While Haystack’s programs are all online for 2021,
we plan to hold in-person programming again in 2022.
Please read below for information about the School’s workshops
and how summer sessions are traditionally organized.
Haystack was founded in 1950 and for the past seventy years has been widely considered a leader in craft education. The school serves local, national, and international audiences through programming on our award winning campus.
Haystack offers one- and two-week sessions focused on studio workshops in a variety of disciplines (ceramics, fiber, glass, graphics, iron, metals, wood, writing, and more) and to participants of all skill levels. The Haystack Fab Lab (digital fabrication studio) is available for session participants, augmenting their studio experience with opportunities to explore new materials and techniques with support from the Fab Lab staff. Visiting artists and scholars from a variety of fields, including science, literature, music, and the visual arts are invited for residencies—to focus on their work and participate with the community—during a two-week session.
Workshops are offered from June through August, are open to adults 18 and older and of all skill levels, and are taught by internationally respected craftspeople. Haystack awards approximately 25% of all summer workshop attendees with scholarships and fellowships. As an artistic community we believe in celebrating divergent points of view and one of the most powerful tools we have in supporting this mission is our scholarship program.
Haystack’s award-winning campus, designed by American architect Edward Larrabee Barnes, is an integrated complex of wooden buildings built on a steep wooded granite hillside overlooking Jericho Bay and the Deer Isle Thorofare. Buildings are connected by a central staircase and walkways above the granite boulders and the moss and lichen ground cover of the spruce-fir forest. The campus was intentionally designed to encourage community and interaction. The residential cabins at Haystack are an integral part of the campus design and the dining hall on the main deck is a central meeting place where participants enjoy delicious meals prepared in our kitchen.
For each session we welcome between 75-90 participants. Time at Haystack is marked by long, uninterrupted days in the studios surrounded by a community that cares deeply about what it means to explore ideas and work with their hands. For some, this is an entirely new experience while for others a vital part of their daily lives. Regardless of your background, there is a place for you here.
Workshops meet from 9 am to 4 pm, Monday through Friday. Our six studios (blacksmithing/glass, ceramics, fiber, graphics, metals and wood) are open twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week. Throughout the session there are evening presentations by artist/faculty, visiting artists and writers, staff, and technical assistants.
The school maintains a library with a collection of books on craft, art, design, and architecture as well and a store that sells materials and supplies.
At the conclusion of each session we open the campus to the public for self-guided studio tours providing an opportunity for participants to view some of the work made throughout each session. A celebratory auction of student and faculty work is also held, benefitting scholarships and studio improvements—are also free and open to the public.
When will workshops be offered again?
We plan to convene in-person programming again in 2022 and will post news about our season later this year. The application process for the 2022 season will begin in January. In the meantime, browse our 2021 season of online programs and check back regularly for updates.