Nurturing Creativity in Your Child: Art, Music & Creative Thinking

Nurturing Creativity in Your Child: Art, Music & Creative Thinking

On Thursday, March 7th from 6 – 7:30 pm, the Harlow Gallery will host a panel of artists who are also teachers. The panel will discuss ways for parents and caregivers to encourage and support creativity in their children. Kim Bentley, Janna Civittolo, Adam Soosman and Malley Weber will talk about opportunities for enrichment outside of the classroom and will share useful strategies for encouraging and supporting young artists and musicians.

Our ArtTalk series is sponsored by The Bank of Maine, a local Maine business and long-time supporter of the Harlow Gallery. Bank locally! Your $3 suggested donation supports arts programming at the Harlow Gallery.

Kim Bently

Kimberly Bentley of Hallowell is an arts educator, adjunct professor of art and professional artist. She writes curriculum that pertains to the permanent collection and current shows at Bates College Museum of Art. She also teaches and runs the pottery studio at Common Street Arts, a non-profit arts center in downtown Waterville. She received her MFA in 2005 and shows her work throughout the United States. Kim will discuss Bates College Museum of Arts curriculum, online resources for home-schoolers and her work with Common Street Arts.

'[Stille #7' by Janna Civittolo

Janna Civittolo is a professional artist and educator who has experience teaching in private, Montessori, and public settings. She has taught students all ages and greatly enjoys encouraging art-making in all homes and inspiring learning through the arts. She is the gallery manager at Sheepscot General Art Center in Whitefield where she hosts monthly Family Art Nights and an Afterschool Art Club. Janna will speak about how to set-up your home to inspire and encourage art-making.

Adam Soosman

Adam Soosman is certified through the Maine State Department of Education as a kindergarten through twelfth grade music teacher, and has been a music teacher in Bingham, Jackman, Madison, North Haven, and Windsor schools, where he has taught general music, band, and chorus. Adam has been a private instructor, in Maine, since 1995, and specializes in voice, woodwind, and brass instruments. Adam is currently an instructor at the Musician’s 1st Choice School of Music and Performance. He is teaching a course on Irish Tin Whistle through the Gardiner Area Adult Education Program. He will also be heading up a Gardiner Community Brass & Woodwind course/band, through the same program, beginning in April. Adam has been a professional, performing, musician in Maine since 1989. He is a founding member, manager, and frontman, for the band JONES’N. Featuring 6 decades of popular and dance music, JONES’N has five-star status with Gigmasters, (a nation wide booking agency), and is honored to have received “Best in 2011″ and “Best in 2012″ awards, from this source, which rates entertainment on a National scale. Soosman also performs with other Maine groups that range in styles from Classical, Jazz, Folk, Celtic, & Adirondack music to Funk, Disco, Reggae, Classic/Southern Rock/Modern Rock forms, & Pop. Adam is the proud father of two amazing children: Abigayle (8) and Aaron (5). Both children spend much of their time with their dad, exploring, discovering, & strengthening their creative & critical thinking in all mediums of learning, (visual, aural, & kinesthetic).

Ceramic plate by Malley Weber

Malley Weber has been playing with clay for 25 years. She loves to share the benefits of taking your play seriously! Malley teaches children and adults in her studio ‘Hallowell Clay Works’ and K-12 across the state through Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts Mud Mobile. She often reminds her adult students (who usually need the most help) how to relax into their natural creative abilities. Usually this involves tuning out the man-made world and following more natural rhythms. Malley has an MFA in Interdisciplinary Art from Goddard College in VT. She also studies astrology.

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