Feed Your Soul 2019

Welcome to MECA!

From all of us here at Maine College of Art, we are thrilled to welcome you to our community! Our goal is to make this week as enjoyable as possible for you. To that end we’ve compiled some information here you to help you prepare for your week at MECA.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out! The fastest way to connect with us is at 207.699.5026 Monday through Friday between 9am–5pm. (If we’re in a meeting, please leave a message with your name, number, and question, and we will get back to you as soon as possible!)

We look forward to welcoming you to campus on June 23!

Feed Your Soul 2019 Schedule

Feed Your Soul 2019 Schedule

Sunday, June 23
12–3pm
: Check in (51 Oak Street & 87 Free Street)
3–4pm: Orientation (Osher Hall)
4–6pm: Welcome Reception (Café)

Monday, June 24
7:45–8:30am: Breakfast (Café)
8:30am–12:30pm: Morning Workshops
12:30–2pm: Lunch (Café, serving until 1:30pm)
2–3pm: Professional Development Workshop with Nat May — How to Approach Galleries, Curators, and Residencies
2–5pm: Afternoon Workshops for Ceramics and Metalsmithing
5–9pm: Sunset Mailboat Cruise on Casco Bay (meet in the MECA lobby at 5pm, boat is at 5:45pm sharp)

Tuesday, June 25
7:45–8:30am: Breakfast (Café)
8:30am–12:30pm: Morning Workshops
12:30–2pm: Lunch (Café, serving until 1:30pm)
2–5pm: Drop-In Open Figure Drawing Class — pending confirmation (D-1, 380 Cumberland)
2–5pm: Afternoon Workshops for Ceramics and Metalsmithing
5–9pm: RAIN DATE for Sunset Mailboat Cruise on Casco Bay

Wednesday, June 26
7:45–8:30am: Breakfast (Café)
8:30am–12:30pm: Morning Workshops
12:30–2pm: Lunch (Café, serving until 1:30pm)
2–4pm: Gallery Tours — TBA!
2–5pm: Afternoon Workshops for Ceramics and Metalsmithing
6–7:30pm: PechaKucha Presentations by MECA Faculty (Osher Hall)

Thursday, June 27
7:45–8:30am: Breakfast (Café)
8:30am–12:30pm: Morning Workshops
12:30–2pm: Lunch (Café, serving until 1:30pm)
2–4pm: Gallery Tours — TBA!
2–5pm: Afternoon Workshops for Ceramics and Metalsmithing
5–7pm: Closing Dinner + Reception (Osher Hall)
7–9pm: Open Studios (Floors 3–5)

Friday, June 28
7:45–8:30am: Breakfast (Café)
8:30am–12pm: Check Out

 

General Information for Feed Your Soul Participants

Arriving to Campus

Check-In
Please arrive for check-in on Sunday, June 23 between 12–3pm. If you are living in the Oak Street Residence Hall please report there for check-in at 51 Oak Street, Portland, ME 04101. If you are not staying on campus or staying at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, please check in at the Admissions Office at 87 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101.

During check-in you will receive an access card to the Porteous Building (our facilities are open 24/7!) and a key to your residence hall and room if applicable. A limited number of city parking spaces will be blocked off to allow participants to check in and unload. Parking during the program will be available in a local parking garage just a few blocks away from MECA. Plenty of time is reserved in the schedule for you to bring your vehicle to the garage and come back to campus for the information session and opening reception.

>> Oak Street Residents
Please report to 51 Oak Street, Portland, ME, 04101. When you arrive to Oak Street please look for an open reserved parking space to unload your vehicle. Staff will be available in Oak Street to check-in and you will be given a packet of information and your keys. Once you have these, you can unload your vehicle to the lobby area. Vehicles can be moved directly to the parking garage or to a nearby street location and then to the parking garage later.

>> Non-Residents and Hotel Residents
Please report to the MECA Admissions Office at 87 Free Street, Portland, ME 04101. You will be given a welcome packet of information and your keys to the Porteous building.

