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

To engage in previous ArtLab offerings check out our Facebook Video Playlist featuring ArtLab livestreams from this past year.


CMCA is grateful to the following contributors for their support of the ArtLab community education program: The Cricket Foundation, 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 | August

    Saturday, August 7 | 2pm CMCA Courtyard August | Rockland Connects Connect to the history of Rocklan...

    August 7 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm
  • ArtLab for All Ages | September

    Saturday, September 4 | 2pm CMCA Courtyard + ArtLab Beautiful Blackbird Children’s Book Festival M...

    September 4 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Revisit past ArtLab workshops!

Stay creating all summer long! CMCA is offering in-person ArtCamp sessions for youth artists. Registration opens May 1.

  • *SOLD OUT* ArtCamp | The Shape of Summer

    ArtCamp | Week 3 Monday – Thursday, August 2–5 | 9:00am – 12:00pm Ages 8 – 13 | Limited ...

    August 2 | 9:00 am - August 5 | 12:00 pm
  • ArtCamp | Sōnarts

    ArtCamp | Sōnarts In collaboration with Midcoast Music Academy Monday – Friday, August 9 – ...

    August 9 | 9:00 am - August 20 | 2:00 pm

Explore the ideas, tools, and techniques of contemporary art during your visit!

Open Studios
Our Open Studios is a hands-on opportunity for visitors of all ages to engage and understand the current exhibitions through self directed art making. Free of charge with admission, open Friday and Saturday beginning July 2.

  • ArtLab | Open Studio

    Open Studios | Shape Shifting All Ages | Drop in | Friday and Saturday July – September *Closed Au...

    July 2 - September 11

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.