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The Department of Continuing Studies offers 3 terms of youth programming throughout the year.

Summer 2014

Dates: June 23 - August 15

Where big ideas become reality.

All camps run Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 3:30pm unless otherwise noted.  Each day consists of two focused art-making times (morning and afternoon).  Supervised lunch takes place in our cafeteria or in our outdoor Green Space on Casco St.  Parents of older students may waive this requirement and allow students to regroup at MECA after one hour.  A one-hour workshop period follows lunch in which campers may choose from a variety of social and art related activities to round out their days.



Thanks to the generous support of the Stephanie Hope Mull Memorial Scholarship Fund of the Maine Community Foundation, MECA is able to provide a limited amount of scholarships for students to attend summer youth programs.

Scholarship Form

For more information please call 207.699.5062 or contact Nik Bsullak, Assistant Director of Continuing Studies,


Summer of Art Essay Contest

Earn a free pass to an entire summer of art making at MECA.  Let us know what art making means to you in our new Summer of Art Essay Contest.  



Dates:   April 22nd - 25th

*no camp Monday, April 21st, Patriot's Day

Times:   8:30am to 3:30pm

Cost:   $225/week


Ages 9 - 12
TEXT ME: Creative Lettering 

Creative lettering is an artform… and this week’s camp is all about exploring letters through various art mediums. We’ll begin by learning to draw letters instead of just write words by practicing Italic Script, the script used by Elizabeth I, Leonard Da Vinci, and Michelangelo.  We’ll start off with pencil, then move on to calligraphy markers and specialty pens. Each student will complete a final project by using a favorite song lyric, poem, or quotation for use on greeting cards, t-shirts, and posters. Students will also explore visual writing through the ancient and tactile process of meshing sheep’s wool into three dimensional forms (known as wet felting) to create an individual set of felted letters.  An illustrated lettering project, short films on the origins and traditions of felting, and an African Drumming performance through the Portland Conservatory of Music will round out our week.

Ages 13 - 17
WEARABLE ART: Clothing as Sculpture

Discover the places where fashion meets art as we transform ordinary pieces of clothing into creative masterpieces. This camp is all about exploring clothing as wearable, sculptural art objects. No limits, no rules. Students will create their own custom dress form and will construct, deconstruct, embellish, rearrange, stitch, glue, staple, tie, and collect treasures that will make each piece unique using conventional and unconventional materials.  We will consider sound, music, and movement in our designs, and how these elements affect and alter our work. Participants are encouraged to bring a good pair of scissors and any inspired materials or pieces of clothing. No sewing experience is necessary. Just a love of fashion, avant-garde design thinking, and a taste for the beautiful and unusual.

For more information or to register your child,

please call the Continuing Studies office at 207-699-5061