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Haystack

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

THANK YOU

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!

HIGHLIGHTS

  • 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

Comments

  • 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

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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.

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YAM it Up!

March 3, 2017

Youth Art Month

Invitation artwork created by Lizzie Valdmanis grade 6 collagraph kimono

Invitation artwork created by Lizzie Valdmanis grade 6 collagraph kimono

The Maine Art Education Association

and the

Portland Museum of Art

Cordially Invite You to the Opening Reception

of

Youth Art Month

at the Portland Museum of Art

on

Saturday, March 11, 2017

4:00-7:30 pm

Presentation of Certificates of Participation:

4:30 PM: Grades K-3

5:30 PM: Grades 4-7

6:30 PM: Grades 8-12

The youth Art Month Exhibition remains hanging:

March 1 thru April 2, 3017

For more information about the Maine Art Education Association please CLICK HERE.

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In Today’s News

February 3, 2017

MAEA Portals show

Read about the art teachers exhibit at USM Gorham sponsored by the MAEA. CLICK HERE.

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In Today’s News

January 30, 2017

MAEA exhibit – USM Gorham

Pam Ouellette, Lisbon High School visual art teacher

Brittany’s Light, acrylic, Pam Ouellette, Lisbon High School visual art teacher

Almost 100 people attended the opening on Saturday afternoon at USM, Gorham campus. President Glenn Cummings greeted the attendees and USMs Director of Exhibitions and Programs Carolyn Eyler and Maine Art Education Association exhibit coordinator Allison Price thanked the artists for their contributions. The show is marvelous – if you have a chance to venture to the USM gallery you won’t be disappointed. “Portals: Work by Maine Art Education Association Members” will be open through March 2.

Read about it in the Keep Me Current publication by CLICKING HERE.

The opening at USM art gallery, Gorham

The opening at USM art gallery, Gorham

This exhibition brings together the creative work of art educators from around the state of Maine to celebrate the studio practice and exploration that takes place beyond the classroom.
Artists were invited to create their interpretation of the concept of portal- a gate or entrance that is especially grand or imposing; or, an entryway, door, or threshold.

The artists represented in this show teach, or have taught, in Maine’s public and private schools and universities and are members of the Maine Art Education Association – an arts advocacy organization that promotes the artistic learning of children, encourages innovation and research in art education, and the exchange of ideas and practices among teachers.

Congratulations to the following educators with art on display:

Simon Adams….. Dana Altman….. Kay McKeever Allison….. Mary Ledue-Bell….. Debra Bickford….. Vicki Bové….. Robin Brooks

Carolyn Brown….. Kate Cargile….. Jody Dube….. Erin Landry Fowler….. Suzanne Goulet….. C.K. Higgison….. Cheri Juniewisz

Russell Kahn….. Joe McLaughlin….. Jennifer Merry….. Mathew Meyer….. Nathaniel Meyer….. Colby Myer….. S.C. Myer

Sheri Clark Nadell….. Argy Nestor….. Pam Ouellette….. Mary Pennington….. Allison Price….. Meryl Ruth….. Angel Simoneau

Rachel Somerville….. Suzanne Southworth….. Jodi Thomas….. Alicia Uth…..Michael E. Vermette….. Deloris A. White

Janie K. Young

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Maine Art Education Association News

November 18, 2016

Members opportunities

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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

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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.

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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.

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