Posts Tagged ‘Farnsworth Art Museum’


Arts Education Exchange

September 20, 2017

Friday, October 6

Does your organization provide some type of visual or performing arts education programming?

If so, YOU’RE INVITED to join the Arts Education Exchange on Friday, October 6, 1:00 – 4:30 at the Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland.

The Maine Arts Commission has planned an opportunity for community arts centers/organizations, visual and/or performing arts focused schools, museums, and galleries who offer education programs to meet for an afternoon of idea exchange.


The purpose will be to meet and learn from each other by sharing information and resources, exchanging ideas about education programs, and collaborative thinking. This will be a great networking opportunity.

This first Arts Education Exchange will take place at the Farnsworth Art Museum on Friday, October 6, 2017, 1:00 – 4:30 and hopefully, in the future the gathering will take place at other locations in the state.

If you are interested in attending please complete the ARTS EDUCATION EXCHANGE REGISTRATION. If you can not attend on October 6 but are interested in future exchanges please complete the survey at the registration link and indicate your interest. If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor, Maine Arts Commission Director of Arts Education at


Friday, October 6, 2017

This date is also when the last First Friday of the year will take place in Rockland, sponsored by the Arts in Rockland (AIR).


1:00 – 4:30

The Maine Arts Commission is excited to offer this opportunity and grateful to the Farnsworth Art Museum for hosting this event.


  • The Farnsworth Art Museum is located at 16 Museum Street, Rockland. Driving directions THIS LINK.
  • The Farnsworth education staff invites you to visit the museum at no cost – come early or stay late (open 10:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m., The Wyeth Center closes at 5:00 p.m.).
  • Consider staying into the evening for Rockland’s last First Friday, organized by the Arts in Rockland (AIR). At 8 p.m.
  • The Farnsworth is showing a First Friday Film at the Strand Theatre, Troublemakers: The Story of Land Art. More details located HERE.

If you have questions please contact Argy Nestor at


Farnsworth to Unveil Mural

August 31, 2017

During September First Friday


Farnsworth to Unveil Mural – During September First Friday

On Friday, September 1, during the First Friday art walk, there will be a special mural unveiling of a new mural arts project on School Street, on the wall of the Grasshopper Shop in downtown Rockland, which is a partnership between the Farnsworth’s Education Department and mural director Alexis Iammarino. The gathering will take place from 5:30 to 7 p.m., on School Street, between Main and Union Streets, with a public remarks scheduled for 6 p.m. This is the eighth consecutive year that the Farnsworth has participated in First Fridays, thanks to a sponsorship from the First National Bank. During First Fridays, the museum is open free of charge to the public from 5 to 8 p.m.

The mural arts project has been made possible thanks in part to a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts. The purpose of this community project is to engage local youth in creating public art in downtown Rockland. The project has been guided by local community mural artist Alexis Iammarino. She was joined by Canadian-born mural artist Melissa Luk, who has created mural projects on multiple continents, most recently in the west-African nation of Gabon. The mural was also completed with help of local artists and volunteers of all ages, the youngest of which was 7 and the oldest 80 years old. The mural unveiling will celebrate the efforts of all those involved, give the public the opportunity to meet the artists, and toast this new addition to the cultural vibrancy of Rockland’s downtown. Free ice cream will be provided by the Grasshopper Shop.

For more information on this project, please visit the museum website at or call the museum’s Education Department at 207-596-0949.

Contact: David Troup, ext 128,


Stories of the Land and Its People

July 13, 2017

Farnsworth Art Museum

Student Art Exhibition, May 21, 2017 to September 10, 2017 in the Crosman Gallery

Stories is a project-based, arts-integrated learning experience at the Farnsworth Art Museum.  Museum educators, classroom teachers, students, and teaching artists collaborate to explore curricular standards though inquiry-based learning in the classroom, at the museum, and during field trips into our local communities.

This exhibition highlights student learning and artwork from this yearlong partnership. Thanks to the Farnsworth Art Museum for  providing the following resources that provide a clear picture of their program.

From the opening of “Stories”

Stories of the Land and Its People, a project of the Farnsworth Art Museum’s Arts in Education Program, is generously supported by the Arthur K. Watson Charitable Trust, Bank of America Charitable Foundation, Chichester duPont Foundation, Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Seth Sprague Educational and Charitable Foundation, Virginia Wellington Cabot Foundation, two anonymous contributors, and in-kind support provided by Partners for Enrichment.




Farnsworth Art Museum

September 24, 2016

Fall Festival



Farnsworth Prof Dev Opp

September 4, 2015

Five years old

photo2The Farnsworth Art Museum in Rockland has collaborated with the Lincoln Center Education (LCE) program for the past six summers to provide an extensive aesthetic workshop. This summer’s workshop took place July 27-30 in Rockland, and included 17 Maine arts and non-arts educators. The workshop used an arts-integrated, inquiry-based approach to teaching that helps students develop skills of imagination, creativity, and innovation.

