arts & crafts guide

Sometimes you just need to get crafty! Below you’ll find a list of some of our very favorite venues to make art with your little one (or even by yourself).   We’ve collected paint-your-own pottery places, recycled craft classes, messy art, and lots more. Below are general schedules; always double check with the art center before heading out.

Ceramicafe
A paint-your-own pottery studio with locations in Clackamas and Beaverton.
Where: 12056 SE Sunnyside, Clackamas; and 3205 SW Cedar Hills Blvd #45, Beaverton
Hours: Monday-Thursday 10 am-8 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm, Sunday 11 am-6 pm
Cost: $8 and up, depending on what you paint

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Community Centers
Many of PP&R’s community centers offer a weekly messy art class.  Check our calendar or theirs for details.
Where: Various locations
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies, but usually under $5.

The Craft Factory
A drop-in arts & crafts studio located in the heart of Multnomah Village. Select one craft base and unlimited embellishments while crafting for an unlimited amount of time (during normal business hours).
Where: Multnomah Village, 7832 SW Capitol Highway, Suite B (upstairs), Portland, OR 97219
Hours: In the fall, Thursday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm; In the summer, Monday-Wednesday 1 pm-5 pm, Thursday-Friday 10 am-5 pm, Saturday 9 am-1 pm
Cost: $14 for one project. There is a special each month with a discounted craft (~$10).

Green Bean Books
This enchanting bookstore offers book-related arts & crafts activities several times throughout the month, and in connection with most author signings.
Where: 1600 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Free

Live Laugh Love Art
They offer drop-in studio time and workshops and classes. During open studio, kids and adults can choose from canvas painting, ceramics painting, glass fusing, or painting a sign.
Where: 9160 SW Hall Blvd., Portland
Hours: Wednesday–Monday 10am-6pm. Closed Tuesdays.
Cost: Varies by project.

Make Do Art Studio
Make Do is an art studio that offers classes, camps, and workshops for children and families.
Where: 5301 SE Francis St, Portland, OR 97206
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

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Michael’s 
Michael’s studios offer affordable options for kids’ art classes. Register online.
Where: Various locations
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Mimosa Studios
A paint-your-own pottery studio welcoming kids of all ages. You can call ahead to reserve a space on weekends and school holidays.
Where: 1718 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Hours: Monday-Friday 11 am-6 pm, Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Cost: Varies based on what you paint

My Masterpiece Art Studio
Sculpt with clay, paint at the easel wall, draw with artist pencils, work with chalk pastels, create a collage or wood sculpture and more in the 3000 square foot studio space.
Where: 7905 SW Cirrus Dr., 27, Parkside Business Center, Beaverton
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 1 pm-6 pm, Friday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm, Sunday 11 am-5 pm. Closed Monday.
Cost: $8 and up, depending on the project.

Multnomah County Library
Free art and craft events throughout the Portland-metro area.
Where: Vary
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Free!

Portland Child Art Studio
Children can use the studio accompanied by a parent or caregiver and can make art for as long as they like with an endless array of supplies. There’s painting, clay, recycled materials and more. Ages 2 and up.
Where: 1819 NW Everett St Suite # 204, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Friday 10 am-1 pm; Saturday 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm
Cost: Open studio $10 per child + $5 firing fee (if applicable)

Portland Children’s Museum
You can always check out the Clay Room at the Portland Children’s Museum if you’re feeling crafty! There’s also pottery glazing during specific days and times (check the schedule, cost starts at $3). Ages 0-12.
Where: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR ‎97221
Hours: 10 am-4 pm daily. Check calendar for special closures and events.
Cost: Clay Room is free with admission ($11 for ages 1 and up). Additional costs for pottery glazing.

Portland Puppet Museum
Make your own puppet – as a gift or to keep. Each attendee builds a puppet that they will take home, display proudly, and actually use. Minors must be chaperoned.
Where: 906 SE Umatilla St, Portland, OR 97202
Hours: Workshop times vary
Cost: $25

Pottery Fun
Create a hand-painted pottery masterpiece at this paint-your-own pottery studio located near Mt. Tabor.
Where: 7821 SE Stark St, Portland, OR 97215
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 am-6 pm, Friday 11 am – 9 pm, Saturday and Sunday 11 am – 6 pm
Cost: Varies based on piece selected.

SCRAP
Specializing in recycled crafts, a great place to pick up supplies or to stop in for one of their kid-friendly workshops. Ages 6 and up for classes.
Where: 1736 SW Alder St., Portland OR 97205
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

SmartyPants
Projects are open-ended, encouraging children to immerse themselves in the process and play of creating art. There’s flubber, big scale painting, collaging with recycled materials, and more. Open studio for kids 1-10 years old.
Where: 5512 N Montana Ave.
Hours: Monday-Friday (Closed Tuesday) 9 am-6 pm, Saturday-Sunday 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $12 for one kid, $8 each additional

Spark Art Center
Experience paint, collage, clay and seasonal crafting stations at Preschool Messy Art or K-8 Open Studio.
Where: 1805 NE 39th Ave, Portland, 97212
Hours: Preschool Messy Art Monday- Friday 9 am-12 pm; K-8 Open Studio Friday 3:15 pm-5:15 pm
Cost: $9+. Cost is by the hour.

SunnyLove PDX
Art studio offering drop-in sessions, private lessons and a range of individual classes including jewelry making, abstract art and more. There are some interesting options for more advanced artists.
Where:309 NE Wygant Street, Portland, 97211
Hours: Varies
Cost: Varies. Check website.

Venvino Art Studios
Open art sessions with a variety of projects including painting, glass painting, clay hand-building, string art, card making and more. They have a storytime and craft on select weekday mornings. There’s a kids play area, toys and high chairs.
Where: 13329 SE Misty Drive, Happy Valley
Hours: Daily, 10 am-6 pm
Cost: Varies by project.

VIBE of Portland
Students are exposed to quality art materials, fine art techniques and art history. They offer drop-in classes; register on the website.
Where: 5633 SE Division Street & new location opening in St. Johns.
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Vine Gogh Kids
Kids ages 6 and up can follow along with an instructor to create their own masterpiece.
Where: 7956 SE 13th, Portland OR
Hours: Calendar varies, although most kids classes are Saturday morning. Please check the website.
Cost: $15

Your local library
There’s usually an arts & crafts project going on at one of the libraries on any given day.  Check their website to see what’s on today.
Where: Varies
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Free!

Updated September 2019

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