Posts Tagged ‘maine art education association’

h1

Maine Art Education Association News

November 18, 2016

Members opportunities

screen-shot-2016-11-15-at-8-22-25-pmCHANCE TO EXHIBIT

If you are a member of the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) you are invited to exhibit in the upcoming exhibit at USM: “PORTALS”. The exhibit will be at the USM Art Gallery, 5 University Way, Gorham, January 26 – March 2, 2017.

The artist registration deadline is (via google form): Wednesday, January 18. Artists may drop off their work on Friday, January 20 from 3 – 5 PM and Saturday, January 21 from 12 – 4 PM.

The Opening Reception is scheduled for Saturday, January 28 from 2 – 4 PM (Gallery opens at noon)
There will be an Artist Talk beginning at 2:30 and Studio Workshops noon – 2 PM.

CLICK HERE for the link to register.

RECOGNITION DEADLINE

dscn4589

Suzanne Goulet, MAEA Art Teacher of the Year, 2016

Do you have a colleague who teaches visual art who should be recognized? Please consider nominating them for a Maine Art Education Association award.

The deadline for nominations, form and cover letter this year is December 31, 2016. The remainder of the nomination packet, two letters of recommendation and vita deadline is January 15, 2017.

The information and form is located at http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Member_Recognitions.html.
There are several categories so please consider nominating a deserving visual art teacher.

CATEGORIES

  • Maine Art Educator of the Year
  • Secondary Educator of the Year
  • Elementary Educator of the Year
  • Middle Level Educator of the Year
  • Higher Education Educator of the Year
  • Supervision and Administration Educator of the Year
  • Retired Art Educator of the Year
  • Outstanding Service to the Profession
  • National Board Certification Recognitions
  • 2016 Pre-Service Student of the Year

The award ceremony will be the same weekend as our MAEA Spring Conference in Westbrook.

If you have any questions please contact the Maine Art Education Association recognition chair Holly Houston at holly_houston@yarmouthschools.org.

h1

R.S.V.P.

November 7, 2016

Connect through video conferencing – first meeting of the school year, Wednesday, November 16

Over the past two years Regional and Statewide Virtual Partners in Maine – R.S.V.P. ME – has connected art teachers all over Maine through video conferencing. R.S.V.P. ME is an initiative sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association, designed to shrink the distance between art teachers around our state using technology. Our goal is to create a space for art teachers to meet regularly, share resources and teaching strategies, and discuss current trends and topics in art education.

Some past topics have included advocacy, proficiency-based education, and creating SLOs for the art classroom. We’ve also been fortunate to have guest speakers share presentations on topics such as Teacher Evaluation and Professional Growth, and National Board Certification. (Thank you Shalimar and Danette!)

r-s-v-p-me“RSVP is a fabulous event organized around the current needs of Art Educators. There so many advantages to this group, in fact, too many to list. Some are: Being connected to art educators in ALL reaches of the state / the group itself stars the topic / the topics are current and always helpful / the participants provide authentic feedback on the topics giving participants real world connections to problems we all face every day / ANYONE is welcome but MAEA members get contact hours.” ~ Debra Bickford, MAEA President

One of the quirks of being an art teacher is that we are often the only teacher of our content area in our school. Sometimes we are the only visual arts educator for our entire school district. This can make it challenging to find and connect with colleagues that understand and support the unique teaching and learning that takes place in visual arts classrooms. R.S.V.P. ME uses Zoom Video Conferencing to meet this challenge. Zoom is completely online. Joining a meeting is as simple as emailing R.S.V.P. ME facilitator, Lisa Ingraham and clicking on the link provided in the invite email you will receive about 10 minutes before the meeting begins.

2016-17 Schedule

  • Wednesday, November 16, 2016 – Topic: STEAM and Arts Integration strategies and hear more about these topics and a report out from the recent Maine Educators of the Gifted and Talented conference from 3:30 to 5:00. This virtual meeting will be a roundtable discussion about how we integrate other content areas into our art programming (and vice versa!) I will share a report out from this fall’s MEGaT conference “The Art of Technology” and my notes from the fabulous keynote given by Argy Nestor! Sign up to participate in this Zoom Online Video Conference – and earn 1.5 contact hours as a M.A.E.A. member – by dropping me an email me at lisa.ingraham@msad59.org.
  • Thursday, January 19, 2017
  • Tuesday, March 14, 2017
  • Wednesday, May 17, 2017

The next R.S.V.P. ME topic will be “Arts Integration, STEAM, and a MEGaT Report-Out.” Do you integrate? Does your school run on STEAM? Want to learn more? Join us on November 16th to share your experiences. If you have a topic you would like us to explore, or a presentation to share during one of our upcoming meetings, please email Lisa Ingraham at lisa.ingraham@msad59.org.

Thank you Lisa Ingraham for taking the lead with R.S.V.P. and for providing this blog post.

h1

Only

October 20, 2016

Suzanne Goulet

Congratulations to the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) Teacher of the Year, Suzanne Goulet. At the annual fall conference at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in September Suzanne was recognized in front of her peers and shared the following message with her colleagues and members of the MAEA from across the state.

