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MAEA Spring Conference

March 19, 2022

Don’t delay – register today!

With a few spaces left to attend the spring conference, the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) is extending the deadline – don’t delay. How wonderful it is to know that teachers can come together IN PERSON for professional development once again. Join colleagues from across the state on April 2, 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. MAEA is partnering with the Center for Maine Contemporary Art and the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland to offer this learning opportunity for Maine teachers who are *members of MAEA. Register at THIS LINK.

Keynote will be given by Medomak Valley High School teacher and artist Krisanne Baker. Daniel Salomon from Camden Hills Regional High School is a guest speaker. Several members of the Downtown Rockland Association are offering a discount during the conference including restaurant.

**You can become a member at the same time you register. Ignore the registration deadline below.


Watershed Workshops

January 23, 2019

Ceramic workshops for educators

Watershed Center for the Ceramic Arts located in Newcastle, ME is excited to offer two workshops for k-12 ceramic art educators in 2019. Both opportunities have grant support for teachers to participate at a significant discount. Follow the links below to info on the workshops.
Funding to support participation in either workshop is available for any Maine k-12 art educator who teaches ceramics at an accredited school. Space is limited in both workshops, so sign up soon to reserve your spot. There are three scholarship spots for the May workshop and fifteen scholarship spots for teachers in the July workshop.

MAEA Exhibit for Educators

January 20, 2014

After Hours, Saco Art Museum

On Saturday, January 25 the opening for the Maine Art Education Association members art exhibit will take place at the Saco Art Museum, 1:00 – 3:00. A HUGE THANK YOU to Alison Price who is responsible for making all the arrangements for the show. Alison’s helpers with the arranging and hanging of the 56 piece show were Diane Noble and Piper Bolduc – thanks to both of them for their help!

The show is filled with beautiful work including various media, techniques, and themes! Many of the artists have work for sale in the gift shop of the museum including prints, cards, photographs, and jewelry.

Please join MAEA members, families, and friends to view the work of the following art educators. Congratulations to all the artists! The show is in place until March 1, 2014!

  • Betsy Allen-McPhedran
    Readfield Elementary School, Readfield
  • Dana Altman
    Thornton Academy, Saco
  • Debra Arter
    Camden Adult Ed, Camden
  • Barb Berry-Palm
    Brunswick Junior High School, Brunswick
  • Debra Bickford
    Westbrook High School, Westbrook
  • Piper Bolduc
    Old Orchard Beach High School, Old Orchard Beach
  • Vicki Bove`
    Gorham Middle School, Gorham
  • Sandy Brennan
    Wells Elementary School, Wells
  • Robin Brooks
    Lincoln School, Augusta
  • Wendy Burton
    Messalonskee High School, Oakland
  • Kate Cargile
    Lewiston Middle School, Lewiston
  • Lee Cheever
    Lazydog Studio, Brunswick
  • Donna Coffin
    Retired (Brunswick High School)
    Bailey Island
  • Cam Davis
    Acton Elementary School, Acton

Cam Davis, encaustic triptych

  • Christine DelRossi
    Mt. Ararat High School, Topsham
  • Mari Dieumegard
    Breakwater School, Portland
  • Debbie DiGregorio
    C.K. Burns School, Saco
  • Jennie Driscoll
    Brunswick High School
  • Elaine Fletcher
    Frank H. Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth
  • Jennifer Fox
    Lisbon High School, Lisbon Falls
  • Suzanne Goulet
    Waterville Senior High School, Waterville
  • Cathy Grigsby
    Stevens Brook Elementary, Bridgton
  • Lauren Head
    Gould Academy, Bethel

Lauren Head,    Vessel, steel

  • Hollie Hilton
    Albert S. Hall School, Waterville
  • Holly Houston
    Yarmouth High School, Yarmouth
  • Charlie Johnson
    Mt. Desert Island High School, Mt. Desert
  • Genevieve Keller
    Windsor Elementary School, Windsor
  • Jayne Kinney Young
    Deering High School, Portland
  • Manon Lewis
    Boothbay High School, Boothbay Harbor
  • Joanne Maloney
    Wentworth Intermediate School
  • Rhonda Mann
    Marshwood Great Works, South Berwick
  • Kelly McConnell
    Breakwater School & Maine College of Art, Portland
  • Kay McKeever Allison
    Lewiston Middle School, Lewiston
  • Jennifer Merry
    Thornton Academy, Saco
  • Chris Milliken
    Wells Junior High School, Wells
  • Heather Monsen
    Brunswick High School, Brunswick
  • Nanci Nason
    Lebanon Schools, Lebanon
  • Argy Nestor
    Maine Arts Commission, Augusta
  • Diane Noble
    Young and Fairfield Schools, Saco

