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Maine Poetry Out Loud

December 11, 2017

Poets go to school

The Poetry Out Loud (POL) program is underway across Maine and the country. Over 10,000 Maine high students are selecting their poems, furiously memorizing and practicing them for themselves, their classmates, and their teachers.

Maine has 48 high schools participating this year, 10 new to POL. At some schools every student, grade 9-12 participates. Maine is repeatedly one of the states with the highest participation and this year will be no exception.  The 2017 Maine State Champ, Gabrielle Cooper, attended Gardiner Area High School; one of the schools where all students participate every year. Three of the new schools this year were fortunate to have

Winthrop High School students with Gibson Fay-LeBlanc

poets visit them to work with students and teachers. Portland’s fifth Poet Laureate, Gibson Fay-LeBlanc provided a workshop at Winthrop High School and Hampshire County Council’s Hampshire Poet Brian Evans-Jones provided workshops at Herman High School and Van Buren District Secondary School.

Students had a chance to experiment with their voices and ‘try out’ their poems for feedback. Both Gibson and Brian are on the MAC Teaching Artist roster and available to provide workshops for schools and community organizations.

Brian at Hermon High School

Thanks to all of the teachers who are working with students across Maine. I was thrilled to be at Hermon High School for the workshops. Brian led the students through exercises to help prepare their voices and their confidence. He said: “It’s important to understand your poem. The better you understand your poem the better you communicate the meaning and with that comes confidence.” Even listening to students recite their poems 2 and 3 times, I could hear their confidence rise.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is organized nationally by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation and administered at the state level by the Maine Arts Commission.  This exciting program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage. Maine’s POL represent public and private high schools as well as high school homeschooling populations.

You have a chance to learn more about POL in Maine. The Maine Arts Commission invites you to attend the regional and state finals.

  • The Northern Maine Regional Finals will be held on Monday, February 12, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Hampden Academy Performing Arts Center, Hampden. The snow date is Tuesday, February 13, 2018, 3:00 PM. Hampden Academy, Regional School Unit #22, is an in-kind sponsor of this event.
  •  The Southern Maine Regional Finals will be held on Wednesday, February 28, 2018, 3:00 p.m. at the Westbrook Middle School Performing Arts Center, Westbrook. The snow date is Thursday, March 1, 2018, 3:00 p.m.
  • The Maine State Finals will be held on Monday, March 12, 2018 at the Waterville Opera House, 93 Main Street, Waterville. The snow date is Tuesday, March 13, 2018. Doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. No tickets are required. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. We anticipate that the event will conclude by approximately 5:00 p.m.

Working with teachers at Hermon High School

Learn more about the POL program at the national site or at the Maine Arts Commission POL webpages. If you teach or live near a high school that does not participate please plan on joining the program in the 2018-19 school year. Email Argy Nestor if you have any questions about how to get involved!

 

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MAEA Awards

December 4, 2017

Consider nominating a colleague

Maine Art Education Association is currently seeking nominations for their recognition program.

Deadline: December 31, 2017

Categories  

  1. MAEA Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Art Educators of the Year

  2. MAEA Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year

  3. MAEA Museum Educator of the Year

  4. MAEA Higher-Education Art Educator of the Year

  5. MAEA Higher Art Education Student Award (Deadline: June 1st)

Click HERE for the link to the Awards Program Overview – which contains links to the Nomination Form, Vita Form, Ranking Process, and all scoring rubrics.

For More information contact Holly Houston: holly_houston@yarmouthschools.org

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Happenings at PMA

December 1, 2017

Portland Museum of Art upcoming eventsThe Portland Museum of Art (PMA) has several opportunities for young people and families during the month of December. The information is below and linked to the PMA site.

2017 Copper Beech Tree Lighting – Friday, December 1, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., tree lighting ceremony begins at 6 p.m.Portland Poet Laureate Gibson Fay-LeBlanc, the Sea Change Chorale, and The Marshmallow Cart join us for the lighting of the copper beech tree. Come inside for art-making activities as well as special gallery talks and Day Without Art installations to honor World AIDS Day. Free and open to the public!

