Students Collaborate

May 29, 2011

Maine Scholar Leader Dinner

This post was written by and photographs taken by Lisa Gilman, art teacher from Winthrop Middle School.

Attending the Maine Association for Middle Level Education (MAMLE) conference every Fall gives me a morale boost about working with middle school students. At one of the conferences I learned about the Maine Scholar Leader Dinner.  The event happens annually each Spring and Maine middle schools are invited to send two students for recognition.  I learned that the two students contend for the one table favor. In a moment of sentiment, I offered to make pottery for each of the 80 students. That was two years ago and 160 pots later.

Seeing all the work has generated interest from students in my own school. They want to know how they can get this coveted recognition. This year, on the next day after the banquet, the students representing my school let me know  how thrilled they were about the recognition. They couldn’t wait to tell me which color pottery they had taken home.

I throw all the pottery and my middle school students glaze them. After the work is glazed I use a glaze pen and write the words, “Laugh, Dream, Create, Imagine” on each piece. I include a card with a poem with the following for each student.

Laugh today

Dream for tomorrow

Create without worry

Imagine your possibilities


MLTI Summer Institute

May 28, 2011

Bowdoin College, Brunswick

The annual MLTI Summer Institute is happening once again, and this year we’ll convene on the beautiful campus of Bowdoin College in Brunswick. We will continue to draw on the expertise of the MLTI Integration Mentors and content specialists who will share their knowledge and experience as they guide participants in an intensive three day immersion in the topic of choice from our list of Summer Institute Cohorts. This intensive structure is a departure from previous Institutes where a variety of shorter sessions exposed participants to brief experiences with topics.

The goal this year is to allow participants time to dig deep into a topic and become proficient to empower, enhance and engage teaching and learning. If you’d like a break, we are offering Poster Sessions at the midpoint of the institute where you can attend shorter topic presentations. An inspiring keynote presentation and some fun evening extra curriculars (stay tuned!) will round out what’s sure to be a worthwhile professional development experience during the summer in mid-coast Maine.

When registering, please ensure you have reviewed the cohorts available You will need to select one cohort to participate in over the three days. Each cohort is limited to 15 participants unless otherwise indicated in the description. Registration for cohorts will be first come first serve, but we’ll make our best effort to accommodate everyone’s first choice. Please note on registration, there is an option to select a back up cohort!

More information on the Summer Institute can be found at

Online Registration can be found at

Cost Information:
$75.00 – Title IID scholarship    for teachers who teach at eligible Title IID schools. Includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials.  (A list is posted online at
$100.00 – Poster Session Presenters includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials
$125.00 – 3 day commuter    includes lunch, dinner and materials
$185.00 – 3 days includes overnight    accommodations, meals and materials
$250.00    – Out of state Teachers    includes overnight accommodations, meals, materials and MLTI Device to use during the event

If you have any questions, please contact Juanita Dickson at

Thank you
The MLTI Team


Photo History Project

May 27, 2011

Photography Class Five Town History Project – Camden Hills Regional High School

Thank you to art teacher Carolyn Brown for submitting this blog post.

Kevin Johnson

Students in Ms. Brown’s Photo Studio classes at Camden Hills Regional High School are working on a “Then and Now” photo history project of the Five Towns CSD, including photos from Appleton, Hope, Lincolnville, Camden and Rockport.

Guest photographer and photo archivist Kevin Johnson, of the Penobscot Marine Museum, visited classes in late May. He showed students historic photos from the Eastern Illustrating photo archive, which includes photos of the Five Towns shot between 1909 and 1947. He explained how these photos were made with large cameras and glass plate negatives, and how he and his team of archivists have been cleaning, restoring and digitizing the glass plates. Students then tried out Kevin’s large-format camera, to get a feel for how the old photos were set up and shot.

Kevin Johnson, Heather Eaton

Students have selected old photos from the collection to reshoot with modern tools. The classes will select the best shots and create 25 pairs of images- one of the old shots with the scene as it looks today. These photos will be matted and framed, and become a permanent collection for CHRHS. Additionally, local historians will work with students to give background history about the history of the Five Towns area depicted in the photos. Eventually, the photos will be available on the Penobscot Marine Museum website, and mapped using GIS tools.

This project is supported by Youth Arts, the Bisbee Fund, and a donation from Laurie Adams. Anyone interested in learning more about the project, please contact teacher Carolyn Brown at

More information about the Penobscot Marine Museum historic photo collection can be found on their website at

Kevin Johnson, Dinara Galilulina


Maine Music Educators Association

May 26, 2011

Spectacular Opportunity

I was fortunate to have the chance to attend the Maine Music Educators conference at USM. As is always, at the same time All-State rehearsals were happening. Rob Westerberg and I presented information about the Arts Assessment Initiative at the Thursday night banquet. One of the recently selected Teacher Leaders was at the banquet; Alice Sullivan from Woodland and Princeton.

The next day I spent time listening to the practice sessions with band, orchestra, and chorus. Students were focused and clearly committed to giving their best. What a great opportunity it is for the students who are selected to participate. Congratulations to the students! And a GREAT big THANK YOU to the teachers who work with these students!

The feedback was all very good on the workshop opportunities that teachers had! The conference was well organized and a provided a chance to connect with colleagues from across the state. Congratulations students and teachers!



May 25, 2011

Fine Arts Extravaganza slated at Telstar High School

From the Lewiston Sun Journal written by Dan Fayen, Staff Writer, May 25, 2011

BETHEL — Telstar Middle and High Schools will serve up an artistic buffet for the senses on Wednesday night. “This year’s Telstar Arts Exhibit, which features a wide variety of films, music and art, will take place at Telstar High School, located off Route 26 in Bethel, from 5 to 8 p.m.,” Melissa Prescott, Telstar Middle School art teacher, said. Wednesday’s Telstar Arts Exhibit is free and open to the public.

The event features many offerings, according to Prescott, including the presentation of student-produced films in the auditorium, an eclectic coffeehouse featuring several acts of students playing music and reading poetry and a large display of multi-media artworks. Refreshments will be available at the show.

“This is the first year we have the middle school participating in the event,” Prescott said. “We have a brand new high school art teacher this year, Sara Holmes,” Prescott said, “and she was instrumental in bringing the two schools together for this event.”

“If the public is unable to stay the full three hours of the show,” Prescott said, “I recommend that they come between 5:30 and 6:30 p.m., when they can catch the most offerings by the two schools.”

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