Posts Tagged ‘Maine arts education’

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State of the State Address

January 22, 2020

Celebrating at the Blaine House

Look who was at the Blaine House last night celebrating with the Governor! Heather Whitaker, Maine’s 2020 Teacher of the Year from Gorham Middle School and her colleague and ours and Maine Arts Leadership Initiative Teacher Leader and Art Teacher of the Year Amy Cousins! Wonderful to know that educators are celebrating with Governor Janet T. Mills.

Amy, Governor, Heather

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6th Annual Student Ceramics Exhibition

January 6, 2020

Save the date

7TH Annual Maine Statewide High School and Junior High Ceramic Arts Show – Susan Pearson Watkins House

Watershed Ceramics, Newcastle

Exhibition Dates:  April 11 – May 8, 2020

Awards Ceremony: April 11 at 2pm

Opening weekend will be April 10-11, 2020 with awards reception TBD

Show closes weekend of May 8-10, 2020

Each school can submit a total of two pieces:

1 utilitarian clay piece

1 sculptural clay piece

The intention is to have each art department select the two pieces that they feel represent the strengths of their clay program. Entry is free.

Once the pieces (or piece) have been selected; please enter the required information on the google form found below.

Drop off the artwork.

To Russell Kahn

At Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive, Rockport, Maine 04856

Between March 30 to April 3, 2020.

Contact Russell to arrange a drop off time: (207)-322-6168

or Watershed Ceramics : Attn. Trelawney O’Brien

103 Cochran Road; Edgecomb, ME 04556

Drop off the work to Watershed Monday March 30 to Thursday April 2, and April 6 & 7 during office hours from 9am to 5pm.

*Office Phone is 207-882-6075

Attend the Reception and Award Ceremony!

Saturday at the Joan Pearson Watkins House, Watershed Ceramics, Edgecomb ME April 11th 2020. Reception is from 1-3pm. Award Ceremony is at 2pm. We are planning on having prizes that have been donated by local educational and artistic organizations to recognize the quality ceramic work that is created in our high schools and Jr. High Schools in the state of Maine.

Pick up artwork:

Russell Kahn

Camden Hills Regional High School

25 Keelson Drive

Rockport, Maine 04856

Contact Russell ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)-236-7800 x475

or Contact: Trelawney O’Brien

Phone: 207-882-6075

Email: tobrien@watershedceramics.org

*Please note that you will need to coordinate a pick up between 9am and 5pm M-TH.

Pick up dates: May 11-14

*If there is a problem picking up the work at that time please contact Russell Kahn and make other arrangements.

Exhibition Dates

April 11 – May 8, 2020

Opening Reception:

Saturday April 11, 2020, 1-3:00 p.m.

*Awards Ceremony is at 2pm

Any questions, you can reach Russell Kahn at 207-322-6168

or ruskahn@gmail.com

By submitting work, students, parents and school agree to have the images of the work used for future promotions.  Also, Watershed Ceramics, Russell Kahn, and anyone else involved with the show shall not be held responsible for broken ceramic pieces during shipping or the duration of the show.

THE QUICK CHECKLIST

1. Select the clay pieces: two pieces 1 sculptural + 1 utilitarian

2. Enter the information: 7th Annual Statewide Ceramics Exhibition

3. Drop off the work to Russell Kahn: Monday March 30 to April 3

4. Drop off the work to Russell: by individual appointment

5. Drop off work to Watershed Ceramics: Monday March 30 till Thursday April 2 (please call 207-882-6075)

6. Attend the Reception: Saturday April 11, 1 – 3pm, Awards Ceremony at 2pm

7. Pick up the work: contact Russell Kahn at ruskahn@gmail.com or (207)322-6168

or Trelawney O’Brien at tobrien@watershedceramics.org or (207)882-6075

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Congrats Jerry Barry!

December 16, 2019

50 directors who make a difference

Jerry Barry, who has been teaching music for 30 years, from Falmouth High School has been selected as one of ’50 Directors Who Make a Difference’ by the School Band and Orchestra Magazine (SBO).