For more information on MAEA, their awards and other programs please CLICK HERE.

dscn4589‘I Didn’t Come This Far To Only Come This Far’ – borrowed from a quote Tom Brady found.  (Background discussion on ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences), Resiliency, Determination and how Tom Brady never gives up)

A Study of Only – Limitation or Inspiration?                                                        

Last winter I was in a very engaged conversation with a colleague about our school culture and proposals for consideration. We had a very stressful year (Starting with the Principal being suspended the first week of school, and ultimately fired…won’t share more at this time….but that was just the beginning of a tumultuous year)

We needed to examine our culture.

Some interesting (and controversial) ideas were being flushed in a personal collegial conversation… then abruptly my colleague, attempting to disqualify my contributions and stake, retorted with, “You’re just an Art Teacher”

Oh….yes…..that’s what was said…….and the engaged conversation ended there….for the moment.

ONLY?……what does that mean……if ONLY we could ONLY be ART Educators

4747f3_42a4e73771c0482099f1295cab14d835So what does ONLY MEAN?

Self-Assessment: Are You Only An Art Educator? (a physical self-reflective study)

This will be interactive – asking that you please stand, when asked, if any of the following statements describe you (does not have to only relate to teaching).

If you introduced a new word or term to someone’s active vocabulary this week please stand. 

If you have ever helped someone develop or refine work habits or best practices please stand.

If you have introduced a form of recreation to someone please stand

If you utilized your Blood Born Pathogens and Bodily Fluids training please stand…

     …Remain standing if it was this week

dscf7323bIf you have helped someone to be brave, to find courage to make a mistake or fail… and to learn from it please stand.

Stand if you have benefited from a colleague sharing a best practice with you.

You are or have been an active Art leader (Workshop presenter, MALI Teacher Leader, Board, Officer) please stand.

Stand if you made art in the last month before the school year started.

Continue standing if you made art since the school year began

… glean and learn from these people

Stand if you helped someone learn to use scissors safely

If you have created community (met with a colleague from a different school and shared a best practice…online, RSVP ME, in person) please stand.

Stand if you have helped someone with a difficult choice or to identify creative possibilities or solutions.

If you have wondered where or when a student’s next meal or place to sleep will be please stand.

Please let me expand on this one…

If you, at anytime, have, or think you have, saved someone’s life – in addition to rendering first aid… maybe you listened, referred someone to a counselor or medical professional please stand… thank you.

img_1315If you have guided someone to express themselves in a non-verbal form please stand. If you have helped someone to visit or experience a college campus please stand.

If you have had an influence on someone’s career or life decision please stand.

If you have helped someone better understand the world around them p lease stand…         (Are your legs burning? OK to sit now…)

If ONLY… If ONLY being an Art Teacher means that you are an active, reflective and compassionate educator, Then Bring it on.

‘I Didn’t Come This Far To Only Come This Far’

The Maine Art Education Association has been a great vehicle for helping me to become an active, reflective and compassionate educator/Art Teacher.

img_1038Holly, Jodi, Pam, Sheila, Chris, Jeff, Charlie, Lisa, Maryann, Marilyn, Catherine, Argy, Heidi, Deb, Carolyn, Aimee, Shalimar, Sandy, Nancy, Stephanie, Tim, George, Margaret, and Kay are only a few members and former members that I have to thank for sharing something with me that has advanced my personal profession. There are many, many more, and I apologize for not including the entire list.

As low as last year was (the “Only” conversation did not help), the honor of being nominated by a respected Art Education colleague and then recognized by our Associations highest honor was transforming. The honor only got better. My student, Scott Norman, during the presentation helped us to realize or remember how important… no….how vital, art, art education and art educators can be for our students….and us.

dscf6414Nominate a peer today. Ask me for help. Deadline is December 31 ….start Monday. Help others to appreciate what it is to be ONLY an “Art Teacher”.

Elections are coming this Spring. We have two year terms. President-Elect, Treasurer, Secretary and Membership are all positions that we are seeking candidates for. I first became treasurer when I left the room… no joke… and my life has forever been changed since… and so have my students. I am extremely thankful for this.

I am active, reflective and compassionate… I Am Only an Art Educator… We Are Only Art Educators.

‘We Didn’t Come This Far To Only Come This Far’

We Have Important Work to continue…

Thank you

h1

Maine Art Ed Members Exhibit

October 7, 2016

Opening tonight

screen-shot-2016-10-03-at-8-26-57-pm

h1

R.S.V.P. ME

April 24, 2016

April 26

Screen Shot 2016-03-20 at 2.26.22 PMPlease join Maine educators on Tuesday, April 26th, 3:30 to 5:00 for the last R.S.V.P. ME meeting of the 2015-2016 school year.

