Feed Your Soul: an Art Educator Program

2017 Dates: Sunday, June 25 – Friday, June 30

Feed Your Soul at MECA is a week-long studio-based program designed to allow you to take a workshop with MECA’s faculty, work on your own art in MECA’s studios and state-of-the-art facilities, explore the vibrant art scene of Portland, Maine, and give you time for professional development and networking. We understand that teachers often need space and time to focus on your own artistic practice and with this in mind, the program offers up to 30 hours of studio-based workshops and 24/7 studio access, offering 3 CEUs. Each participant can apply for a sixteen-hour workshop and individual studio spaces. View the 2017 Program Schedule and Workshops here.

  • Take workshops with MECA’s BFA faculty to focus on your own artistic practice
  • Enhance your 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

Click here to see photos from Feed Your Soul 2016.


Mailing List Sign-up

Applications for Feed Your Soul 2017 closed on November 30. Please fill out this form to be included on the mailing list for Feed Your Soul. We will periodically update you with news on the program, program dates for each year, and information about registering. If you have further questions, please email feedyoursoul@meca.edu. Thank you!


The program offers up to 16 hours of in-class workshop and lecture time, and 24/7 studio access over the course of the residency. Workshops will be led by MECA’s faculty and this year include workshops in Art Education, Ceramics, Digital Media, Drawing, Metalsmithing + Jewelry, Painting, Photography, and Printmaking. Workshops will run every morning for four days in four-hour blocks, 8:30am–12:30pm. The workshops are designed with a primary focus on participants developing their own work, though some workshops may also include instruction for use in classrooms as well.

Click here to see the 2017 workshop descriptions (located below the schedule).

Studio Space

Individual studio space is available to most participants at no additional charge. This is a great opportunity for participants who 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 run of the program.

CERAMICS Studio: Located on the 5th floor. Best suited for ceramics work, including both hand building and wheel throwing work. Studios are come with a wheel and storage shelves for fired and unfired work.

GRAPHIC DESIGN Studio: Located on the 3rd floor. The design studios are best suited for 2-D work, small water-based painting (i.e. gouache, watercolor, tempera), illustration, photography, graphic design, and desk-based work. Studios come with a large individual flat desk with some storage, desks are arranged throughout an open floor plan.

ILLUSTRATION Studio: Located on the 3rd floor. Illustration studios are best suited for 2-D work, small water-based work in painting and illustration (i.e. gouache, watercolor, tempera), photography, graphic design, and desk-based work. Studios come with a medium-sized desk space with an angled top, a small back wall for pinning. and built-in file storage.

PAINTING Studio: Located on the 4th floor. The painting studios are the only options available for oil paints, and are best suited for working on a wall or table. Studios come with three homosote walls and a table is optional. Easels may be available for use.

PAINTING GROUP Studio: Located on the 4th floor. The painting group studio is one of the only options available for oil paints, and is best suited for working on a wall or easel. The group studio is an open format with one large shared wall and a collaborative environment. Easels may be available for use.

PRINTMAKING Studio: Located on the 4th floor. Printmaking studios are best suited for print work, 2-D and relief work, and water-based media. Studios have two to three homosote walls, a large table, and flat files for storing work.


The cost for Feed Your Soul will cover the tuition of the workshops, basic housing, studio space, and breakfast and lunch. 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 with a list of materials that you can bring from home. There is an optional cost if you prefer a housing upgrade. If your school district is paying the cost of the program, but the payment won’t arrive until a later date, please contact the Admissions Office.

The cost for Feed Your Soul 2017 is $375 and includes:

  • Participation in up to one workshop
  • Housing in our residence halls for the duration of the program — a double room is included, two people per room
  • Breakfast and lunch
  • 2017 Feed Your Soul t-shirt & MECA goodies

Additional costs may include:

  • Materials fees for workshops (usually between $0–40 per workshop)
  • Upgraded housing (single room) is $175 (these rooms have limited availability)
  • Parking: $70 for the week in a nearby garage
  • Travel to and from Feed Your Soul 2017 and any additional personal expenses are the responsibility of the participant



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, as Portland is a very walkable city with several transportation options, including an airport, train station, and two bus stations. Uber and taxis are available 24/7.

Refund Policy

Refunds for Feed Your Soul (full or partial) must be submitted in writing to feedyoursoul@meca.edu and include the participant’s name, refund request (item and cost), and the subject of the email should include the word “Refund”. For refund requests submitted by April 15th, we can refund 100% of the request. For refund requests submitted by May 15th, we can refund the cost of tuition only. No refunds can be issued after May 15th.

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. If you have any questions regarding the program, please feel free to contact us at feedyoursoul@meca.edu.

Frequently Asked Questions

Who should apply?

We welcome art educators from the United States who are actively working and teaching in public or private high schools. Art educators that are teaching in elementary and middle schools are welcome to apply, but primary consideration will given to high school art educators. This program is best suited to participants who are visual artists who would like to hone their skills through workshops, learn new techniques and ideas, and/or work in a studio-based environment. There are opportunities for both collaborative and independent work. Because Feed Your Soul is a competitive program, we kindly ask that if you have attended Feed Your Soul in both 2015 and 2016 that you do not apply for the 2017 program so that we may give the opportunity to other educators who’ve not had the chance to attend yet.

Can my partner/friend/colleague(s) and I apply together or collaboratively?

We will review all applications separately, and there is no guarantee that we can accept friends, colleagues, or partners together. If you are both/all accepted and would like to be housed together, we will do our best to accommodate that.

What kind of facilities do you have?

Maine College of Art has a wide breadth of studios and classrooms for students. The following studios, classrooms, labs, and resources are available to Feed Your Soul participants: Ceramics studios and classrooms (including glaze room and kilns), computer labs, Digital Media classrooms, Drawing classrooms, Fab Lab, Graphic Design studios, Illustration studios, Institute for Contemporary Art at MECA, Joanne Waxman Library, meditation and prayer room, Painting studios and classrooms, Photography classrooms and digital output lab, Printmaking studios and classrooms (including the spray booth, darkroom, acid baths, screen room, and presses), Sculpture classrooms and spray booth, Textile + Fashion Design studios and classrooms.

How are participants selected?

A committee including Admissions staff, a Continuing Studies staff member, and a representative from the Executive Administration will review all applications together. Participant selection is based primarily on the stated intention of how the participant’s time will be used, the perceived benefit the participant might have from attending Feed Your Soul at this point in time, the resources available and the media the participant will be working in. Preference is given to high school art educators, though we do accept applications from elementary and middle school teachers as well.

Can I bring my partner, my family, or my pets?

We are not able to accommodate guests, families, or pets on campus. If your family would like to accompany you in Portland, we would be happy to give you suggestions for off-campus accommodations.