This fall’s Arts in Action workshops at RSU 13 Schools has seen many returning youth artists and a lot of enthusiasm for this year’s projects and partnerships in Rockland and Thomaston. After-school arts programs are offered by the district’s Adult and Community Education to create opportunities for youth artists to showcase and share their talents in actionable ways by partnering fine arts education with community arts and service learning projects.

Arts @ Work, a yearlong mentorship program for high school students, aims to deepen artistic learning, enhance student portfolios and introduce the skills and practices of community studio arts, as well as arts administration. The mentorship program is hosted by the Center for Maine Contemporary Art’s ArtLab. Arts@Work, and Arts with Heart, are instructed by artist Alexis Iammarino.

Arts with Heart, a program for students in grades 6 through 8, teaches design and painting techniques to create large murals. Current mural projects partners include the Rockland Transfer Station and The Landing Place. This year-long program focuses on collaborative mural work and creating one-of-a-kind beautification pieces, while also creating opportunities for youth artists to showcase and share their talents in actionable ways by coupling fine arts education with community arts projects. Arts with Heart is hosted by the Flanagan Community Building/YMCA.

Art Club, a program for students in grades 4 and 5, encourages students to use a variety of art topics to create their own unique projects. Each week, new techniques and lessons on using new materials are introduced so students can give form to their artistic ideas. Art Club is hosted by Thomaston Grammar School and instructed by artist Cynthia McGuirl.

For more information and to register students online for these after-school arts programs in Rockland and Thomaston, call 594-9764 or visit rsu13.coursestorm.com.

Courier Publications’ A&E Editor Dagney C. Ernest can be reached at (207) 594-4401, ext. 115; or dernest@courierpublicationsllc.com.