9 Best Art Classes in Maine

Get ready to express yourself. From sculpting clay to watercolor painting, Maine’s art classes provide the perfect platform for unleashing your more creative side. It doesn’t matter if artistic endeavors are a passion of yours or if you’re just beginning to dabble, there’s something to suit your style. Here are the best art classes in the state.  

River Arts, Damariscotta, ME

Classes at River Arts include painting, drawing, clay, mixed media, and more. The non-profit arts organization aims to provide opportunities, inspire and encourage those with a love of art. Classes are led by high quality instructors and are for artists of all levels.

Ticonic Gallery + Studios, Waterville, ME

Art classes at Ticonic Gallery + Studios (formerly Common Street Arts) are for all levels and all ages. Choose from life drawing, folded paper and collage, clay, and more. Scholarships are available for teens as part of a state grant. Ticonic Gallery + Studios also hosts after school workshops and classes at schools throughout the city.

Maine College of Art, Portland, ME

The Maine College of Art offers art classes for adults, youth, and teens as part of their Continuing Studies division. Classes are held on a weekly, weekend or intensive basis and afford professional quality studies to all enrollees. International artist retreats are available from time to time for adults only.

Sanctuary Arts, Eliot, ME

A variety of art classes are scheduled at Sanctuary Arts. Choose from acrylic mediums, sketching, sculpting and more. Adults are encouraged to stop by and check out the studio—located in an old church—before signing up for classes. All levels of artists are welcome.

The Western Maine Art Group, Norway, ME

Housed in the first school ever built in Norway, Maine, the Western Maine Art Group offers art classes at what they have named The Matolcsy Art Center. Each season a handful of classes are offered for adults and teens. This season’s classes include Life Drawing and Mixed Media. 

Artascope, Yarmouth, ME

Unleash your inner artist at Artascope. Private lessons, six-week artist series and Sunday art workshops are available throughout the year for adults and teens, with special classes available for children. Choose from watercolors, metal arts, clay, acrylic media and basic drawing. 

Still Life Studio, Portland, ME

Private painting lessons as well as a variety of art classes and workshops are available at Still Life Studio. Choose from options including Asian Brush Painting, Meditations in Color, Strange Art (for teens) and more. Explore your creative side under the guidance of skilled artists.

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Valerie Wallace Fine Arts, Orono, ME

Valerie Wallace Fine Arts offers private classes and other class offerings in her Orono studio. Classes are for both adults and children. Want to create an art class with a group of like-minded people? Valerie is happy to make it work for you. She also hosts fun paint and sip nights in her studio for those who aren’t quite sure they want a skilled art class.

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Pastel Society of Maine, Bath, ME

Learn the fine art of working with pastels through classes sponsored by the Pastel Society of Maine. Held in Bath, the classes are taught by nationally recognized pastel artists. It is recommended that students sign up for these classes well ahead of time as they tend to fill up fast.

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