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MAEA Awards

May 13, 2018


Congratulations to the following who were recently recognized by the Maine Art Education Association!

  • Maine Art Educator of the Year – Holly Houston, Yarmouth High School
  • Middle Level Art Educator of the Year – Amy Cousins, Gorham Middle School
  • Art Education Supervisor of the Year – Beth Lambert, Maine DOE
  • Distinguished Art Educator Award – Maura McHugh, Mt. Ararat Middle School
  • Outstanding Service Through the Profession, Bobbi Tardif, SeDoMoCha Middle School
  • Outstanding Service to the Profession – Cory Buckham, Brunswick Middle School
  • Outstanding Service to the Community – Kate Cargile, Lewiston Middle School
  • National Board Professional Certified Teacher – Vanessa White-Capelluti, Wells High School

Youth Art Month

March 16, 2018

Portland Museum of Art

The annual statewide Youth Art Month exhibit at the Portland Museum of Art is underway and you won’t want to miss seeing it. Members of the Maine Art Education Association provide one piece of art work from each school that they teach. Nine hundred people attended the official opening and to see the impressive work that represents students in PK-grade 12 from all parts of the state. This is the 24th celebration and the show has over 100 pieces and will remain on display until April 1.

Ted Simpson, grade 4, Ocean Ave. Elementary School, “Froggy in the Tree”, Teacher – Sally Mitchell


Alyssa McNeill, grade 8, Westbrook Middle School, “Be Happy”, Mixed Media, Teacher – Abby Jacobs

Taylor Hagerty, grade 9, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, “Broken Time”, newspaper, collage, acrylic paint, Teacher – Cindi Kugell

Rachel Johnson, grade 11, Brunswick High School, color pencils, Teacher – Colleen Kearney-Graffam



MAEA Awards

December 4, 2017

Consider nominating a colleague

Maine Art Education Association is currently seeking nominations for their recognition program.

Deadline: December 31, 2017


  1. MAEA Elementary, Middle, and Secondary Art Educators of the Year

  2. MAEA Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year

  3. MAEA Museum Educator of the Year

  4. MAEA Higher-Education Art Educator of the Year

  5. MAEA Higher Art Education Student Award (Deadline: June 1st)

Click HERE for the link to the Awards Program Overview – which contains links to the Nomination Form, Vita Form, Ranking Process, and all scoring rubrics.

For More information contact Holly Houston:



November 29, 2017

GT Art Program

Does your school/district have a gifted and talented art program? Who identifies Gifted and Talented Artists and how? Who teaches these students and when?

Please join R.S.V.P. ME on November 30th from 3:30 to 5:00 PM for a roundtable discussion about our Gifted and Talented Art Programs. 

Maine Art Education Association President-Elect and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader Lisa Ingraham will facilitate a discussion about GT Arts programs: “I have been working on the re-animation of gifted and talented programming for MSAD 59. After receiving my GT Certification a few years ago, my district asked me to help coordinate our efforts to identify and serve our advanced learners. Since we had not had this type of programming for quite some time, I was involved in determining what GT would look like in our district from the ground up. Three years later our program is still evolving: I would love to share what I have learned and find out how other programs work around the state.”

Sign up to participate in this Zoom* Online Video Conference and earn 1.5 contact hours as a Maine Art Education Association member by emailing If you have questions, comments or suggestions for future topics, email Lisa.

Zoom Video Conferencing is done completely online.



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


MAEA Honors Art Educators

April 29, 2017

Maine Art Education Association

Westbrook, Maine, April 2017 – On Friday, April 7 in the beautiful library of Westbrook MIddle School, the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) honored seven of Maine’s art educators for excellent service to their profession, their schools and their communities. It was an evening filled with sincere praise and celebrated in typical fashion with custom-made ceramic vases, flowers and, of course, pineapples. Holly Houston, Recognitions Chair for the MAEA, began the evening talking about the “wonderfulness of art teachers” and with each award presented that wonderfulness became more apparent.

Rhonda Miller presented the 2017 Distinguished Art Educator Award for Pat Savigny-Higgins from Marshwood High School in South Berwick, describing Savigny-Higgins as an “art teacher down to her bones” who is known for her dedication to students. Savigny-Higgins responded with thanks especially to her students for challenging her. Citing that art is crucial now more ever, she urged support for the arts due to the “life lessons that happen in the art room.”

