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MAEA Conference

June 4, 2021

Re-stART: MAEA 2021 Fall Conference- September 17-18, 2021

The Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) Fall Conference is being planned after a year without it and after the struggles we have all faced with the pandemic. This will NOT be held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts as they are still working on a reopening plan. MAEA is planning a full return for 2022. Instead, this fall MAEA is offering an in-person “satellite” conference at several venues, studios, and locations throughout the state. This will be a two-day event, in small groups, with 18 studio offerings! The conference will run from 8am-5pm during those two days. Room and Board will not be offered for most studios, however with so many locations, you may be able to find one close, or experience some of the great hospitality Maine has to offer. This does cut down on the conference cost significantly though as well!  

The theme of the fall conference is Re-stART. With the worst of the covid crisis hopefully behind us and the acknowledgment of many social disparities, we are looking forward, using the silver linings and new understandings we have learned to continually improve our practice, our wellbeing, and our social interaction.  We see this as something of a new beginning, a chance to make systemic changes and to highlight the best of mankind and of ourselves. This is an opportunity for us to make the changes we know can improve the structures we have found ourselves in. A chance to “Re-stART”. While not all workshops will focus on this theme, we hope it is something we can all reflect on as we begin a new school year this fall. Join MAEA this fall to learn a new craft, refine an old one, and/or develop art making skills with fellow arts educators! 

Registration opens July 1st at 7:00 AM. Make sure to read the descriptions thoroughly for locations, recommendations, and other applicable fees (specifically for those that offer room and board). If you’re not a member of MAEA now is the time to become one so you can participate in the conference.



September 19, 2017

MAEA Fall Conference

Almost 100 visual art educators traveled to Deer Isle Maine for the annual 3-day conference. Some had to drive 5 hours to get there. When I reach the bridge over to the island and smell the salt air and see the seabirds flying, I know whoever has made the long trip, doesn’t question its worth. The conference is held at the beautiful Haystack Mountain School of Crafts and sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA). The organization stands on the shoulders of giants and many of those names were mentioned over the weekend.

MALI Teacher Leaders


A HUGE THANK YOU to Carolyn Brown for chairing the conference and to all of the Maine Art Education board members and the organization members who volunteer to do the hours of work to make the conference so wonderful!


  • A GREAT learning opportunity
  • Delicious food
  • Beautiful environment
  • Opportunity to meet art teachers from across the state
  • Amazing people who are open to sharing, exchanging ideas, and providing support
  • A wonderful feeling of community

Yes, that is guacamole


  • The opportunity to learn is amazing; like no other that I have
  • I get to feel what my students feel while learning something new
  • I look around and wonder if my art is good enough and I remember we’re all in this together
  • What an opportunity to push my limits
  • I’m learning at full speed
  • Now I can go back to my school feeling totally nourished

Workshop offerings

  • Expanding Your Fiber Universe: Lissa Hunter

  • Block Printmaking – Balance and Texture: Holly Berry

  • Exploring the Basics of BronzClay Jewelry Fabrication: Nisa Smiley

  • Visual Journaling: Sandy Weisman

  • Making Animal Sculptures with Clay using Enclosed Forms and Additions: Tim Christensen

  • Bringing Digital Fabrication into your Curriculum: Elliot Clapp

  • Experimental Watercolor Painting: Erica Qualey

  • Past to Present: Personal Found Object Assemblage Inspired by Shrines, Alters, and Reliquaries: Stephanie Leonard and Suzanne Southworth


Haystack Fall Conference

May 21, 2014

Getting ready!

It’s that time of year again to register for our
MAEA Fall Conference at Haystack!!!

All of the information regarding dates (September 26-28), workshops and descriptions, Haystack positions, etc. can be found on the website:

Registration opens Sunday, June 1st! You must register online through the website (a link from the website will be provided on June 1st.) There is NO paper registration option! You will have the option of paying online via Paypal or mailing in your payment to: MAEA, PO Box 10463, Portland, ME 04104.
(If you plan on sending in a check for your payment, instead of using the Paypal option, you may do so early – like right now! Once registration opens on June 1st, if your payment is in our mailbox, it will be added to the queue. Note: If it arrives early it does NOT mean it will be first in line – it will be placed in the order in which ALL materials are received – including the on-line registration! Checks need to be made out to: MAEA. The conference is $250 on-campus and $200 off-campus. Don’t forget to add payment for your 2014-2015 membership as well!)

