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Over 800 Works of Art!!!

November 5, 2012

Baby Journal

In early September students in grades K-8 were invited to submit artwork to be considered for the First Lady’s upcoming new family friendly Love.Read.Learn!™ Baby Journal. Over 800 pieces of artwork arrived at the Blaine House last week which represented all 9 grade levels from all regions of the state.

On Friday morning it was a pleasure to work alongside First Lady Ann LePage and Becky Dyer from the Barbara Bush Foundation, art teachers Lynne Shulman and Kathy Smith, to select the student artwork.

Students were asked to create original artwork that represented what living in Maine means to them. It was evident that students were inspired by their favorite places and activities. The images were as wide and varied as our state and citizens including moose, deer, fish, lighthouses, the beach and mountains, blueberries, winter and summer activities, families having fun together, and so many other great ideas! The artwork was created using a wide variety of medium including pencil, color pencils, markers, water color crayons, paints, and much more. The techniques varied as well including collage, printmaking, and more.

Needless to say it was no easy task to select 32 pieces from the outstanding submissions. As you can see from the photos the artwork was on display in many rooms throughout the Blaine House. The First Lady had arranged them for us so we could jump right into the task of selecting the artwork using a rubric to guide our work.

The journal is to promote literacy and health to families of newborn babies in Maine and will be provided at no cost to parents of newborns. The First Lady, Ann LePage, has partnered with the Barbara Bush Foundation for Family Literacy with the Maine is ME book theme.

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to all the teachers who helped guide students and submitted student artwork for consideration. THANK YOU to the over 800 students who used their artistic knowledge to create the outstanding work!

The artists work that was selected will be announced and posted on the meartsed blog in the near future.

Becky Dyer, First Lady Ann LePage, Lynne Shulman, Kathy Smith discussing artwork


The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch

April 9, 2011

Camden Rockport Middle School

Thank you to Erma Colvin for the information below that describes the opportunity for middle school students in Camden Rockport Middle School. Erma is a dance educator who works at the school.

The Death and Life of Sneaky Fitch, a satire of the Old West was presented by the Camden Rockport Middle School on March 23,24,25 at the Camden Opera House. The cast and crew consisted of 48 6th-8th Graders, 30 on stage and 18 backstage.

Sneaky Dance

The production was directed by Ellen Curtis, an Ed. Tech. at CRMS with many years of theater experience. She adapted the script for a middle school cast and audience. She also added places for music and dance. Erma Colvin, also with many years of theater and dance experience, was the technical director and choreographer. The production, itself, was entirely student run. The sound effects were done live and the lights and backstage were run by the students with adult supervision.

CRMS is very lucky to have an administration interested and supportive of the Arts. Under the direction of Principal Maria Libby and Assistant Principal Matt Smith, the performing and visual arts are alive and well at CRMS. The Art teacher, Kristen Andersen provided her professional expertise in the artful painting of the set. The Music teacher, Allysa Anderson, provided choral coaching for the singing in the production. Many of the staff of CRMS helped backstage during the performances.

Sounds like a wonderful collaborative experience and another example of why Camden-Rockport was recognized with one of the Imagination Intensive Community awards presented in 2010.

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