Residencies Upcoming for 2016-2017
Click here for our 2016-2017 Program with Artist Photos

Kindergarten & SJCS First Grade:
Science & Watercolors with Carol Masterson

October, January & May
Carol Masterson lives in Brunswick and has worked as an artist, illustrator, graphic designer, and teacher. During her AAE residency, Caroll will focus on the kindergarten and first grade science currlcula, beginning with self (Coffin K), spiders (SJCS K), and apples (SJCS 1st). She will share topical stories with students and then will encourage students to paint with watercolors to interpret both the story and the relevant curriculum area. In a new AAE twist, Carol will meet with each class three times throughout the school year, focusing each time on a new science study area. To learn more about Carol, please visit

First Grade:
Physical Theater with Gretchen Berg
June 2017
Gretchen Berg is a perennial AAE favorite and will join us this year for the fifth time. In her work as a teaching artist, Gretchen collaborates with educators and students to integrate theater, dance, visual arts, and classroom curriculum in New England schools and museums. Gretchen serves as the Lead Teaching Artist and Curriculum Consultant for SideXSide in Portland, a program similar to Arts Are Elementary. She will work with first grade students as they bring to life the characters they create and encounter in their Writers’ Workshop. The residency will culminate with a final celebration.

Second Grade & Multi-Age Classes:
Make-Believe Medicine Shield Books with Mandy Russell
October 2016
Mandy Russell has taught art workshops in the Midcoast area since 2010 and owns and operates The Painted Dog: art & stitch studio in Brunswick. She works in a variety of media and has published multiple articles on how to create original art pieces. Using stamps, stitching, and storytelling, Mandy will work with students to create make-believe medicine shield books, tying into the second grade social studies unit on Native Americans. To learn more about Mandy, please visit and/or The Painted Dog: art & stitch studio on Facebook.

Third Grade:
Contemporary Folk Music and Songwriting with Jud Caswell
January 2017

Back by popular demand, local singer/songwriter Jud Caswell will tie together elements from
traditional and contemporary folk music as he guides third graders in the art of songwriting. Kids will learn about the folk process, write their own songs to an existing melody about a curricular subject, and record their work. Classes will share their original songs with one another at a school concert and copies of their recordings will be available online. Jud has released five albums, has performed at folk festivals around the country, leads songwriting workshops, and is a regular performer for kids at local schools and libraries. To learn more about Jud, please  visit

Fourth Grade:
Clay & Maine’s First People with Squidge Davis
May/June 2017
Squidge Davis, director of Starflower Farm and Studios and its principal teacher, has been a Resident Artist for the state of Maine since 1978. In that capacity she has taught thousands of individuals the joy of creative process through the clay and inner listening. Squidge is a favorite AAE resident of both kids and teachers alike – this will mark her 6th time with us! Using clay and nature imagery, Squidge will guide students as they experience clay using the same techniques and gestures as our ancient ancestors.  To learn more about Squidge,  please visit her website

Fifth Grade:
Writing and Photography / The Telling Room
2016 – 2017
The Telling Room is a nonprofit writing center in Portland, dedicated to the idea that children
and young adults are natural storytellers. In 2015 the TR won the National Arts and Humanities
Youth Program Award, the nation’s highest honor for exemplary after-school arts programs. In
their 10 sessions with us, our most in-depth residency to date, TR writing mentors will work with
students from idea generation to final draft and will share with students the art of photography.
For more information, please visit the telling room webiste:

Past Residencies