Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category

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Maine’s Allagash Wilderness Waterway

April 9, 2020

Visiting Artist Program – Call for Applications

AUGUSTA, MAINE – Applications are now open for the Allagash Wilderness Waterway (AWW) Visiting Artist Program, which brings artists to the remote wilderness of Maine for two-weeks of solitude. The program provides artists with the opportunity to immerse themselves in a remote, rustic wilderness, to interpret and share their experiences through their medium. For summer 2020, one chosen artist and a guest will receive complimentary lodging at the AWW Lock Dam Camp for two weeks during August, and orientation by AWW rangers. The application deadline is April 30, and artists are encouraged to apply now online.

Lock Dam Camp is a one-room cabin on the northern end of Chamberlain Lake, one of the largest and deepest lakes in the North Maine Woods. For 28 summers, it was the home of Dorothy Boone Kidney and her husband Milford – where they provided information to canoeists and tended the dam. Dorothy wrote two books about their life at Lock Dam, Wilderness Journal: Life, Living, Contentment in the Allagash Woods of Maine, and Away from it all.

Lock Dam Camp is located approximately 10 miles from the boat launch at the southern end of Chamberlain Lake and 60 miles from the nearest town, Millinocket. Amenities include hand-pumped running water, a wood stove, gas appliances including a cookstove and refrigerator, and solar-powered lights.

Lock Dam is a favorite spot for canoeists traveling the AWW, anglers, and those who are looking for a quiet retreat from our modern world.

To apply for the AWW Visiting Artist Program, visit https://bit.ly/awwartist. Or contact Matt LaRoche, AWW Superintendent and Registered Maine Guide, at (207) 695-2169, or email Matt at matt.laroche@maine.gov.

Lock Damn Camp photos are available by emailing jim.britt@maine.gov.

Media Contact: Jim Britt, jim.britt@maine.gov

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Today at 2:00 on Facebook LIVE!

April 4, 2020

CMCA

Join The Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s educators Mia Bogyo and Alexis Iammarino for a live stream, interactive workshop at 2:00 p.m., Saturday, April 4 on CMCA’s Facebook page. THAT’S TODAY!

April’s workshop takes inspiration from the vibrant and expressive work of the five contemporary painters featured in the exhibition, Skirting the Line: Painting between Abstraction and Representation. Workshop participants will learn techniques for creating 2-D and 3-D forms for landscapes, still lives, and figures.

Prep at home in advance for the workshop

Materials needed: an assortment of mark-making tools such as paints and brushes, pens, pencils, markers, crayons, chalks or pastels – the more the merrier! You’ll also need scissors and some heavy paper, cardboard and/or small canvas boards to work on. Raid the recycling bin for flattened cereal boxes, brown paper bags, cardboard scraps and interesting wrappers.

  • Get inspired by exploring the Skirting the Line exhibition through the virtual tour.
  • Clear an area for art making in a space where you and others have room to create; be sure to cover the area with newspaper, an old towel or tablecloth, or other protective covering to prevent any inadvertent damage!
  • Gather a variety of objects around your house, pantry, and yard to create still lives and sculptural arrangements.

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This We Believe

March 23, 2020

Association for Middle Level Education

Call for Student Voice and Visuals

The Association for Middle Level Education is updating our foundational position paper (previously titled This We Believe), that identifies the characteristics of successful middle schools. This critical document serves as the centerpiece of exceptional middle schools around the world that are focused on shaping the best possible educational experiences for their students ages 10 to 15. We’re interested in bringing student voice and visuals to the new edition of the book, and we need your help. We’re seeking student submissions as follows:

  1. A testimonial Students can write a statement of 1000 characters or less in response to one or two prompts:
    • How has a teacher, principal, or other adult in your school had a positive influence on or encouraged you?
    • What’s your favorite thing about middle school?
  2. Two-dimensional art
    This can be any type of artwork including, but not limited to, watercolor, pencil, oil painting, photography, and digital images. The art should express the energy and culture of your middle school and should be submitted as a high-resolution photo or .jpg image. The art should be accompanied by a statement from the student about the inspiration for the art (1-4 sentences).
  3. A reflective poem.
    We’re seeking a poem either about the student, about an adult they appreciate at the school, or about their experiences in middle school.

