Posts Tagged ‘Maine arts education’

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YAHOOO for Arts Educators!

May 14, 2021

Congratulations art teacher Sarah Doremus

Sedgwick Elementary School art teacher Sarah Doremus has been named Hancock County’s Teacher of the Year.

Sarah Doremus

I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Sarah for representing her school and arts education in her role as Hancock County Teacher of the Year. Sarah will be considered for the Maine Teacher of the Year for 2022. Sarah has been teaching for 9 years, grades PreK-8 and was nominated by her principal Carla Magoon who said:

Sarah is one of the most energetic and enthusiastic teachers I have had the honor to work with. She is excited about learning and helps her students to become excited right along with her. She spends incredible amounts of her own time and money to plan activities where the students will be engaged and have fun while they are learning. She works with all the other teachers in the school to create integrated Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math (STEAM) lessons that are aligned to their curriculum and the standards that the students are working on. She is always ready to help with any special ideas like Maine Day, or Screen-Free Week, and she finds community resources, such as local artists and places where students can get first-hand knowledge. Sarah also partners with community organizations such as Haystack and Blue Hill Heritage Trust to bring opportunities that otherwise our students would not have, such as using a laser cutter, or screen printing. She always goes above and beyond and her love for learning and for her students is always at the forefront of everything she does.

As part of the Maine Teacher of the Year Program, hundreds of teachers across Maine are nominated by a member of their school community. Through a rigorous application process, one teacher from each county is selected as the county Teacher of the Year by a panel of teachers, principals and business community members within the county.

Below is the YouTube video of the county teacher of the year announcement. During the ceremony, held earlier this week, Emily Paruk, Maine’s 2021 Poetry Out Loud champ recited an original poem appreciating teachers. You’ll find this at the 20 minute mark.

The Teacher of the Year program is organized by Educate Maine. Learn more about the program at THIS LINK.

Read the article in The Ellsworth American about Sarah.

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Music at Camden Hills Regional High School

May 12, 2021

Upcoming Performance

On May 14, 6:00PM a cast of 19 students at Camden Hills Regional High School will perform their first live production since the pandemic began. The performance will take place outside and run for 1 hour, 20 minutes without an intermission.

“To sing again means so much. These voices are beautiful, and it’s been a hard year not being able to sing in school, and we’re just getting back into it. It feels very hopeful,” said Kimberly Murphy, who is directing the production.

The school is producing ‘The Theory of Relativity,’ a new musical by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill.

“I just love making music with other people. It’s one of my favorite things to do,” senior Julianna Day.

LEARN MORE ON WABI5 NEWS

Cast of The Theory of Relativity Photo by Marti Stone

PRESS RELEASE

Camden Hills Regional HS presents a Spring Musical – May 7, 8, 14, 15

Mark your calendars for a live show! Spring is here, and we are moving the singing to an outdoor stage. Known for its large musical productions in the fall of each year, Camden Hills Regional HS is taking advantage of the chance to sing outside and put on a show before this year’s seniors graduate. The school is producing The Theory of Relativity, a new musical by Neil Bartram and Brian Hill. This contemporary musical explores the many aspects of human relationships and love, through solos, ensemble singing, and small vignettes. The show runs for approximately one hour and 20 min. without an intermission. The genre of the show is more like a musical revue than a traditional musical with changing scenes and costumes; therefore, it seemed the perfect fit for a musical that could be presented to an outdoor audience during COVID times.

Directed by Kimberly Murphy, with accompaniment by joani mitchell, technical direction by Tom Heath and choreography by Gretchen Henderson; a full cast of performers and tech crew are pulling together to create a unique theatrical experience.

The cast of 19 performers features nine seniors: Cynthia Allen, Kevin Bergelin, Julianna Day, Isaiah Doble, Ruben Feldman, Andi Hammond, Wesley Henderson, Nathaniel Stanley, Kate Upham. The ensemble cast is completed by George Bickham, Caleb Butler, Nora Finck, Isabella Kinney, Joshua Kohlstrom, Audrey Leavitt, Alice Moskovitz, Malaya Moores, Millie Pearse and Sam Skovran.