Jodi Thomas presented the 2017 Outstanding Service to the Profession Award to Jody Dube from Lewiston High School. Jody is responsible for guiding students through the creation of pottery that is sold to help fund the Store Next Door, with the mission of supporting homeless students. In this endeavor, stated Thomas, Dube teaches students their “skills have monetary value and can be harnessed to make a difference.” Dube stated he was honored and humbled and thanked all teachers who do what they do every day, saying “In these challenging times, it is an important mission to be able to help kids be who they were meant to be and not just a test score.”

Lisa Ingraham presented the 2017 Retired Art Educator Award to Frank Chin, a former middle school teacher in Skowhegan. After more than 30 years of teaching Ingraham wondered how many students have a deep understanding of the arts because of Chin’s dedicated career. Chin stated that the best thing about teaching art is when things come back to you. He read a letter from a former student who years after being in his classroom wrote to tell him that his kindness was transformative her her, urging him to to remember that while teaching may seem rewardless at times, “please make sure you know you make a difference.”

Lisa Ingraham also presented the award for 2017 Secondary Art Educator of the Year to Mandi Mitchell from Hermon High School, describing Mitchell as a “whirlwind of creative energy who infuses joy into all she does.” Mitchell expressed gratitude for the recognition and thanked her colleagues Ingraham and Suzanne Goulet who have been influential in her career.

Deb Arter introduced the award for 2017 Middle/Elementary Art Educator of the Year to Laura Devin of Woolwich Central School. Arter described Devin as a fierce advocate for the arts and her local program, who spent years in a waterless mobile classroom but now works in a facility that includes a kiln and a printing press. Devin, who accepted the award wrapped in a giant paper chain while wearing a tiara, stated that the arts offer creativity, collaboration, problem solving and critical thinking skills. Devin closed by saying, “Art is so important and we are so lucky to be able to bring it to kids.”

Kay Allison and Kate Cargile presented the 2017 Museum Art Educator of the Year Award to Anthony Shostak of the Bates College Museum of Art. Allison and Cargile spoke from their experience as nearby teachers at Lewiston Middle School, describing how Shostak makes the museum accessible to art students of all ages. They spoke of how Shostak is an asset not only to Bates but all the surrounding schools, especially citing his Thousand Words Project which emphasizes art and literacy connections. Shostak, from Lewiston originally, expressed pleasure at working with teachers and honoring students and their growth in the arts.

Finally, Matt Johnson presented the award for 2018 Maine Art Educator of the Year to his colleague, Deb Bickford of Westbrook High School. Bickford recalled others discouraging her from entering into the arts as a profession but she was determined to make her own way. Most importantly, stated Bickford, is the realization that the art classroom isn’t there to make artists but rather, “We help people learn how to learn. We just happen to do it with art.” Bickford invited seven current and former students to talk about what learning in the art room meant to them. The students expressed themes of the art room being a safe place of refuge but also a place to push you out of your comfort zone and expand your horizons. They spoke of the art room as a place to learn to make better decisions and art as fundamental to the human mind. They talked about how art classes offered valuable life lessons such as how to learn different ways to look at things, to self-evaluate through constructive criticism and to communicate effectively.

Suzanne Goulet also honored Deb Bickford as outgoing president of the Maine Art Education Association. Suzanne Goulet will serve as current president for the next two years.

The Maine Art Education Association is a statewide professional organization whose members are committed to excellence in visual arts education.


MAEA Spring Conference

March 30, 2017

Register for this professional development opportunity

The Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) is holding their spring conference

‘The Story of Us” on Saturday, April 8, 2017, Westbrook Middle School, 8:30 AM – 3:00 PM.


8:00am Check in/Art making

8:45am Welcome/Keynote –

10:30 FIRST Power Session  (Begin Double Sessions)

11:35 Lunch(provided)/Announcements/Elections

12:30 MID-DAY Power Session – Mini and Full Sessions

1:40pm FINAL Power Session   (2nd Half of Double Sessions)

3:15 USM Museum of Art visit (on your own)

Pre-conference Event – Friday, April 7th Westbrook MS

To register CLICK HERE.