Each student whose quote, art, and/or poetry is featured in the new book will receive a $25 Amazon gift card and their work will be displayed on AMLE.org and at the #AMLE20 Annual Conference, November 12-14, in National Harbor, MD.

Teachers need to be prepared to submit the art as a high resolution photo in .jpg or .eps format. Poems can be submitted as .doc or .pdf files.

Submissions are due by May 15, 2020. In August 2020, we’ll notify you if your students’ entries are selected for inclusion in the new book.

CLICK HERE TO SUBMIT A STUDENT ENTRY

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Art Scholarship

March 19, 2020

MAEA

The Maine Art Education Association (MAEA), a statewide professional organization whose members are committed to excellence in visual art education provides one scholarship each year for a high school senior attending school in Maine. The deadline for the scholarship is May 1, 2020. Details are below and you can access the documents for the application at THIS LINK

WHO IS ELIGIBLE

  1. A high school senior attending a school in Maine
  2. Currently enrolled in a visual arts class
  3. Nominated by a teacher who is a current member of the Maine Art Education Association
  4. Pursuing a degree in Fine Arts or Design fields

ANNUAL DEADLINE
May 1 
Submit all requirements to Heidi O’Donnell at heidiaemaine@gmail.com with MAEA Scholarship in the Subject Line.

SCHOLARSHIP AMOUNT AND PROCESS FOR AWARD
$500-$1,500 will be awarded directly to the student upon receipt of proof of the successful completion of the first semester of post-secondary school. The scholarship shall be forfeited if the above criteria are not met within the first year after graduating from his or her Maine High School.

REQUIREMENTS

Complete this INFORMATION FORM and the information below. 
Two rubrics are used for scoring – one for the overall application and the second for the art work
  • Contact information
  • Where you plan to go to school (2 or 4 year college or university)
  • Current GPA (un-weighted)
  • GPA of visual arts classes
  • A list of high school arts classes and name of art teacher(s)
  • A list of activities, leadership, awards, and honors
  • A list of community service and employment

LETTER OF RECOMMENDATION FROM A CURRENT MAEA MEMBER that includes

  • Evidence of strength in academics and character
  • Evidence of accomplishments

ARTIST STATEMENT (no more than 500 words) that addresses

  • Your artwork: motivation, process, and product
  • Why you wish to pursue a college degree in art

Images: (submit via email attachments or shared Google Doc folder)

  • 10 jpeg images: 72dpi-2mb – labeled by title (at least two must be from direct observation)
  • A .doc or .rtf file with the name/title, media, and dimensions of the original work

PLEASE NOTE

By submitting an application you agree that images of your artwork may be used in MAEA publications, announcements, and websites.
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Theater Vacation Camp – Portland

February 10, 2020

Ovations Offstage/Portland Recreation’s Theater Vacation Camp

February Vacation Theater Camp – “The Wizard of Oz” – February 17 – 21, 2020 from 8:30 – 3:30pm

You can ensure your child’s February break is filled with creativity, growth, play, and the exploration of endless imaginative possibilities by registering them for Ovations Offstage/Portland Recreation’s Theater Vacation Camp! This camp is great for kids who have no theater experience to those who have participated in a few productions or taken a few theater classes. The teaching staff is well able to differentiate across experience and create a place for each student to be an integral member of the ensemble. All students will participate in the following workshops throughout the week: Stage Basics, Accelerating Imaginations: An Intro to Acting, Musical Theatre Singing, Puppetry along with theatre games and rehearsals for the final production. Click on the image below for more details.

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Inspire Your Students

February 8, 2020

Snow Art in Banff National Park by Simon Beck

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LEAPS of Imagination Student Show

February 7, 2020

Zoots in Camden

See for Yourself How Art Makes You Smarter – LEAPS of Imagination Student Show

Zoot Coffee, 31 Elm Street, Camden

1 February – February 29

“Art makes you smarter,” one LEAPS’ second grader said, reflecting on its importance in kids’ lives. There are so many reasons why.

  • Art creates opportunities for imaginations to soar.
  • Art teaches children to see connections and make inferences.
  • Art helps students become risk takers, work through failures, and try new approaches.
  • Art deepens understanding, contextualizing ideas to make them meaningful.
  • Art is good for thinking.

If children today are to become the leaders of tomorrow, art will set them on the path and inspire their first steps.

LEAPS of IMAGINATION brings mentor artists into public school classrooms to promote art exploration and connected thinking.

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