Classes + Supplies
The Art Mart, located on Congress Street across 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 an artist-run space on Forest Avenue offering affordable acces to state-of-the-art facilities and a large collection of digital and analog equipment. They also host public lectures, exhibitions, workshops, and artist residencies.
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.
The Fine Arts Department at Southern Maine Community College, located just over the Casco Bay Bridge in South Portland, offers academic courses and events in studio art, art history, art appreciation, music and theater.
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, filmmaking, design and book arts. MMW+C offers certificate and degree courses of study (including an MFA program) as well as workshops, intensives, and cooperative labs.
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, all spun and dyed in Maine. Their store in Cumberland is open by appointment only.
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.
Roux & Cyr International Fine Art Gallery is a gallery on Free Street that also offers oil painting classes at a variety of levels.
The University of New England hosts eight-week creative writing workshops in poetry and fiction at the Portland campus on Stevens Avenue.
The University of Southern Maine course catalogue includes classes in studio art, art history, music, theater, and beyond.
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.