On-Campus Housing

On-campus housing is located in standard college residence hall rooms in our Oak Street residence hall which is a converted hotel with lots of character. Residents are housed on floors 2–4. The building has wireless internet and an elevator. The lounge, located on the first floor, has a television, snack machines, and a coin operated laundry room. Each room comes furnished with a desk, chair, dresser, twin-sized bed (one set for single rooms, two sets for double rooms); nothing else is provided. Each room also has an attached bathroom. Depending on your housing assignment you may be sharing a bathroom with up to three other Feed Your Soul participants, so please pack accordingly. We do not provide linens, pillows, mattress pads, blankets, fans, or toiletries. A list of what to bring is outlined below. The residence halls are not air-conditioned.

Your keys will be available at check-in and must be returned when checking out. (CEU transcripts can only be provided if all keys are returned.) There will be resident assistants available in case of emergency situations. Please keep in mind that due to safety and fire codes, residential spaces cannot be used as studio spaces.

What to bring for your stay in the Oak Street Residence Hall
+ Pillow(s) and pillowcases
+ Sheets for a twin-size bed
+ Blanket(s)
+ Toiletries
+ Towel

Suggested
+ Mattress pad (strongly suggested if you are a sensitive sleeper)
+ Small fan
+ Water bottle
+ Alarm clock (or cell phone)
+ If you are a light sleeper, we recommend your noise-cancelling device of choice; the campus is located downtown in the city of Portland, so please take this into consideration.
+ Laptop or other device and power cords

Studios

Studio assignments will be made the week of June 17th after our MFA students have arrived on campus and have made their studio selections for their summer intensive. You may bring any materials relevant to your workshops and materials that relate to the studio space that you will be using.

We will do our absolute best to accommodate studios for as many participants as possible. Oil paints may only be used in the Painting studios or classrooms — please do not bring oil-based paints to use in any of the other studios as our ventilation does not allow for that. All of the studios are on the third, fourth or fifth floor of the Porteous Building, for which there is both stair and elevator access.

If you are not assigned a studio space on campus you may want a locker to store your materials in. If so, please bring a padlock (or two) with you and we can assign you one or two lockers according to your needs.

Travel During Your Stay

All travel expenses and arrangements during your stay is the responsibility of the individual participants. There is a bus system, the Metro Bus (gpmetrobus.net), which runs every day most of the day, and also runs to and from the airport regularly. Rides are $1.50 and you can get a ten-punch pass at the Elm Street location. See website for details. Below is a list of taxis should you need them:

Abbey Road Taxi 207-370-8294
ASAP Taxi   207-791-2727
Yo! Taxi   207-699-6867
207 Taxi 207-774-2255
Uber + Lyft are available throughout Portland and surrounding areas

Parking Garage

If you requested parking, we will send directions to the parking garage and instructions for access the week of June 17th before check-in. The parking garage is located within a couple blocks walking distance to MECA.

Local Convenience/Supply Stores

Reny’s  Located between the Porteous Building and the Oak Street Residence Hall, Reny’s is a small department store that carries a variety of items including sheets, pillows, fans, toiletries, clothes, batteries, and some food.

Art Mart  An art supply store right across the street from MECA that carries most basic art supplies you may need during your week.

CVS  Located on the same block as MECA and has a pharmacy inside.

There are also plenty of banks, bus stops, restaurants, and bars within a short walking distance.

Meals

Breakfast and lunch are included in the cost of Feed Your Soul, and are served in the Cafe on the 2nd Floor of Porteous. Dinners are not provided: we encourage you to explore the many restaurants, bars, and cafes that make Portland one of the best food cities in the US!

Meal + Reception Schedule

  • Sunday, June 23, 4–6pm: Welcome Reception
  • Monday, June 24–Friday, June 28, 8–8:30am: Breakfast (8–10am on Friday)
  • Monday, June 24–Thursday, June 27, 12:30–2pm: Lunch
  • Thursday, June 27, 5–7pm: Closing Reception

For all meals, the Cafe will do its absolute best to accommodate the diet restrictions including vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free options, according to what participants noted in the survey all participants filled out. If your needs have changed, please let us know as early as you can; otherwise it may not be possible to accommodate changes during the week.

If you have Celiac disease, please know that we can provide options without gluten, but that we do not have a separate kitchen for preparing meals. Please introduce yourself to our Café staff know when you arrive and they will be able to work with you to provide you the best and healthiest experience possible.

