Maine College of Art Workshop

January 10, 2011

December 8, 2010

Thank you to Suzanne Southworth, Camden Hills High School art teacher, for writing this blog post!

As many of you know Maine College of Art (MECA) held a workshop for art teachers on Tuesday December 8th.  The schedule was wonderful and the MECA faculty and staff were gracious hosts. The day’s events went off without a hitch. In the morning we visited Portland Museum of Art to view the work of Jenny Holtzer.  Then we went over to MECA for a guided tour of the facility.  Lunch was at MECA’s café, which was excellent, and it gave us an opportunity to connect with each other and the MECA staff.  After lunch we split up into groups to partake in a three-hour art-making workshop. I took “The Gift” with Ian Anderson.  We made plaster casts of our hands using Alginate for the mold.  After the workshop we were invited to a reception, which was another great way to connect and ask questions and enjoy a little Portland flare. Following the reception was a lecture at the Holiday Inn. The day’s event was wrapped up with a public display of Holtzers work splashed up on the wall of the Portland Museum of Art. It was pretty neat to see so many people gathered in Congress Square for this event. I was really impressed with Grace Hopkins, Admissions Director for her attention to detail. They offered a hotel room and travel reimbursements to the people who had a long way to travel. I was very impressed with the down to earth and friendly attitude of the faculty and staff.  Overall, a class act.

Thank you MECA for a great day!


  1. I was sorry to have to miss the workshop at MECA, but I did make it to Jenny Holzer’s talk (amazing) and projection on the Museum after. Here are my photos from the evening: http://www.flickr.com/photos/sutterview/sets/72157625665355297/

    Thanks to MECA for putting together the workshop to go with the lecture. It would be wonderful to see more of these kinds of linked events in the future.

  2. I also attended this fantastic workshop/ presentation. MECA did a great job creating a wide spectrum of meaningful workshops. I attended the Creating Imaginary Landscapes. I learned Photoshop skills valuable both as an artist and and teacher. I will be watching for this workshop next year.

  3. I also went for the day and thoroughly enjoyed “The Hand”. Thank you, Suzanne, for posting!

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