Oliver Worner, as the student producer, is taking on many roles including helping with plans to keep audience members socially distant, setting up an Eventbrite page for tickets, and being the coordinator of cast and tech needs. Additional techies include Elias Porter (sound), Jasper Berryman-Moore, Declan Buchanan, Katelynn Colbry, Emily Frank, and Brian Bland.

Tickets must be purchased in advance. There will be no “at-the-door” ticket sales. The show dates for the outdoor event are May 7 and 8 at 6:00 PM (with a rain date of May 9th at 2:00 PM), and May 14 and 15 at 6:00 PM (with a rain date of May 16th at 2:00 PM). Audience members will be asked to remain masked for the entire show, and keep a social distance of 6 ft. Due to COVID restrictions, seating charts with assigned spaces will be created in advance. There are also limited drive-in style tickets that will allow audience members to watch the show from the comfort of their car, and hear the music broadcast over an AM radio signal.

Tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday, April 26th. If you have ticketing questions, contact Oliver Worner at oliver.worner22@fivetowns.net
The link for the Eventbrite page is: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/chrhs-theory-of-relativity-tickets-148649142587

The theme of the show is about human relationships – funny, serious, loving, sad, or poignant. Parents of young children should be advised that there are mature themes and content in some of the songs. If you have specific questions about the show, please contact Kim Murphy at kim.murphy@fivetowns.net.

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Narraguagus Jr/Sr High School

May 11, 2021

6th Annual Student Art Exhibit

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American Rescue Plan

April 14, 2021

Afterschool Arts Education can Benefit from American Rescue Plan

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan (ARP) Congress passed in March, a fantastic opportunity is available for cultural non-profits and teaching artists to partner with schools to provide after-school or summer camp enrichment programs for students.  This latest round of COVID relief for education, ESSER III (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief) calls for 20% of funds to go towards learning.  This is new.  In ESSER I and II, funds mostly covered direct prevention measures such as sanitation, air quality upgrades, facility/ space restructuring, and technology.  Also, ESSER III offers at least twice as much funding as before.  For Maine, this means over $82 million, 20% of our State’s allocation, needs to address “learning-loss.”

Dance education program Central School, South Berwick

We know that students have suffered in many ways from the COVID disruption to their learning, and the loss of opportunities for creative self-expression may be amongst the hardest.   In-person singing or making music, collaborating on art pieces, performing dance, theater or spoken word — together – has been non-existent or greatly altered this year, despite teachers’ best efforts.

Studies show that the arts inherently provide social and emotional learning, so critical at this time.

Now is the time to reach out to your local schools.  They are crafting programs themselves, arranging to bring subcontractors in, or a combination and welcome partnering to address students’ learning needs. 

The Maine Department of Education is also providing a webinar on the subject on Tuesday, April 20th at 2 pm.  To learn more about this event and to register, click here.   More information can also be found here from EdNotes or here from the Afterschool Alliance.  Readers are also invited to contact Martha Piscuskas, Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission to discuss further: martha.piscuskas@maine.gov

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Scholastic Art Awards

April 13, 2021

Maine College of Art

The 2021 Scholastic Art Award Ceremonies are archived at THIS LINK. Maine College Art is proud to be sharing this wonderful event with you. Included is a welcome and congratulations from Portland Mayor Kate Synder who honors Margaret Maxwell, recipient of the Scholastic 2021 Art Educator Excellence Award, David Greenham, Director of the Maine Arts Commission, and Christopher Wisniewski, Executive Director for the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers.

Students across the state are being recognized for their outstanding achievements in the 2021 Scholastic Art Awards. Maine is home to such an impressive generation of young artists! Special recognition goes to Della Huntley from Baxter Academy for her video liminal space received Maine’s American Visions Medal and a National Gold Medal in Film and Animation! Her teacher is Matthew Barnes. You can download Della’s Film, LIMINAL SPACE at THIS LINK.

Lilly Arbelo is from Wells High School and received a National Gold Medal in Photography for GENTLE SUFFOCATION. Her teacher is Emily Knight.

