Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category

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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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Professional Membership

January 13, 2020

Organizations in Maine and beyond

Professional organizations provide many benefits. Below are a handful of organizations to consider when looking for opportunities to connect with colleagues. There are many more organizations at the local, state and national level that support arts education.

All the organizations include benefits to educators and students. Many of them are advocating for arts education. Online courses, research, curriculum units, journals, books, online conversations, professional development opportunities and much more.

If you’re not already a member of one or more of these consider joining in 2020.

 

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Americans Who Tell the Truth

January 11, 2020

New project

Americans Who Tell the Truth will select twenty (20) indigenous, immigrant, and rural middle level and high school youth (two from each of ten schools) to create their self-portraits and write companion narratives about an event, person, and/or belief that helped them become who they are today.  AWTT and Maine artist Robert Shetterly and Maine educator Connie Carter will work with them in a day-long workshop at the Center for Innovation in Education at Thomas College to help them begin their self-portraits and narratives. The workshop date will be between March 10-20, 2020 (exact date to be determined).

The workshop will include the students and accompanying teacher/s (art and other disciplines) from participating schools as well as pre-service teachers from Thomas College.  Students will begin their self-portraits and narratives and teacher participants will learn to coach these students in their creations of art and writing in order to support them when they return to their respective schools.  Hopefully, teachers will coach additional students in their respective schools in order to broaden the dialogues among indigenous, immigrant, and rural youth in Maine.  
Finished portraits will be displayed at the Samantha Smith Challenge Celebration at Thomas College on June 1 and also at the Maine State House in Augusta.  Portrait artists and their teachers will hopefully accompany their portraits to both of these events. Plans for additional exhibits are still to be determined.  
The primary goal of this project is to give a voice to a representative group of indigenous, immigrant, rural and marginalized youth in Maine with the intent of using their work as a way to initiate a dialogue about diverse Maine identities and the power of the arts to help inspire that conversation.  Additionally, we hope to give teachers the tools to use the arts as a valuable interdisciplinary tool to bring explorations of Maine’s history, economics, cultural identity, and landscape to the school curriculum.  
Please direct any questions and concerns you have about this project to Connie Carter at connie@americanswhotellthetruth.org.  Because initial participation in this project is limited, please let us know by January 24 if you are interested in being a part of this empowering opportunity by e-mailing connie@americanswhotellthetruth.org  
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Art Teachers Exhibit

January 9, 2020

MAEA

The Maine Art Education Association is holding a member’s only exhibit at the Saco Museum.

It’s Natural: Art By Art Teachers

Registration ends on Wednesday, January 22
Drop off will be Friday, January 24, 2-7:00 pm and Saturday, January 25 from 10am-2pm
Opening: Saturday, February 1,2020  1-3pm
Pick Up Dates: Saturday, March 28 and Monday, March 30
You must be a current member to exhibit.

REGISTRATION

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6th Annual Student Ceramics Exhibition

January 6, 2020

Save the date

7TH Annual Maine Statewide High School and Junior High Ceramic Arts Show – Susan Pearson Watkins House

Watershed Ceramics, Newcastle

Exhibition Dates:  April 11 – May 8, 2020

Awards Ceremony: April 11 at 2pm

Opening weekend will be April 10-11, 2020 with awards reception TBD

Show closes weekend of May 8-10, 2020

Each school can submit a total of two pieces:

1 utilitarian clay piece

1 sculptural clay piece

The intention is to have each art department select the two pieces that they feel represent the strengths of their clay program. Entry is free.

Once the pieces (or piece) have been selected; please enter the required information on the google form found below.

Drop off the artwork.

To Russell Kahn

At Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856

Between March 30 to April 3, 2020.

Contact Russell to arrange a drop off time: (207)-322-6168

or Watershed Ceramics : Attn. Trelawney O’Brien

103 Cochran Road; Edgecomb, ME 04556

Drop off the work to Watershed Monday March 30 to Thursday April 2, and April 6 & 7 during office hours from 9am to 5pm.

*Office Phone is 207-882-6075

Attend the Reception and Award Ceremony!

Saturday at the Joan Pearson Watkins House, Watershed Ceramics, Edgecomb ME April 11th 2020. Reception is from 1-3pm. Award Ceremony is at 2pm. We are planning on having prizes that have been donated by local educational and artistic organizations to recognize the quality ceramic work that is created in our high schools and Jr. High Schools in the state of Maine.

Pick up artwork:

Russell Kahn

Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive

Rockport, Maine 04856

Contact Russell ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)-236-7800 x475

or Contact: Trelawney O’Brien

Phone: 207-882-6075

Email: tobrien@watershedceramics.org

*Please note that you will need to coordinate a pick up between 9am and 5pm M-TH.

Pick up dates: May 11-14

*If there is a problem picking up the work at that time please contact Russell Kahn and make other arrangements.

Exhibition Dates

April 11 – May 8, 2020

Opening Reception:

Saturday April 11, 2020, 1-3:00 p.m.

*Awards Ceremony is at 2pm

Any questions, you can reach Russell Kahn at 207-322-6168

or ruskahn@gmail.com

By submitting work, students, parents and school agree to have the images of the work used for future promotions.  Also, Watershed Ceramics, Russell Kahn, and anyone else involved with the show shall not be held responsible for broken ceramic pieces during shipping or the duration of the show.

THE QUICK CHECKLIST

1. Select the clay pieces: two pieces 1 sculptural + 1 utilitarian

2. Enter the information: 7th Annual Statewide Ceramics Exhibition

3. Drop off the work to Russell Kahn: Monday March 30 to April 3

4. Drop off the work to Russell: by individual appointment

5. Drop off work to Watershed Ceramics: Monday March 30 till Thursday April 2 (please call 207-882-6075)

6. Attend the Reception: Saturday April 11, 1 – 3pm, Awards Ceremony at 2pm

7. Pick up the work: contact Russell Kahn at ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)322-6168

or Trelawney O’Brien at tobrien@watershedceramics.org or (207)882-6075

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