This virtual meeting will be a roundtable discussion about how teachers are creating paths to Proficiency-Based Education. Across the state teachers are developing programs to help students adjust to the new demands of Proficiency-Based Education as independent and self-directed learners. This zoom meeting is to provide you with strategies to adjust to the teaching and learning environment. Sign up to share them on Tuesday, April 26th!

To participate in this Zoom Online Video Conference – and earn 1.5 contact hours as a Maine Art Education Association member – email lisa.ingraham@msad59.org. You can also contact me anytime with questions and comments.

*The April R.S.V.P. ME meeting has been moved from April 12th to April 26th.

h1

MAEA Conference and Awards

April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 9

IMG_3111

Suzanne Goulet

The Art and Community: The Power of Us conference provided by the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) will be held on Saturday, April 9, 8:30 to 3:00, at Lewiston Middle School. There are several amazing workshops being offered. Join members for the opportunity to connect, exchange ideas, and learn in a collaborative environment.

Registration is located at http://www.aeforme.or/MAEA/Spring_Conference.html.

At 4:15 on the same day the MAEA awards and recognition event will take place at Bates College, Olin Arts Center. CONGRATULATIONS to the following visual arts educators who will receive recognition on that day for their commitment to arts education and outstanding contributions to their students. YAHOOOOOOOO!

  • Heidi O'Donnell

    Heidi O’Donnell

    Maine Art Educator of the Year – Suzanne Goulet, Traditional, Digital and Emerging Arts Instructor,  Waterville Senior High School, Maine Arts Leadership Teacher Leader and Leadership Team member

  • Secondary Educator of the Year – Heidi O’Donnell, Visual Arts Educator and National Board Certified, Belfast Area High School
  • Middle Level Educator of the Year – Kristen Andersen, Visual Arts Teacher, Camden Rockport Middle School
Kristen Andersen

Kristen Andersen

I am so proud to know all of you and to have the opportunity to work with you! Thank you for the important work you do each day providing an excellent arts education for all students!

Please consider  the nomination of your fellow art educators for 2017! Everyone
knows an outstanding professional in the field. Help us honor them! MAEA Awards Categories: Maine Art Educator of the Year – Secondary Educator of the Year –

Middle Level Educator of the Year – Elementary Educator of the Year – Higher
Education Educator of the Year – Supervision and Administration Educator of the Year – Retired Art Educator of the Year – Outstanding Service to the Profession – National
Board Certification Recognitions – Pre-Service Student of the Year.

The nomination materials are located at:
http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Member_Recognitions.html

h1

Maine Art Education Association Exhibit

February 22, 2016

Saco Museum

“FOUR ELEMENTS & FIVE SENSES”
WHERE: Saco Museum, 371 Main St.
WHEN: On view through March 18; noon to 4 p.m. Tuesday to Thursday; noon to 8 p.m. Friday; 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday.
ADMISSION: $5 adults, $3 seniors, $2 students and children ages 7 to 18; free 6 and younger. Free for all after 4 p.m. Friday
INFO: 283-3861, Saco Museum

Deb-Bickford

Deb Bickford

The art of Maine’s art teachers is on view this month at the Saco Museum.

About three dozen teachers are showing work they created for themselves, on their own time and for their own creative pleasure. Teachers are challenged to find time to make work, said Jodi Thomas, who lives in Portland and teaches visual arts at Thornton Academy in Saco.

“My time to devote to the art-making process is in the summer,” said Thomas, who expresses her ideas mostly through photography. “The opportunity to exhibit my work makes me whole. Art is who I am and what I do.”

Diane Noble

Diane Noble

The show, “Four Elements & Five Senses,” is organized by the Maine Art Educators Association. The advocacy organization promotes arts education for children and encourages innovation among teachers through the exchange of ideas.

This exhibition, on view through March 18, is part of the exchange of ideas among teachers, Thomas said. It offers the chances for educators across Maine to see the work of their peers and think about their own art-making practice and how they teach.

Jodi Thomas

Jodi Thomas

Thomas said her inspiration comes from an annual weekend retreat she makes to Haystack Mountain of School of Crafts in Deer Isle. She took the photograph for the Saco show at Haystack, standing on the water’s edge. She frames her composition with two decaying scrub trees that are barely hanging on, with islands on the distant horizon. The black-and-white photo is stark and stoic, and also inspiring.

Thomas likes to sit at this spot whenever she’s at Haystack, to center herself, focus her thoughts and think about her place on earth. She calls these trees her “sister trees,” and she returns to this spot each fall to see how they are faring.

“I’ve lived in Maine a long time, and I’m connected to nature and to water especially,” she said. “Going to Haystack is a way for me to slow down and reflect on who I am as a person and as a professional.”

Raegan Russell

Raegan Russell

Haystack pushes people to experiment and try new materials and techniques. Thomas said those skills are invaluable in the classroom, where students are always interested in new ideas.

This exhibition is particularly gratifying for her, because it is an exhibition of art made by peers. “I respect my colleagues so much,” Thomas said. “Many of them are my friends, and I think of them as my comrades. We hold each other up in so many ways.”

%d bloggers like this: