Archive for the ‘Visual Arts’ Category

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National Art Education Conference

January 21, 2017

New York City

For more information and to register to attend the National Art Education Conference in New York City on March 2-4 please CLICK HERE.

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Virtual Roundtable Meeting

January 19, 2017

Maine Art Education Association – TODAY

r-s-v-p-meHow do you use Technology? To engage? Deliver instruction? For Assessment? Not at all? Join R.S.V.P. ME online 3:30 to 5:00 TODAY Thursday, January 19th to share the ways you use technology in your art program.

This virtual meeting will be a roundtable discussion on the strategies that you find useful – or not! – when applying technology in your classroom. Charlie Johnson from MDI High School will also share a report out from a recent NAEA webinar “Best Practices in Art Education Technology.”

If interested please sign up to participate in this Zoom Online Video Conference by emailing Lisa Ingraham at lisa.ingraham@msad59.org. Once you email Lisa she will send you the Zoom link to participate.

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MALI Mega-Regional Conferences

January 10, 2017

Great learning opportunities

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USM Portland MALI Mega participants – 4 January 2017

Last Wednesday at USM, Portland in the semi – storm (that almost prevented us from gathering) the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) conference took place. It was a successful day for presenters and participants. Thanks to those who braved the storm and made it safely to and fro.

If you didn’t attend there are four more MALI Megas coming up in the next 3 months. The next one is at UMaine, Orono on Thursday, February 2. Yup, that’s Groundhog day. The Maine Arts Commission is pleased to offer these following learning opportunities for educators across the state. Click on the live links for details and registration.

MALI Teacher Samantha Armstrong, Paris Elementary School & Hebron Elementary Schools, Visual Art

MALI Teacher Samantha Armstrong, Paris Elementary School & Hebron Elementary
Schools, Visual Art

MALI Mega – Regional Dates and Locations and Links to information and registering

Schedule

  • 8:30 a.m. Registration begins
  • 9:00 a.m. Opening and Morning Sessions
  • 9:15 – 10:30 a.m. Breakout Session I
  • 10:30 – 10:40 a.m. Break
  • 10:40 – 11:55 a.m. Breakout Session II
  • 11:55 a.m. – 12:45 p.m. Lunch, participants on their own
  • 12:45 – 1:20 p.m. Artist Showcase
  • 1:25 – 2:40 p.m. Session III Maine Arts Education Census Survey
  • 2:40 – 3:00 p.m. Closing

SESSIONS – pick one from each time slot

SESSION I

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-13-pmSLAM! Nurturing Student Leadership through Arts Advocacy

We will share and discuss the benefits of student leadership and creating interdependent advocacy communities. All grade levels. All content.

Theresa Cerceo Wisdom Middle/High School K-12 Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-09-11-at-7-37-10-pmNetworking within Local School Administrations to Increase Art Programming

Discussion and presentation of effective methods of empowering school administrators to commit to, and realize, increases in support for school art curricula and funding. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-20-pmEasy Jazz Improvisation Teaching Techniques for Nervous Beginners

Participants will learn simple frameworks for teaching jazz improvisation skills that work with nervous players, and beginner improvisers. Grades 7-12

Trevor Marcho Mattanawcook Academy Music

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-27-pm“Who Lives, Who Dies, Who Tells Your Story?”

Story is one of our most essential art forms – and also one of our most neglected crafts. Telling your story can take multiple forms and at the end of the day is as much about listening as communicating out. In this session we will play with crafting elevator speeches that keep rising as the building grows taller every year; ways to integrate data into the elevator. All grade levels. All content.

Linda Nelson Maine Arts Commission Assistant Director

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-35-pmArts Integration

When you are deeply engaged in Arts Integration you realize it is about learning with your mind, body and heart in the present moment.  This hands on workshop explores this idea through drama, music, movement, poetry, storytelling, and the visual arts. Come prepared to experience arts integration through your own individual lens in a safe environment.  All grade levels. All content. 

Lindsay Pinchbeck Director Sweet Tree Arts / Sweetland School

 

SESSION II

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-43-pmTeaching Hamilton in the Classroom

How to teach Hamilton in a theater arts class.  Grades 7-12 Music and Theatre

Jason Bannister  Troy Howard Middle School Grades 7-8 Performing Arts

 

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-49-pmWriting Across the Curriculum in a Performing Arts Classroom

Writing is a life skill that is of critical importance to our students. I will share ways in which I have incorporated writing composition and critical responses in to my dance classroom. All grade levels. All content.

Emma Campbell Thornton Academy Dance

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-02-56-pmForming, Storming, Norming, and Performing: Care and Feeding Teaching Artists as part of a Long Term Education Plan

Artist and Art teacher collaborate to present, discuss, and answer questions about building and using a successful teacher/visiting artist relationship, not to replace an art teacher, but as an important resource and teaching tool. Using their 5 years of history as a guide, they will chronicle their journey from meeting to developing month long integrated science/LA/art curriculum modules and expeditionary learning programs. They will discuss building consensus among faculty and staff, securing and managing funding sources, and gaining buy-in from students, the community, and decision makers in the school. All grade levels. All content.