Each year hundreds of music teachers are nominated by students, colleagues, musical instrument retailers, parents, administrators and friends. Nominations came from all states this year and educators were nominated because someone recognizes their hard work and dedication.

Each director is asked to share their proudest teaching moments, how they hope to make a difference in students’ lives, and most important lessons they try to teach their students.

JERRY’S STORY

What is your proudest moment as an educator?

There is not one single “ah-ha” moment, but what I am most proud of is that students in the Falmouth Music Program feel respected and valued as musicians and that their efforts in the performing arts matter, both within our school and the larger community. The music program is important in the town of Falmouth and it enjoys broad support from parents, teachers, and administrators. Students have a place and a space to excel as performers. The success of the K-12 music department is due to an engaging, active, purposeful collaboration of the district’s performing arts teachers supporting the education of our great students who are highly motivated and eager to learn.

How do you hope to make a difference in your students’ lives?

I hope to engage the students in a way that is enjoyable, meaningful, and encouraging to them and their effort to learn. I make a consistent effort to connect individually with the young person trying to play well on their instruments, now and in the future. They want to succeed. I strive to learn about them and their interests beyond band. Most often a bit of humor in class works really well. When there is a fun atmosphere, it promotes a positive student/teacher relationship, and then the teacher can more easily help the students connect to the content – performing music!

 

What’s the most important lesson that you try to teach your students?

Personal improvement is what matters most. No matter who you are or what you are doing, people should always strive to do their best …to be a bit better tomorrow. Start with where you are, dig in, persevere, and keep moving forward. Swimmers and runners try to be just a little bit faster each time they go out. Not everyone wins, but the goal is “personal best”. There is an opportunity for everyone to provide their own unique contribution to their ensemble.

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Intergenerational

December 2, 2019

Puppetry, Storytelling, Music

On Saturday, December 7, students from Falmouth High School (FHS) and residents of The Cedars retirement community in Portland will gather for An Intergenerational Celebration of Puppetry, Storytelling, and Music. The event will mark the culmination of a four-month long project in collaboration between FHS, The Cedars, and Figures of Speech Theatre (FST).
FST Director of Education, Ian Bannon, designed and directed the project, which began with a series of TimeSlips creative storytelling sessions at The Cedars. TimeSlips is a collaborative storytelling format designed by MacArthur Fellow Anne Basting for use by people with cognitive disabilities like dementia. Creativity is an ideal way for people with cognitive challenges to communicate. TimeSlips is developed as a ritual so people with memory loss can learn it through their subconscious or implicit memory. It is based on shifting the emphasis from memory to imagination.
FHS students took turns joining Bannon for the sessions at The Cedars, assisting with the storytelling sessions while gaining first-hand experience with TimeSlips and familiarity with the residents.
FHS Theater Teacher Dede Waite’s students from FHS then dove into the rehearsal process, learning about full-body silhouette shadow puppetry from Bannon and Devon Kelley-Yurdin, a visual artist and community organizer. Students then used the skills learned during rehearsal to adapt three of the TimeSlips-generated stories into original shadow plays. Students in FHS Music Teacher Jake Sturtevant’s music composition class created an original score for each performance, elevating and polishing their fellow students’ work.
Towards the end of the rehearsal process, Cedars residents were invited to join FHS students at the school for a hands-on shadow puppetry workshop, allowing students a chance to work side-by-side with the residents to create short vignettes using the skills they had developed.
The final performances will take place during An Intergenerational Celebration of Puppets, Storytelling, and Music at The Cedars at 1:30 PM on Saturday, December 7. Students will present their adaptations live for the residents. Following the performances, the students, residents, and audience members will be invited to join in an ice cream social designed to foster an intergenerational exchange about the process and performance. Members of the public are fully encouraged to attend.
This project was been funded in part by a Project Grant for Organizations from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.
Since 1982, Figures of Speech Theatre, has toured the world for more than 35 years with original works created at the intersection of drama, poetry, sculpture and dance. The company has performed in venues including the New Victory Theater, the Smithsonian Institution, the Kennedy Center, and Tokyo’s International House. Through their educational programing—which takes place in all 16 Maine counties—FST seeks to engage imaginations, impart skill-based training, awaken consciousness regarding world cultures, and expand students’ sense of life’s possibilities. We offer a range of programming and touring productions in service of that vision.
More information about Figures of Speech Theatre is available on their website: www.figures.org.
The Cedars, Maine and Northern New England’s most comprehensive, non-profit senior community was founded in 1929 as the Jewish Home for Aged. As we celebrate 90 years of innovation, The Cedars offers a full continuum of senior living options, including: Independent Living, Assisted Living, Rehabilitation and Skilled Nursing Care. Currently under construction is the new Sam L. Cohen Households, due to open in Fall 2020, will provide a home environment using the best practices for an enlightened, person-centered approach to care in private rooms for rehabilitation, skilled nursing care and a new, vitally-needed memory care assisted living.
More information about The Cedars is available on their website: www.thecedarsportland.org.
An Intergenerational Celebration of Puppetry, Story-Telling, and Music will be presented on Saturday, December 7 at 1:30 PM at The Cedars, 630 Ocean View Ave in Portland. The performance, which will be followed by an ice cream social, is open to the public free of charge. For more information, please contact Angie Hunt at (207) 221-7171.
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NH Arts Ed Conference

