Posts Tagged ‘visual arts’

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Visual Arts Matter

March 22, 2019

Just released

Education leaders, policymakers and practitioners can support student achievement and build a strong foundation for lifelong success by ensuring access to visual arts education. This new resource, created in partnership with the National Art Education Association and grounded in research found in ArtsEdSearch, explores how visual arts support student success by cultivating skills for learning, boosting academic achievement and enhancing the educational experience of traditionally underserved students.

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Youth Art Month

February 2, 2019

Call for student artwork

For more than 20 years, the Portland Museum of Art and the Maine Art Education Association (MAEA) have collaborated to bring National Youth Art Month to Maine. This annual observance emphasizes the value of art education and encourages support for quality school art programs through a month-long exhibition of artwork by K-12 students throughout the state. The exhibition runs from March 1 through March 31, 2019 on the Lower Ground Floor of the PMA. Admission to the exhibition is free for the public.

REGISTRATION January 14 – February 5

You must be a member of the Maine Art Education Association (or become one) in order to exhibit your student work.

2-dimensional work only and must be framed and under glass or blemish free plexi-glass.

Student work should be photographed before framing and is submitted with the registrations.

Questions? Contact the YAM coordinator Elyse Pelletier, Scarborough High School at epelletier@scarboroughschools.org.

Artwork Drop-Off

Wednesday, February 6, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m

Friday, February 8, 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday, February 9, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Back entrance of the Portland Museum of Art at 99 Spring Street. The museum cannot store artwork packaging or wrapping material. Upon drop-off, you must leave with the packaging.
Satellite Drop-Off: Suzanne Goulet @ Waterville SHS – will receive through Friday, February 8 at Waterville SHS – 2:30pm

Reception – Saturday, March 2

Pick-Up
Portland Museum of Art
    Wednesday, April 3, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
    Thursday, April 4, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
All remaining art will be collected by a MAEA agent and will be
available for pick up at the Spring Conference at the MAEA Spring Conference – Saturday, April 6 – Belfast Area High School
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Shining the Light of Truth

November 16, 2014

Falmouth High School

Screen Shot 2014-11-14 at 8.54.26 PMNancy Durst teaches visual arts at Falmouth High School. Her advanced students just finished another intense unit on Genocide. Included in their studies students also learned about cleansing here in Maine that specifically impacted the Wabanaki Tribe. After hearing numerous presentations from Genocide survivors from Darfur, Rwanda, and Maine, each student created a piece of artwork that they felt they most needed to express.  Students photographed the artwork, added a public service announcement, and printed them off poster size.  The original pieces will

be displayed aside their public service announcement November 20th, 5:30 at USM Hannaford Hall.

Genocide and ME: Shining the Light of Truth, Nov. 20 in Portland

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Artwork at the Capitol in DC

May 14, 2014

Congressional Art Awards announced

Congressman Michael Michaud and Congresswoman Chellie Pingree are delighted to announce the winners of the 2014 Congressional Arts Awards in Maine’s Congressional districts.

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 5.26.40 PMCongressman Michaud congratulates Jessica Chen a senior of Bangor High School for her winning artwork, “Floating,” which is a pastel. Congresswoman Pingree then announced that Elena Laustsen, a junior at Oceanside High School East in Rockland, as winner of the 2014 Congressional Art Competition for Maine’s First District with her color pencil drawing, “Salmon.”

“This year we had another impressive batch of submissions from some of Maine’s talented students,” said Michaud. “Congratulations to Jessica and all of the runners-up for their outstanding work. I can’t help but smile with pride every time I walk into the Capitol and pass the artwork on display from our district.”

The runners-up and honorable mentions also all hail from Bangor High. Siblings Abbey and Morgan Kidder received first and second runner-up, respectively; while Nick Fournier and Shirley Yuen received honorable mentions.

“The quality of work that Maine students produce for this competition is always impressive—and this year was no exception. I’m very proud to have Elena’s lovely study of a salmon represent our District at the Capitol. It says a lot about the wildlife and natural places that make our state unique,” said Pingree. “My thanks and congratulations go to all the students who participated this year, the art teachers who’ve fostered their talent, and the Maine Arts Commission for coordinating this fantastic event.”

Screen Shot 2014-05-12 at 5.26.50 PMThe judges also recognized the work of four other First District students—1st runner-up Caitlyn Duffy of Gorham, 2nd runner-up Veronica Jones of Readfield, and honorable mentions Elizabeth Brown of Manchester and Theresa Gervais of Chelsea. And from the Second District – 1st runner-up , Abbey Kidder of Bangor 2nd runner-up Morgan Kidder of Bangor, and honorable mentions Shirley Yuen of Bangor and Nick Fournier of Bangor.

The 2014 first place winners, Elena Laustsen and Jessica Chen will be joined by four runners-up from each congressional district when they meet with representatives from the Congressional Offices at a Blaine House reception held in their honor. This event is the culmination of a close partnership between the Maine Arts Commission and Maine’s Congressional offices. Both of Maine’s congressional delegates support this program enthusiastically and have provided their full support throughout the process.

