Haystack Mountain School of Crafts offers studio programs in the arts – and invite artists from a variety of disciplines to be visiting artists in residence – in a stunning setting ideal for transformative and interdisciplinary learning experiences. People come to Haystack to develop and discover skills, to nurture their creativity, to ask questions, reassess, and take new risks in their work. Haystack’s teaching and visiting artist faculty have a willingness to be generous with information, strong technical and interpersonal skills, love of teaching, and their unique body of work.

Haystack offers over 100 workshops each year in the following media: blacksmithing, book arts, ceramics, glass, graphics, metals, mixed media, wood, writing, and more. Throughout the summer season six one- and two-week studio workshop sessions are offered to people from throughout the US and abroad, and of all skill levels, led by prominent artist instructors. Spring and fall workshops flank our summer sessions, which serve local and regional community and mentorship programs for Maine high school students. Visiting artists augment the studio workshops and provide informal activities that support the summer session community. or two in 

Haystack’s instructors include both studio artists and professional educators. We are looking for artists doing interesting work who are also excellent teachers with these qualities: a willingness to be generous with information, strong technical skills, good interpersonal skills, ability to work with a broad range of skills levels and with students ranging in age from 18 to 80s+, and an ability to teach conceptual information. We encourage innovation, workshops that advance contemporary expressions in various media, as well as workshops that incorporate or emphasize traditional and historic information and processes. It is helpful if instructors have some familiarity with Haystack or another craft school. 

Workshop instructors are comprised of a combination of returning instructors, student and instructor recommendations, and research by the Haystack staff, trustees, and program committee. However, we do occasionally review submissions for workshop proposals. Each year, about half of our instructors are people who have previously taught at Haystack. The other half are selected from recommendations, applications, and direct invitations on our part. Please note that it can often take a number of years before there is a spot in one of our programs for even the strongest proposal. We often schedule a year or two in advance, therefore, our review and outreach is ongoing. 

Submit a Proposal

Haystack accepts teaching and visiting artist proposals through SlideRoom. This platform is designed to help you easily manage your application materials, including images. It also makes it easy for us to access and review your application. Submitted proposals and materials will be kept on file for three years.

To submit materials for a teaching proposal or visiting artist proposal visit haystack.slideroom.com

Once we receive your proposal, if more information is needed, we have any questions, or if a teaching slot that is a good match for you and becomes available, we will contact you. We schedule workshops about a year and a half ahead of time. Please visit the workshops section of our website or look at several of our catalogs to get a sense of the range of workshops taught each year.

Thank you for your interest in teaching at Haystack.