Lilly Arbelo, Wells High School, grade 11, Teacher: Emily Knight

The table below includes all of the Maine High School students who are receiving recognition this year by Scholastic for their amazing contributions of art work. In addition, the student school, grade, teacher, art work title, award, category and title of the art work. CONGRATULATIONS to all 200+ who participated!

Thank you to Pamela Moulton from Maine College of Art who is the coordinator for the Maine Regions Scholastic Art Awards.

Please be sure and scroll to the right to view all of the information about each student.

First NameLast NameStudent GradeSchool NameIndividual AwardsWork CategoryWork TitleEducator1 FirstEducator1 Last
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHer SpaceEmilyKnight
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolGold Key | Gold MedalPhotographyGentle SuffocationEmilyKnight
LillyArbelo11Wells High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingBunny HillEmilyKnight
DenaArrison12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtStay SafeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
DenaArrison12Freeport High SchoolGold Key |Art PortfolioHow does environment influence the mood?KimberlyMedskerMehalic
AlannaBachelder11Kents Hill SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationAvocadoDylanGifford
LexiBachelder11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtJust a girlSONJAJOHNSON
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioOut of PlaceKimberlyMedskerMehalic
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtCliffhangerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
EmmaBarry12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCommon PhrasesKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JuliaBell10Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Digital ArtYou’re still hereMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationPassport PhotoMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Mixed MediaTinful of TalesMatthewBarnes
ElwenBernard12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Mixed MediaTide ClockMatthewBarnes
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolGold Key |PaintingNewportKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingClouds at Quoddy HeadlightKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolGold Key |PaintingSisterly LoveKristenKaiser
SophiaBlanco8Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |SculpturePearlKristenKaiser
DorcasBolese10Yarmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingAppropriateMelissaSylvester
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademySilver Key |PaintingSunriseGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademyHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassSelf PortraitGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTimGabeMiller
AlainaBonis10Hebron AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationSelf Portrait 2GabeMiller
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCoffee On The Brainjennifermerry
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaBy A ThreadJodiThomas
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademySilver Key |Mixed MediaMind PainterJodiThomas
ZaraBoss12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioIdentityJodiThomas
ObiBoucher12Sacopee Valley High SchoolHonorable Mention |PrintmakingDUTYShaelinShields
ObiBoucher12Sacopee Valley High SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioTextural WorksShaelinShields
AndrewBouvier12Berwick AcademyGold Key |PaintingA Balanced EarthRaeganRussell
ElizabethBove12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCharcoal StudyJodiThomas
HaydenBraun10Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtColorful MenagerieCharlieJohnson
HaydenBraun10Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtCityscapeCharlieJohnson
BreydonBrough11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignReclaiming your WorldVirginiaValdes
CeliaBuetens11Orono High SchoolGold Key |PaintingMirror, MirrorJessicaBarnes
ValentinaCapri Arroyo12Thornton AcademyGold Key, American Visions Nominee |PhotographyComo el aguaJodiThomas
ErikCarson9Edward Little High SchoolGold Key |Comic ArtWatch Out!DianaCarson
SophiaCarson12Edward Little High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationIdle HandsDianaCarson
NoraCastonguay10Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureRefugee MaskDylanGifford
AnnieChapman12Thornton AcademySilver Key |PaintingBrotherJodiThomas
AnnieChapman12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingSelf Portrait in Still LifeJodiThomas
CamdenChase12Berwick AcademyHonorable Mention |Digital ArtChanging HomeRaeganRussell
CamilaCiembroniewicz12Mt Ararat High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationJoseph and His CameraChristineDel Rossi
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyFlightEmilyKnight
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyStarsEmilyKnight
ZoeClark12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyReflectEmilyKnight
EmmaComparato10Brunswick High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyShe’s on the doorJennieDriscoll
RileyCoron11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographySweet SorrowKatieMooney
ChloeVioletCorral12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Digital ArtComplex SaviorMatthewBarnes
ChloeVioletCorral12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceSilver Key |Film & AnimationSurprise EncounterMatthewBarnes
CarolineCouperthwait10R W Traip AcademyHonorable Mention |SculptureThe Shape of NatureKimberlyBurke
GraceCourtney12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassSculpture of a Barn OwlDanaAltman
GraceCourtney12Thornton AcademyGold Key |Mixed MediaSelf-Portraitjennifermerry
AnaviCurtiss11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtEating FishEmilyKnight
EmmaDawson-Webb11R W Traip AcademySilver Key |Mixed MediaLeft BehindKimberlyBurke
EmmaDawson-Webb11R W Traip AcademyGold Key |PaintingRich LonelinessKimberlyBurke
IslaDay9George Stevens AcademyHonorable Mention |Film & AnimationGirl Versus NatureMelissaRioux
AynslieDecker12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaNatural ChickadeeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
