ABOUT MEDOMAK SUMMER ARTS INSTITUTE 2015


Please apply here. Deadline April 15

For one week in July (7/15-7/22) the Medomak Arts Project will play host to young aspiring artists and environmentalists who will work with local artisans, art instructors, and environmental scientists to share a natural and cultural immersion experience based on STEAM principles. STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Math) incorporates elements of hard and social sciences into creative and design oriented disciplines to engage contemporary societal problems.  Students between the ages of 13-17 learn about different artistic techniques, from metalworking, painting and collage, to printmaking and photography, as well as become familiar with issues concerning environmental sustainability in the Maine mid­-coast region and beyond. Field trips are planned throughout the Medomak watershed to both gather found objects and materials and for inspiring ideas and artworks focused on Maine’s natural beauty and the science of coastal ecologies.

Young artists and environmentalists will work one-on-one with a local arts mentor to produce a final project. Additionally, students familiarize themselves with exhibition methods leading up to a show of their final project in downtown Waldoboro during our "Paint the Town" festival on August 1.

MASI 2015 Theme: Creativity and the Coastal Climate

Creative and expressive works of art, both representational and abstract, have often been inspired and informed through observation of and interaction with nature and the environment. Maine’s mid-coast region is one of the most beautiful and dynamic ecological systems in the country. However, the shifting global climate challenges the relationship between the people who live, work, and play along the coast and the ecosystem that provides and sustains those activities. Like many social and environmental problems this struggle for balance - where the needs of society can be met without negatively impacting the environment - represents both a challenge and an opportunity to imagine how the world might be different.  The 2015 Medomak Arts Summer Institute hopes to illuminate this struggle during our one-week summer intensive. Students will immerse themselves in the natural, cultural, and historical beauty of the midcoast region and discover how this experience and the issues introduced inspires and fuels their creative work.

This year's MASI will include:

  • Pre-college one-on-one art instruction from professional midcoast, artist mentors

  • Only a $100 educational fee for the one-week intensive!

  • Introduction to various techniques (painting and collage, sculpture, printmaking, wood and metalworking, digital photography, drawing and design, media and video arts)

  • Guest artist and scientist lectures

  • Midcoast fieldtrips to local sustainable farms, coastal attractions, and artist studios

  • Overnight campout on Muscongus Bay in Bristol, ME with morning expedition to Hog Island

  • Take-home digital portfolio of your work and final project(s)

  • Student exhibition at the Paint the Town Festival in Waldoboro, ME on August 1

MAP welcomes applicants aged 13-17 who are interested in pre-college arts instruction as well as students who are interested in pursuing environmental fields.

Please apply here. Deadline April 15