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Figurative Sculpture Workshop

June 8, 2017

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts

Figurative Sculpture Workshop
Dates:  July 20-21
Location: Lincoln Academy, 81 Academy Hill Road, Newcastle, ME  Map
Workshop Fee*: $195 for out-of-state teachers ; $95 for Maine teachers
Optional Housing**: $40 per night
This workshop is for middle and high school art educators.
During this two-day workshop, artist and art educator Claudia Olds Goldie will present a number of figurative ceramic sculpture projects that can be adapted for all grade levels, class sizes, and classroom situations.  Claudia will draw from her experiences as both a long-time teacher and as a professional artist. Through demonstrations and hands-on practice, participants will learn how to create a hollow standing figure, a proportionate, expressive head, and a life-size hand.

Because the course will be held off-site at Lincoln Academy, the local high school (rather than at Watershed), please be prepared to transport your work home as greenware at the end of the workshop. Participants may choose to stay at Lincoln Academy during the workshop or commute.

 Contact hours will be provided by Watershed for this workshop.
*Includes clay and lunch on Thursday and Friday.
** Housing is at Lincoln Academy in double occupancy rooms with twin beds.  Participants must bring their own bedding.  Fee includes breakfast.

About Claudia Olds Goldie

Claudia is a 2017 Mass Cultural Council finalist. She has received a Kiln God Residency from Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts, a residency fellowship from the Vermont Studio Center, and a nomination for a Boston Foundation Brother Thomas fellowship. She has shown nationally in shows such as the NCECA Biennial in Houston, SOFA Chicago, numerous State of Clay National Juried exhibitions, Ohio Craft Museum’s “Figure It” Invitational, and “Contemporary Figurative Sculpture” at Santa Fe Clay Gallery. She shows her work at Boston Sculptors Gallery and Frederick Holmes Gallery of Contemporary and Modern Art in Seattle.

Claudia received her BFA from Boston University College of Visual Arts. She celebrates her 40th year teaching sculpture at Dexter Southfield School in Brookline, Massachusetts, and is an instructor at Harvard’s University’s Ceramic Program.

Her work has been published in 500 Figures in Clay, 500 Figures in Clay Vol. 2 by Nan Smith, Sculpting Clay, and Low Fire: Other Ways to Work in Clay, both by Leon Nigrosh, and Ceramics Monthly, Clay Times, and American Craft magazines.

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A Little Night Music

June 7, 2017

A Little Night Music – A Celebration of Music, Art, and the Evening Sky

On Friday, June 23rd at 7 PM, the Solstice String Quartet will present a multimedia performance pairing two classical masterworks with artwork created by Miller School 3rd graders and professional artists from the Midcoast. The performance will take place at the Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ in Waldoboro and will feature violinists Josie and Sophie Davis of Waldoboro, violist Colin Wheatley, and cellist Jaime Feldman. The musicians graduated from Oberlin Conservatory and have since pursued further study in the New England area. Collectively the group has studied, performed, and taught around the world from China and India to Jordan and Amsterdam.

Through a partnership with Miller Elementary School and local artists, the concert will provide an opportunity for community members to reflect on the beauty of the Midcoast through music and artwork themed around skyscapes–the sunrises, sunsets, night skies, storms, and winter evenings that are such a defining part of the rural landscape. The performance will feature Mozart’s beloved Eine Kleine Nachtmusik (A Little Night Music) and Schubert’s Rosamunde String Quartet.

Admission is by donation. For more information, call 832-6898 or email waldoucc@midcoast.com. The Broad Bay Congregational United Church of Christ is located at 941 Main St. in Waldoboro.

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Conservation and Visual Art

June 4, 2017

Yarmouth High School Artist Residency

Art classes at Yarmouth High School in Maine are channeling their creativity in a new direction.  Students, led by internationally known artist Tim Christensen and Yarmouth High School Art Teacher Holly Houston, are creating clay masterpieces to showcase endangered wildlife from across the globe. The results are stunning and serve as an artistic display of the beauty in nature we strive to protect every day.

Students researched threatened and endangered critters to best convey their subjects through art. The students used clay to create sculptures, pots and tiles and later incorporated food and habitat needs and animal adaptations into their artwork using sgraffito, a carving technique. The contrast of light carvings on the dark surface draws the eye to every detail.

Each student approached the the assignment in a creative way to raise awareness for the species of their choosing. Not only did they develop new techniques for clay, but they learned how to share meaningful conservation messages through art.

Alex’s inspiration was the New England cottontail. “I was concerned with the endangered animals that live near and around me. This animal is found in young forest habitats which are depleted in this area and more habitat is needed to help it recover.”

Kelcie chose the piping plover as her focal species. “I chose the piping plover because it is an animal I am familiar with but did not know it was endangered before I started this project. The piping plover is found along the Atlantic Coast, including Maine. If you’ve been to the beach you have probably seen these birds before. They enjoy nesting on the beach near the dunes and forage for food near the waves. Unfortunately our presence of the beach has disrupted their habitat. In order for them to repopulate we need to give them space to breed and live.”

Daly describes how she planned to convey what she researched about the roseate tern through her work. “The viewer would be able to see where the roseate tern lived and what it ate, as well as their flight patterns. My primary goal with this piece was to convey this animal in the middle of an action, such as fishing or flying. The tern at the top was placed there in order to show how the Tern glided through the air, which would give the viewer clues about what kind of bird it was. The central tern was placed in order to show it capturing its food, something that also provides important information about this animal to the viewer.”

