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Feed Your Soul: Art Educator Summer Program

FEED YOUR SOUL
Maine College of Art
An Art Educator Summer Program

 
+ Take workshops with MECA’s BFA faculty!
+ Professional development, collaborative inquiring and networking!
+ Explore the art scene in the dynamic city of Portland, Maine!
+ Work on your own art in MECA’s studios!

The Program
This program is designed to give art educators professional development as well as an opportunity to work on your own artwork and network with other art educators. You will take workshops with MECA’s BFA faculty, share ideas with other art educators and colleagues, get to know Portland, Maine as a creative location and have the opportunity to work on your own artwork.

Workshops
The program offers 30 hours of in-class workshop and lecture time, and 24/7 studio access within a 5 to 7 day period. Workshops will be lead by  MECA’s BFA faculty and may include Ceramics, Jewelry, Painting, Figure Drawing, Woodworking, Photography, Printmaking, Textile and Fashion Design, plus others. From year to year the workshop offerings will be different.

Studio Space
Individual studio space is available to most participants on a first come first served basis at no additional charge. This is a great opportunity for participants that would like the option of having their own studio space during the duration of the program. There are a variety of studio spaces to chose from adjacent to your favorite studio area. You will have 24/7 studio access during the program to make as much art as you want with as many materials as you can bring.

Costs
The cost of Feed Your Soul will cover the tuition of the workshops and is posted on the website. Each participant is responsible for all travel; including parking, personal expenses, some dinners and material costs. Some workshops will require a materials fee and others will provide you a list of materials that you can bring from home. At no extra charge and on a first come first basis, you will be offered; on campus housing, and a chance to have  your own studio space. Breakfast and lunch are also offered everyday at no additional cost. There is an optional cost if you prefer a housing upgrade. If your school district is paying the cost of the program, but it will arrive at a later date; MECA can pre-register participants and hold their space in the program for up to 90 days, to give the school district time to process the check or payment form.  

Traveling
All travel expenses, including parking are the responsibility of the participant. It is not necessary to have a vehicle in Portland during the duration of the program. Portland has several transportation options including an airport, train station, bus depot and port, (just in case you would like to arrive by boat, ferry or ship) and taxis are available 24/7.

Schedule
The typical schedule is:
     + Breakfast
     + Morning workshop
     + Lunch
     + Afternoon workshop

Your own time; this time can be used to work in the studio, explore Portland, dinner, networking etc.

At the beginning of the program there will be an orientation schedule and the end of the program will include a closing dinner and departure schedule. These schedules will be updated every year.

For More Information
Each year the website will be updated with information relative to that year’s program including program dates, schedule, workshop options and costs. Visit meca.edu to learn more about Feed Your Soul, Maine College of Art and the Portland area. If you have any questions regarding the program please feel free to contact the admissions office at admissions@meca.edu, 207-699-5026 or toll free at 800-699-1509 x5037.

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2015 Feed Your Soul Summer Program
Saturday, June 27 – Thursday, July 2, 2015

2015 Program Schedule

  • Saturday, June 27, 5–7pm: Orientation and Welcome Dinner

  • Sunday, June 28 to Wednesday, July 1: Workshops

                  Morning workshops: 8:30am–12:15pm

                  Afternoon workshops: 1:15pm–5pm

  • Wednesday, July 1, 5:30pm–7pm: Closing Dinner

  • Thursday, July 2, 9:30am–12pm: Optional Critique Day


The Program
This program is designed to give art educators professional development as well as an opportunity to work on your own artwork and network with other art educators. You will take workshops with MECA’s faculty, share ideas with other art educators and colleagues, get to know Portland, Maine, as a creative location and have the opportunity to work on your own artwork.

Workshops
The program offers 30 hours of in-class workshop and lecture time, and 24/7 studio access. Workshops will run every day for 4 days from Sunday, June 28 to Wednesday, July 1. Morning workshops will run from 8:30am–12:15pm; and the afternoon workshops run from 1:15pm–5pm, and there is one all day workshop. Workshop offerings are listed below:

  • Art Education  Visual Journaling for the Artist-Educator

  • Ceramics  Back to Basics: Wheel-Thrown Ceramics

  • Ceramics  Advanced Wheelthrowing

  • Illustration  Passion for Fashion

  • Metalsmithing + Jewelry  Color On Metal: Enameling

  • Metalsmithing + Jewelry  Introduction to Jewelry Casting

  • Mixed Media  Narrative Collage

  • Painting  Exploring Form and Content in Life Drawing/Painting

  • Painting  Portrait Painting with Oil

  • Photography  Digital Photography

  • Photography  Collaborative Darkroom Experience

  • Printmaking  Watercolor Monotype with Chine Colle

  • Printmaking  Digital Pattern Design and Textile Printing

  • Printmaking  Additive Subtractive: Monotype from Photos

  • Sculpture  Biography Through Art: An Exploration of the Human Condition

  • Textile + Fashion Design  Landscape Stripes Part A and B (All day)+    

  • Woodworking + Furniture Design  Dovetail Box    


Studio Space
The opportunity for individual studio space is offered on a first-come, first-served basis at no additional charge. There are a variety of studio spaces to chose from adjacent to your designated studio area. You will have 24-hour studio access during the program to develop your own artwork.

Professional Development
30 hours of professional development or 3 CEUs are offered in this program through studio workshops and individual studio time. 

Costs
Cost of the Fellowship Program is only $225, which covers the registration the workshops, breakfast, lunch, and participation in networking and social engagements. At no extra charge, on a first-come first-served basis, are campus housing and a studio space. Additional costs include some materials fees, depending on the workshop. Optional individual costs: Upgrade charge ($150) for a single dormitory room (very limited) and meals at dinner time. All travel and personal expenses, including parking, are the responsibility of the participant. 

Travel
All travel costs are the responsibility of the participant. This includes all travel to and from MECA plus parking. Discounted parking costs can be arranged for participants with advance notice who are driving their own vehicle to MECA. Portland has several transportation options including an airport, train station, bus depot and port, just in case you would like to arrive by boat, ferry or ship. Taxis are available 24/7. It is not required that you have a vehicle here during the program and many participants do not use their vehicle at all during the program.

Registration
Registration for Feed Your Soul 2015 is now full! We are currently running a wait-list and will notify those on the wait-list about potential openings in early to mid-March. If you would like to be placed on the wait-list, please email feedyoursoul@meca.edu. If you would like to join the mailing list for future updates, you can do so here

Once you have registered, we will send confirmation packets out in February 2015, including schedules and any workshops fees, parking fees, or housing fees that may be due. Payment for Feed Your Soul 2015 is due by March 6, 2015. 

Additional Weekend Workshop Options through MECA Continuing Studies
Additional Workshop Options will be available on Saturday, June 28, 2015. These workshops are run by MECA’s Continuing Studies Program. There is an additional cost to take these classes. The classes will allow art educators to earn additional professional development hours and have more studio time. If a participant signs up for any additional workshop and attends the Feed Your Soul Program they will be allowed to stay in campus housing for the additional time at no additional cost. Class and workshop offerings will be available in the spring of 2015.

For More Information
If you have questions or concerns that are not discussed here, please feel free to contact us at feedyoursoul@meca.edu, 207-699-5026, or toll free at 800-699-1509 x 5037.

Nominate your students for Maine College of Art Scholarships!

Use the following forms to nominate your sophomores and juniors for scholarships to our Pre-College program, as well as for seniors that you feel should be considered for additional scholarships if accepted into the BFA program.

You can nominate up to three students in each category.

Pre-College Nomination Form.

BFA Nomination Form for seniors.