Archive for the ‘Communication’ Category

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MAMLE

October 22, 2019

Arts teachers shine

Kris Bisson,Kaitlin Young, Argy Nestor,Catherine Ring

Last Thursday and Friday I attended the Maine Association for Middle Level (MAMLE) Conference at Point Lookout. I have fond memories of returning to the site in Northport – so many amazing learning opportunities for arts educators have taken place there for many years. The MAMLE conference has always been a place where middle level arts educators are welcomed and the conference goers are appreciative of what is offered. This years theme was Filling Our Cups: Teaching in Challenging Times.

Kris Bisson

Kris Bisson, Music Educator at Marshwood Middle School in Berwick and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader presented a session called Integrating your community in the classroom: service learning project models. Kris is the perfect person to present on the topic since she’s had her students engaged in multiple projects in her students community. Her well known Bridging Adolescence: A River Flows Through Us project that she collaborated with teaching artist Brian Evans-Jones on, made a huge impact on her students and community members. I was thrilled when her students shared this project at the State House December 2018 at an arts education celebration.

Kaitlin Young

Kaitlin Young, 2017 Maine Teacher of the Year, Music Educator at Sedomocha Elementary and Middle Schools, and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader provided a key note that had participants engaged. The title was What We Can Do When We Are Brave Together. Kaitlin’s presentation was inspirational and very realistic. It provided thought provoking ideas which participants could take with them and put immediately in place. Thank you Kaitlin for filling up all of our cups!

If you’re a middle level educator consider participating in the conference next year which will be held in Portland. Check the MAMLE site for information.

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45 Years of Dogs

October 19, 2019

Wegman photographing dogs

This video is simple and down to earth and yet filled with imagination and creativity. I suggest you share this with learners of all ages!

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Fostering and Nurturing Creativity in the Classroom

October 14, 2019

Needed more now than ever

This is a video called Raising Creativity and includes clips from many individuals who value creativity in education. It’s a long video put created by an art teacher who has looked closely at her role as an educator and researched the idea extensively. It’s a wonderful documentary that I hope you’ll find useful in your work as an educator, parent, and/or community member.

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Monhegan Artist Residents’ Present

October 10, 2019

PechaKucha-Style Event

Katherine Cargile (2019 Resident) – Lewiston Middle School art teacher,The Mariner’s House, 2018, acrylic on panel, 16” x 16″

Join us for a PechaKucha-style event on Saturday, October 26, 5 p.m. at 162 Russell Avenue in Rockport (the former CMCA building). A group of Monhegan Artists’ Residents, including residents from the last two summers, will present slideshows of their work.

Don’t miss this unique opportunity to hear directly from the artists about their time creating work on island and how the experience has informed their current studio practice. Presenting artists include: Kate Cargile (2019), Jennifer Calivas (2019), Sarah Haskell (2018), Raegan Russell (2018), Carol Sloane (2002), and Jude Valentine(2018).

Kate is a Lewiston Middle School art teacher, Raegan teaches art Berwick Academy and Jude is a teaching artist and has done a lot of work with Visual Thinking Strategies.

Watch for the Monhegan Artist Residency opportunity for next summer and consider applying.

Tickets are $5 at the door. Reception to follow. We hope to see you there!

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What a Video

October 9, 2019

E.B. White

We know E.B. White as the writer who penned some of our favorite children’s books – Charlotte’s Web, The Trumpet of the Swan, Stuart Little. But one thing I didn’t know until recently was that E.B. White (Elwyn Brooks White) who lived July 11, 1899 – October 1, 1985 contributed to The New Yorker magazine and he co-authored The Elements of Style. Charlotte’s Web was the number one of 100 children’s books in a 2012 School Library Journal survey.

E.B. White was born in New York but during most of his adult life he lived on a farm in Brooklin, Maine where he wrote most of his beloved children’s books.

Thanks to Bob McIntire for sharing this video that E.B. White created in 1954 called A Maine Lobsterman. It’s a wonderful black and white documentary that provides all the details of lobstering in 1954. Even though it’s been 65 years since the video was produced the basics of lobstering have not changed. This would be a great video to share with students of all ages.

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Storytelling Workshop

October 4, 2019

Sweet Tree Arts

A storytelling workshop, “Gargantuan Turquoise Stomping Boots – How to make up fractured fairy tales” with professional Story Teller Willy Claflin will be held on Saturday, 19 October, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at Sweet Tree Arts in Hope. This workshop is for teachers, tellers, and the curious adults.

The “Gargantuan Turquoise Stomping Boots—How to make up fractured fairy tales” workshop teaches an easy method for making up your own original fractured fairy tales. Parodies are fun to make up, and usually a big hit with audiences. We’ll start by making up a couple of stories as a group, and move on to creating our own original tales. (co-taught by storyteller Maynard Moose). Participants are guaranteed to come away with at least one new, original story to tell!

“Over many years of teaching, I’ve found this to be the best way to get “reluctant writers” enthusiastic about creating new stories. It’s also a way for people to get over the idea that they are somehow “not funny.” The stories created using this exercise almost always succeed, because the underlying structure of the tale is so satisfying. Even serious stories can be written by following the pattern on a well-known tale.”

The assistance of Maynard Moose provides a chance to briefly explore what it’s like to create an alternate persona, or tell a story from a different point of view.

Cost: $50
All are welcome! WORKSHOP REGISTRATION.

 

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Happy October!

October 1, 2019

Happy October!

I can’t think of a better way to start off the month of October – this image is so positive and exemplifies and communicates the joy of the ARTS!

 

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