Our hands-on education program offers year-round classes and workshops for all ages

“The act of creation is like the act of love. It asks first for commitment, for risks, for a certain amount of abandon and for joy, and for an absolute belief in its integrity of being.” — Maia Aprahamian


Dedicated to promoting dynamic engagement with contemporary art and artists, the Center for Maine Contemporary Art offers programs that fuel the imagination, stimulate forward thinking, and cultivate conversation.

Our priority is to develop programming that:

  • Expands access to the new ideas and modes of expression inherent in contemporary art.
  • Provides authentic and experiential art education that engages local artists as teachers and  mentors.
  • Empowers individuals to explore their own capacities as creative thinkers and makers.


ArtLab invites participants of all ages to explore materials and transform ideas into tangible, original forms of art. Our goal is to inspire the creative process through adventurous thinking, as individuals and families discover, interact, and invent.

Since its launch in 2011, thousands of participants have engaged in CMCA’s ArtLab. In addition to the original ArtLab for All Ages Saturday workshops, the program now includes:

  • After school classes
  • Summer art camps
  • February and April school vacation workshops
  • School workshops for elementary to college level
  • Ongoing Open Studio projects


CMCA is grateful to the following contributors for their support of the ArtLab community education program: Camden National Bank, Margaret E. Burnham Trust, Mattina R. Proctor Foundation, Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Morton Kelly Charitable Trust, Nellie Leaman Taft Foundation, The Onion Foundation, and individual donors.


Your contribution helps keep ArtLab for All Ages free of charge and open to all, and provides scholarships for children in financial need. To donate online, click here and at Checkout, write “ArtLab” in Order Notes under Additional Information OR note “ArtLab” on your check made payable to CMCA and mail to: PO Box 1767, Rockland, ME 04841. Thank you!

Learn more about ArtLab’s history and philosophy by viewing this PDF.

Check out CMCA’s other educational program, Look Inside, and our partnership with 26 Split Rock Cove.

Unleash your creativity with our hands-on, fun and imaginative ArtLabs

ArtLab for All Ages is FREE and open to the public.
ArtLab for All Ages is a monthly art exploration program that inspires participants to think imaginatively and connectively while playfully engaging in an afternoon of art making.

  • ArtLab for All Ages | March

    Saturday, March 6 | 2pm Streaming on Facebook Live March | Pattern Catalog Join in a livestream ArtL...

    March 6 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • ArtLab for All Ages | April

    Saturday, April 3 | 2pm Streaming on Facebook Live April | Material Image Join in a livestream ArtLa...

    April 3 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Revisit past ArtLab workshops!

Create from home with ArtLab instructional videos!

Enroll in Artlab

Unleash your child’s creativity with our hands on, fun and imaginative artistic ArtLabs – enroll now!  Our programs are:

  • Available year-round
  • Are taught by professional artists / teachers
  • Limited in space and fill fast
  • Cheaper with members discounts

Enrollment is by mail or phone only.  Full payment is required upon registration. Fees include a $25 non-refundable registration fee.  Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.  Space is limited. Please call  207.701.5005 for more information.

Please view our ArtLab cancellation policy here.