Noontime Talks

December 1: Nan Goldin with Jessica May

December 15: “Ahead of her Time: Nancy Hemenway Barton’s Lume III” with Anne B. Hill, curator of The University of New England Art Gallery.

December 22: Mindfulness in the Galleries: Winter Solstice

Nye Documentary

Bill Nye: Science Guy
Friday, December 8, 2 p.m.
Friday, December 8, 6:30 p.m.
Saturday, December 9, 2 p.m.
Sunday, December 10, 2 p.m.
This documentary gets the best of both worlds, building a personal story of the likable, trustworthy Nye, as well as offering a serious, hopeful love letter to science itself.”—Common Sense Media

School Vacation Week

December 27, 28, 29: PMA Family Films

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RSVP

November 29, 2017

GT Art Program

Does your school/district have a gifted and talented art program? Who identifies Gifted and Talented Artists and how? Who teaches these students and when?

Please join R.S.V.P. ME on November 30th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM for a roundtable discussion about our Gifted and Talented Art Programs. 

Maine Art Education Association President-Elect and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Lisa Ingraham will facilitate a discussion about GT Arts programs: “I have been working on the re-animation of gifted and talented programming for MSAD 59. After receiving my GT Certification a few years ago, my district asked me to help coordinate our efforts to identify and serve our advanced learners. Since we had not had this type of programming for quite some time, I was involved in determining what GT would look like in our district from the ground up. Three years later our program is still evolving: I would love to share what I have learned and find out how other programs work around the state.”

Sign up to participate in this Zoom* Online Video Conference and earn 1.5 contact hours as a Maine Art Education Association member by emailing lisa.ingraham@msad59.org. If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics, email Lisa.

Zoom Video Conferencing is done completely online.

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Cool Classroom Posters

November 27, 2017

Bobbi Tardif shared

While visiting Sedomocha School on the day music educator and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) Teacher Leader Kaitlin Young was named Maine’s 2018 Teacher of the Year I visited Bobbi Tardif’s art classroom. It reminded me of the room that I taught in for many years. Previously the home of an Industrial Arts or Industrial Technology class. Bobbi has transformed her space into an alive and stimulating yet calming and pleasant learning environment.

Bobbi had amazing posters and she was kind enough to send me a follow up email with the information so I can share it with you. Thank you Bobbi!

ART CLASSES TEACH KIDS to… poster

and

ARTIST room rules poster.

Perhaps you have posters in your classroom that are similar in nature. Please do share the information for others to learn from, below in the Comment section or please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov so I can share. Thanks!

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Visual Notetaking

November 26, 2017

Brodie and other students

Not sure if you’ve tuned into the work of “visual notetakers”. Visual learners, thinkers, and others are taking visual note or sketchnoting to a different level. Taking notes using visual ideas is something that many artists have been aware of for years. How many times have you sat in teachers meetings and found yourself documenting what the presenter is saying in images?

Recently, the use of visual notes is taking off not just for presenters, or documenting notes from in a business meeting, but in education as a teaching tool. This article from Education Week called How Visual Notes Helped a Student With a Learning Disability Thrive.

The article provides information on how learning to sketch note or visual notetaker can help support the learning of students with learning disability. It can provide an avenue and open doors for learning in a way that students can take off with the idea.

There is a book available called The Sketchnote Handbook written by Mike Rohde that teaches “regular people how to create their own sketch notes.” Yup, says that right on the website.

READ the entire article and learn more!

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Saving Stuff to Make Art

November 25, 2017

Recycling

Visual Art teachers have their eyes open to turning something that they ‘see’ or ‘do’ into an idea for a lesson. This story is about a veteran nurse in Toronto who turned refuse into a mural. For 28 years Tilda Shalof collected items from her work – plastic items including caps, connectors, stoppers, and much more. The things that are left over from treating some of the sickest patients.

She was going to leave her hospital job in the ICU and met with a friend, an artist, to create a mural that used over 100,000 of the colorful items. The art work is installed in the Toronto General Hospital and measures 4 feet high by 9 feet long. When Tilda looks at the items she is reminded of the patients and how all of the items represent the work and care that a hospital staff provides to patients.

You can read the article from the Toronto Star and watch the video at THIS LINK.

Sharing this article and/or video could be an inspiration for your students.

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