Posts Tagged ‘Maine Art Ed Association’


Un-Still Life Resources

March 23, 2021

Coming soon!

In one day in the middle of February I received two emails about a project to create lesson plans that would accompany the film Natasha Mayers: an Un-Still Life. After a phone call with filmmakers Anita Clearfield and Geoffrey Leighton the project sounded so fun I couldn’t say no. The film is fabulous and has messages for every grade level.

During the last month I’ve been working with retired art teacher Kal Elmore and educator Nancy Frohlich-Harris on 3 lessons – one each for elementary, middle and high school. They are aligned with the Maine Learning Results and the National Arts Standards. Also included in the resources are a glossary, lists of artists, websites and books.

The goal is to have all of the work completed and online by April 3 so those attending the virtual Maine Art Education Association conference can get the first look at them. During two workshops on that day participants will view all of the materials that we’re creating and have grade level conversations about the possibilities for teaching and learning.

Conference Registration Link Found Here!!!!

In addition to the two workshops, during the morning artists Natasha Mayers and Rob Shetterly will be providing the keynote. Natasha Mayers has been called “the heart and soul of activist art in Maine.” She is widely known for her work supervising more than 600 school and community murals from Maine to Nicaragua. Natasha has been a Touring Artist with the Maine Arts Commission Artist-in-Residency Program since 1975. She has taught students from nursery school to college and in diverse populations: immigrants, refugees, prisoners, the homeless, and the “psychiatrically labeled,” with whom she has worked since 1974, and has organized many exhibits of their artwork.

Natasha’s portrait was painted by Robert Shetterly as part of his Americans Who Tell the Truth series, featuring her words: “We need artists to help explain what is happening in this country, to tell the truth and reveal the lies, to be willing to say the emperor has no clothes, to create moral indignation, to envision alternatives, to reinvent language. We need artists to help us come together and share our voices and build community around powerful issues concerning our roles in the world and our planet’s survival. Compassion must be translated into action.”

Rob has been painted over 250 people who stand for the truth. Robert Shetterly’s American’s Who Tell The Truth series should be included in every art teacher’s curriculum. The voices of young people are strongly represented in the paintings and in this day and age we know how important it is to elevate our student voices and provide role models for inspiration. Rob is a Maine treasure.

Rob and Natasha have been friends for many years and in the film you hear and see Rob sharing his feedback to Natasha about recent art she has created. The film will be available for conference goers and is recommended you view it before April 3. It will be available until 48 hours after the conference.

They have made it available to conference goers and recommend that you view it before the conference on April 3. It will be available u


The conference will be held virtually using zoom on Saturday, April 3, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm.

The cost is only $20.00

Conference Registration will Close April 1! 

Questions – contact Iva Damon at

Conference Registration Link Found Here!!!!

Joseph Cough – Midcoast Music Academy
Cory Bucknam – Brunswick Junior High
Lori Spruce & Holly Houston – Brewer High School & Yarmouth High School
Samara Yandell – Biddeford Middle School
Hope Lord – Maranacook Middle School
Argy Nestor – Sweetland Middle School


Arts Education Advocacy Day

February 16, 2021

Don’t miss it!



Wowzer YAM Show!

March 21, 2015

Outstanding exhibit

The Portland Museum of Art has worked with the Maine Art Education Association for over 20 years to provide an outstanding art exhibit in recognition of Youth Art Month. The show is a wonderful way to celebrate student artwork in grades K-12.

Lida Kanoti, Grade 2, Windsor Elementary School, RSU #12

Lida Kanoti, Grade 2, Windsor Elementary School, RSU #12, Art Teacher Genevieve Monks Keller

The show has over 100 pieces in it and will remain until March Sunday, March 29. The museum is located at 7 Congress Street in Portland. Don’t miss it!

For more information please click on

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Maine Art Ed Assoc Spring Conference

March 19, 2015

Saturday, April 11, Brewer High School

Registration is open! Creativity is a Constant, Quality is Our Standard Spring Conference. Being held at Brewer HS on Saturday, April 11 and it is sizing up to be a very dynamic event. Professional development to meet your needs will be
delivered by colleagues that are committed to quality. Sessions include studios, best
practice, technology and forums. There is something for everyone.

Amy Cousins with Jennie Driscoll and Brian McPherson at an MAAI Mega-regional workshop

Amy Cousins with Jennie Driscoll and Brian McPherson at an MAAI Mega-regional workshop

Amy Cousins, Gorham Middle School art teacher and Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Teacher Leader will present the keynote entitled: “From Overwhelmed to In Control – Connecting the Dots of Assessment”

Participants may earn .6 CEUs for full conference participation.

Brewer HS has recently been renovated and the state-of-the-art facilities are a must-
see for you to consider.

Awards and recognitions event to be held later thatevening.

A gentle reminder that Susan Bryand (Bangor HS) and our Art in the Heart colleagues first instituted the “Adopt an Art Teacher” program to help with defraying expenses at statewide events and are looking forward to hosting again.

To register and see workshop details please click here

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