PDX Arts & Crafts Studios

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.

Now go get messy!

Drop-In

Ceramicafe
A paint-your-own pottery studio with locations in Clackamas and Beaverton.
Where: 12056 SE Sunnyside, Clackamas; and 14600 SW Murray Scholls Dr., Beaverton
Hours: Monday-Thursday 11 am-8 pm/Friday-Saturday 10 am-9 pm/Sunday 11 am-6 pm
Cost: $6 and up, depending on what you paint

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.

Confection Crafts
Offering workshops for kids to decorate delicious foods with natural colors and flavorings.
Where: 3936 N Williams Ave., Portland OR 97227
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies by workshop

The Craft Factory
A drop-in arts & crafts studio located in the heart of Multnomah Village.
Where: Multnomah Village, 7832 SW Capitol Highway, Suite B (upstairs), Portland, OR 97219
Hours: (Winter) Thursday-Friday 10 am-5 pm/Saturday 9 am-1 pm : (Summer) Monday-Wednesday 1 pm-5 pm/Thursday-Friday 10 am-5 pm/Saturday 9 am-1 pm
Cost: $12 and up

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

Jenni and Tommy’s Kids Unplugged Indoor Play Space
Their open art studio offers children and adults alike a vast array of mediums (acrylic paints, oil pastels, chalk pastels, pencils) to explore through the art of creative expression.
Where: 11300 SW Bull Mountain Rd., Tigard, Oregon 97223
Hours: Monday-Thurday 9 am-11:30 am & 2 pm-5 pm/Friday 9 am-11:30 am/Saturday 9 am-12 pm.
Cost: $6 per child/$5 for crawlers

Little Loft Studios
This sweet spot in the Westmoreland/Sellwood neighborhood has it all: classes, camps, drop-in studios. All in a clean, well-appointed space with knowledgeable and patient art educators on hand. Read more about it here.
Where: 1520 SE Bybee Blvd.
Hours: Open Studio Friday and Sunday 10 am-12 pm
Cost: Drop-in is $12 for first child, $6 for siblings.

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.
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
This open studio is an enriching and entertaining environment, artfully designed for creative fun: painting, drawing, printing and sculpting. Ages 4 and up.
Where: 7905 SW Cirrus Dr., 27G, Parkside Business Center, Beaverton
Hours: Tuesday-Thursday 1 pm-6 pm/Friday-Saturday 10 am-6 pm/Sunday 11 am-5 pm
Cost: $8-$45

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
Its mission: to support the perceptual development of children through artistic learning in a studio space integral to the learning process. Ages 3 and up.
Where: 1819 NW Everett St Suite # 204, Portland, OR 97209
Hours: Friday 10 am-1 pm and 2 pm-5 pm/Saturday 10 am-1 pm
Cost: Open studio $10 per child + $5 firing fee

Portland Children’s Museum
You can always check out the Clay Room at the Portland Children’s Museum if you’re feeling crafty! Ages 0-12.
Where: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR ‎97221
Hours: 9 am-5 pm daily. Check calendar for special closures and events.
Cost: Free with admission ($10.75 for ages 1 and up)

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. Even big people have fun in these classes. 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:  Saturday-Thursday 11 am-6 pm/Friday 11 am-9 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.
Where: 1736 SW Alder St., Portland OR 97205
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

SmartyPants
The space is tailored to imagination and sensory fun. Projects are open ended; encouraging children to immerse themselves in the process and play of creating art. Open studio for kids 1-10 years old.
Where: 5512 N Montana Ave
Hours: Monday, Wednesday-Friday 9 am-6 pm/Saturday-Sunday 9 am-4 pm
Cost: $12 for one kid, $8 each additional

Sparks Art Center
Always fun and friendly; come experience paint, collage, clay and seasonal crafting stations. Projects are geared toward ages 2 to 6 years and the inner child in all of us!
Where: 1805 NE 39th Ave, Portland, Or 97212 
Hours: Preschool Messy Art Monday- Friday 9 am-12 pm/K-8 Open Studio Friday 3:15 pm-5:15 pm
Cost: $7-$15

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 or 11513 SW Pacific Hwy, Tigard
Hours: Calendar varies. 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!

Weekly Classes/Camps

Note: Many of the open studios above also offer weekly classes

100th Monkey Art Studio: Fine Art & Art Therapy
100th Monkey Studio is a socially conscious community of artists, clinicians and creative small businesses,
hosted by Beth Ann Short LLC. Whether you are looking for a place to make art or take a class, or learn more about art therapy services available on site. Our studio is a multifaceted destination where anyone can find inspiration to create!
Where: 1600 SE Ankeny St. PDX, OR 97214
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Art Jam
A comprehensive arts and music education program, providing classes, camps and private lessons for ages 3-7.
Where: 1444 SE Hawthorne Blvd.
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Bee Thinking
Bee Thinking offers a number of private bee-related workshops to the Portland Metropolitan Area, including making wax crayons, candle making and many more.
Where: 1744 SE Hawthorne Blvd, Portland, OR 97214
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Bird’s Eye View Studio
Instructor Suki Allen is is influenced by nature and the abundant wildlife of the forests and farms of the beautiful Pacific Northwest. She teaches classes in Printmaking, Collage, Needle Felting, Resin Jewelry, and Sketchbook Art Forms. Ages 14 and up.
Where: Sabin Neighborhood in inner NE Portland
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Blue Plume Studio
Tailor-made art lessons and classes for kids and adults, with the goal of offering every student a customized curriculum so students learn the fundamentals of art through projects and lessons they want to learn.
Where: Sherwood, OR
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Children’s Healing Art Project
This nonprofit brings the healing power of art to children facing medical difficulties. They also offer programs to all children to fund these efforts and monthly art club for kids and families with medical challenges living outside the hospital.
Where: 8065 SE Grand Ave. Portland
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

Mr. David’s School of Film
Offering a variety of film, animation, and theater educational opportunities for children and adults. Classes and Camps including: Lego Animation, Let’s Act, Stop Motion, Claymation, Movie Making, Super Hero Camp, Blogging and Makerspace plus more!
Where: Location vaires.
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Two hour classes start at $30

Multnomah Arts Center
Classes for kiddos to adults in many media – drawing, painting, ceramics, etc.
Where: 7688 SW Capital Hwy, Portland, OR 97219
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies based on class

Oregon College of Art and Crafts
Creative and nurturing artists and staff guide youth through an exploration of art mediums, taking creative risks and problem solving. OCAC offers family workshops for kids 5 and up and spring break and summer camps.
Where:8245 SW Barnes Road, Portland
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies, no drop-in

Pacific NW College of Art
PNCA offers kids classes on Saturday classes during the school year and week-long camps during the summer.
Where: 511 NW Broadway
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: Varies

VIBE of Portland
Students are exposed to quality art materials, fine art techniques and art history. Their studio classes and camps supplement the lack of funding of art education in our public schools.
Where: TaborSpace, 5441 SE Belmont St.
Hours: Calendar varies. Please check the website.
Cost: 8-week session; costs vary

 

Find more arts & entertainment resources in our Family Resource Guide. 

You can see even more great ideas for getting crafty on our Pinterest boards

 

Updated June 2016