Feed Your Soul: an Art Educator Program

2019 Dates: Sunday, June 23 – Friday, June 28

Feed Your Soul at MECA is a week-long studio-based program focused on giving high school art teachers time in the studio to refresh after the school year. We understand that teachers often need space and time to focus on their own artistic practices and, with this in mind, MECA’s program is 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, and explore the vibrant art scene in Portland, Maine, through a series of artist and curator lectures, gallery tours, and excursions throughout the area to take in the city and breathtaking views of Casco Bay.

  • Take a intensive morning workshop with MECA’s BFA faculty to focus on your own artistic practice
  • 24/7 access to spend time on your work in a private studio and in our studio departments
  • Network with artists, curators, and art teachers from all over the country
  • Optional — and plentiful — afternoon programming to give you control of the artistic experience you need
  • Explore the art scene and seaside charm of the dynamic city of Portland, Maine
  • Build new relationships with colleagues that last a lifetime

The 2019 Feed Your Soul application will be available in November. For information of 2019’s program, dates, and deadlines, please sign up for our mailing list below.

View the 2018 Program Schedule and Workshops here.

The 2019 Feed Your Soul Program

  • Morning intensive workshops, taught by MECA Faculty
  • Breakfast and lunch included daily
  • Drop-in afternoon workshops
  • Museum and gallery tours
  • Visiting artist and curator lectures
  • Optional evening programming: sunset cruise on Casco Bay, beach trips, exploring what makes Portland a foodie destination, and of course, studio time!



The program offers one intensive workshop (16 hours of in-class time), 24/7 studio access over the course of the residency. These intensive workshops will be led by MECA’s faculty and will run every morning for four days in four-hour blocks, 8:30am–12:30pm. They are designed with a primary focus on participants developing their own work — though some workshops may also include instruction for use in classrooms, Feed Your Soul workshops are focused on educators and their artistic practices. There will also be a selection of 2-hour drop-in afternoon figure drawing workshops over the course of the week.

The 2019 workshops will include (more TBA)

  • Ceramics: Throwing Functional Forms
  • Drawing + Mixed Media: The Costumed Figure
  • Fab Lab: Cut Paper Sculpture
  • Metalsmithing + Jewelry: Wearable Plastic
  • Painting: Water-Based Media for Health & Environment
  • Photography: Black + White Film Photography


The cost for Feed Your Soul 2018 was $425, which included tuition, housing, private studio space, breakfast and lunch Monday–Thursday, evening cocktail hours on Sunday and Thursday, and MECA goodies. Extra costs may include housing upgrades, parking, lab fees for workshops, travel to and from Portland, Maine, some dinners, and other incidentals or personal expenses. 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 includes:

  • Tuition
  • 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
  • Individual studio space plus 24/7 access to studios and facilities
  • Breakfast and lunch Monday through Thursday as well as breakfast on Friday
  • Two evening cocktail receptions
  • 2018 Feed Your Soul tote bag & MECA goodies

Additional costs may include:

  • Materials fees for workshops (usually between $0–50 per workshop)
  • Upgraded housing (single room — these rooms have limited availability): $175
  • Parking in a nearby garage ($70–$100/week)
  • Travel to and from Feed Your Soul 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, Lyft, 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 “Feed Your Soul Refund.”

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. Feed Your Soul is geared toward expanding, deepening, and enriching your own individual practice — the week will not necessarily provide you instruction or skills for teaching your students, though that may be an added benefit of some of the workshops.

Because Feed Your Soul is a competitive program, we kindly ask that if you have attended Feed Your Soul in both 2017 and 2018 that you do not apply for the 2019 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 fit of the program to the applicant, 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.

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.


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.

Sign up for our mailing list to receive program updates:

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!