You’ve mastered the cardboard robot and have more than one way to get glue out of her hair. It’s time to go next-level with a session at one of our area’s finest craft houses, where the kiddos can pain, collage and sculpt their way through spring. Read on to find out more.

photo: Mimosa Studios via Yelp

Mimosa Studios
Paint now, have a useful piece of ceramic art a few days later! At Mimosa Studios, painters of any age select a piece of pottery (mugs, pet bowls, tiles and ornaments), paint it in the studio, and return in 2-5 days to pick up their masterpiece. Prices start at just $5, and you can stay as long as you like.

Mon.-Fri., 11 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sat. 10 a.m.-6 p.m.; Sun. 11 a.m.-5 p.m.
Cost: Starting at $5
1718 NE Alberta St
503-288-0770
Online: mimosastudios.com

photo: Smartypants via Yelp

Smartypants
With an abundance of art supplies, open-ended projects and the invitation to make a mess, Smartypants provides a sensory art experience for artists of all ages. Drop by during their Open Studio time and stay as long as you’d like with unlimited art supplies! Adults can join for free.

Weekdays, 9 a.m.-6 p.m.
Weekends, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.5512 N Montana Ave
503-477-8884
Online: smartypantspdx.com

photo: Little Loft 

Little Loft Studios
This craft studio has it all. Enroll your little artist in cams, classes and workshops. Check out the “Crafternoons” weekend workshop series with classes like Kidchella  and Unicorn Forests where your little rulers get to make flower crowns and oh so much more. There are also bilingual Spanish-English art classes and drop-in open studio times.

For individual camp and class information, visit the studio online.
1520 SE Bybee Blvd
971-303-8698
Online: littleloftstudios.com

photo: Confection Crafts 

Confection Crafts
At Confection Craft’s Chocolate Craft Studio, artists get to enjoy their creation by eating it once finished! Confection Crafts hosts private workshops and parties for youth eight years and older. Decorate cupcakes and chocolate shapes with sprinkles and frosting made from natural vegetable color and no artificial ingredients. Your budding pastry chef will love the experience!

Mon.-Fri., 9 a.m.-5 p.m.
3936 N Williams Ave
503-505-0481
Online: confectioncrafts.com

photo: Smit J via Yelp

My Masterpiece Art Studio
From collage to canvas to clay, My Masterpiece Art Studio offers open studio time six days a week for artists ages 4 and above. Their open studio hours are designed for children and families to be able to explore art together while creating at each artist’s own pace. Studio package prices start at $8, or purchase supplies a la carte. Packages include the Clay Studio, Collage in a Box, Sculpture in a Box and Clay Firing and Glaze. They also host classes, camps and parties.

Open Tue.-Thurs, 1-6 p.m.; Fri.-Sat., 10 a.m-6 p.m.
Cost varies according to packages
7905 SW Cirrus Drive #27 in Beaverton
503-453-3700
Online: mymasterpieceartstudio.com

photo: David D via flickr

SCRAP
Children aged 6 and up will love the “Crafternoons” at SCRAP, where they can learn bookbinding, screen printing and the art of keeping waste out of landfills! There are also classes, camps and birthday party options if your little artist just can’t get enough.

Keep up to date with the Crafternoon offerings online. Dates, times and activities vary.

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

Children’s Healing Art Project
This organization embodies the best of what art has to offer our communities most vulnerable children and families. It brings the healing power of art to children and families facing medical challenges. For youth affected by pediatric illness, disability or special need, CHAP offers bimonthly inclusive art clubs that feature beading, puppet making and drawing.

When: To find out more about the CHAP’s Art Clubs, contact Grace, the Studio-Based Teaching Artist at grace@chap.name or call.
Cost: Free
8065 SE Grand Ave, Ste 160
503-243-5294
Online: chappdx.org

Where do you go for kid-approved crafting in Portland? Tell us in the comments section below!

—April Hasson