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Hone Your Artistic Skills in Maine

Artists of all mediums, genres and abilities come to Maine to expand their knowledge and skills in the state’s many internationally acclaimed workshops and schools. You can, too.

The Watershed Center for Ceramic Arts in Newcastle holds workshops and summer and fall residencies for ceramic artists. Each year, more than 100 people spend their time creating, firing up the kilns and crafting pieces from clay that is made on site. Throughout the year, there are workshops like wheel throwing and glazing, as well. The center uses the marine clay left behind from when the campus was a brick factory.

The world-renowned Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, situated on the shores of Penobscot Bay on Deer Isle, offers one- and two-week studio sessions each summer for guests to learn a multitude of crafts - from glass blowing and pot throwing to blacksmithing and fiber arts. Visiting artists and talented faculty guides work in studios that remain open all day, every day, so you can work when the muse inspires you.

If you want to try your hand at furniture building or you’re just looking to polish your craft, the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is the place to be. Offering 9-month-long programs, shorter intensive courses and workshops, the Center has something to teach everyone. All bases are covered, from basic woodworking classes to wood-turning and fine cabinetry, wood crafters of all levels can expand their knowledge and skill.

If physical theater is your art, check out the Celebration Barn. Nestled in the foothills of Western Maine, the Barn offers a full season of intensive, immersive and collaborative workshops with world-class teachers in techniques from clowning and buffoon, to improv and movement theater. Artists can delve into their craft for six to twelve hours a day in small, intimate groups.

Hone your skills in photography, filmmaking, book arts and writing at the Maine Media Workshop in Rockport. One of the longest-running media-arts workshop programs in America, where everyone - from high school students to octogenarians - can learn in a workshop setting or a 4-10 week-long intensive. Their MFA program was was recently named to the top 100 fine-art graduate schools by US World & News Report.

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  • Mayo Street Arts strives to strengthen its neighborhood and community by providing a haven for the...

    Phone: 207-879-4629

    Website: mayostreetarts.org

    Address: 10 Mayo Street , Portland

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  • Summer Enrichment Day Camps

    Phone: 207-878-2222

    Website: maine.madscience.org

    Address: 979 Riverside St. , Portland

    Classes and Workshops Coed Day Camps
  • Discover the best food and drink Maine has to offer through exhibits, events, classes and, of course, your sense of taste!

    Phone: 207-558-5772

    Website: www.mainetastingcenter.com

    Address: 506 Old Bath Rd. , Wiscasset

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  • CASA ALCHIMIA a place where hospitality, art, culture and culinary experience meet with an Italian influence.

    Phone: 207.749.8141

    Website: www.alchimiamaine.com

    Address: 188 Main Street , Freeport

    Classes and Workshops Breakfast Included Internet Access
  • Snow Pond Center for the Arts is a not-for-profit, located on a 40-acre campus along the shores of Lake Messalonskee in Central Maine. Snow Pond is a community center and home to the New England Music Camp, Snow Pond Music Festival.

    Phone: 844-476-6976

    Website: www.snowpond.org

    Address: 8 Goldenrod Lane , Sidney

    Fairs and Festivals Art and Craft Performing Arts
  • Operated by the nonprofit Friends of Soliders Memorial Library, the Arts Center offers classes, concerts, art shows, presentations, classes, meeting space, and facility rentals.

    Phone: 207-409-1822

    Website: soldiersmemlib1.wixsite.com

    Address: 8 Hancock Avenue , Hiram

    Performing Arts Venues Classes and Workshops

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