Ms. Chassé Art 6th-12th Grades

We enter into our fifth year of full choice for most high school art classes and progressive modified choice (from 6th to 8th grades) for middle school classes. Our student-teacher ratio, smaller classes, and culture of learners allow for this differentiation and freedom. 

In this Choice-Based model, teacher becomes more of a facilitator and students rise to take charge of their learning, develop confidence with student-centered learning and independence, help others, and learn the qualities of citizenship and leadership. In this information age, no longer is the teacher the only source of information and instruction. Nor are they the only expert in the room or community. Internet sources, community members, library sources, peer experts, and experiential learning are all considered viable means of accessing helpful information. Of course extended sources are monitored, reviewed and approved by the certified subject area teacher. 

This new model is not for every student. There are some that prefer and perform best with more teacher guidance. In the WMHS art class model, students may choose a more structured project approach (selecting from a list of project types and following a teacher-directed process of designing, crafting, and completing). Choice does not have to be all or nothing. Structure and freedom of altering guidelines couple nicely together for the student ready to think outside the box. Problem solving and risk taking can be built into a prescribed lesson type just as well as a student-designed project type. Middle school students are in much larger classes and have more structured project experiences with encouragement to challenge the project guidelines and find their own solutions for project challenges. There are some high school class cultures that work best with more teacher direction. Each class's depth and breadth of choice, therefor, varies depending on the needs of each learner.

Please feel free to contact Ms. Chassé at schasse@wiscassetschools.org with questions.


I was raised in Auburn, Maine, went to school out of state, lived in Washington D.C. and the Phili areas for eight years and returned to Maine in 2000. Although I enjoyed urban living, I found I was spending most of my time doing outdoorsy things in less-urban areas. I missed my family and was ready to return home. My sister, brother and I all went to art school. My mom, grandmother, and grand uncle are/were all artists- painters. My Dad enjoys wood work, stained glass and crafts. Art has been woven into my life since early childhood. I have completed twenty-four years of teaching: I taught five years in Phili, three years at the Hyde School in Bath, eight years at Gardiner Area High School, and am entering my ninth year at Wiscasset Middle High. 

When I am not teaching and doing teacher things at home, I enjoy making art- exploring new media and making gifts for friends and family. I like to exhibit my art work in group shows and in summer mother-daughter shows in our Famile d'Artistes tent. My professional site links to my art (facebook Shalimar Corneille Noire) and houses educational credentials: https://sites.google.com/site/arteducatorshalimarpoulin/. Besides making art, I like outdoor sport including: walking, swimming, hiking, biking, kayaking, sailing, x-country skiing and snow shoeing. For relaxation and recharging, I enjoy water exercise (Aqua Fit), Qi Gong (similar to Thai Chi) and meditation. When I am feeling ready for something fast and exciting, I also enjoy motor sports: cruising on my Honda Rebel and busting the waves on our 1985 Bayliner. My husband Scott (also a teacher) and I also enjoy sailing on a boat that was once my uncle's. Family is very important to both Scott and me. We enjoy time with our parents, siblings and niece and nephews. Our immediate family includes two beautiful dogs- Skye and Ruby. 

A couple of interesting tid bits: I participated in triathlons for twenty years. I have biked several century rides and road across the states of Maine and Pennsylvania. I donated a kidney to my Dad who is doing very well at nearly the age of 75. I am a cancer survivor. I am recovered and considered cured and am very grateful to be feeling a bit more myself four years out from my diagnosis (a tough year of treatment and three years of recovery behind me).

I generally check school e-mail at least once before leaving for the day (around 3:30/4:00): schasse@wiscassetschools.org. I will do my best to return messages withing 48 hours. We now have phones in our classrooms. One must call 882-7722 and ask for Ms. Chassé. The phone will not ring in the studio, but, I will find your message and return your call as soon as possible. My cell phone is 207-837-5158 (I do text)- please use this with permission or for urgency. My facetime and skype name is arted4all. 

Welcome to ALL new and returning artsy people (including those that believe they don't have an artzy bone in the- you will soon learn that art making is a skill that can be learned)! May this year bring you satisfying creative endeavors, new skills gained, and plenty of fun (through learning and creating) in the art room.  

PARENT INFORMATION HERE: https://docs.google.com/document/d/1FgE3sk_Crg73D2P4V_0LWL51z3mHNPzBNp3LTWg-u6Y/edit?usp=sharing