June 24, 2018
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Schoodic sculpture symposium to offer workshop for teachers

Courtesy photo | BDN
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By Sharon Kiley Mack, BDN Staff

STEUBEN, Maine — The Schoodic International Sculpture Symposium has organized a workshop for teachers in Hancock and Washington counties.

Jane Weil, one of the workshop’s coordinators, said the workshop can be used as a springboard for classroom lessons in math, science, social studies, language arts and art.

“This is a fabulous teaching opportunity,” she said. “And it is not just for art teachers. The possibilities for linking the symposium to the classroom are endless.”

The SISS began in 2005 and uses indigenous granite and world-renowned stone carvers to create massive, permanent sculptures that are located in 13 communities in Washington and Hancock counties. A map of the sculptures’ locations is available, and Weil said many people plan a Down East vacation based on the sculpture tour.

This year, sculptures will be placed in Eastport, Addison, Hancock and Blue Hill. Judging of the more than 3,000 entries is under way.

The teachers’ workshop will be offered Saturday, March 26, and includes a tour of the SISS public sculptures, a visit to Jonesboro and Franklin quarries, and seminars on using the SISS in the classroom.

Weil said two buses would be used, picking up Washington County teachers at the University of Maine at Machias and Hancock County teachers at Ellsworth City Hall.

“After touring all the sculptures and the quarries, both groups will come to Hammond Hall in Winter Harbor, home to Schoodic Arts for All,” Weil said.

There, a series of slide shows and seminars will be held to illustrate how SISS can be incorporated into all areas of study. “We are also encouraging teachers to bring students from their schools to the SISS, which begins the first week of August and continues for six weeks,” Weil said.

For more information, call Weil at 546-2269 or jweil@myfairpoint.net or Cathy Lewis at 422-6224 or cathylewissor@roadrunner.com.

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