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Virtual Accepted Student Day

Below you’ll find some of the highlights from MECA’s two Virtual Accepted Student Days. We’re also working on captioning workshops and sessions, so stay tuned for more additions in the near future!

Welcome to Virtual Accepted Student Day at Maine College of Art!

Welcome to Virtual Accepted Student Day from President Laura Freid (1 min)
View Welcome from the President

Welcome to Virtual Accepted Student Day from the MECA Admissions Team (2 mins)
View Welcome Video

Virtual Tour of Maine College of Art (17 mins)
View Virtual Tour

Student Q+A Session
(video coming soon)
Moderated by Dean Ian Anderson, in conversation with current students in the BFA program.

Artists at Work Info Session
(video coming soon)
Presented by Jessica Tomlinson, Director of Artists at Work, with special guest alum Jordan Carey ’19.

The MECA Community — a presentation for Parents and Family
(video coming soon)
Hosted by Beth Elicker, Executive Vice President, and André S. F. van de Putte, Chief Enrollment Management Officer

Artmaking Demos and Workshops with MECA Faculty

Live Illustration Workshop
with Michael Connor, Assistant Professor of Illustration
view the workshop at the link above with the password: 7V&VV546
Where do you get your ideas from? This is a question many artists, especially illustrators are asked. An illustrator has to draw from many sources to generate concepts and solve visual problems. An illustrator must be flexible and inventive as a concept can change as a project develops according to the demands of the project, the client’s wishes, and the illustrator adding a new spin on an old idea. This workshop/demo includes glimpses of work by MECA Illustration majors, work by instructor Michael Connor, and a fun sketch exercise using juxtaposition to create layered meanings using found objects and surprise prompts!

Painting Demo: The Illusion of Transparency

with Annika Earley MFA ’16, Adjunct Assistant Professor of Painting
on-demand video and instructional PDF

Any kind of paint (watercolor, acrylic, oil, gouache, etc.) in at least 3 colors
Palette knife (or brush, or disposable knife, or anything that lets you mix paint)
A mixing surface (glass or plastic palette, palette paper, plastic wrap stretched over cardboard, aluminum foil, whatever you have available to you!)
Any brush
Pencil and eraser
Cup of water
Rag or paper towel
Paper that can take wet media

Photography Demo: Cyanotypes

with Justin Kirchoff, Program Chair and Professor of Photography
on-demand video

SunPrint paper
Liquid cyanotype (like Jacquard’s Cyantoype Set or similar)
Wide brush (for applying chemistry)
Contact print frame (that fits your paper size)
Watercolor paper
Hydrogen Peroxide


Virtual Activities:

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Explore MECA at Your Own Pace

Take a campus tour and dive deeper into each of our studio majors:

Animation & Game Art | Ceramics | Graphic Design | Illustration | Metalsmithing & Jewelry | Painting | Photography | Printmaking | Sculpture | Textile & Fashion Design | Woodworking & Furniture Design

Learn about what makes Portland the right-sized city for students with a student-led tour of the city and select year-round highlights of all that Portland has to offer

Check out the next steps to get ready for Fall 2020 for accepted and enrolled students

Learn how our community is responding to our new remote reality

Virtual Film Fest

“Mable and the Wolf”
by StopMotionCollab: Khayman Clancy, Sam McKenzie, Amanda Saker (all class of ’20)

a junior collaboration film, class of ’18

“Newt: The Invincible Ball Boy (Work in Progress)”
by Corey Boynton ’21

“Hotdog vs. Hotdog”
by Alex Ryan (Faculty)

“Title” is the actual title of this one.
by Logan White ’20

“Penny Woes”
by Sam Tabibian ’21

“Tiny Sheriff vs Slightly Larger Outlaw”
by Josh Lightbourne ’20, Elise Foley ’19, Taryn Perry ’19

“Untitled 2D animation film”
by Will Kittridge ’19

Ready to Enroll?

Enroll in MECA’s next cohort by submitting your enrollment fees here. You can also submit your housing fee and deposit at this link, too.

I'm enrolled for Fall 2020! What's next?

We’re so glad you’re joining us this fall! Check out the Next Steps for Fall 2020 here! You’ll also receive an email confirming your enrollment and containing your Student ID within 3 business days. If you have any questions, please contact us at


If you have any questions, you can contact us at or 207.699.5026.


Image Credits

Animation & Game Art: William Kittredge ’19, Invasion Andromedae

Foundation: Anna Valenti ’20, Anchored by a Breath

Metalsmithing & Jewelry: Chloe Darke ’11, C. militaris var. homines (extracted specimens)

Music: Photography by Kyle Dubay ’18

Graphic Design & Illustration: Tyler Eldridge ’18, Experience X Remembrance Illustrations

Woodworking & Furniture Design: Melinda Aste, Stack Cabinet

Printmaking: Miekala Cangelosi ’16, Same Genes, Different People