You have lots of markers and paper at home, but what if your budding O’Keefe or Rembrandt wants to use more supplies? Don’t drain your savings buying expensive paints—take them to an open studio! These 7 craft studios offer quality materials (along with some clever ways to re-use recycled things!) to help your little one create their masterpiece. Swing by and drop in these place almost anytime. Read on for more!

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My Masterpiece Art Studio

An open studio environment for ages 4 to adults, artists are invited to use paint, pencils, chalk pastels for paper artwork, sculpt with clay, work with wood, or create a collage. Outside of the open studio time, classes teaching skills like watercolor painting or clay glazing are available.

7905 SW Cirrus Dr., 27G
Beaverton, Or
503-453-3700
Online: mymasterpieceartstudio.com/open-studio/

Portland Child Art Studio

This wild and messy art studio takes another approach to art for kids—let them do whatever they want. Instead of a prescribed project, kids have few rules in this space, and are allowed to experiment and explore and try out anything. While mixing paints might end up with a lot of brown, being free to explore helps kids focus on the process of making art instead of the finished product. Sign your child up for regular sessions, or swing by for open studio—be prepared to get messy!

1819 NW Everett St.
Portland, OR
971-200-7554
Online: portlandchildart.org

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Craft Factory

Drop the kids into this studio at any time to begin their masterpiece. Starting with a base, they’ll choose from the neatly organized recycled and scrap materials to decorate their artwork– an unlimited amount of adornments! Options include robots, boxes, crowns, ornaments, and more. Your kids will come away with a fully customized and totally unique craft!

7832 SW Capitol Hwy., Ste. B
Portland, OR
503-577-4310
Online: craftfactorypdx.com

Scrap PDX

With re-use and recycle the name of the game, this non-profit aims to inspire children to create artwork using donated and upcycled materials. In addition to a visit to the retail store to stock up on your own art materials, kids can also join in their workshops, crafternoon classes, and summer camps. Projects cover a range of skills for toddlers to teens, from paper marbling to sewing for beginners to diorama making.

1736 SW Alder St.
Portland, OR
503-294-0769
Online: scrappdx.org

 

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Mimosa Studios

A drop-in studio to paint your own pottery. Kids can choose from a variety of unfinished pottery pieces (over 200 options!), to paint and decorate. Check out the samples all around, and the idea books for some inspiration, then grab your paintbrush and stencils and go crazy. And don’t worry–the paint washes out of clothes!

1718 NE Alberta St.
Portland, OR
503-288-0770
Online: mimosa-studios.com

 

 

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SmartyPants

Open ended projects at this fun space encourage kids to get completely involved in the process of creation. Aimed for kids ages 1-10, the open studio options have plenty of materials and sensory tables. Classes, camps, parent and child classes, and birthday parties are just a few of the events they hold.

5512 N Montana Ave
Portland, OR
503-477-8884
Online: smartypantspdx.com/

Sparks Art Center

Mixing quality art supplies and experienced teachers with projects for kids up to grade 8, Sparks offers fun and friendly crafts. Paint, collage, clay, and more! Options include workshops, camps, and open studio.

1805 NE Cesar Chavez Blvd.
Portland, OR
503-281-6757
Online: sparkartscenter.com

What’s your child’s favorite masterpiece they’ve created, and where? Tell us in the comments below!

—Katrina Emery