Core Elements and themes of Sweet Tree Arts:
Process over Product
Questions over Answers
Whole brain and whole body learning encouraged
Community is explored through the arts in the following themes:
Self, Group, Family and Friends, Our environment, Our community, The wider world. We also create community art projects to enhance and connect our community.
For Adults we offer workshops and classes to inspire and connect to fellow artists.
Many classes within the creative arts will be offered: Visual Arts, Language Arts, Music, Drama, Storytelling and more.
Lindsay Pinchbeck is the director of Sweet Tree Arts L3C and founder of Sweetland School, a Reggio Inspired Arts Integrated program in Hope, ME. She has been teaching in the arts and alternative education settings for the past 15 years. Pinchbeck gained her Masters in Education through Lesley University's Creative Arts and Learning program and received her undergraduate degree in Art and Music from Colby College. Creatively she works as a print maker and photographer. Lindsay believes art can be shared by all ages and all abilities on many levels - we create as active participants, engage as observers and share experiences together that enrich our lives and build empathy when we explore the world through the arts.
Kathleen Walsh Buchanan
I have had a lifelong interest in creating art. My path to becoming a working artist is perhaps somewhat atypical- I was educated and employed as a biologist prior becoming a full-time printmaker in 1999. As an undergraduate at Tufts University, I majored in biology and nurtured my creative skills with as many studio art courses as I could possibly fit into my schedule. After graduation in 1993, I worked in the consulting field for a few years before heading off to graduate school. It was while completing my master’s degree in wildlife biology at the University of Alaska that I decided to renew my efforts at studio art and printmaking in particular. At first glance, biology and printmaking seem to have little common ground, but much of my training as a scientist has served me extremely well as an artist. Both disciplines require skill at observing the environment, at not only looking but seeing what is going on around you. I look at biology and art as two dialects in the same language, different ways to communicate what you have learned about the nature of things, about the truth of your experience.
Sweet Tree Arts welcomes Kathleen is an artist in residence at the Sweetland Center.
Amy Gertner is a lead teacher in our Sweetland school program.
Amy recently completed her Masters in Education integrating the arts through Lesley University.