Many students had similar accounts; drawing attention to wildlife that need it most. Their work shows many species that are protected in many different ecosystems across the globe. For many species, work has been done to protect both wildlife and their habitat but much more is needed to ensure their survival. CLICK HERE to learn more about endangered species and how you can help!

The following post is being reprinted from the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service blog located at THIS LINK.

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Hands in Venice

June 3, 2017

Installation by water

This is an amazing image of two hands emerging from the water titled “Support”. The hands are in the canals of Venice and they appear to be holding the Ca’ Sagredo Hotel in place. The installation is part of an annual exhibit, the 2017 La Biennale di Venezia. Just seeing the photos and reading the article makes me want to hop on a plane and fly to Venice to see it. Read the article by CLICKING HERE.

Image from Lorenzo Quinn

 

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Creativity Opens Doors

June 2, 2017

Opening reception – TODAY

Wintergreen Arts Center in Presque Isle is featuring a year of student art projects during the month of June. The opening reception – “Creativity Opens Doors!” – will be held on Friday, June 2, from 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM, during the First Friday Downtown Art Walk. Wintergreen’s Community Support Day follows on Saturday, June 3, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM. Both events are free and open to the public.  Light refreshments will be served.

Student art projects on display include the book “Our Stories” written and illustrated by Mrs. Athena Hallowell’s after-school students; photos, props, and memorabilia from Miss Darci Faye’s youth theater plays, “The Ugly Duckling” and “The Adventures in the World of Luster,” and the musical, “We Are Monsters.”  The Presque Isle Community Garden fence project currently being completed by Mrs. Kara Addington’s after-school students will be featured along with art projects by Mrs. Brewer and Mrs. Greenlaw’s preschool students, Wintergreen’s homeschoolers’ classes, and more.

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Monhegan Awards

May 29, 2017

2017 Monhegan Artists’ Residency Awards Announced

Meg Hahn, On a String, 2016, oil on panel, 12”x12”

MONHEGAN—The Monhegan Artists’ Residency Corporation has announced their choice of three Maine artists for the 2017 summer residency program on Monhegan Island:  Meg Hahn and Mia Snow, who are both painters and recent graduates of the Maine College of Art, and Cory Bucknam, a Gifted and Talented Art Teacher at Brunswick Junior High School who creates abstract ceramic pieces.  Hahn and Snow will spend five weeks in June and September, respectively, and Bucknam was awarded the two-week residency in July, recently established for artist-teachers who serve the K-12 grade levels in Maine.

Cory Bucknam, untitled, 2017, white earthenware, 12″x18″

The three were selected by a jury that included Chris Stiegler, curator, art historian, and chair of the MFA in Studio Art at the Maine College of Art, Portland; Hilary Irons, artist, and co-founder/curator of Able Baker Contemporary, Portland; and Kelly Finlay, a Monhegan Artists’ Residency board member and public programs manager at the Farnsworth Art Museum, Rockland.

Established in 1989, the Monhegan Artists’ Residency program supports the creative growth of dedicated Maine artists by providing them time and space in which to work free of interruption and constraint in the inspiring environment of Monhegan Island.  Long a haven for innovative artistic practice, the island offers a dramatic setting and a compelling community of visual artists, fishermen, and gardeners who provide an unusual and distinct perspective on the modern world. For more information about the residency, see monheganartistsresidency.org.

Maia Snow, Aiahha, 2017, oil on canvas

If you have questions please contact Susan Danly at susandanly@gmail.com or by calling her at 233.0896.

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Teaching Artist Opportunity

May 26, 2017

Calling Teaching Artists – You’re Invited!

Summer Professional Development

Tuesday, August 1, 8:00 to 4:00

Thomas College, Waterville

The Maine Arts Commission invites teaching artists to attend an all day professional development opportunity on Tuesday, August 1. This will take place on the first day of the MAC Maine Arts Leadership Initiative summer institute on the beautiful campus of Thomas College in Waterville.

Teaching Artist Tim Christensen working with a Camden Rockport Middle School student during a residency

This year’s Teaching Artist professional development day is designed to focus on the role of the teaching artist and the relationship between the teaching artist and the K-12 arts educator.

The day includes workshops designed specifically for Teaching Artists focusing on a variety of topics: practices for Teaching Artists including standards, assessment, advocacy, marketing yourself, and more.

What will you get when you attend the Maine Arts Commission professional development day?

  • Information on applying your expertise as an artist to the structuring of your lessons and residencies.
  • Hands-on experience in relating the learning standards and assessments to your work.
  • Opportunities to network with PK-12 visual and performing arts teachers from Maine schools.
  • Participation in sessions that are planned to fit your needs as a teaching artist.
  • A light breakfast, a yummy lunch, and afternoon snacks

Teaching Artists interested in attending must register by CLICKING HERE.

Teaching Artist John Morris working with students in MSAD#33

To apply for the Maine Arts Commission Teaching Artist roster artists are required to attend the summer professional development opportunity. The Commission will be accepting applications in the fall of 2017. CLICK HERE for the MAC Teaching Artist roster.

Presented by Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) of the Maine Arts Commission. To learn more about the MALI please CLICK HERE. Facilitated by Teaching Artist John Morris and Music Educator Kate Smith.

If you have any questions please contact Argy Nestor, Director of Arts Education, Maine Arts Commission, argy.nestor@maine.gov or John Morris at JohnMorris08@gmail.com.

 

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