• Workshops Enrich Arts

    More than two dozen students from George Stevens Academy traveled to the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts for three days of workshops with professional artists. 

         In the wood workshop, taught by Joe Lendaway, students learned various construction and design techniques in crafting one or more finished band saw boxes. 

         Jaydan Moore led the metals worskhop, in which students learned to make silver band rings and embellish them. 

         To leave with "an armful of books" was the aim of Erin Sweeney's book arts workshop, which covered various techniques for making and binding books, from stenciling to pop-ups and more. 

         You've got to eat, right? In Rachel Kedinger's blacksmithing workshops, students learned to use the tools of the trade to make the tools of the table, a fork, a spoon, and a butter knife.

         Emmett Freeman's clay workshop drew on group discussion and sketching as a way of figuring out what students wanted to say in their own ceramic speech-bubble wall hangings.

         The fibers workshop, taught by Kirsten Elfe, explored the design and construction of hats using upcycled materials.

         Though workshop participants this year came from seven schools, more than 40 percent came from George Stevens, which shows not only how interested our students are in the arts, but also how committed the school is to providing further opportunities for them to explore their creativity and prepare for possible careers in Maine's robust creative economy even as many schools across the country are cutting their arts and music budgets.

         Students and schools pay modest fees that cover the cost of materials and meals, but the program is largely underwritten by Haystack, with additional support from private donors and granting agencies.