Coastal Maine Creative Arts (CMCA) Program at Lincoln Academy


CMCA is committed to the development and strengthening of an individual's artistic and intellectual self, through college level instruction, peer engagement, and the Mid-Coast Maine experience. Coastal Maine Creative Arts program aims to prepare students for successful admission and transition into college.

Lincoln Academy is located within the “twin villages” of Newcastle and Damariscotta, Maine. Campus is located within as short stroll into the town center, a summer destination for many, with its restaurants, shops, and galleries along the majestic Damariscotta River. Lincoln Academy provides the perfect backdrop for creative spirits to fly. 

With a rich history deep in the American traditions of the 19th and 20th century landscape painting, Coastal Maine has attracted greats from Andrew Wyeth and Winslow Homer, and into the 21st century with the creative greats of Louise Nevelson, Robert Indiana and Alex Katz. Lincoln Academy is a short hour from Portland and three hours from Boston, making its small town charms easily accessible from Major cities.

A Global experience in Midcoast Maine

With a diverse international student body and faculty that is comprised of professional artists and college level educators from around the world, students of CMCA will have the opportunity to create lifelong friendships and peer support systems that will cover the globe. Currently at Lincoln Academy there are students from Spain, Rwanda, China, Japan, Vietnam and Korea.

Beyond the Studios

With unlimited outdoor activities and a lively professional local artist community, students will have adventures scheduled each weekend and in the evenings or off hours during the 20 day program. From July 4thcelebrations in Damariscotta, to stargazing at Acadia National Park, Lobster bakes, Ferry Trip to Monhegan Island, First Friday in Portland, and local artist open studio walks, the full midcoast immersion is unavoidable!

Activities at the CMCA Program


During the summer arts intensive, students will be immersed in our supportive and internationally aware English speaking community. Students within the ESOL major, as with all students will have a low student to faculty ratio, and will engage in a curriculum that enriches their English language skills.

CMCA Pre-College Curriculum

All students will choose one Major and one Elective and take a comprehensive drawing class. They will also have the benefit of college level portfolio review, and college placement advisement. The program will culminate with a final exhibition in a professional gallery. Every student will participate in exhibiting their work. Each class will have projects created for the final show giving students the opportunity to see their work within a public context.

The Pre-College experience at Coastal Maine exposes the student to the independence of a higher education learning environment but also allows for a structure that nurtures the educational choices of the student in safe and supported way.

Majors in the Curriculum

  • Painting
  • Sculpture
  • Graphic Design
  • ESOL

Electives in the Curriculum

  • Digital Photography
  • Jewelry Design
  • Creative Writing 
    (students will be provided material list upon acceptance into the program)

Daily Schedule of the CMCA Program

8:00 - 8:25 Yoga

8:30 - 9:10 Breakfast

9:15 - 1:00 Major Class (Choice of Painting, Sculpture, ESOL, Graphic Design)

1:00 - 2:00 Lunch

2:15 - 5:15 Electives (Drawing or 1 choice elective: jewelry, creative writing, photography)

5:15 - 6:15 Structured outdoor activities

6:15 - 7:00 Dinner

7:30 - 9:30 Studio Time (sign in required)

9:30 - 10:45 Evening free time

11:00 pm Curfew & Lights Out


Every Morning we will gather together at 8 am for communal yoga practice. An opportunity to wake the body, mind and spirit; not to mention a fantastic way to get to know one another on the lawn of Lincoln overlooking the Great Salt Bay!

Weekend Activities at the CMCA Program

10:00 - 11:00 Brunch

12:00 - 05:00 Choice Activities (Weekend Workshop or Excursions)

05:00 - 06:30 Free Time

06:30 - 07:30 Dinner (Welcome BBQ on first Tuesday and lobster bake last Wednesday)

07:30 - 10:45 Evening Activities (Outdoor Movie, Portland, Sunset hikes, Acadia, Camden, Damariscotta River)

Cost for the 20 days CMCA Program

US$ 3,800 for the 20 days programme

The fee includes the programme, housing, board and the excursions.