Guide to Arts and Crafts with Kids in Portland, Oregon

Guides Arts And Crafts

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!

100th Monkey Studio
A socially conscious, small business owned by two women, it provides anyone with a safe and affordable place to use art materials.  Has weekly art programs, open studios and more.
Where: 110 Southeast 16th Avenue, Portland, OR 97214
Cost: Varies

Art a la Carte
Salad bars turned art bars for an “all you can make” art experience. One low price with no supply limits, time limits, necessary reservations or parent clean up! Art freedom at its finest.
Where: 319 Northeast Wygant Street, Portland, OR 97211
Cost: $9-11 per child/ $6 for families on public assistance.

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
Cost: Varies.

A paint-your-own pottery studio with locations in Clackamas and Beaverton.
Where: 12056 SE Sunnyside, Clackamas; and 14600 SW Murray Scholls Dr., Beaverton
Cost: $6 and up, depending on what you paint

Chocolate Crafts
Offering workshops for kids to decorate delicious foods with natural colors and flavorings.
Where: 3936 N Williams Ave., Portland OR 97227
Cost: Varies by workshop

A dangerously beautiful place to buy arts & crafts supplies.  There are also classes at their NE location.
Where: 1639 NE Alberta St., Portland, OR 97211 and 7907 SE 13th Ave., Portland, OR
Cost: Varies

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
Cost: Varies, but usually under $5.

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
Cost: $12 and up

Creative Recycling Workshops and Green Crafts
Arts & crafts made of recycled and re-purposed materials, taught by Heather Stellpflug.
Where: Heather usually teaches at 3 locations: Queens Mab, Nurture, and Warehouse Café
Cost: $0-10.

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
Cost: Varies

Isobel’s Clubhouse
Is a place to let your creative juices unfurl within the fellowship of other creators! Knit, paint, sculpt, draw, whatever it is you choose to do. All ages are welcome!
Where: The west side of NW 10th Ave, between Everett and Flanders (between Hanna Anderson and Cupcake Jones)
Cost: $3 donation

Jenni and Tommy’s Kids Unplugged Indoor Play Space
A forum for creative expression for children of all ages! Grown-ups, rediscover your inner child and let your heart and fingertips guide you!!! 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. Choose from canvas paper, drawing paper, canvas panels, stretched canvas panels and more. Children must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or caregiver at all times.
Where: 11300 SW Bull Mountain Rd., Tigard, Oregon 97223
Hours: M-F 9:00am-5:00pm. Sat 9am-noon.
Cost: $7 and up depending on package.

Mimosa Studios
A paint-your-own pottery studio welcoming kids of all ages.
Where: 1718 NE Alberta St, Portland, OR 97211
Cost:  Varies based on what you paint

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

My Masterpiece Art Studio
This open studio is an enriching and entertaining environment, artfully designed for creative fun: painting, drawing, printing and sculpting.
Where: 7905 SW Cirrus Dr., 27G, Parkside Business Center, Beaverton
Cost: $8-45

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.
Where: 1819 NW Everett St Suite # 204, Portland, OR 97209
Cost: Varies

Portland Children’s Museum
You can always check out the Clay Room at the Portland Children’s Museum if you’re feeling crafty!
Where: 4015 SW Canyon Rd, Portland, OR ‎97221
Cost: Free with admission ($10 for ages 1 and up)

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
Cost: Varies based on piece selected.

Specializing in recycled crafts, a great place to pick up supplies or to stop in for one of their kid-friendly workshops.
Where: 2915 NE MLK Blvd, Portland, OR 97232
Cost: Varies

Sparks Art Center
Drop in messy art for preschoolers, plus after-school classes for older kids.
Where: 1805 NE 39th Ave, Portland, Or 97212 
Cost: Varies

Spielwerk Toys
Lots of special arts & crafts workshops and make-your-own playdough fun at this beautiful toy store in North Portland.
Where: 3808 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97212
Cost: Varies

The Treehouse
Offers weekly toddler Tuesday art classes at this fun and quirky North Portland toy store.
Where: 3954 N Williams Ave, Portland, OR 97227
Cost: Varies

The Warehouse
Plays host to various messy art and green craft projects.  Check their calendar or ours for details.
Where: 3434 SE Milwaukie Ave, Portland, OR 97202
Cost: Varies

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
Cost: Free!

And if you just can’t make it outside, here are some ideas for home:

Create Plenty Recipes for locally-produced, waste-free toothpaste and deodorant, with more to come.

Made by Joel  Local artist Joel Henriquez provides free coloring sheets for you and your kids to enjoy.

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

compiled by Tabitha Rhodes

Updated November 2013