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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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)
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.
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