Nestor, Argy Argy.Nestor at maine.gov
Wed Aug 8 17:51:46 EDT 2007

 <<ASCD article.doc>> 

ARTS NEWSLETTER # 14- 7 August 2007
GREETINGS FROM ARGY’S CUBBY with a view of the STATE HOUSE DOME at the Department of Education

Happy August!  I hope you are enjoying your summer break!  With any luck you are creating art, music, dances and theatrical performances.  
I recently attended an MLTI technology conference in Castine at the Maine Maritime Academy.  It was good to catch up with old friends including art teacher, Debi Lynn Baker and meet people including music teacher, Mike Cushman.
Carol Waldron, technology coordinator/teacher from Appleton and Hope Elementary Schools and I presented a session on Impressionist painting and photography.  We used the Wacom Drawing Tablets to make paintings using Appleworks Paint and digital cameras using the Elements and Principles of Design to create web pages like a photojournalist would do.  
I had the opportunity to attend sessions as well.  One was with by middle school music teacher Roger Whitney from Wiscasset.  Roger taught us how to use the Garage Band program.  He is an awesome teacher and would be glad to share his knowledge with you.  Contact him at: rwhitney at wiscasset.k12.me.us
Jeff Beaudry (College of Education, USM) and Polly Wilson (Science Teacher, Deering High School) presented a session entitled: Digital Image Analysis: Science of Light, Science of Plants, and Environmental Monitoring.  It was fascinating to learn about their work and to think about the practical applications that are possible.  For those of you looking for connections with Science education or are interested in learning more about their work please go to: http://mvh.sr.unh.edu/  This interactive site contains many components for the connections of color and light.  If interested in integrating the art and science of light energy and color, please contact Jeff at jbeaudry at usm.maine.edu He would be glad to have a conversation about the possibilities of collaborating with you.

It’s ALMOST time to register for the state-wide arts education conference being planned for Oct. 5 and 6 at the Samoset Resort in Rockport. The planning committee has been VERY BUSY making plans. Maine Alliance for Arts Education website will have registration information: http://www.maineartseducation.org/ A special email will go out this week as soon as the information is online.  The conference is sponsored by the Maine Department of Education (MDOE), The Maine Alliance for Arts Education (MAAE) and the Maine Arts Commission (MAC) partnering with Maine Art Education Association (MAEA), Maine Music Educators Association (MMEA), Maine Drama Council (MDC) Dance Education in Maine Schools (DEMS) and VSA arts of Maine (VSA).   Make your plans, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!  This conference has not been held in over 10 years.

This newsletter is now being mailed electronically to 481 educators (an increase of 7 since the last newsletter). If you are interested in reviewing back issues of the newsletter click on: http://mailman.informe.org/pipermail/doe-arts/
If you know of others that wish to receive the newsletter please ask them to email me argy.nestor at maine.gov

If you want to learn more about the Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium that is taking place between now and September 10th please click on http://www.schoodicsculpture.org/home.html Thank you David Cadigan for providing me with the correct website to learn more about this unique symposium.  

You have the opportunity to attend a Modern Dance Installation at Lake Andrews on the Bates College campus this Thursday and Friday evening, August 9 and 10 starting at 8:00.  Join modern dancers Sara Pearson and Patrik Widrig who have created a special dance representing the circle of life in celebration of the 25th anniversary of the Bates Dance Festival. There are 10 or more performances that feature an international cast of all ages. The installation is accompanied by an original score of music composed by Robert Een.  There is no cost to attend.  For more information please go to: http://abacus.bates.edu/dancefest/
Will you be participating in this year's Pinwheels for Peace project on
International Day of Peace, Sept. 21, 2007?  Wondering what the Pinwheels for Peace project is all about?  Please learn more and  "officially register" by going to http://www.pinwheelsforpeace.com/join.html

**ARTS / ART & DESIGN   | August 4, 2007 
Arts Education:  Book Tackles Old Debate: Role of Art in Schools  <http://www.nytimes.com/2007/08/04/arts/design/04stud.html?ex=1186977600&en=9f3da57386b87f3b&ei=5070&emc=eta1> 
In a new book, Ellen Winner and Lois Hetland of Project Zero — an arts-education program at the Harvard Graduate School of Education — argue forcefully for the benefits of art education, while still defending their 2000 thesis.

	**The following appeared on Boston.com 
Headline: Some push for arts in core curriculum    Date: July 1, 2007
"Arts advocates are pushing the state Department of Education to
make arts education a bigger part of recommended high school graduation
requirements, which list music, art, and related subjects as electives."
Please go to this link to read more: http://www.boston.com/news/local/articles/2007/07/01/some_push_for_arts_in_core_curriculum?p1=email_to_a_friend

The Value of the Arts, Part I
 July 26, 2007  |  Volume 2  |  Issue 21
“Teaching the arts in school as part of the general curriculum has certainly taken a backseat to the core curriculum and school budgets in recent years. But in an effort to reestablish the importance of art in education, some schools are  successfully expanding practical ways to integrate the visual, musical, and dramatic arts to reinforce learning concepts and content across the curriculum.”   Please read the attached file named “ASCD article” to learn more. 
Maine Education Commissioner Susan A. Gendron announced that Maine has joined the Partnership for 21st Century Skills, a leading national advocacy organization. The Partnership brings together the business community, education leaders and policymakers to define a vision for education that ensures every child’s success as citizens and workers in the 21st century and to provide resources and networking to make that possible. Please click here to learn more: Maine Joins Leading National Partnership on 21st Century Skills Education <http://www.maine.gov/tools/whatsnew/index.php?topic=DOENews&id=40499&v=article>  

If you are interested in reading the archived press releases from the MDOE please go to: http://www.maine.gov/education/pressreleases/index.shtml

"An understanding heart is everything in a teacher, and cannot be esteemed highly enough. One looks back with appreciation to the brilliant teachers, but with gratitude to those who touched our human feeling." Carl Jung

Make it a great August,
Argy Nestor
Visual and Performing Arts Specialist
Maine Department of Education
23 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0023
fax: 207-624-6821
argy.nestor at maine.gov


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