MAEA Spring Conference

March 30, 2017

Register for this professional development opportunity

The Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) is holding their spring conference

‘The Story of Us” on Saturday, April 8, 2017, Westbrook Middle School, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.


8:00am Check in/Art making

8:45am Welcome/Keynote –

10:30 FIRST Power Session  (Begin Double Sessions)

11:35 Lunch(provided)/Announcements/Elections

12:30 MID-DAY Power Session – Mini and Full Sessions

1:40pm FINAL Power Session   (2nd Half of Double Sessions)

3:15 USM Museum of Art visit (on your own)

Pre-conference Event – Friday, April 7th Westbrook MS

To register CLICK HERE.

SESSIONS (more info on the sessions/schedule CLICK HERE)

GT or NOT here I come! What I’ve learned during my first two years as a Gifted and Talented Consultant – Lisa Ingraham (Madison Elementary School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader, Secretary for MAEA)

Chapter 104… Steering Committees… ID Processes… CogATs… SLPs… and the wonderfully weird and creative students who make all this work meaningful. During this workshop we will look at some of the basics every art teacher needs to know about Gifted and Talented programming, and explore some of the successes and pitfalls I’ve encountered during my first two years as a Gifted and Talented

Something From Nothing – or Costuming on a Budget and Tapping into the Creative Process with Students – Jean Phillips (English/Drama Educator, Wiscasset Middle School/High School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

Hot glue, curtains, table cloths, children’s sleds, and ribbon – what do they all have in common? They can be ingeniously used to create authentic costumes for all plays. Armed with this knowledge, you can devise a lesson in the designing of costumes for the stage for your students. If time permits, participants can brainstorm possible resources and ways to include students.

Forum for Photography Teachers – Jodi Thomas (Thornton Academy, Saco and MAEA Board Member)

Join our group and share your resources in a Google folder. We meet once a year at the Spring Conference. This open discussion will focus on sharing teaching methods, lesson ideas, the merging of film and darkroom with the digital evolution, and the challenges and successes in the contemporary instruction of a unique fine art medium. Please bring a topic for discussion and one assignment handout to share (10 copies).

Student’s Reflective Voice: Using the Artist Statement – Melanie Crowe (Marshwood Middle School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

In this workshop, participants will explore the ways in which student voice and understanding within visual art creation can be expanded upon with the use of reflective writing using an Artist Statement. Grades 7-12

Arts and Science Integration – Margaret Maxwell (Fine Arts Educator/Integrator, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish)

Teachers will learn the process of science integration into the curriculum using the resources in their buildings. The process of collaboration will be discussed and the proper avenues to pursue in order to facilitate a successful experience for the students. Hands on workshop using journal making as their container of ideas for the units. Weather, botany, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, chemistry and other units of sciences will be reviewed as possible integration topics. A brief discussion about the importance of integration with sciences as a motivator will be part of the workshop.

Note: There is a $5 materials fee for this workshop, payable to the presenter at the workshop.

Art All Around: Connecting Artists, Schools and Community through Collaborative Art Making in the Streets – Montserrat Torras/Craig Collins (Director, Maine Center for Creativity)

The summer of 2016, Maine Center for Creativity launched with Westbrook city stakeholders a community-driven outdoor art initiative called Art All Around to boost civic engagement, pride and connection in the community, highlight and develop creative skills, empower diverse groups and youth, and spark economic development.

With Art All Around in its second year, the facilitators behind the initiative will speak to the elements that have made the program a success and a model for other towns across Maine to leverage creativity and art making for more inclusive and culturally vibrant communities, economic vitality and quality of life.

Scholastics: Overview and Best Practices – Liam Sullivan (Maine Region Scholastics Coordinator, Maine College of Art)

The presentation offers best practices for participating in the Maine Region Scholastic Art Award Competition. It will include discussions about submitting individual work and portfolios, fee waivers, problem solving techniques and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Also included in the visual presentation are plenty of images of the recognized works; Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention.

Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Self-Reflection for both Student and Teacher – Mandi Mitchell (Hermon High School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader and MAEA Board Candidate)

Self-assessment is a crucial part in the cycle of learning for both student and teacher. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students will become more aware, dig deeper, and take ownership of their learning. This applies to us as teachers. We will also discuss the importance of documentation and strategies of reflection upon our own teaching. Information gathered about student growth, understanding, and feedback on units/lessons will not only be beneficial for the growth of a curriculum, but also in providing evidence for teacher evaluations.