SESSIONS (more info on the sessions/schedule CLICK HERE)

GT or NOT here I come! What I’ve learned during my first two years as a Gifted and Talented Consultant – Lisa Ingraham (Madison Elementary School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader, Secretary for MAEA)

Chapter 104… Steering Committees… ID Processes… CogATs… SLPs… and the wonderfully weird and creative students who make all this work meaningful. During this workshop we will look at some of the basics every art teacher needs to know about Gifted and Talented programming, and explore some of the successes and pitfalls I’ve encountered during my first two years as a Gifted and Talented

Something From Nothing – or Costuming on a Budget and Tapping into the Creative Process with Students – Jean Phillips (English/Drama Educator, Wiscasset Middle School/High School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

Hot glue, curtains, table cloths, children’s sleds, and ribbon – what do they all have in common? They can be ingeniously used to create authentic costumes for all plays. Armed with this knowledge, you can devise a lesson in the designing of costumes for the stage for your students. If time permits, participants can brainstorm possible resources and ways to include students.

Forum for Photography Teachers – Jodi Thomas (Thornton Academy, Saco and MAEA Board Member)

Join our group and share your resources in a Google folder. We meet once a year at the Spring Conference. This open discussion will focus on sharing teaching methods, lesson ideas, the merging of film and darkroom with the digital evolution, and the challenges and successes in the contemporary instruction of a unique fine art medium. Please bring a topic for discussion and one assignment handout to share (10 copies).

Student’s Reflective Voice: Using the Artist Statement – Melanie Crowe (Marshwood Middle School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

In this workshop, participants will explore the ways in which student voice and understanding within visual art creation can be expanded upon with the use of reflective writing using an Artist Statement. Grades 7-12

Arts and Science Integration – Margaret Maxwell (Fine Arts Educator/Integrator, Bonny Eagle High School, Standish)

Teachers will learn the process of science integration into the curriculum using the resources in their buildings. The process of collaboration will be discussed and the proper avenues to pursue in order to facilitate a successful experience for the students. Hands on workshop using journal making as their container of ideas for the units. Weather, botany, anatomy and physiology, astronomy, chemistry and other units of sciences will be reviewed as possible integration topics. A brief discussion about the importance of integration with sciences as a motivator will be part of the workshop.

Note: There is a $5 materials fee for this workshop, payable to the presenter at the workshop.

Art All Around: Connecting Artists, Schools and Community through Collaborative Art Making in the Streets – Montserrat Torras/Craig Collins (Director, Maine Center for Creativity)

The summer of 2016, Maine Center for Creativity launched with Westbrook city stakeholders a community-driven outdoor art initiative called Art All Around to boost civic engagement, pride and connection in the community, highlight and develop creative skills, empower diverse groups and youth, and spark economic development.

With Art All Around in its second year, the facilitators behind the initiative will speak to the elements that have made the program a success and a model for other towns across Maine to leverage creativity and art making for more inclusive and culturally vibrant communities, economic vitality and quality of life.

Scholastics: Overview and Best Practices – Liam Sullivan (Maine Region Scholastics Coordinator, Maine College of Art)

The presentation offers best practices for participating in the Maine Region Scholastic Art Award Competition. It will include discussions about submitting individual work and portfolios, fee waivers, problem solving techniques and there will be plenty of time for questions and answers. Also included in the visual presentation are plenty of images of the recognized works; Gold Key, Silver Key and Honorable Mention.

Looking in the Mirror: The Importance of Self-Reflection for both Student and Teacher – Mandi Mitchell (Hermon High School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader and MAEA Board Candidate)

Self-assessment is a crucial part in the cycle of learning for both student and teacher. With regular self-assessment integrated in your classroom, students will become more aware, dig deeper, and take ownership of their learning. This applies to us as teachers. We will also discuss the importance of documentation and strategies of reflection upon our own teaching. Information gathered about student growth, understanding, and feedback on units/lessons will not only be beneficial for the growth of a curriculum, but also in providing evidence for teacher evaluations.

Teachers working side x side: A book making project across content areas – Mia Bogyo and Sally Mitchell (Side X Side, Portland)

This presentation shares an innovative elementary art and science curriculum that merges teaching artists, research, and 1st grade classroom teachers through the medium of the handmade book. The first half of the session will outline how 1st grade students at Ocean Avenue Elementary School became experts on animals through bookmaking. By integrating research on animals with visual art, students were challenged in content knowledge and motivated to engage in art- making. This curriculum is a part of a larger arts integration program happening across Portland public schools. During the second half of the workshop we will explore simple bookmaking exercises using paste paper, illustration and collage. These strategies will help you jump start your visual arts integration in the general education curriculum.

