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Classes + Supplies

A Gathering of Stitches is a workshop studio for fiber and textile artists in the Bayside area of Portland. In addition to offering classes and workshops on sewing, knitting, quilting, dyeing and silk screen printing to students at all levels, they also rent time on various pieces of specialized equipment and offer business development to small craftspeople.

Creatives across the country know Artist & Craftsman Supply stores as a one-stop shops 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 Ave carries on the legacy.

Atelier Stitch is a sewing lounge and creative workspace, with a small selection of specialty fabrics and notions. There are a variety of classes and workshops, including budget-friendly options, and occasional free crafting classes.

Bomb Diggity Arts Program is one of five five community-support programs of Momentum, Incorporated, providing innovative and individualized services for adults with intellectual disabilities. Bomb Diggity Arts provides programming in the visual arts, culinary arts, multi-media arts, and agricultural arts. 

Casco Bay Movers is a dance studio for everyone form the novice to repertory performers in a wide variety of styles. 

Grapheteria offers custom framing, fine art and photo digital printing along with economy poster printing, art and object photography, plus mounting and laminating services, whether you're an artist, a business, or someone who just wants what you put on your walls to look good.

Haystack Mountain School of Crafts is an international craft school in Deer Isle, Maine about three hours from Portland. The school offers intensive (facilities are open 24 hours a day) studio-based workshops 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 Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland in Rockport, Maine. Their courses range from weekend workshops to twelve-week intensives, and a nine-month comprehensive.

Maine Center for Furniture Craftsmanship is about an hour and forty-five minutes from Portland in Rockport, Maine. Their courses range from weekend workshops to twelve-week intensives, and a nine-month comprehensive.

Maine College of Art isn't just for undergrads. MECA's continuing studies division offers workshops, courses, intensives, and summer camps, as well as professional development programs. 

Maine Media Workshops + College is almost two hours from Portland in Rockport, Maine, but worthy of a mention because of the quality of instruction (and caliber of fellow students) in photography, multimedia, filmmaking, and print design. They recently added an MFA program.

Phoenix Studio on Forest Ave. 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 Ave. is the largest professional (and independent) camera/photo store in the state. They offer processing and digital services, as well as occasional workshops.

Portland Adult Education's catalogue includes crafts, dance, fine arts, photography, and music categories.

Portland Photo Works on Congress Street specializes in printing, scanning, digital imaging, restoration, and framing.

Portland Pottery & Metalsmithing Studio offers supplies, classes and a community for potters, jewelers, and glassworkers. They’re friendly to those who want to browse or learn. 

The Alpaca Shed carries what they call "farm-to-main street" items, including a colorful selection of alpaca yarns from several different producers.

The Art Mart, located next door to the Maine College of Art, is open seven days a week and has supplies for hobbyists, students, and professionals alike.

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 (plus interns) run the facility, which is open to the public four days a week for digital studio and darkroom rentals. They also host workshops and classes in photographic arts, as well as youth programs, a lecture series hosting local and nationally recognized photographers, and an artist residency program offering darkroom time for visiting photographers.

The University of New England hosts several creative writing workshops at the Portland campus on Stevens Ave.

Z Fabric 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.