|Demonstrations are an essential part of the workshops.|
Last June after the fifth graders from Deer Isle-Stonington Elementary School (15 students in all) came for their end-of-the-year field trip, we received a large envelope full of thank you notes from them. This was a small class—about half the average size for Island schools—and they were very enthusiastic about their visit.
This field trip to Haystack is an annual event where kids get to visit the studios and sometimes see demonstrations too. It’s thrilling for them to see how materials are transformed and how makers from all around the world come to work day and night. At the end of the morning, the class has a picnic by the shore, and we supply cookies from our kitchen for dessert. In one the most memorable of the thank you notes, one of the girls described what she had experienced and learned in the studios, concluding her letter by saying she couldn’t wait until she was 18 so she could enroll in a workshop. “Remind me when it’s time…” she wrote.
Sometime all of us need to be reminded when its time. For you, it might be this catalog arriving in the mail, or seeing it in someone else’s studio. It’s like a call to adventure—when you realize that it’s time to be part of a creative community at Haystack, where makers from beginners to advanced professionals can investigate and experiment. This year, in addition to our workshop sessions and conference, we are adding a new open studio residency. Whatever program you attend, you will find an institution where studio work and creative process are central.
Who wouldn’t want to be reminded of that opportunity? Come join us this summer.
Stuart Kestenbaum, Director
Haystack's core summer workshops include one- and two-week sessions in blacksmithing, clay, fibers, glass, graphics, metals, and wood. Classes are open to adults 18 years or older of all skill levels - from beginners to advanced professionals. Studios are open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, with classes scheduled Monday through Friday. The Haystack community is made up of approximately 85 participants, including staff, students, and internationally known faculty artists. Instructors determine the format of their workshops, as described in the course catalog and on our Summer Sessions by Workshop page.
|Breakfast and lunch are buffet-style.|
Haystack's Evening Program Series runs throughout the summer and includes slide lectures by the faculty, as well as presentations and performances by visiting artists and writers. The school also sponsors programs in the spring and fall for the local community and Maine residents.
If you would like to receive a catalog or be added to our eNewsletter mailing list for notifications, please contact us at email@example.com or (207) 348-2306.
|Sharing meals together is another way to meet session participants and get to know one another outside of the studios.|
OPEN STUDIO RESIDENCY (2 weeks)
|SESSION 3 (2 weeks)|
|May 26–June 7||July 14-26|
|SESSION 1 (2 weeks)||Beginning Glass||Joe Grant|
|June 9–June 21||Ceramics||Bonnie Seeman|
|Blacksmithing||Rick Smith||Fiber||Sonya Clark|
|Ceramics||Simon Levin & Kenyon Hansen||Metals||Robert Ebendorf|
|Drawing/Painting||Moe Brooker||Wood||Katie Hudnall|
|Fiber||Joan Morris||Visiting Writer||Bill Roorbach|
|Wood||Jon Brooks||SESSION 4 (2 weeks)|
|July 28-August 9|
|SESSION 2 (2 weeks)|
|June 23-July 5||Book Arts||Julie Chen|
|Ceramics||Jamie Walker||Fiber||Michael Olszewski|
|Enameling||Helen Carnac||Glass||Beth Lipman|
|Fiber||Tilleke Schwarz||Metals||Beverly Penn|
|Glass||Michael Schunke & Josie Gluck||Wood||Reuben Foat|
|Mixed Media||Michael Stasiuk||Visiting Musician||Yosvany Terry|
|Visiting Musician||Pauline Oliveros||SESSION 5 (2 weeks)|
|& Collaborative Work||Baskets||Hisako Sekijima|
|Book Arts||Beck Whitehead &|
|Alison Chase||Ceramics||Ayumi Horie|
|Matthew Crawford||Glass||Bohyun Yoon|
|Erik Demaine, Martin Demaine||Metals||Deganit Stern Shocken|
& Peter Houk
|Michael & Laura Hosaluk||SESSION 6 (1 week)|
|Nathalie Miebach||August 25-31|
|Pradeep Sharma||Blacksmithing||Peter Ross|
|Lily Yeh||Ceramics||Doug Jeck|
|Paper/Book Arts||Matthew Shlian|
|Quilts||Judi Warren Blaydon|
Schedule subject to
Residency applications: March 1
Workshop/Scholarship applications: March 1
Worshop/Regular applications: April 1
|Please note that the application process for summer session workshops at Haystack is a review process, held after the deadlines. Placement in workshops is not conducted on a first come, first served basis.|
Schedule subject to change