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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.

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MAEA Conference and Awards

April 4, 2016

Saturday, April 9

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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

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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.”

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R.S.V.P. Meeting

September 24, 2015

Summary of MAEA online gathering

Thanks to Lisa Ingraham for provided the following about the recent first meeting of the school year.

Screen Shot 2015-09-20 at 7.51.10 AMTHANK YOU to all the teachers who contributed their voices to the September 15, 2015 R.S.V.P. ME online meeting!

There were 13 art teachers from the southern and northern-most corners in attendance to recap the summer and discuss issues related to art education. Some of the topics included this summer’s Maine Arts Assessment Initiative Institute (now Maine Arts Leadership Initiative) and the upcoming Biennial Conference “Arts Education: The Measure of Success” on October 9th at Point Lookout http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Biennial-Statewide.

Art teachers from York to Fort Fairfield, and areas in-between also shared beginning of the year successes and strategies for teaching and learning. I always leave these online meetings with new ideas to use in my classroom and ways to adapt the things I already do to benefit student learning. If you would like to participate in an upcoming R.S.V.P. ME meeting, please read on…

R.S.V.P. ME – Regional and Statewide Virtual Partners, Maine – is an online visual arts educator group sponsored by the Maine Art Education Association, which meets regularly via Zoom video conferencing to explore topics related to art education. Since Maine is such a large state, the goal of this virtual group is to bring our arts education community closer together using technology to engage in ongoing discussions about our teaching practices.

There will be one R.S.V.P. ME meeting per month during the school year, on the second Tuesday from 3:30 to 5:00 pm. All Maine art teachers are invited to attend. If you would also like to earn contact hours through the Maine Art Education Association, visit their membership webpage http://www.aeforme.org/MAEA/Membership.html.

Screen Shot 2015-09-15 at 4.10.42 PMThe next meeting will be held on October 13, 2015. Beth Lambert, the new Visual and Performing Arts Specialist at the Maine Department of Education, will join us to say “Hello.” Email R.S.V.P. ME facilitator Lisa Ingraham at lisa.ingraham@msad59.com to sign up!

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Haystack and Beyond

September 22, 2015

What are you doing to recharge your creativity juices?

Music teachers play in bands, conduct choirs at church, sing on the corner after work. Art teachers work in their studios, paint faces at school and/or church events, attend Haystack Mountain School of Crafts in Stonington. There are a variety of opportunities to teach, to give and to be involved in the arts in Maine. Many of these activities are about feeding ones soul.

One opportunity that does so much for so many is attending Haystack – I’ve been attending the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) conference in September for 30 plus years (to numerous to count and remember) and I always leave excited and charged up. I feel nourished! Thank you MAEA for providing this learning opportunity.

This past weekends workshop offerings included the following:

  1. Masks: Michael Stasiuk

  2. Altered Books: Abbie Read

  3. Clay Explorations: Karen Orsillo

  4. Gelatin Printmaking: Susan Webster

  5. Cold Connections in Metals: Sharon Portelance

  6. Plein Air Painting: Cooper Dragonette

  7. Blacksmithing: Peter Happny

I had a chance to visit each workshop at some point during the weekend and I was so impressed with the quality and depth of the work. The new Visual and Performing Arts Specialist, Beth Lambert visited on Saturday. Below you can see some photos of the work and the amazing place (Haystack).

Attending Haystack is a great opportunity to learn, network, create, all in a beautiful location. On October 9 at the beautiful Point Lookout Conference Center in Northport dance, music, theatre, visual art teachers and artists, museum educators and many others will learn side by side at Maine’s Biennial Arts Education Conference: Measure of Success. If you’d like to learn more and/or register please go to http://mainearts.maine.gov/Pages/Education/Biennial-Statewide. If you have questions please email me at argy.nestor@maine.gov.

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Youth Art Month

March 2, 2015

March ~ 2015
Twenty-One Years of Meaningful Collaboration
The Maine Art Education Association

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The Portland Museum of Art
You are Cordially Invited to the
Celebratory Reception and Opening of
Youth Art Month
Please join us on Saturday, March 7th
4:00 to 7:30 p.m.
Portland Museum of Art

Certificates of Participation and Honor
will be presented
4:30 pm     Grades K-3
         5:30 pm     Grades 4-7
           6:30 pm     Grades 8-12
The Youth Art Month Show
Remains Hanging
February 28 through March 29, 2014
Invitation artwork created by
Zoe Eason, Grade 5
Boothbay Region Elementary School

Artwork created by Zoe Eason, Boothbay Region Elementary School,  Grade 5, “Autumn Cake”, Oil Pastels, Jessica Nadeau, Art Teacher

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In Today’s News

March 1, 2015

Maine Sunday Telegram

Youth Art Month celebrates the visual arts

Youth Art Month celebrates the visual arts – Read about the present exhibit with 100 Maine student artists from grades PK-12 at the Portland Museum of Art. For several years the Maine Art Education Association and the museum have partnered on the YAM student exhibit. To read the entire article written by Bob Keys please go to http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/01/youth-art-month-celebrates-the-visual-arts/.

Maine Drama Festival signals hopeful change of season

Over 2,500 high school students from 80 schools located throughout Maine will perform their one-act plays at nine sites next Friday and Saturday. This annual event weekend has been taking place since the 1930’s. It is a great way to see several 40 minute plays while you are supporting the school communities. To read the entire article written by Bob Keys please go to http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/01/maine-drama-festival-signals-hopeful-change-of-season.

The playwright’s the star of this show

Morse High School’s one-act play was written by senior Morgan Quigg. Next weekend 60 Morse students involved in the One-Acts will be keeping their fingers crossed that the play ‘Look Up,’ by Quigg will do well. To read the entire article written by Bob Keys please go to http://www.pressherald.com/2015/03/01/the-playwrights-the-star-of-this-show/.

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