Posts Tagged ‘maine art education association’


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

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

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 to sign up!


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 If you have questions please email me at

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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


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

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

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


MAEA Art Exhibit

February 28, 2015

Student Art Exhibit Coordinated by Maine Art Education Association at Maine Education Association

Student Art Exhibit Recognizing

Youth Art Month

Invitation Art by Amber Smith, Grade 7

Sebasticook Middle School, Newport

Glenda Frati, Art Teacher

Opening Reception – Refreshments: Sunday, March 8 – 1:00-2:30 Presentations, 1:30

Maine Education Office

35 Community Drive

Augusta, ME

(near the Augusta Civic Center)

Office Hours: M-F, 8:00-5:00pm

Artwork on display until Fall 2015


Haystack in the Summer

February 20, 2015

Two week scholarship available

The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship for Haystack 2015

Application Deadline: Friday, March 6th

Submit your application directly to: Heidi O’Donnell  –
The Quimby Family Foundation Fellowship, a great opportunity for summer professional development. This fellowship is for an active MAEA Maine art educator to spend two weeks participating in a Haystack summer workshop.
photo_spreadThe Quimby Family Foundation has awarded Haystack a grant of $35,000 to endow a fellowship for an active MAEA Maine art teacher. Haystack has had a long relationship with Maine art teachers — the Maine Art Education Association held one of its first annual fall conferences at Haystack in 1968 — and many art teachers have studied at the school during summer sessions. Haystack has received grant support in the past from both the Surdna Foundation and the Maine Arts Commission to award fellowships.

The time spent here is important to art educators both for their teaching and art-making. Bronwyn Sale, a former art teacher from Portland, wrote this when she received a similar fellowship a few year’s ago, “As an art teacher, I believe that the best ‘staff development’ is to be among fellow working artists and to practice my own art. Attending Haystack gave me the space and environment to do so. In addition to the personal artistic growth that occurred during my workshop, as a teacher the experience was invaluable. I was able to assume the role of student again in a workshop taught by an artist who is also a master teacher…. I gained a whole new perspective on teaching and was exposed to ideas and assignments that I can now share with my students…” This new fellowship will create a permanent fellowship for an active MAEA Maine teacher to attend a two-week session.
To Apply:

Go to the Haystack website for all information about sessions and workshops. Note: This scholarship is for a dorm room. If you would like more expensive accommodations, you would be required to pay the difference.

Download and print the application form and fill it out completely. Email your completed application directly to the president with your answers to the following two questions:

1.Why would attending a summer session at Haystack be important to your teaching and how would you benefit from the opportunity?

2.How have you advocated for Art Education locally in your district and/or how have you volunteered to assist Maine Art Education Association?

If selected as the scholarship recipient, you would be responsible for writing a reflection, including photographs, of your fellowship experience for our newsletter and website.


MAEA Exhibit Opening

October 16, 2014

Friday night


Maine College of Art (MECA) is hosting the fall exhibit of the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA). The opening reception for “Reap and Sow” is Friday, October 17 – 5:00 – 7:30 p.m.

I had the chance to see the show last week and it is spectacular! Congratulations to MAEA members and thank you to MAEA and MECA for providing this wonderful opportunities for the members. Another great benefit of joining MAEA. For membership information please go to






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