KayleeDemers11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |PaintingClimate Change: How Much Longer Can We Hang On To Our Burning Home?NancyGoldstone
KayleeDemers11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtThinking Outside The BoxNancyGoldstone
HollyDowling11Mt Blue High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTelevision HeadPamelaChernesky
EmilyEastlack11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolSilver Key |Mixed MediaHumanitySONJAJOHNSON
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographySkewedVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyTeenage MindVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyAbandoned in MaineVirginiaValdes
AlexiaFasano11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFierce LionessVirginiaValdes
BriannaFlanders11Kennebunk High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtDehumanizing DespairBrendanRoddy
AnnaFranks11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingGrayscale quarantineEmilyKnight
OwenGallo-Wagoner12Cheverus High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyMomChristinaMetcalf
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationSpring HikeMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolGold Key, American Visions Nominee |Drawing & IllustrationGrowing ResilienceMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaThe TwinsMargaretMaxwell
LillianGaudiano10Bonny Eagle High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationTessaMargaretMaxwell
DaphneGiampietro12Mt Blue High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtTransitionPamelaChernesky
AlekGideon11Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationReality Against WillKimberlyMedskerMehalic
PhebeGrant12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyKnife EdgeKatieMooney
ElainaHammond11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyPooches on GoochesKatieMooney
ElainaHammond11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyFamily WalksKatieMooney
NatalieHanagan12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyJoyEmilyKnight
LilyHansen11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaFire on FireBrendanRoddy
CatonHazard11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingMedia: How does it Influence your Perception?NancyGoldstone
TaylorHemenway12North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingFinningColbyMyer
TaylorHemenway12North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationHiding OctopusColbyMyer
AddalineHemingway10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBlueSONJAJOHNSON
ShayleeHerrin12Marshwood High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtCuriosityRebeccaPoliquin
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingThe Off-SeasonKatieMooney
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingSunday EveningKatieMooney
HopeHoffman12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtOf CourseKatieMooney
SadieHolland11York High SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtCorvusDavidShenett
AnielaHoltrop12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtDianthus – Scarlet CarnationsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationA Self PortraitKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationBuilding BlocksKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationDonald and His ShadowsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyInfiniteKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMomentaufnahmeKimberlyMedskerMehalic
MiaHornschild-Bear10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationManifesting the MindKimberlyMedskerMehalic
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationGoody BagNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationMystical GardenNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PaintingDown the Rabbit HoleNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBurning OutNancyGoldstone
NatalieHoward11Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationBernese SandersNancyGoldstone
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key, American Visions Nominee | Gold Medal, American Visions MedalFilm & Animationliminal spaceMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaWhat Lies Below/RMS KamtschatkaMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |PrintmakingIn A FogMatthewBarnes
DellaHuntley12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationTarot of the Blinded EyeMatthewBarnes
AnnikaHuntress12R W Traip AcademySilver Key |SculptureVivid DreamsKimberlyBurke
MadisonHurley12Portland High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCoty and WinnieBarbaraLoring
DabriaHyman11Falmouth High SchoolGold Key |FashionWildnightSusanMorse
TallulahIm11North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationStill LifeColbyMyer
ZoëIobst12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Photographywinds of changeSusanBryand
ZoëIobst12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital Artam i brokenSusanBryand
ColbyJackson-Parise12Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationElliot & LouisErinLandry-Fowler
ColbyJackson-Parise12Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationGrandma’s AtticErinLandry-Fowler
IanJacobs9Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtIan’s 4th of JulyKatieMooney
LeahJarochym7York Middle SchoolSilver Key |Comic ArtHide-and-SeekAlexisKochka
EthanJason8Silver Key |Architecture & Industrial DesignVolunteer Stadium, Home of The Nashville NotesAllisonJason
EthanJason8Gold Key |PhotographySkyscraperAllisonJason
FionaJason9Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |SculptureThe House of BluesMatthewBarnes
FionaJason9Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PhotographyHeadspaceMatthewBarnes
AmeliaJerlach10Portland High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationPepper the PugBarbaraLoring
HayleyKennagh12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |DesignWhat makes a horse, a horse.VirginiaValdes
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyGuanacoRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyTake OffRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyIce TreeRosamondGross
IsabelKesselhaut11Cape Elizabeth High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyBeautifully BleakRosamondGross
