Island Workshop Day brings together sixty or more participants for day-long workshops in Haystack’s studios. The program is in collaboration with the Healthy Island Project (HIP), Deer Isle. Haystack and HIP are working to foster participation in Island Workshop Day among individuals who are from Deer Isle/Stonington and Blue Hill Peninsula. We reserve slots for people who have not taken a workshop at Haystack’s fall or summer programs. Because of increased demand for this program, and to make it fair to all applicants, we use a lottery system to select participants.

Mugs All Day: From Teacups to Tumblers…
Can You Handle It?

Clay – Carole Ann Fer
This workshop will consist of a taste of working in clay through a variety of methods. We will throw, coil, and pinch our way through the day making drinking vessels with and without handles. We will spend some time doing simple surface decoration. Mugs will be fired and picked up at a later date at Haystack. Beginners are welcomed and encouraged.

Playing with Shapes

Blacksmithing – Jeff Toman
Using basic traditional forging methods we will move hot steel to create simple projects that will leave you smiling at the end of the day.

Painting From the Intuitive
Graphics – Patricia Wheeler
The spirit of art is always affirming. Starting from the idea that creating and analyzing are two different processes, you will be encouraged to work from your intuitive side to build paintings which will be transformative. You will be introduced to Patricia Wheeler’s philosophy and techniques for painting from one’s own experience to create abstract paintings that reflect life. We will use limestone clay on board with a variety of acrylic paints as stain and cold wax to seal the final layer as we build, stencil, and cut into the paintings. Students will work on a series of four small paintings. The workshop is a primer geared for all levels but a basic design sense and a willingness to be vulnerable is important; facing fear holds the promise of empowerment. This workshop is physical and messy.

Etching on Metal
Metal – Robin Cust
In this workshop we will explore pattern development through a series of drawing exercises and then etch our designs onto the surface of metal. These etched plates will be the jumping off point in creating a variety of wearable pieces.

Bandsaw Boxes

Wood – Bruce Bulger
Students will make dovetail boxes with both band and hand saws.

Slowing Down For Words
Writing – Candice Stover
Quick! How many words does it take to fill—or empty—a day? Words on screens. Words at the press of a button, flip of a switch. Words on pages. Words in our mouths, ears, eyes. But how and when does a word really get our attention? This workshop is designed to hold and slow down words. We’ll make a deck of wide-awake language cards, meet a few blank pages, enter a poem or two, and word-map landscapes where we’ve lived and where we are. All you need is a notebook (paper, please), what you like to write with, and an open day to find your words in time.

Modern Quilting

Fiber – Kyra Alex
We will use color and shape to create an original take on the traditional stacked coin quilt.



All skill levels, from beginner to professional, are welcome.

This collaboration between Healthy Island Project and Haystack is supported by Haystack’s Maine Programs Endowment Fund.


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