Classes + Supplies
A Gathering of Stitches is a workshop studio for fiber and textile artists in East Bayside. They offer classes and workshops on sewing, knitting, quilting, dyeing, and silk screen printing to students at all levels, and they also rent time on various pieces of specialized equipment and offer business development to small craftspeople.
The Art Mart, located across Congress Street from the Maine College of Art, is open seven days a week and has supplies for hobbyists, students, and professionals alike.
Creatives across the country know Artist & Craftsman Supply stores as a one-stop shop for materials, tools, and presentation accessories, as well as framing services. The original opened in Yarmouth, Maine in 1985, and now the Portland store on Deering Avenue carries on the legacy.
Atelier Stitch is a sewing lounge and creative workspace with a small selection of specialty fabrics and notions. There is a variety of classes and workshops, including budget-friendly options, and occasional free crafting classes.
The Bakery Photo Collective is a nonprofit self-service darkroom facility in nearby Westbrook. The twenty commercial and fine-art photographers who make up the collective run the facility, which is open to the public four days a week for digital studio and darkroom rentals. They also host photography workshops and classes, youth programs, a lecture series hosting local and nationally recognized photographers, and an artist residency program offering darkroom time for visiting photographers.
Casco Bay Movers is a dance studio for everyone from beginners to repertory performers in a wide variety of styles, including jazz, tap, hiphop, and freestyle.
The Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland, in Rockport, Maine. Their woodworking courses range from weekend workshops to twelve-week intensives and a nine-month comprehensive.
Grapheteria offers custom framing, fine art and photo digital printing, economy poster printing, art and object photography, and mounting and laminating services for artists, business owners, and the general public.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine, about three hours from Portland. The school offers intensive studio-based workshops and residencies in a variety of craft media including clay, glass, metals, paper, blacksmithing, weaving, woodworking, and more. Anyone may participate, from beginners to advanced professionals.
Maine College of Art isn't just for undergrads. MECA's Continuing Studies division offers workshops, courses, and professional development programs in subjects including book arts, culinary arts, graphic design, and jewelry.
Maine Media Workshops + College is almost two hours from Portland in Rockport, Maine, but worthy of a mention because of the quality of instruction in photography, multimedia, filmmaking, and print design. They recently added an MFA program.
Maine Photo Works on High Street specializes in fine art printing, scanning, and framing. Hours are by appointment only.
Paca Naturals carries what they call "farm-to-main street" items, including a colorful selection of alpaca yarns from several different local farms. Their yarn is spun and dyed in Maine as well.
Phoenix Studio on Forest Avenue has classes in stained glass, glass fusing, mosaics, studio drawing, and painting for beginners and seasoned craftsmen alike. The studio carries a wide selection of supplies and glass and offers discounts on their retail items when you're taking a class.
Photo Market on Forest Avenue is the largest professional, independent camera store in the state. They offer processing and digital services, as well as occasional photography workshops.
Portland Adult Education's catalog includes classes in crafts, dance, fine arts, photography, and music, among others.
Portland Pottery offers supplies, classes, and a community for potters, jewelers, and glassworkers. They’re friendly to those who want to browse or learn.
The University of New England hosts eight-week creative writing workshops in poetry and fiction at the Portland campus on Stevens Avenue.
Z Fabrics carries the kinds of prints you won’t find at chain stores—from unique Japanese cottons to designer fabrics like Lotta Jansdotter—along with trims, patterns, books, and machines. Classes cater to everyone from beginners to professionals.