Visual Arts & Studies Intensive

Camp Description

Visual Art and Studies Intensive is a 2 week summer program at Maine Central Institute. For the summer of 2021, campers will meet from Monday, July 19 to Friday, July 30th with a final show and gallery presentation on Friday, July 29th. Please click here to view our flyer.

Week 1 Goals:

-Understanding the role of visual language and communication
-Introduction of project guidelines and techniques
-Ongoing trouble-shooting tips and skills
-Planning individual bodies or completed works

Week 2 Goals:

-Personal and collaborative project evaluation, critique and adjustment/development
-Physical preparation for culminating show
-Writing and oral presentations

The following material will be available:

-Acrylic paint
-Watercolor paint
-Drawing materials including graphite, charcoal, and chalk and oil pastel
-Fabric, yarn, natural and found materials
-Hand-printing materials

The following materials will be unavailable due to time or safety concerns:

-Kin-fired clay
-Darkroom/photography facilities
-Oil paint
-Sewing Machines

*Beyond these categories, if there are specific materials or methods of working that a student requires, please contact Amy Graham at no later than 3 weeks ahead of time, in order to evaluate the use and procurement of said materials.

*Students may arrive with their own (non-toxic, non-hazardous) materials, or empty-handed.

*The school will provide a sketchbook to each student upon arrival on the first day of class.

*Students should arrive prepared with comfortable, casual clothing that can be safely marred, and shoes appropriate for outdoor activities (work boots, gym shoes, etc.) If students choose, they may pack one (1) more upscale dress, blazer or otherwise personally formal outfit for the show opening at the end of the two week period, but this is not required.

Final Show

The Final Art Show will be installed on the Wednesday of the second week of camp, and presented on the Thursday evening of the second week of camp. The Friday following the show will be spent in evaluative discussions, and packing/wrapping up of projects/materials.

Other Information: 

*Campers will arrive in possession of a wide variety of experience and abilities with mark-making and creative visual art. Both novice and experienced students are encouraged to apply and attend this program, as each student will be supported and assessed appropriately.

*All artworks created will become the property of the artists. The packaging, transportation and/or disposal of any and all artworks is the sole responsibility of the student/artist. MCI is not responsible for the loss, damage, theft or shipping of any student artworks.

MCI kindly requests, but does not require that each student donate one (1) of their original artworks to the school.

Please register here: Registration Page

Dailey Schedule

Monday through Friday:

8:00-9:00 am Breakfast in Dining Room
9:00-10:30am Project introductions, art historical context and assignments
10:30-12:00 pm Studio work, including group and individual critique and critique technique
12:00-1: pm Lunch & Free Time
1:00-3:00 pm Project work in studio


Weekend and afternoon/evening schedule will vary based upon experiential and discovery learning activities

Essential Information

When:  July 19, 2021 to July 30, 2021

Where:  MCI campus, Pittsfield, Maine, USA

Ages:  students entering grade 7 to grade 12

Costs (due by June 1, 2021):

  • $2,000 USD for 2 weeks for boarding campers - includes equipment and supplies, room, board, and weekend project travel. Students are responsible for airfare to/from the United States and visa fee,  if applicable.
  • $1,400 USD for 2 week fors day campers - includes all equipment and supplies. Does not include travel to and from MCI.

For more information, contact Scott Giallombardo at (207) 487-3355 (email:

Required Forms

Click links below to open and print forms. Send completed forms to Scott Giallombardo, Maine Central Institute, 295 Main Street, Pittsfield, ME 04967.

Permission for Medical Treatment

Release Agreement

Camp Policies

Privacy Policy

Transportation Request

                  Amy Graham 

Amy Graham graduated from Groton School, then went on to earn her B. A. in Environmental Design from The University of Pennsylvania, and her M. F. A. in Painting from The University of Chicago. She has been a teacher and practicing artists for over 30 years.

Amy enjoys accessing her experience with sports, dance, writing and public speaking when connecting with students in the visual arts. Her own work has been featured in both group and solo exhibitions, and can be found in public collections worldwide.

Amy has experience with both international teaching and AP portfolio classes and submissions. She has recently set up a studio space in downtown Pittsfield, Maine, and her work will be featured at Artemis Gallery in Northeast Harbor Maine in the spring of 2021.