Tim Christensen Teaching Artist Visual Art Kristen Andersen Camden-Rockport Middle School Grades 6-8 Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-03-02-pmNext Step Rubric Makes Learning More Progressive

Educators will leave with strategies to put students on a continuum of learning that is teacher and student friendly. PK-12 Art and Music

 

Nancy Kinkade Mattanawcook Junior High School Grade 5-8 Music Holly Leighton Mattanawcook Academy Visual Art

 

IMG_4336Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Student Self-Reflection

Self-assessment is a crucial part of learning. In the arts, it is easy for us to see a concrete product of their learning and understanding of a topic. We don’t always see student learning that happens beneath the surface unless it is verbally or orally communicated. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students become more aware and take ownership of their learning. All grade levels.  All content.

Mandi Mitchell Hermon High School Visual Art

 

screen-shot-2016-12-06-at-9-03-10-pmUsing Multiple Intelligences to Teach Students with Disabilities

Learn how teaching using multiple intelligence can be a way to unlock learning goals for students with disabilities. All grade levels. All content.

Brigid Rankowski Teaching Artist

 

Registration is available by CLICKING HERE.

About MALI

In the spring of 2011, the Maine Department of Education launched the Maine Arts Assessment Initiative (MAAI). During the summer of 2015 after gathering feedback from the initiative’s Teacher Leaders the name was changed to the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI). Presently in phase six, the Maine Arts Commission continues to provide professional learning opportunities for educators. The mission was changed to reflect the present work underway. The Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) is committed to the development of teacher leaders to ensure deep understanding and meaningful implementation of high quality teaching, learning, and assessment in the arts.

Thank you to the MALI partners for your collaborative work: Maine Department of Education, Maine Art Education Association, Maine Music Educators Association, New England Institute for Teacher Education, University of Southern Maine, and UMaine Performing Arts.

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UMVA Journal

January 5, 2017

Winter 2017 Journal of Union of Maine Visual Artists

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This is an amazing publication that features the work and stories of many Maine visual artists.  This is a great resource for you teachers as well as your students.

Lindsay Pinchbeck and I wrote a piece about our travels to Malawi in July that is included in the Winter 2017 issue, Lines of Thought. To access the free journal please CLICK HERE.

If you haven’t subscribed (it’s free), do it now. Please let them know what you think. They welcome feedback and suggestions of every stripe, including your ideas and submissions for future issues. If you know any artists who would be perfect for the upcoming theme, Light in the Dark: Art As a Sane Voice in an Insane World (description can be found in the Journal), please let them know. There is info on the last page about how to order hard copies.

And if you are not already a member of the Union of Maine Visual Artists, we would welcome you joining. http://umvaonline.org. Current and archived journals can be found here:   http://umvaonline.org/index.php?page=journal

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Become a Docent

January 4, 2017

Colby College Museum of Art

  • Do you enjoy talking and listening to children?
  • Do you long to be part of a team of lifelong learners?
  • Are you interested in becoming more knowledgeable about art as well as how people learn?
  • Are you available to volunteer some time on weekdays between 10am and 1pm?

screen-shot-2016-12-16-at-10-18-24-pmIf you answered “yes,” to these questions, we want YOU to join the team of docents at the Colby College Museum of Art!

The Colby College Museum of Art welcomes thousands of visitors each year, including schoolchildren from all across Maine. Volunteer docents provide invaluable support in engaging these visitors and bringing the Museum’s significant collections of American art, folk art, and contemporary art to life for them.

No previous knowledge or experience is needed to become a docent, only a love of learning and sharing your time with children and adults. Docents enjoy benefits including access to Colby College classes and libraries, social gatherings and field trips with fellow docents and museum staff, and the opportunity to inspire a lifelong love of art in thousands of young students who visit the Museum each year. As a docent, you will be surrounded by art, improve your public speaking skills, and be an essential part of a team that is deeply committed to art and to the Central Maine community.

An intensive one-week training course with instruction in art history, teaching, and storytelling techniques is scheduled for Monday, January 16 through Friday, January 20, 2017, from 10am to 4pm each day. To sign up for training or for more information, please contact the Colby Museum’s Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of School and Teacher Programs Margaret Aiken, at 207.859.5623 or mmaiken@colby.edu.

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In Today’s News

January 1, 2017

MAC Teaching Artist roster, new additions

The Village Soup highlighted two of the Maine Arts Commission’s latest additions to the Teaching Artist roster, Bridget Matros and Jeffrey Weinberger. Read the article by CLICKING HERE.

The MAC Teaching Artist roster is provided at no cost for those seeking a teaching artist to provide learning opportunities for students across the state in schools and community settings. The roster is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artist-Roster. Description of the Teaching Artist program is located at https://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Teaching-Artists. The call for new artists to apply to be on the roster occurs twice a year. Please contact me if you have any questions at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Snow Art

December 29, 2016

Banff National Park

Simon Beck creates art in the snow. This short video gives you a glimpse of his work.

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