MCA Weekend Workshop: May 9-12, 2019

The MCA invites you (MCA members and non members) for three and a half days of studio workshops at Haystack Mountain School of Crafts. Instruction, room and board are included in the fee. Join us to spend dedicated time in the Haystack Studios with exceptional instructors and fellow students (and to enjoy good food + views!). The MCA Weekend Workshop is our oldest ongoing (and likely favorite!) program that began in 1983 as an annual event in partnership with Haystack Mountain School of Crafts; we cherish our time there and the opportunity it provides our organization and craft artists in, and new to, our network.


View full workshop description, images and instructor bio by clicking on the workshop title.

Mixed Media | From Paper > Screen: Make, Document + Post with Edwige Charlot

Ceramics | Structural Slabs with Lynn Duryea FULL Waitlist Only
Wood | Relief Wood Carving and Assemblage with Daniel Minter FULL Waitlist Only
Printmaking | Stacking the Deck, Playing Cards with David Wolfe FULL Waitlist Only
Fiber Arts | Drip, Drag and Pour: Textile Thinking in Encaustic Paint with Helene Farrar FULL Waitlist Only
Jewelry/Metals | Enigmas and Illuminations: Intimate 3D Collage with Willy and Wes Reddick FULL Waitlist Only
Blacksmithing | Calculate, Isolate and Redistribute: Volumetric Forging Practice for Steel with Rachel David FULL Waitlist Only


See notes below, some accommodation options are full with waiting list only.

Haystack accommodations are roomy and light-filled, but unheated.  There are two-person cabins with and without bathrooms, three-person cabins without bathrooms, one (1) four person cabin with a bathroom, and two dorm-style cabins. Studios are open at all times for work. There is no Wifi in the studios or cabins.


The fee for the MCA Haystack Workshop Weekend includes instruction, room and board, and varies depending on your membership status and choice of housing. Studio material fees are extra and vary by workshop; please see individual workshop descriptions.

MCA 2019 Member Rates
Double Cabin with Bath: $500 FULL
Quad Cabin with Bath: $450 FULL
Double or Triple Cabin: $400
Co-ed Dorm: $350 FULL
Day Student: $350 (When registering, select “Dorm” Rate and indicate “Day Student” under Special Requests)

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Non-Member Rates
Double Cabin with Bath: $600 FULL
Quad Cabin with Bath: $550 FULL
Double or Triple Cabin: $500
Co-ed Dorm: $450 FULL
Day Student: $450 (When registering, select “Dorm” Rate and indicate “Day Student” under Special Requests)

*Based on workshop attendee counts, one or both dorms may be co-ed. Cabins are assigned by gender or to couples registering together.


Students register online beginning in October 2018 by paying a non-refundable deposit of $100 and selecting a first and second choice workshop and first and second choice accommodations. Workshops and accommodations are on a first-come-first-served basis, and waitlists are created as options fill. If you register prior to Jan 1, 2019, MCA will send you a Paypal invoice for your balance in January 2019 with a deadline to pay. If you register on or after Jan 1, 2019, you will receive an invoice for the balance within two weeks with a deadline to pay. Your invoice will have a payment deadline. If you do not pay by the deadline or contact MCA to set up an installment payment plan, we will assume you are not attending the program and will offer your space to someone on the waitlist.

NOTE: The registration form allows for only making a first choice and opting out of the workshop in the event you do not get your first choice. If your choice(s) are marked as waitlist-only, you may be added to the waitlist without paying the deposit – if that is the case, please email us:


Cancellations received by March 6th will be refunded total workshop fees paid to date LESS the $100 non refundable deposit.

Cancellations received after March 6th will be refunded 50% workshop fees paid to date, excluding $100 non refundable deposit.

In either case, the MCA membership fee is non-refundable.


Built on a cliff overlooking Jericho Bay in the Atlantic Ocean, the Haystack Mountain School of Crafts has served as a muse to many who have come to create. Located on Stinson Neck in Deer Isle, Maine, the award-winning campus, designed by Edward Larrabee Barnes, was added to the National Register of Historic Places in February 2006. For more information about the campus and photos, visit Haystack’s website.


Thursday, May 9
10:00 am -12:00 pm: Arrival/Registration
12:00 pm: Lunch
1:00 pm: Workshops begin
5:30 pm: Casual, Meet & Greet on top deck or around the fire
6:00 pm: Welcome and dinner
7:00 pm: Faculty Slide Presentations

Friday, May 10
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am-5:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
7:00 pm: Instructor and Student Exhibition Opening/Reception in Gateway

Saturday, May 11
8:00 am Breakfast
8:30 am-6:00 pm: Workshops (Lunch at Noon)
6:00 pm: Dinner
After hours: Music Night in Dinning Hall

Sunday, May 12
8:00 am: Breakfast
8:30 am -11:00 am: Workshops
11:00 am-Noon: Studio walk through
Noon: Lunch
1:00 pm: Departure