Diane Noble, Tidal Cove - Tenant's Harbor, acrylic -

  • Heidi O’Donnell
    Belfast High School, Belfast
  • Pam Ouellette
    Lisbon High School, Lisbon Falls
  • Mary Pennington
    Mountain Valley Middle School, Mexico
  • Donna Powers
    Biddeford High School, Biddeford
  • Allison Price
    Brunswick High School, Brunswick
  • Gail Rodrigue-duBois
    Oak Hill Middle School, Sabattus
  • Karen Rubin
    Biddeford High School, Biddeford
  • Raegan Russell
    Berwick Academy, South Berwick
  • Meryl Ruth
    Porcelain Grace Studio, Cumberland
    (formerly at Deering High School)
  • Patricia Sevigny-Higgins
    Marshwood High School, South Berwick
  • Jane Snider
    Hancock Grammar and Lamoine Consolidated Schools, Hancock and Lamoine
  • Jodi Thomas
    Thornton Academy, Saco
  • Linda Thorndike Williams
    Hussey School, Berwick
  • Michael Vermette
    Indian Island School, Indian Island
  • Sue West
    Chewonki Semester School, Wiscasset

Sue West, City Branches, mixed media

  • Tina Wood
    Marcia Buker Elementary School, Richmond
  • Deloris A. White
    Berwick Academy, So. Berwick

AP Studio Teachers Gathering

January 16, 2013

You’re Invited!

ALL AP Studio Art teachers or high school art teachers who are interested in teaching AP Studio Art should consider attending the upcoming meeting in Rockland. Meeting at the Gamble Center, Farnsworth Art Museum on Saturday, January 26 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM. The Gamble Center is right next to the Wyeth Center, at the corner of Grace and Union Streets. Park behind the Wyeth Center. The classroom space is heated, has wifi, and a screen. There are several restaurants nearby for ordering lunch. Snow date is on February 2.

Mark your calendars – dig out an interesting lesson plan or two to share, and get ready for another great opportunity to learn and share!

Bring computer, flash drive, resources to share, lesson plans to share (with examples), student work for critique, ideas, questions, and a few snacks to share.

Those who have attended in the past always benefit from the experience. And, as an added plus, if you have not been to the Farnsworth recently, it is really worth a visit! There will be time after our meeting to check out the current exhibits.

Please email Kal Elmore @ if you have any questions and/or plan on attending!


Over 800 Works of Art!!!

November 5, 2012

Baby Journal

In early September students in grades K-8 were invited to submit artwork to be considered for the First Lady’s upcoming new family friendly Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal. Over 800 pieces of artwork arrived at the Blaine House last week which represented all 9 grade levels from all regions of the state.

On Friday morning it was a pleasure to work alongside First Lady Ann LePage and Becky Dyer from the Barbara Bush Foundation, art teachers Lynne Shulman and Kathy Smith, to select the student artwork.

Students were asked to create original artwork that represented what living in Maine means to them. It was evident that students were inspired by their favorite places and activities. The images were as wide and varied as our state and citizens including moose, deer, fish, lighthouses, the beach and mountains, blueberries, winter and summer activities, families having fun together, and so many other great ideas! The artwork was created using a wide variety of medium including pencil, color pencils, markers, water color crayons, paints, and much more. The techniques varied as well including collage, printmaking, and more.

Needless to say it was no easy task to select 32 pieces from the outstanding submissions. As you can see from the photos the artwork was on display in many rooms throughout the Blaine House. The First Lady had arranged them for us so we could jump right into the task of selecting the artwork using a rubric to guide our work.

The journal is to promote literacy and health to families of newborn babies in Maine and will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns. The First Lady, Ann LePage, has partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy with the Maine is ME book theme.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the teachers who helped guide students and submitted student artwork for consideration. THANK YOU to the over 800 students who used their artistic knowledge to create the outstanding work!

The artists work that was selected will be announced and posted on the meartsed blog in the near future.