The Performance Based Learning (PBL) Process in a Student Centered classroom – Amy Cousins (Gorham Middle School, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

This presentation is for teachers who would like to learn what the Proficiency Based Process looks like from criteria to creation to evaluation. We will focus on how to guide our students through PBL while still allowing for student choice and making a manageable system for tracking student progress. We will cover: * Aligning Graduating Standards with student friendly indicators. * Criteria that reflects the PI’s and student choice. * Common self-assessments that allow students: * several opportunities to achieve proficiency, * a choice in how to report out on their knowledge and * to demonstrates understanding of Graduating Standards/Performance Indicators. There will be time at the end for Q and A and group sharing.

Visual Art in Early Childhood – Beth Lambert (Arts Specialist, MDOE)

During the 2016-17 school year the Maine DOE has sponsored professional development with teams of art teachers and early childhood teachers to build collaborative partnerships to ensure that preschool students receive an art-filled learning experience. In this session you will hear from the teams about what they learned, their successes and challenges, and developmentally appropriate pedagogical approaches to teaching art to our youngest learners.

Clay Whistles – Mary Pennington (Gray-New Gloucester High School, MAEA Board Member)

Want to build a working clay whistle? This workshop will show you how. Will cover basic construction of whistle based on pinch pot method, troubleshooting making the whistle actually sound, and embellishments to make them unique.

Arts Integration – Theresa Cerceo (Dr Levesque Elementary School and Wisdom Middle/High School, Saint Agatha, Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader)

Arts Integration teaches the whole child, increases student engagement and lowers the barriers between content areas. In this workshop will discuss what arts integration is, why it benefits students, Proficiency Based Education, assessment and the role of the art educator in the Arts Integration model.

Making Waves – A Conversation about Leadership – Heidi O’Donnell (Belfast High School and Past-President of MAEA)

Leadership is a journey with multiple paths. Attend a discussion about leadership – big and small – in your class, in your schools, in your community, in your state, and beyond. Come listen to and share ways you can make an impact.

Refine Your Tiles, Refine Your Curriculum – Holly Houston (Yarmouth High School and Director of Member Services, MAEA)

Join me in making this beginning-of- the-semester Ceramics I project that sets the tone for quality work in my classroom. We’ll look at project purpose, criteria, and assessment. Following glaze test tile-making, we’ll look at a carefully scaffolded Ceramics I curriculum that combines handbuilding, ceramic history, assessments, and technology use through student portfolios. Appropriate for educators of all grade levels.

Needle Felted Animal Sculptures – Debra Arter (Damariscotta Adult ED)

Each participant may make a bird or a four legged friend — sheep, cat or dog for example. I will bring foam & needles. I have small supply of narrow ribbon which may work for decoration as well. It is quite sculptural and forgiving. High school students would like to do it in classroom as well. The needles are sharp so if people bring a thimble it might provide some protection. Wire cutters and small pliers are also useful to bring to work on these projects. It is a great relaxing process.

Yes You Can! Acrylics in the Classroom – Debra Bickford (Westbrook High School, President of MAEA)

There are many valid reasons that some people are hesitant to use acrylics in the classroom. The top two reasons seem to be that they do not come out of brushes or clothes and, not knowing what all the mediums are for. This workshop will demystify “all that stuff” that goes along with acrylics, provide tips for using acrylics in the classroom and provide participants with a hands on experience with the materials.

Make a Nicho and Learn – Rachel Somerville (Art Director, Westbrook)

The implementation of culturally responsive curriculum in the art room facilitates connections between students lives, their learning, and the global world in which they live. In this hands-on workshop you will gain a greater understanding of how to integrate or enhance culturally responsive instruction into your curriculum, and where this work fits into a proficiency based model. In this workshop participants will create a ‘nicho’,or ‘retablo’, a mixed media sculpture and folk art tradition from both Central and South America. This project is appropriate for upper elementary through high school.

Friday, April 7, 4:00pm MAEA Awards and Recognition Event – Westbrook Middle School


Maine Art Educator of the Year – Debra Bickford

Secondary Art Educator of the Year – Mandi Mitchell

Elementary Art Educator of the Year – Laura Devin

Museum Art Educator of the Year – Anthony Shostak

Outstanding Service Through the Profession – Jody Dube

Distinguished Art Educator Award – Pat Higgins

Retired Art Educator of the Year – Frank Chin

Please feel free to join us in continuing the celebration after the event by joining us downtown Portland for First Friday (gallery and studio events)

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