GabrielKirmani8Honorable Mention |DesignB1uest LogoAllegraKirmani
EmmaKnowles11Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassAcorn VesselDylanGifford
SaffronLabos11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingQueen of the NightKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SaffronLabos11Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtI Told You I’m FineKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SophiaLambert11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingWhen the Body Sleeps, a Storm Rolls InNancyGoldstone
MischaLandgarten10Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationBroken PortraitRaeganRussell
MischaLandgarten10Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & Illustrationeye portrait 2RaeganRussell
WinnieLaRochelle10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationCovered UpSONJAJOHNSON
A.Larrabee12Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Digital Art2020 Earth DayBrendanRoddy
AbbyLemieux12Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtFalling With StyleBrendanRoddy
CeliaLinderoth8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationFast FashionMargueriteLawler-Rohner
IsabelleLiu11Scarborough High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationA Dreary ReflectionErinLandry-Fowler
JennyMa12Berwick AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingA Cruel Crazy Beautiful WorldRaeganRussell
JennyMa12Berwick AcademySilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationMe: Praying and Blaming —— A Reflection of Coronavirus PandemicRaeganRussell
JennyMa12Berwick AcademyGold Key |Art PortfolioMeRaeganRussell
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceSilver Key |PrintmakingConscientia Autem LudibriisMatthewBarnes
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PrintmakingStreet HarmonyMatthewBarnes
NatalieMalone-Berry12Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationRepresenting Personal Spirituality: TarotMatthewBarnes
DanielMereness12Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtQuarantineKatieMooney
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolGold Key |DesignYou Won’t Need It, Someone Else WillKimberlyMedskerMehalic
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationThe Pain and The PowerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
IsabellaMezzapelle11Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationFallingKimberlyMedskerMehalic
AlexisMilem11Thornton AcademyGold Key |PhotographyI Can’t BreatheJodiThomas
KaleighMiller12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyFood FlatLayJodiThomas
KailynMinoty12Gardiner Area High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtA distant embraceDebraButterfield
TeaganMoon12Portland High SchoolGold Key |Comic ArtFloating HeadBarbaraLoring
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyFinding MyselfCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyAtlasCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyThe Sea is On FireCharlieJohnson
AustriaMorehouse12Mount Desert Island High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyGravityCharlieJohnson
SydneyMorrison12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationLook Ma’ No HandsKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SydneyMorrison12Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |SculptureStradivariusKimberlyMedskerMehalic
GracieMorse12Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingStress ReliefKimberlyMedskerMehalic
SarenMoseley12Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioCast of CharactersSONJAJOHNSON
SaraMurray11Lewiston High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingLean on MeKynaPitula
ScoutNasse10Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingSelf Portraitjennifermerry
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationWho’s Afraid of Winnie the Pooh?VirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyExiled RebelVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignAn Exploration of Maine in TypeVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Digital ArtWho’s Afraid of Winnie the Pooh?VirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioMemories of MarchVirginiaValdes
CuliandraNero12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Art PortfolioThe Magic of the Wandering WitchVirginiaValdes
RosemaryNorton11Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic Art3 Space CadetsEmilyKnight
MaysaO’Connor12Honorable Mention |PaintingHubrisMaryPennington
NaomiObenhaus12Maine Virtual AcademySilver Key |Art PortfolioFall and RiseAliciaUth
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Ceramics & GlassCreepy Carl the CamelErinLandry-Fowler
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |PaintingLocked Down, Looking OutErinLandry-Fowler
RyanOcampo11Scarborough High SchoolSilver Key |Ceramics & GlassPatrice LumumbaErinLandry-Fowler
JosiPalmer12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFocusRJJenkins
HannahParsons12Kents Hill SchoolSilver Key |Paintingroles switchedRJJenkins
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingAndaluciaRachelBranham
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtThe PandemicRachelBranham
Lucas G.Perez8Lyman Moore Middle SchoolGold Key |PaintingThe StrangerRachelBranham
WhitneyPerkins10Lewiston High SchoolGold Key |PhotographyCuriousSarahStocker
XochitlPope8Bonny Eagle Middle SchoolSilver Key |Photographygirl on fireKatherineThompson
BristolQuimby11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationImaginary FriendsSONJAJOHNSON
KailynnReynolds11Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |Design2020 vote posterVirginiaValdes
MaeRichardson11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassIcarus fellMarnieRollerson
MaeRichardson11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassMidnight MeadowMarnieRollerson
ElainaRioux11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationCurvy CitrusBrendanRoddy
KaiRosenberg12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Ceramics & GlassHungry SofaEmilyKnight
MalloryRoy11Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |FashionSave the SeaSusanMorse
KaitlynSawicki12Freeport High SchoolGold Key |PaintingDon and GunnerKimberlyMedskerMehalic