Becky Dyer, First Lady Ann LePage, Lynne Shulman, Kathy Smith discussing artwork


Painting for a Purpose

September 21, 2012

The meartsed blog interviewed Tina Edwards who tells the story of how individuals with a passion for painting and caring about education and youth are making a difference.

1.   Please tell the meartsed readers about “Painting for a Purpose”. How did it get started, whose idea was it for the project, how long has it been in place?

Painting for a Purpose (PFP) got started in a couple of ways.

I took a “Fanciful Furniture Painting” class in Cape Cod in the summer of 2006.  I really loved it. One of the things that I loved was how easy it was to get started and another was the great group of women who had been attending this class for years. The class meets weekly. They were all so creative and cheered each other on by giving ideas and support. When I came back to Maine, I really wanted to find a group to paint with.

In 2009, I reconnected with a friend, Jane Ellis. She and I had worked together in the Portland Public Schools and she had recently retired. We went for a walk one day and began talking about how much we liked to paint. She has done watercolors for several years. We got talking about starting a painting group similar to what I had experienced in Cape Cod. That led to a discussion about the group having a purpose in addition to the camaraderie of  painting together.  We wanted our group to “paint for a purpose.”

Jane and I had both been involved in projects where young people had written grants. Both of us were inspired by what young people saw as important and the work they were willing to do to make change happen. We knew that this what the “purpose” we wanted to support.

2.  What are the main goals/focus for Painting for a Purpose?

We are a group of people who love to paint and who care about education and youth in Portland. PFP brings people together to create hand painted “whimsical” furniture, hosts an annual auction to sell the furniture, and uses the proceeds to fund youth led service learning grants. PFP meets weekly as a group to paint together.


  • To have fun together while painting and create camaraderie
  • To raise money for our annual auction
  • To help students put their ideas about how to make a difference in action
  • To be a funding source for youth led service learning grants in the Portland Public Schools.

3.   How many grants have you given out?

We have given out 14 grants in the past 2 years.  All of them have been written by students. They may apply for up to $500.

4.   What are the profits are used? How do students apply for the funding, what is it used for, do parents get involved?

Students apply for funding through an application process. They must identify a problem /issue in the community that they want to address. They must research the problem so that they have an understanding of the issue. This may involve conducting interviews, compiling data, or doing internet research. They need to understand the issue in order to propose a solution that will make a difference.  They must have an adult “ally” to sign off on the grant.

This person can offer guidance and support; however, the grant proposal has to be written by the students and be their project.

5.   Is the project growing? If so, what do you think has helped it along the way?

Yes, the project is growing. In our first year, we gave out 5 grants. In our second year, we gave out nine grants. We are an all volunteer organization so it is the efforts of people helping out that has made a huge difference. The more people learn about what we are doing, the more people then say—Hey that is a good idea. How can I help?

This year, we are doing something a little different. We have designed wooden lobster boats and dories for adult and student artists to paint. Working with the art teachers at the Portland Public High Schools, we have 12 art students paired with 12 local artists. They are working together as pairs to paint a lobster boat and dory. We also have 12 other adult artists who are also painting lobster boats.  These will be auctioned off in a live auction on November 8, 2012 in addition to the other painted items that we will have for the silent auction.

6.   What do you imagine (hope for) Painting for a Purpose will look like in 5 years, 2017?

  • I hope that we are a sustainable funding source for youth led service learning that the schools in Portland can depend on.
  • I hope that the core weekly painting group has grown to about 20 dedicated painters who are enthused about painting and the project.
  • I hope that the core weekly painting group continues to grow as painters and artists.
  • I hope that people in the city look forward to our auction because of the beautiful items that are for sale and because of the wonderful projects that students are doing.

7.   Which part of the project has been the most inspiring? (to you and others who have gotten involved)

I love the excitement and fun of painting together on a weekly basis. I love working with the schools and meeting new people in the Portland community. Mostly, I love hearing from students about how they want to make a difference.  It is always exciting for me to read the grants and equally as exciting to hear about what they learned in the process.

Last year I worked closely with one particular group and at the end, I asked then what was their biggest learning. Overwhelmingly it was to “Never Give Up.”  Very powerful words that I would hope for every student to learn.

The auction is scheduled for November 8, 5:30 to 7:30 PM at Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut Street, Portland, $10 for individuals, $25 for families. Thank you Tina for telling the story of PFP!

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