Amazing Animation!

June 17, 2019

Share with your students

If you’ve ever tried your hand at animation I’m sure you’ll agree that this animation is spectacular. It was created by the World Wildlife Fund Hungary. I think I’ve posted this earlier but it is one of those videos worth seeing multiple times. I’m sure your students (of all ages) would be interested in seeing this. I know that many Maine schools are still in session. You may want to incorporate into a lesson for the last few days or use it in the fall when you kick off the school year. No matter what, take a look and consider how we’re all connected.


Happy Father’s Day

June 16, 2019

I’m watching you


Summer Teacher Workshop

June 16, 2019

Wabanaki in Maine

This workshop for middle and high school teachers will explore contemporary and historical issues of importance to the Wabanaki people and non-Native Mainers. The workshop includes a screening of DAWNLAND, as well as a visit to Maine Historical Society’s exhibit HOLDING UP THE SKY.

For most of the 20th century, government agents systematically forced Native American children from their homes and placed them with white families. Now, for the first time, they are telling their stories. DAWNLAND is a documentary film about cultural survival and stolen children: inside the first truth and reconciliation commission for Native Americans in U.S. history.

Participants will receive a discount on the purchase of the film, learn to use the film’s companion online learning resources, and receive orientation in primary and secondary source analysis, gaining valuable insights into interactive teaching and discussion techniques that can be applied in the classroom.

Presenters include Dr. Mishy Lesser, Upstander Project’s Learning Director and author of the Dawnland Teacher’s Guide and Adam Mazo, Director of the Upstander Project and Co-director and Producer of Dawnland. This FREE workshop will be held at Maine Historical Society on Thursday, June 27, 9am-3pm. Advanced registration is required.

Location: Maine Historical Society
Cost: FREE
REGISTRATION REQUIRED: To register or FMI call 207-774-1822 x214 or email education@mainehistory.org or contact Kathleen Neumann at kneumann@mainehistory.org


RECYCLED from the waste bin to the wall

June 15, 2019

Appleton Library

Phot courtesy of Appleton Library

Appleton Library located at 2916 Sennebec Road will host an Art Reception on Thursday, June 20 from 4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. for our Art Show: “RECYCLED from the waste bin to the wall.”  Twelve local artists submitted their artwork created from re-purposed objects.  The show features the works of Kathryn Adamsky, David Allen, Peter Conant, Eric Darling, Gene DiLorenzo, Jackie Dunham, Elisabeth Goodridge, Claire Horne, Vera Morrison, Abbie Read, Owen Shugard, and Lisa Mossel Vietze. The art show would not be possible without the dedicated efforts of Jackie Dunham, the curator,  and Elisabeth Goodridge. 

For more information email Julie Sells at appletonlibrary@gmail.com or call 207-785-5656.


AFTA Resources

June 14, 2019

Americans for the Arts

AFTA has tons of resources on their website. Like many outstanding sites there are too many resources to locate. Over the next few weeks I will provide resources on the blog that you can include in your summer independent learning or perhaps use when coming together with colleagues for collaborative learning. I encourage you to share them with others. And don’t hesitate to email me at meartsed@gmail.com with resources that you find useful so I can share them with others on the Maine Arts Education blog.

AFTA has a collection of videos called “Encourage Creativity: Teach the Arts”. Who to use each video ‘with’ and ‘what for’ is included with each description to help you determine if they will work for you. They provide the length of each video and they are each downloadable. The four videos range from 42 minutes to a documentary that is 7 hours and 19 minutes long. They are filled with stories, facts and figures to use for advocacy, and voices of learners of all ages.

They are creative documents that are very well put together. Please check them out at THIS LINK



June 13, 2019

Miss Rumphius

Many of you are familiar with the children’s book Miss Rumphius. Written and illustrated by Barbara Cooney, the story describes how lupines got their start and spread over our state. Since it is the time of year when the lupines are starting to bloom I was interested in the history of the beautiful flowers. It took me several years to grow them. I tried new seeds, collected seeds from other lupines, friends gave me them from their lands, I bought plants from plant sales and new plants from several different garden stores. Finally they took hold and now I am mowing less of my lawn so the little plants can spread and spread. I do love them!

Perhaps you use the story as part of a lesson. My favorite part of the book is when Miss Rumphius tells her niece “You must do something to make the world more beautiful. ” You can read the real story from the New England Historical Society.


Middle School – Music and Theater

June 12, 2019

10 year study

We periodically read reports and research about the benefits of arts education. We, as visual and/or performing arts educators don’t need a report to tell us what we already know. The impact of an excellent arts education with an effective arts educator guiding student learning is amazingly beneficial to learners, Pk-grade 12.

Just in case you’d like to read a report, here is a recent one. This was compiled while tracking the progress during a ten-year period of over 30,000 middle school students in Florida. Researchers from George Mason University looked at music and theatre.

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