Participants developed a learning community through an experiential and inquiry based immersion in LCE’s aesthetic education philosophy and practices. The work is guided by four core teaching concepts and the Capacities for Imaginative Thinking. The teachers learned about LCE’s aesthetic education planning process which includes key ideas, line of inquiry, and the development of an aesthetic education lesson.

photoThe overarching question for the workshop was: How can engagements with live works of art, through LCE’s aesthetic education approach, offer new possibilities for imaginative teaching and learning across content areas? LCE’s educator Tenesh Webber joined with Farnsworth educator Denise Mitchell to facilitate.

I was glad that I had the opportunity to visit during one day of the workshop and see the program in action! The teachers, working in groups of four, were engaged in conversation after ‘deep looking’ at artwork. Some of the teacher reflections on the value of re-visiting works of art included the following:

  • Being able to stand in a different place and really look provided me with a different perspective.
  • While looking at Louise Nevelson’s whimsical artwork I wish she had done more of that type of work and wish that I could have seen her working down the street in Rockland.
  • Returning to the artwork for another look makes me realize, why wouldn’t we do this with students?, to look and see artwork again and spend time in front of works of art from the past.

photo3During my visit the Education Director, Roger Dell stopped by and addressed the group with the following: “Being willing to look at objects from the past, tell us something about the past”. He had read in a newspaper article last winter that was written by an art historian on the topic, the art of looking. “The art of looking is the only art that is in danger of being lost”.

The workshop continuously models good teaching practices by the facilitators and teachers and creates relevance for each teacher attending.


Who Are They?: Schoodic Arts for All, Part 2

May 20, 2015

Museum Trips

This blog post is part of a series called Who Are They? where information is provided for the Maine Arts Ed blog readers to learn about community organizations and institutions that provide educational opportunities in the arts. You will learn that they are partnering with other organizations and schools to extend learning opportunities, not supplant. Please consider ways in which you can collaborate to provide excellent arts education for all learners.

safa_logo_blue_greenThis is the second blog post of the series highlighting the work of Schoodic Arts for All located in Hammond Hall, 427 Main Street in Winter Harbor. This area is called Downeast Maine and Schoodic Arts for All is at the intersection of Hancock and Washington Counties. Schoodic Arts for All is a non-profit organization dedicated to fostering interest and involvement in the arts for all who wish to participate.

Colby Museum of Art field trip

Colby Museum of Art field trip

This past winter the staff at Schoodic Arts for All had an idea.  Members of the Painting group brainstormed ideas to get ourselves and our neighbors out of our homes, out of the dreary winter rut, to engage in socially and creatively enriching activities.  The Museum Field Trip was born: the plan was to provide transportation and museum fees for folks to travel to a new museum each month!

The response to the first trip to the Farnsworth Art Museum, was overwhelmingly positive. Schoodic Arts for All is committed to building on the popularity of this new winter program to create a truly unique and engaging experience for our participants.

Participants Feedback

“Winter days are short.  This trip was a brilliant idea.  It recharged creative minds on many levels and was a good day long social event.”  -Ann Dederer

“This kind of trip fulfills part of the mission of SAFA by enabling people who enjoy art an affordable way to engage with it.” -Anonymous

Ken Kelly at Portland Museum of Art

Ken Kelly at Portland Museum of Art

We all know that Maine has a significant number of “aging” residents.  Our field trips are aimed at gathering folks together who would not, on their own, consider taking a 12-hour day trip. After all, many wouldn’t feel comfortable driving 2 or 3 hours to visit a museum ALONE, stopping to have lunch ALONE, and driving all the way home, often in the dark, ALONE.  By providing the transportation, in groups of 6 passengers, participants were engaged in a variety of conversations and community building happened during the ride. Friendships are made, and information about the area is shared between people who otherwise may never have met.

As another participant stated:  “Community lives when people come together to share, laugh and explore.” -Anonymous

The monthly “Field Trips” to area art museums kicked off in January 2015 with an overwhelmingly positive response, drawing three times the anticipated attendance!  The museums were selected based on the current exhibits and interests of our participants. For example, in January, the Farnsworth Art Museum with the Shaker Exhibit was the first museum trip. Participants enjoyed the docent lead tour of the Shakers exhibit which included a documentary film by Ken Burns.

Winter Field trips included:

  1. Farnsworth Art Museum
  2. Portland Museum of Art
  3. Colby College Museum of Art
  4. University of Maine Museum of Art and the IMRC (Innovative Media Research and Commercialization Center)
  5. Museum of Fine Arts, Boston (still upcoming as of the publish date of this post)
Karen and Mazouz Hussein at Colby College

Karen and Mazouz Hussein at Colby College

A Survey/Written Evaluation follows each trip which provides insights into how the experience. Strengths and weaknesses are included which provides direction for improvements for future Field Trips. These trips are a valuable resource for many who would not ordinarily experience the arts in this way. The goal is to make these trips enriching, comfortable and affordable for all.