CONGRATULATIONS to proud art teachers Holly Smith, teacher of Elena Laustsen, Sarah Dolley teacher of Caitlyn Duffy, and Linda Phillips, teacher of Veronica Jones and Theresa Gervais, Kal Elmore, teacher of Jessica Chen and Shirley Yuen, and Eric Hutchins, teacher of Morgan and Abbey Kidder and Nick Fournier.

 

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hART rocks Professional Development

March 12, 2014

Hancock county art teachers gather for professional development opportunity – March 28ARTatheCORE copy

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Baby Journal Published

June 23, 2013
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Art teachers with Westbrook Middle School students whose artwork is included in the book

You might remember back in September at the start of the 2012-13 school year the blog post that invited artwork submissions for the First Lady’s Baby book, “Love.Read.Learn!” Baby Journal. From that blog post and information going out to school’s and educators through other avenues there were over 800 pieces submitted for consideration. Every region of the state was represented and students from grades K – 8.

The project was a collaboration with the Barbara Bush Foundation and First Lady Ann LePage. The First Lady arranged the artwork throughout the Blaine House to be scored using a rubric derived from the AP rubric. First Lady Ann LePage, Becky Dyer from the Barbara Bush Foundation, and art teachers Lynne Shulman and Kathy Smith and I met at the Blaine House to score the artwork. It was great to share our love of teaching with both Becky and the First Lady. And a blog post announced the work selected.

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Barbara Bush and Ann LePage at presentation of the book

A couple weeks ago I was invited to the unveiling of the book as it was presented to three new moms. Two of the students whose artwork was selected for the book (out of the 32), from Westbrook Middle School along with their teachers, principal, and their parents were in attendance as well.

I was so proud to see the completed book and all the students who submitted work. I know that the First Lady and Barbara Bush were inspired by the student work and dream of the possibilities. During the next year the book will be presented to new parents at each hospital in Maine. A great day for art education!

All the artwork published is at this link which is located on the front page of the meartsed blog.

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Another Teacher’s Story: Samantha Orchard

April 16, 2013

This is the 27th in a series of blog posts telling arts teacher’s stories. The first 19 were told last year by the phase I Maine Arts Assessment Initiative teacher leaders. The series continues with the stories from the phase II teacher leaders. These posts contain a set of questions to provide the opportunity for you to read educators stories and to learn from others.

IMG_2916Samantha Orchard is in her 4th year teaching Visual Art to students in grades 9-12 at Woodland Jr/Sr High School in Baileyville. She has 43 students spread out across General Art, Advanced Art, Photoshop, and Yearbook classes.

 What do you like best about being a music/art/drama/dance educator?

 The best thing about being a high school art teacher is to see teenagers solve problems or develop creative solutions on their own. Some students need a little prodding, but they are at least willing to be pushed in a more independent direction.

What do you believe are three keys to ANY successful visual and performing arts education?

  • Support for what is done in your classroom from other teachers, the    administration, and the parents of students
  • Buy-in on the part of the students – they have to feel that what they’re learning and creating is worthwhile
  • Time for planning, collaboration, and sharing ideas with other educators in your own district and around the state

How have you found assessment to be helpful to you in your classroom?

Assessment for me is a great tool to gauge how clearly criteria and goals for a particular project are communicated. My students for the most part have a thorough enough understanding of the relationship between the rubric and the criteria for a given assignment to accurately gauge their products and answer for themselves the persistent question of “Is it done yet?”

 What have been the benefits in becoming involved in the arts assessment initiative?

Being able to take in ideas and different ways of looking at assessment has been one of the main benefits of being involved with the MAAI for me. Having other teachers who work with the same content and the same grade level to bounce ideas off of has also been great.

What are you most proud of in your career?

Most recently I’m proud that I was able to engage the faculty at my school in a meaningful and serious discussion about arts assessment. I presented my workshop about rubrics at a staff meeting and was really pleased about the discussions that developed out of the presentation. I was also proud of how it really seemed to prove that art is just as rigorous as the core classes to the non-believers.

What gets in the way of being a better teacher or doing a better job as a teacher?

I just need more hours in a day. Or less time doing mundane things like sleeping, eating, driving, etc.

What have you accomplished through hard work and determination that might otherwise appear at first glance to be due to “luck” or circumstances?

I have developed a safe, productive, positive work environment in the art room and computer lab. It may sound trivial, but being able to turn your back on students to write on the board or to really focus one-on-one with a student as needed and not have to worry about what’s going on outside of your peripheral vision is no small thing. The expectation for behavior and materials handling has been set and is respected by students – I don’t even have to fret about what is happening to my classroom on days when I’m out!

Look into your crystal ball: what advice would you give to teachers?

Speak up and share what you do with other teachers! It can be a revelation for all parties involved.

If you were given a $500,000.00 to do with whatever you please, what would it be?

With $500,000 I would pay off my student loans, buy a better vehicle, go on vacation, and purchase DSLR cameras and graphic design software for the digital arts classes.

Imagine you are 94 years old. You’re looking back. Do you have any regrets?

I can’t imagine any great regrets.

Thank you Samantha for telling your story!

 

 

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