ArzouSayed11Gorham High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationHorse RiderSarahDolley
KellieScott12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureAnxiety MaskDylanGifford
EllaShaffer11Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationLilySONJAJOHNSON
AnnaSharp10Falmouth High SchoolGold Key, American Visions Nominee |Drawing & IllustrationTargetNancyGoldstone
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMakers of FashionKatieMooney
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolSilver Key |FashionSlow FashionBrendanRoddy
HannahSlone11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |FashionRecycled FashionBrendanRoddy
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationTitaErinLandry-Fowler
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtMemoryErinLandry-Fowler
AnitaSmith10Scarborough High SchoolGold Key |Digital ArtMistakesErinLandry-Fowler
JacobSmith12Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyClimbing the Fire TowerTiffanyShaw
JacobSmith12Winthrop High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtExist LoudlyTiffanyShaw
PaigeSpears12Winslow High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationDreamscapeSuzanneGoulet
PaigeSpears12Winslow High SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioVivid ImaginationSuzanneGoulet
CharlesSpencer10Portland High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyThe MountainsBarbaraLoring
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyTrappedJodiThomas
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |PhotographyInto the MirrorJodiThomas
EllenaStepp9Thornton AcademySilver Key |PhotographyBooks and BubblesJodiThomas
AmeliaStokes10Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed Mediabreath of fresh airSonjaJhonson
CarolineStraw8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolSilver Key |JewelryNecklaceMargueriteLawler-Rohner
CarolineStraw8Cape Elizabeth Middle SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyFirst Day Of SpringMargueriteLawler-Rohner
SallyStronge10North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |PaintingBrothersColbyMyer
SallyStronge10North Yarmouth AcademyHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaCatching a MiracleColbyMyer
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignHairstyles for a Black ChristmasVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Comic ArtSafe or SinkVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Art PortfolioBlack Girls RepresentVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignZoom Alternate UniverseVirginiaValdes
ViktoriaSugars12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtAfralienVirginiaValdes
AudreySwasey12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolHonorable Mention |DesignWizard of OzVirginiaValdes
HaileyTalbert10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureCardboard ClogsNancyGoldstone
HaileyTalbert10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PaintingAugust Fishing in MaineNancyGoldstone
MeganThibeault12Thornton AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationStill LifeJodiThomas
MeganThibeault12Thornton AcademyGold Key |Art PortfolioMy Artistic JourneyJodiThomas
NinaThompson11Baxter Academy Tech & ScienceHonorable Mention |PaintingThe Congregation of Four WitchesMatthewBarnes
MaggieThyer11Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Mixed MediaWhere Have you Been?SusanBryand
AldenTimm12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolGold Key |PhotographyChanging Of RolesVirginiaValdes
AldenTimm12Oxford Hills Tech SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyLook UpVirginiaValdes
QuinnTremblay12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationBackstage at BurlesqueEmilyKnight
CarolineVan Hemel11Kennebunk High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyForgotten Attic WindowKatieMooney
GraceWard12Wells High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationGraphite WomanEmilyKnight
CalebWeinstein11Berwick AcademyGold Key |Ceramics & GlassCopper Ruby Cylinder with Iris Vanilla WeavingRaeganRussell
CalebWeinstein11Berwick AcademyGold Key |Ceramics & GlassBlack Wavy Bowl with Enamel White Weaving and Lipstick Red Lip WrapRaeganRussell
JiazhengWen12Kents Hill SchoolHonorable Mention |SculptureBreaking the WallDylanGifford
LilyWest9Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationA Walk with WallaceKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Editorial Cartoon sponsored by The Herb Block FoundationHow To Be a Classy LadyKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationTrippy ChickensKimberlyMedskerMehalic
JillianWight10Freeport High SchoolSilver Key |Drawing & IllustrationDreamlandKimberlyMedskerMehalic
Autumn-SkyeWilliams12Rangeley Lakes Regional SchoolSilver Key |Mixed MediaIgnorance 2020SONJAJOHNSON
FrancineWilson-Charuk12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHarry and MaayanEricHutchins
FrancineWilson-Charuk12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyMomEricHutchins
BenWuoristo12Bangor High SchoolHonorable Mention |Digital ArtNovelty NegativesSusanBryand
BenWuoristo12Bangor High SchoolGold Key |PhotographySurroundingsSusanBryand
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyPuzzledSusanMorse
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolSilver Key |PhotographyMasked ReflectionSusanMorse
CocoXu10Falmouth High SchoolHonorable Mention |PhotographyHazeSusanMorse
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationCity Still LifeMonicaLiaw
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RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademySilver Key |PaintingMemories through an Old TownMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademySilver Key |PaintingSelf Portrait with Heat GunAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |Drawing & IllustrationWar LandscapeAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyHonorable Mention |Drawing & IllustrationInk Figure DrawingMonicaLiaw
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |SculptureReality CheckAdrienLanfranchi
RuoxuanZhang12Lee AcademyGold Key |PaintingOil leakAdrienLanfranchi
JulianZhu10Fryeburg AcademyGold Key |PhotographyGraduation 2020-Under COVID-19JenniferBartlett
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Two Maine School Bands