Teachers working side x side: A book making project across content areas – Mia Bogyo and Sally Mitchell (Side X Side, Portland)

This presentation shares an innovative elementary art and science curriculum that merges teaching artists, research, and 1st grade classroom teachers through the medium of the handmade book. The first half of the session will outline how 1st grade students at Ocean Avenue Elementary School became experts on animals through bookmaking. By integrating research on animals with visual art, students were challenged in content knowledge and motivated to engage in art- making. This curriculum is a part of a larger arts integration program happening across Portland public schools. During the second half of the workshop we will explore simple bookmaking exercises using paste paper, illustration and collage. These strategies will help you jump start your visual arts integration in the general education curriculum.

The Performance Based Learning (PBL) Process in a Student Centered classroom – Amy Cousins (Gorham Middle School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

This presentation is for teachers who would like to learn what the Proficiency Based Process looks like from criteria to creation to evaluation. We will focus on how to guide our students through PBL while still allowing for student choice and making a manageable system for tracking student progress. We will cover: * Aligning Graduating Standards with student friendly indicators. * Criteria that reflects the PI’s and student choice. * Common self-assessments that allow students: * several opportunities to achieve proficiency, * a choice in how to report out on their knowledge and * to demonstrates understanding of Graduating Standards/Performance Indicators. There will be time at the end for Q and A and group sharing.

Visual Art in Early Childhood – Beth Lambert (Arts Specialist, MDOE)

During the 2016-17 school year the Maine DOE has sponsored professional development with teams of art teachers and early childhood teachers to build collaborative partnerships to ensure that preschool students receive an art-filled learning experience. In this session you will hear from the teams about what they learned, their successes and challenges, and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches to teaching art to our youngest learners.

Clay Whistles – Mary Pennington (Gray-New Gloucester High School, MAEA Board Member)

Want to build a working clay whistle? This workshop will show you how. Will cover basic construction of whistle based on pinch pot method, troubleshooting making the whistle actually sound, and embellishments to make them unique.

Arts Integration – Theresa Cerceo (Dr Levesque Elementary School and Wisdom Middle/High School, Saint Agatha, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

Arts Integration teaches the whole child, increases student engagement and lowers the barriers between content areas. In this workshop will discuss what arts integration is, why it benefits students, Proficiency Based Education, assessment and the role of the art educator in the Arts Integration model.

Making Waves – A Conversation about Leadership – Heidi O’Donnell (Belfast High School and Past-President of MAEA)

Leadership is a journey with multiple paths. Attend a discussion about leadership – big and small – in your class, in your schools, in your community, in your state, and beyond. Come listen to and share ways you can make an impact.

Refine Your Tiles, Refine Your Curriculum – Holly Houston (Yarmouth High School and Director of Member Services, MAEA)

Join me in making this beginning-of- the-semester Ceramics I project that sets the tone for quality work in my classroom. We’ll look at project purpose, criteria, and assessment. Following glaze test tile-making, we’ll look at a carefully scaffolded Ceramics I curriculum that combines handbuilding, ceramic history, assessments, and technology use through student portfolios. Appropriate for educators of all grade levels.

Needle Felted Animal Sculptures – Debra Arter (Damariscotta Adult ED)

Each participant may make a bird or a four legged friend — sheep, cat or dog for example. I will bring foam & needles. I have small supply of narrow ribbon which may work for decoration as well. It is quite sculptural and forgiving. High school students would like to do it in classroom as well. The needles are sharp so if people bring a thimble it might provide some protection. Wire cutters and small pliers are also useful to bring to work on these projects. It is a great relaxing process.

Yes You Can! Acrylics in the Classroom – Debra Bickford (Westbrook High School, President of MAEA)

There are many valid reasons that some people are hesitant to use acrylics in the classroom. The top two reasons seem to be that they do not come out of brushes or clothes and, not knowing what all the mediums are for. This workshop will demystify “all that stuff” that goes along with acrylics, provide tips for using acrylics in the classroom and provide participants with a hands on experience with the materials.

Make a Nicho and Learn – Rachel Somerville (Art Director, Westbrook)

The implementation of culturally responsive curriculum in the art room facilitates connections between students lives, their learning, and the global world in which they live. In this hands-on workshop you will gain a greater understanding of how to integrate or enhance culturally responsive instruction into your curriculum, and where this work fits into a proficiency based model. In this workshop participants will create a ‘nicho’,or ‘retablo’, a mixed media sculpture and folk art tradition from both Central and South America. This project is appropriate for upper elementary through high school.

Friday, April 7, 4:00pm MAEA Awards and Recognition Event – Westbrook Middle School


Maine Art Educator of the Year – Debra Bickford

Secondary Art Educator of the Year – Mandi Mitchell

Elementary Art Educator of the Year – Laura Devin

Museum Art Educator of the Year – Anthony Shostak

Outstanding Service Through the Profession – Jody Dube

Distinguished Art Educator Award – Pat Higgins

Retired Art Educator of the Year – Frank Chin

Please feel free to join us in continuing the celebration after the event by joining us downtown Portland for First Friday (gallery and studio events)

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