Into the woods

By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 23, 2014

Letter and Sign Carving, June 2-6, 2014
Taught by longtime boat-joiner and woodcarver Reed Hayden, this course from the world-renowned Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport gives students a foundation in lettering and motif-carving for signs, furniture, and more. Later in the summer (June 16-20), Maine artist and turner Stephen Gleasner will teach Introduction to Turning, giving participants the skills to make bowls and spindles using a lathe. And at the height of summer (July 28-August 1), Brooklyn designer Brian Perisco will lead a Bow Making course, in which students will learn to shape and flex traditional longbows, as well as make bowstrings by hand. For the Katniss Everdeen in all of us.  Center for Furniture Craftsmanship | 207.594.5611 | woodschool.org

The Quiet Landscape: Beyond the Picture Postcard, June 15-21, 2014
It was difficult to choose just one representative offering from the Maine Media Workshops + College, the media arts institution in Rockport. From one-day introductory intensives and weekend crash courses to 30-day certificate programs and even the option to pursue a low-residency MFA, this creative coastal outpost truly offers something for artists at every stage of their careers. Those who register for The Quiet Landscape workshop, co-taught by native Maine photographer Jacob Hessler and his art-director wife Alissa Morris, will be invited to explore some of Hessler’s “favorite places, including quiet lakes, rolling hills, coastal islands, and his 138-year-old farm,” which apparently houses a working photography studio in an 1877 barn. Other MMW courses this year cover how to raise money for documentaries, make-up for film and television, and the basics of new media software.  Maine Media Workshops | 207.236.8581 | mainemedia.edu

Intro to Eccentric Performing, June 23-28
Widely known and trust-inspiring instructors Avner Eisenberg and Julie Goell lead this week-long performance intensive, which covers how to breathe on stage, developing and maintaining rapport with the audience, creating comedy “out of ordinary activities,” and more. Leave your self-consciousness behind as you explore this personal, physical, and profound theater form in bucolic South Paris.  Celebration Barn Theater | 207.743.8452 | celebrationbarn.com

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts Session 3, July 13-25, 2014
Each summer session at the Haystack craft school in Deer Isle, where the studios are open 24 hours a day and the Atlantic Ocean laps at the door, features workshops in different media, taught by internationally known professionals. Session 3 will explore different aspects of throwing clay, building installations with fiber/mixed media, glass blowing, metal joining, printmaking, and woodworking. In addition, Maine author Bill Roorbach (whose latest, Life Among Giants, we reviewed in these pages last year) will serve as the visiting writer, leading informal writing groups in the studios and around the Haystack grounds. Sessions run from early June until late August; application deadline is April 1.  Haystack Mountain School of Crafts | 207.348.2306 | haystack-mtn.org

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