To be clear… Your registration will be complete, and your workshop request placed in the queue, ONLY when ALL registration materials have been accounted for:

  • online registration form,
  • active membership paid for the 2014-2015 year,
  • and full payment for the conference is received!

Workshops are filled on a first come, first served basis.

The opportunity to receive CEUs will be provided this year. When you register, please indicate whether this is something you need. You will be responsible for mailing in the paperwork provided and paying for the processing (I believe it is $10).

Reminder that your active membership ends on June 30th.
If you are registering for the Fall Conference at Haystack and plan on paying via Paypal online at the time of registration, you do not need to go to the membership page and renew!!! You will pay for the conference AND membership at the same time once the conference registration opens on June 1st. However, if you do not plan on attending the fall conference, and you wish to stay an active member, the renew membership Paypal button for the 2014-1015 year is now on the website. (

If your MAEA membership is not renewed by June 30th, you will be designated as non-active and, as a result, may not receive up-to-date information or be eligible for conferences, scholarships, exhibitions, opportunities, etc. Don’t miss anything! Please join or renew today!


MAEA Fall Conference

June 2, 2013

Haystack registration is open

Screen shot 2013-06-01 at 10.47.25 AMIf you are planning on attending the fall Maine Art Education Association fall conference, it is time to register! Please go to to register and for more information. The conference is being held at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Stonington on September 13, 14, 15th.

Workshop Choices
1. Creative and Useful Bookmakin with Sally Allen
2. Alabaster Carving with Anne Alexander
3. Encaustic Painting with Diane Bowie Zaitlin
4. Animal sculptures with clay using enclosed forms and additions  with Tim Christensen
5. Plein Air Painting with Cooper Dragonette
6. Responding to ­ Photography in Europe with Brenton Hamilton
7. Knifemaking with Tim McCreight

Conference Fees
Conference including room and meals: $250.00
Conference including only meals (day participants):$200.00
New 2013-14 MAEA membership is required for registration.  Online registrants will be able to make a single payment.

  • On Campus (+ Student Membership) $270
  • Off Campus  (+ Student Membership) $220
  • On Campus (+Full Membership) $280
  • Off Campus  (+Full Membership) $230
  • On Campus (+Retired Membership) $260
  • Off Campus  (+Retired Membership) $210

For more information and details on the MAEA fall workshop please go to



February 27, 2013

Association of Computer Technology Educators of Maine

Screen shot 2013-02-27 at 8.40.45 PMYesterday the ACTEM newsletter, Electronic Educator, arrived in my mailbox. No, not my email box, but the postal service mail. I really like receiving it but I like it even more knowing what the organization is all about and that they still send a paper copy. It is also available online at

I was very excited to read about the fall conference keynote speaker Kevin Honeycutt. When Kevin started his career in education it was as a K-12 art teacher for 13 years. He also spent 17 summers leading creative adventure camps for kids of all ages.

For the past four years Kevin has hosted a creative learning site called ArtSnacks where he shares 150+ ten-minute drawing videos that support standards curriculum. Kevin refers to himself as a “Digital Dumpster Diver”. He collects and shares all kinds of digital resources for educators. Check out the resources on his website at

The annual MAINEEducation conference will be held October 10 and 11 at the Augusta Civic Center. You can learn more by clicking here. I am letting you know now since I know that many of you need to plan your professional development days for the 2013-14 school year.

Gary Lanoie, Executive Director of ACTEM said this about Kevin:  “I am really looking forward to Kevin Honeycutt’s keynote at the MAINEEducation 2013 conference.  I heard him at the ISTE conference in Philadelphia and was very impressed.”

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I suggest you join ACTEM since they have so much to offer. The membership fee is $20 and you can apply for up to $400 to put towards coursework in technology. It is a GREAT deal!

Also included in this issue of Electronic Educator is the update on MLTI and what is happening with the recent RFP. The Department has announced its conditional RFP awards to three companies, Apple, Inc., CTL (an Oregon-based computer manufacturer), and Hewlett-Packard Company were selected. You can download the entire article (and newsletter) by clicking here.

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