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Casco Bay Japan Exchange Program

November 15, 2019

Aomori

Greely Middle School art teacher Lynda McCann Olson is traveling to Aomori, Japan on a cultural exchange. Aomori is the same prefecture that Gorham Middle School grades 6-8 students will travel to for the Casco Bay Japan Exchange Program. This exchange is part of the Maine Friends of Aomori relationship and an extension of the Maine Aomori Printmaking Society.

Casco Bay Japan Exchange Program

While in Aomori, Lynda will observe printmakers in residence in schools, work with  the printmakers to learn traditional Japanese techniques adapted for younger students. and tour museums. Upon return, I will develop a unit to share my knowledge with students. The Aomori schools will be sending me a small collection of prints created during the week. In the spring, I will collaborate with a colleague from Berwick Academy to establish a print exchange between students in Maine and Aomori.

I am honored to be a part of this exciting cultural exchange. I have told all of my grade 5 classes. The grade 5 visual art curriculum is inspired by the art and culture of East Asia. Students will enjoy a project inspired by the work of contemporary Japanese artist Yahoo Kusama.

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