Building Access

You will have 24/7 access to the campus, including your studio space if you have one. If entering the Porteous building after 7pm, please sign in with the security guard at the front desk. You are able to use all facilities outside of class times, with the exception of the woodshop. Please let us know if you have any questions about our facilities or equipment and we will be happy to help.

Wifi + Internet

Wireless internet is available throughout the Porteous building as well as the Oak Street residence hall. You will receive the passwords in your welcome packet when you check in.

Campus Alcohol + Drug Policy

Possession or use of alcohol or drugs in any MECA studio or residential space is strictly prohibited, regardless of age. This includes the Porteous studio building, Oak Street, and Miles Standish. The exception is in the Cafe during the two scheduled receptions. The following is a partial list of behaviors prohibited by this policy and is intended to serve as a guide to appropriate behavior and is not an exhaustive list:

+ Possession of alcohol or drugs, including marijuana
+ Exhibiting signs of alcohol or drug consumption or intoxication (including slurred speech, nausea, alcohol on breath, etc.)
+ Possession or disposal of an empty alcohol container or drug paraphernalia
+ Sale, service, provision, or production of alcohol or drugs
+ Supporting the violation of the alcohol or drug policy (being present in a room/space or providing a room/space where an alcohol violation is taking place)

Check Out

Check-out is Friday, June 28 from 8:30am–12pm. Please drop off your keys with the designated staff person in Oak Street or in the Admissions Office to check out.

Further Information

If you have further questions not covered here, please email us at feedyoursoul@meca.edu or call us at 207.699.5026.

 

2019 Feed Your Soul Workshops

Book Arts + Fab Lab: Cut Paper Sculpture

This workshop will combine digital and analog processes as they relate to the creation of tunnel books and or paper dioramas. Techniques will include simple printmaking, hand cut paper, book making, and laser cut paper.

Faculty: Bennett Morris
Experience Level: All levels welcome, but some level of digital knowledge is very helpful
Time: Morning Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm
Rooms: 404 & 406 in the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— paper
— cardstock
— glue
— chip board

Participants should bring
— pencil(s)
— sketchbook

Ceramics: Throwing Functional Forms

This workshop will explore techniques in making functional pottery for the every day use. We will utilize slip as a means of surface decoration and learn to create aesthetically pleasing functional forms.

Faculty: Adrian King
Experience Level: All levels welcome, beginners to advanced
Time: All-Day Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm and 2–5pm
Room: 510 in the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— clay (25 lbs per participant; there will be an option to purchase additional clay if needed)
— wheels
— basic equipment
— slab roller
— slips
— apron

Participants should bring
— ceramics tools of your choice
— small water bucket for throwing water
— towel
— optional: different brushes for slip, slip squeeze bottles for slip trailing

A note about the schedule
This workshop runs all day, with a lunch break in the middle, in order to maximize the studio time for
this particular workshop. The morning section runs from 8:30am–12:30pm and the afternoon section
runs from 2–5pm. If you’d like to attend some of the optional FYS programming in the afternoons, you
can check in with your instructor on the first morning of class about the class schedule.

Drawing + Mixed Media: The Costumed Figure

Participants will draw from the clothed model as well a photo and drawn references. Drawing a clothed figure from observation involves assessing relationships between 2D and 3D, measuring and proportion, translating how clothes fit on a body, rendering fabric and pattern simply, how to design based in historic influences, expression, movement, and stylization. This supports all drawing skills and abilities; use of color and mixed media are both expressive and interpretive.

Faculty: Alex Rheault
Experience Level: All levels welcome, some drawing experience is helpful.
Time: Morning Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm
Room: D-2 at 380 Cumberland Ave, Portland, ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— models
— extra papers
— special markers
— extra watercolors/gouache tubes and ink
— some additional brushes

Participants should bring
— Strathmore drawing pad, 400 series, 14″ x 17″
— Art Loft or Crayola watercolor set
— Crayola crayons/colored pencils/markers
— Rag and small water cups/dishes
— Brushes: 6, 10 and 12 rounds
— Papers of your choice
— Surfaces to use as print plates, stencils, letters/numbers, or materials like bubble wrap, cheese cloth, netting, etc.
— Tearsheets from magazines or printouts of clothing and costume
— Push pins
— Optional: markers of any kind, water soluble crayons like Caran D’Ache, collage materials, tracing paper, found materials, string, yarn, stickers, fabric, and other dry or wet media.

