Archive for the ‘Creativity’ Category


Living a Creative Life

November 29, 2015

What is creativity, really?

Elizabeth Gilbert did a TED Talk called Your elusive creative genius. I have embedded the link below. Elizabeth believes that: “we’re all creative souls already, we just need to figure out how to harness inspiration and unleash the creative spirit within.” She has 11 ways to think smartly about creativity.

Here’s a segment of #1: If you’re alive, you’re a creative person.
How many times have you heard someone say, “I don’t have a creative bone in my body.” It’s like somebody handed that person that placard to wear when they were nine, and they’ve been wearing it around their neck ever since. But rather than challenging them on that, because then they’ll dig in their heels, I ask them to take the word “creative” out of the sentence and replace it with the word “curious,” just to see how ridiculous it sounds. Just that piece alone jumps out at me – my goodness it makes me crazy when I hear people say it.

You can read all 11 at this link:

And the TED talk


Messalonskee High School

November 15, 2015

The Sound of Music

MHS 2015 SoM Poster


Freeport High School

November 11, 2015


Freeport High’s
11 3/2th year Musical REVIVAL
Monty Python’s Quest for the Holy Grail
is coming soon!
Don’t miss SPAMalot–the raucous, brilliantly British, often irreverent, Tony Award winning musical comedy**.

From coconuts and swallows to rabbits   and shrubberies, this show features many familiar iron-(or mud)-clad faces, and some new ones–like watery tarts and Finnish folk.

November 13 – 14 and 21 at 7pm and November 15 and 22 at 2pm, all in the Freeport Performing Arts Center at Freeport High School. Tickets will be $10 for adults, $5 for FHS teachers, students and seniors. E-mail with any questions and bring your friends for a historically informative–yet still exciting–trip.




Peter Pan

November 7, 2015

Windham High School



Bucksport High School

November 6, 2015

November 19, 21, and 22



The Pajama Game

November 5, 2015

Fryeburg Academy

Fryeburg Academy presents the 2015 All-School Musical, The Pajama Game. The story, based on the novel 7 ½ Cents by Richard Bissell, deals with labor troubles in a pajama factory, where workers’ demands for a seven-and-a-half cent raise are going unheeded. In the midst of this ordeal, love blossoms between Babe, the grievance committee head, and Sid, the new factory superintendent.

$8-Adults, $5-Students/Seniors/FA Faculty

Pajama Game


Cony and UMA Collaboration

November 1, 2015

Digital Photography Course

University of Maine at Augusta and Cony High School are collaborating for the first time this fall by teaching a digital photography class that students enrolled in as college and high school students, known as duel enrollment. The course is supervised and team-taught by UMA’s Professor Robert Rainey with Jason Morgan, one of two visual arts teachers for Cony 7-12 grades. The Digital Photography Course is currently enrolls 22 Cony Juniors and seniors on Cony’s campus. This is during a time when art at Cony is struggling to reach all grades offering a comprehensive art program for students who want to pursue visual art careers. The collaboration provides a course in photography that hasn’t been offered at Cony and bridges both institutions preparing students for higher education. The course is 1 high school and 3 credits in college.  It is an Aspirations course available for junior and seniors.

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

“light-painted selfies” on display at Harlow Gallery Nov 6-28

Recently, the photography students took a field trip to UMA’s photography facilities as duel-enrollment UMA/ Cony English students visited English classes and took a tour of the UMA campus including an artist talk by Professor Peter Precourt on his work currently displayed at UMA’s Danforth Gallery, “The Katrina Chronicles.”

The photography students participated in a four-hour workshop creating photograms in a traditional wet lab darkroom. Also, students photographed long exposure “selfies” in UMA’s studio lighting studio. Each 30-second selfie was a collaboration of five students lighting one another with the LED’s from their smart phones. Students held the pose on the floor for 30 seconds as participants outlined their bodies and painted whimsical swirls of lights, wings, and flowers. The “Exquisite Drawings” will be exhibited at the upcoming Harlow Gallery exhibition “Maine Artists Creating Art on Computers” opening November 6th, 5-8 pm and runs until the 24th.

The UMA/ Cony Photo students are out in the Kennebec Valley Community taking their newly learned or refined skills shooting events such as Cony’s Spirit week and exhibiting at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II.”

The images from the UMA Cony Day, photo student work will be on display at the Harlow Gallery in Hallowell, as part of their “Transforming Violence II” exhibit, November 6-28.

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”

Cony students in UMA’s Lighting Studio preparing for “light drawing”


Cony students listen to Peter Precourt’s artist talk in UMA’s Danforth Gallery

Cony student, Jacklyn XXX listens to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Cony students listen to Senator Roger Katz speaking on legislation regarding domestic violence

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Exhibiting Cony students with art teacher Jason Morgan in front of their painting, “Breaking the Chain” now on show at Harlow’s, “Transforming Violence II”Danforth Gallery

Thanks to Cony art teacher Jason Morgan for providing this information. If you’d like to contact him please do so at If you’d like to share information on what you’re doing with your students please email me at



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