November 27, 2019

Culturally Responsive Leadership

Martha Piscuskas

Recently Martha Piscuskas, Interim Director of Arts Education at the Maine Arts Commission attuned the New Hampshire Arts Education conference. The theme was Culturally Responsive Leadership. There were great discussions and learnings on how to create more inclusive  creative spaces, for educators and the young artists we mentor.

Martha returned with several resources to share – some listed below with Martha’s comments included. Martha suggests that you take a look and consider how to use them in your classroom and/or with policy makers.

If you have any questions please contact Martha at martha.piscuskas@maine.gov.

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MAEA Awards

November 16, 2019

Consider nominating someone

The Maine Art Education Association MAEA has an annual awards program which recognizes teachers in several categories.

  • Elementary, Middle, High School MAEA Art Educator of the Year
  • Higher Ed Art Educator of the Year
  • Museum Educator of the Year
  • Retired MAEA Art Educator of the
  • Supervision/Administration Art Educator of the Year
  • Student Art Educator of the Year Folder (Deadline June 1st)

If you know of a teacher who inspires and deserves to be recognized for their commitment to visual art education consider nominating them for one of the awards.

The nomination deadline is the first Friday in January (with the exception of “student”. More information and the nomination papers are located at THIS LINK. Don’t wait, check out the nomination paperwork today!

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What Does Standards Based Education Look Like?

November 11, 2019

Frequently asked question

Jen Etter

I am often asked: What does standards based education or proficiency based education look like in the visual or performing arts classroom? A handful of years ago the Maine Arts Leadership Initiative (MALI) took on that question and answered it by creating a series of videos of arts teachers in their classrooms teaching. Over a two year period Debi Lynn Baker and I visited these schools to gather footage that Debi than created into short videos to provide resources

Brian McPherson

Brian McPherson

for the field.

I am grateful to the following MALI leaders who let us in to their classrooms and school world and shared the work they were doing everyday. Lisa Ingraham, Brian McPherson, Andrea Wollstadt, Jane Snider, Jen Etter, Charlie Johnson, and Rob Westerberg. I hope you’ll find them inspirational and thought provoking. All videos are located on the Maine Arts Assessment website.

Andrea Wollstadt

Even though practices change these life-long learners will provide you something to use for food for thought and perhaps inspire you to consider the teaching and learning practices in your classrooms.

Elementary School Visual Art – Lisa Ingraham, Madison Elementary School

Elementary School Visual Art – Brian McPherson, Woodside Elementary School, Topsham

Jane Snider

Jane Snider

Elementary School Music – Andrea Wollstadt, John F. Kennedy Memorial School, Biddeford

Middle School Visual Art – Jane Snider, Hancock Grammar School

Middle School Music – Jen Etter, York Middle School

Andrea Wollstadt

High School Visual Art – Charlie Johnson, Mount Desert Island High School

High School Music – Rob Westerberg, York High School

 

 

Charlie Johnson

Rob Westerberg

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