For more information on Schoodic Arts for All Museum Field Trips visit or e-mail





MAAI Winter Retreat

March 23, 2015

What a way to spend the last day in February!

Winter retreat Feb14On February 27 and 28 several of Maine Arts Assessment Initiative’s (MAAI) 61 Teacher Leaders came together in Rockland to learn and provide their feedback on phase 4 and, all things MAAI. It is always fun to see everyone and catch up on what is happening (in person) in their classrooms across the state.


Pam Kinsey, Theresa Cerceo, Judy Fricke

Friday evening was spent with Sarah Swain, Art Director, Westbrook Schools who provided a workshop on making videos that answered these two questions:

  • How can video be used as an effective communication tool?
  • How can I create videos with visual interest that engage and inform the viewer?

Participants gave high marks to the opportunity to learn! Thank you Sarah!


Jeff Beaudry, Jen Nash

On Saturday we met at the Gamble Center at the Farnsworth Art Museum to review Phase 4 of the MAAI and imagine what Phase 5 could look like. The ideas and innovative thinking were plentiful. Below are some of the topics that generated long lists of ideas.

  • Teacher Leaders
  • Proficiency-based education
  • Bridging the regional gaps with opportunities
  • Arts integration – professional learning communities
  • Teacher Effectiveness
  • Teaching Artists
  • Arts ambassadors
  • Advocacy

Stay tuned for more information in the future. MAAI continues to respond to the needs of visual and performing arts educators. We are committed to the work that PK-12 arts educators are doing and during Phase 4 we brought Teaching Artists into the opportunities as well. In the very near future we will announce a call for Phase 5 Teacher Leaders. If you are considering participating as a Teacher Leader please update your resume which is part of the application. Watch for the announcement coming out soon. If you have questions please contact me at


AP Studio Art Network

January 30, 2013

Gamble Center, Rockland, ME

Susan Johnson, Oceanside High School, Ann Roy, Waterville, and Carolyn Brown, Camden Hills

Susan Johnson, Oceanside High School, Ann Roy, Waterville, and Carolyn Brown, Camden Hills

Twelve art teachers met on Saturday, January 26 to share stories of working with AP Art students and to share information and ideas………. and everyone found inspiration to continue the great work they are doing.

Everyone reported in, sharing information about current program issues and frustrations; course loads, time issues, impact on students, choice, continuity, curriculum, process, budgets, class sizes, student issues, pre-AP, scheduling issues……..  As usual, everyone had interesting bits to share. We felt a bit like AA for AP Art teachers – the telling is always somewhat cathartic. The on-going challenges continue to exist, and we continue to work through them. It helps to compare program structure and curriculum, giving the group new ways to approach current problems.

Some shared some lesson ideas. One teacher shared a folded book project and gave everyone instructions. The group looked at student work, giving feedback and asking questions

After lunch Kal introduced some brainstorming activities – 6 word biographies, mind maps, cut paper squares, and an appropriation activity. Using photocopies of famous art work, photocopies of patterns, and assorted art supplies, participants created their own appropriation. The group thought about different approaches and different ways the project could be adapted to student use.

Plans for next meeting – Someone suggested meeting in August, before school starts, with a focus on some printmaking strategies. Coincidentally, there is a printing press right in the Gamble Center classroom. This was a great opportunity for building community with teachers across Maine.

Thank you to Kal Elmore for contributing the content of this blog and to Suzanne Goulet for contributing the photograph!


Learning at all Levels

June 6, 2011

Life-long learning

Alice's students perform

I am so fortunate to be able to meet passionate educators throughout the state who provide arts education opportunities for students in and out of school. And quite often I get to meet students who share their learning with me and their excitement for the arts. Two weeks ago while on the listening tour with Commissioner Bowen I met music teacher Alice St. Clair at the Beatrice Rafferty School in Pleasant Point. Alice has been there since January where the studeBnts at the reservation school have gone without music for 5 years. It was amazing to see and hear her students perform after only 5 short months. Alice also voluntarily serves as the Artistic Director of the Eastport Strings. You can read about an upcoming event they are having that you can attend for contact hours by clicking here.

Lori in her classroom

While traveling from the listening tour in Calais to the MLTI conference in Orono I had a few extra minutes so I stopped at Brewer High School to congratulate art teacher Lori Spruce in person whose 9th grader, Morgan Forrest was a finalist for the Doodle 4 Google contest. Lori shared more good Fnews. School Arts had a contest for Trading Cards which some of her students entered and one, Morgan Littlefield received Honorable Mention. There was a teacher category as well which Lori won first place. Congratulations Lori and to your student!

Lunch after the docent session

Last week I was pleased to visit the Farnsworth Art Museum for a session with the docents. This was my fourth visit with the docents in about 32 years. I was invited by docent Shirley Stenberg and enjoy meeting with the group who are interested in learning more about working with students who visit the museum on field trips. I look forward to seeing the docent handbook that is being created for their use. I understand the summer Lincoln Center Institute International Educator Workshop for teachers will be held for the second year at the museum.

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