April 9, 2021

Jazz band and State Festival

Falmouth High School

Messalonskee Middle School Beginning Band Concert

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MECA Courses

March 25, 2021

May Online Term

Maine College of Art’s (MECA) Office of Continuing and Professional Studies in collaboration with the college’s Master of Arts in Teaching program are pleased to offer two fully online courses for this May term. These Graduate-level courses offer 3 credits each at a discounted, non-matriculated rate. The two art education classes are certification requirements for folks seeking a Visual Art teaching endorsement. If you know any community artists or educational technicians that may be interested in becoming an art teacher, this would be a perfect opportunity for them to move closer to that endorsement. 

To learn more go to MECAs Continuing Studies webpage with the class listings.

May Term at MECA is five weeks, from May 15 to June 20. May Term 2021 offers: MAT 806: Teaching Exceptionality in the Art Classroom with Heather Nunez-Olmstead. MAT 815: Methods of Teaching Art in the K-12 Classroom with MAT Program Chair, Dr. Rachel Somerville, Ed.D.

Below is a video that provides information on the two courses being offered.

If you have questions please contact Rachel E. Somerville, Ed.D. Interim Chair & Director of Art Education Outreach at rsomerville@meca.edu. For more information about May Term classes, visit: https://cs.meca.edu/​ or call us at 207.699.5061.   

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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

CONFERENCE DETAILS

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 iva.damon@msad52.org.

Conference Registration Link Found Here!!!!

CONFERENCE PRESENTERS
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

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Arts Ed Advocacy Day

March 22, 2021

Documentation of the day – February 17

If you were able to attend the virtual plenary sessions on February 17 in recognition of Arts Education Advocacy Day you are aware of the outstanding opportunity the 2 hour session provided. If you were not there, you’re in luck. All of the sessions were recorded and embedded below. The day was organized by the Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) in collaboration with the leaders of the ABC – Arts Are Basic Coalition.

