Art education is a critical experience for students to learn how to expand their creative problem solving skills and express their identities, and this ability is something that is a needed skill in other classroom content areas. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are amplified by the artistic process--particularly in the design process. Science textbooks are filled with diagrams, Technology and Engineering both require prototypes and designs, and math expresses itself in geometric sequences. Art and Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math are symbiotic. In this class you will learn from a STEM expert how to bring together these four content areas into your art classroom to amplify your learners’ experiences in all five disciplines. Maggie Hutchinson will guide you through understanding the concepts of STEAM and implementing them in your curricular design. You will learn how to collaborate in these content areas to develop lesson plans and learn how to make your own. Maggie will also teach you a math-centered art skill using the Fibonacci Sequence to create your own unique artwork that you can then apply to your classroom. You will leave this experience with plans for a STEAM activity of your very own.
Thursday, 6/17: 12:00 -2:00
Friday, 6/18: 12:00 - 3:00
Saturday, 6/19: 10:00 - 12:00
Maggie Hutchinson holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Civil Engineering, and a Masters of Science in Teaching degree. She has worked as an educator in a wide variety of locations and schools, including a non-profit school for at-risk youth in Denver, Colorado, a combined Middle/High public school in a Maine tourist town, a small community funded public school in rural Maine, and even some homeschool consulting. Prior to teaching she worked in the Civil Engineering field, on a variety of projects from HCG systems in Maine paper mills, surveying land for a building development, site analysis for code compliance at a wood chip facility, and AutoCAD designs for home renovations, among others. Additionally, Maggie has always had a love and passion for the arts, and for residential properties, in particular the older historic homes in Maine. As a young college student, Maggie hoped to pursue a minor in art and use both her engineering and art in an architecture career. Unfortunately she graduated one class shy of obtaining her art minor, but her love and passion for art, and all things STEAM has remained, and continued to direct her path. This combined experience, knowledge, and interest has led Maggie down the project based STEAM journey she is on, and she is excited to share this love and passion for STEAM with you!