Metalsmithing + Jewelry: Wearable Plastic

This introductory workshop explores the potential of acrylic plastics in contemporary jewelry making. Using acrylic sheet we will explore methods of bonding opaque and transparent colored plastics, carving by hand and with rotary burs, heat-forming, and polishing. Participants will also learn the process of vector drawing and digital imaging for use with our Fabrication Lab laser cutter to add texture/image engravings and rapid pattern cutting.

Faculty: Kyle Patnaude
Experience Level: All levels welcome, beginners to advanced
Time: All-Day Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm and 2–5pm
Room: 407 in the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— various colors of opaque and transparent acrylic sheet
— spiral sawblades
— methylene chloride
— epoxy resin
— pigment
— polishing compound

Participants should bring
— sketchbook
— extra fine-tip sharpie
— thumb drive

A note about the schedule
This workshop runs all day, with a lunch break in the middle, in order to maximize the studio time for
this particular workshop. The morning section runs from 8:30am–12:30pm and the afternoon section
runs from 2–5pm. If you’d like to attend some of the optional FYS programming in the afternoons, you
can check in with your instructor on the first morning of class about the class schedule.

Painting: Water-Based Media for Health & Environment

In this course, we will explore water-based media, including ink, watercolor, gouache, and acrylic. What is the impact of art materials on our bodies and our earth? The different health and environmental concerns raised by our creative practice will be discussed in conjunction with demonstrations and studio time. Please bring whatever water-based painting media you have, and an idea for a project that can be extended experimentally using several different materials (this can be one piece or many). With a focus on the application of different media in your own practice, you will deepen your focus on your work, learn new technical information, and see how artmaking and wellness are interrelated.

Faculty: Hilary Irons
Experience Level: All levels welcome, beginners to advanced
Time: Morning Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm
Room: D-1 in 380 Cumberland Avenue, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— water media: ink, watercolor, gouache, acrylic
— various kinds of wet-media paper

Participants should bring
— sketchbook
— brushes
— pencils and pens
— artist’s tape
— any water-based painting media you already own

Photography: Black + White Film Photography

This workshop is designed to reinforce the skill sets necessary to produce a body of B+W photographs. We will cover how to make the best exposure possible, new ways of looking at the purpose of the photographs, and why you are making them. We will think about different ways to approach composition and how to make photographs that have meaning, purpose, and intent. We will also explore proper darkroom techniques in producing quality B+W images.

Faculty: Thurston Howes
Experience Level: All levels welcome
Time: Morning Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm
Room: 409 in the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
— some photographic paper
— black and white chemistry

Participants should bring
— film camera
— black and white film that suits your camera
— photo paper of your choice

Printmaking: Screenprinting

Working with the prompt: “What positive message do you want to tell your community?” we will examine the relationship between words and image to design and screenprint one- and two-color posters and shirts. Using a direct method of image making, we will cut stencil designs from mylar for screenprinting. Each participant will come away with a collection of posters from each participant in the class a collaboratively designed and printed shirt.

Faculty: Hope Rovelto
Experience Level: All levels welcome
Time: Morning Workshop, 8:30am–12:30pm
Room: 405 in the Porteous Building, 522 Congress Street, Portland ME 04101

Materials provided by MECA
silkscreens (that you can take home with you!)
— drawing fluid
— block out
— aprons
— emulsion
— newsprint
— ink
— squeegees
— screen burning and washout supplies

Participants should bring
— sketchbook
— sharpies and pencils
— a roll of clear or brown packing tape
— any apparel or materials you would like to print on, such as, but not limited to: shirts, tote bags, tea towels, printing paper (suggested size of 11” x 17” or smaller), fabric, etc.
— optional: MECA will have screenprinting ink, but if you would like to use a specific color, please feel free to bring it along. The art supply store across from MECA (Art Mart) also has a variety of inks.