The first one below actually took place during the last part of Arts Education Advocacy Day, the ABC Student Advocacy Initiatives. We know at the heart of providing quality arts education programs and access to it are students! I salute all the Maine students who care deeply for the arts and are afforded an excellent curriculum. And, to all the arts educators striving to provide access to these programs, thank you!

ABC Student Advocacy Initiative

Governor Janet T. Mills Arts Ed Advocacy Message

Remarks from Maine Arts Commission Arts Education Director Martha Piscuskas

Conversation with Maine Art Education Association President Lynda Leonas and Argy Nestor

Visual Art Advocacy Video Maine Minds

Conversation with Maine Educational Theatre Association leader Kailey Smith and Beth Lambert

Maine Department of Education – Kellie Bailey, Social/Emotional Learning and Trauma-Informed Practices Specialist, Commissioner Pender Makin, and Jason Anderson, Visual and Performing Arts Specialist

Conversation with Maine Dance Educator representative Thornton Academy Dance Educator Emma Campbell and MaryEllen Schaper

Conversation with Maine Music Educators Association President Sandra Barry and Kaitlin Young

Music Advocacy Video

Thank you to Susan Potters, Executive Director of MAAE and Melissa Birkhold MAAE Advocacy Coordinator for the plenary session for Maine Arts Ed Advocacy Day and making these individual videos available. The videos are also available on the MAAE website at THIS LINK.

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Scholastic Arts

March 19, 2021

Honors Maine Art Educator

Ours schools and communities continue to cultivate the arts and teachers have a crucial role in encouraging and teaching our youth to become creative thinkers. The 2021 Maine Region Scholastic Art Awards honors one of our state’s outstanding art educators who is also a mentor, an arts leader, and brought Scholastics to the State of Maine 32 years ago. (Margaret) Peg Maxwell’s first teaching job was in 1983 in a 3-room schoolhouse in Otis, a small town on the outskirts of Ellsworth, Maine. She eventually settled into a position at Bonny Eagle where she taught for nearly 38 years. An innovator, she crossed boundaries creating engaging curricula. She invited the Martha Graham Dancers to USM and Merrill Auditorium after working with them at Monmouth College. She was integral at bringing Alvin Ailey dancers to Maine and Arthur Hall of Sesame Street, a friend from Philadelphia, who eventually moved his dance studio to Camden, Maine, permanently. She created a multidisciplinary curricula, integrating the arts into education. 

Continuing her personal artistic growth throughout her career, she studied a dizzying list of courses from book arts at Bennington College to Marine Biological Illustration to Documentary Film here in Rockport, and so much more. She generously shared her knowledge with her community and students, reshaping art education and curricula.

Today we honor Ms. Maxwell, who brought the Scholastic Awards program to Maine in 1989!

Peg began teaching at Bonny Eagle High School that same year. She noted that they had to pay an additional fee and go through an additional board of jurors due to not being sponsored by a major corporation or post-secondary institution. She spent many years seeking support for the program through colleges and even the Boston Globe, as they supported Massachusetts and New Hampshire schools. Maine College of Art eventually took hold of the opportunity followed by Heartwood School in Kennebunk for a couple of years with MECA.

Many of Peg’s students have continued in the arts as well working in creative fields like directing animation for Nickelodeon and PBS, or interning with Dale Chihuly, and designing websites for Disney, Oprah and ESPN. Other alumni are Fulbright scholars, and even a young artist was featured in Esquire as one of the top 10 Rogue Artists in the US. The list is exhaustive.

It is fitting that this art educator and State Arts leader should be honored with our first State of Maine Scholastic Art Educator Excellence Award. We thank Peg Maxwell for all her hard work and dedication in creating the foundation for our Scholastic program in Maine. We will be forever grateful for your presence in Maine’s Art Education Landscape. You have touched so many lives and it is with great pleasure that we congratulate you on these many achievements. We all look forward to seeing what important innovations you bring to the Maine Arts Scene in your next chapter. 

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