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

Please note: ArtLab for All Ages during Summer 2015 will be held at CMCA Bicknell, 11 Lime Street, Rockland.

“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

Through the continued support of the Milton & Sally Avery Arts Foundation, the Bob Crewe Foundation, Camden National Bank and individual donors, CMCA provides a number of scholarships for children with financial need to attend ArtLab after school classes and summer camp programs at no charge. CMCA determines financial need based on the student’s demonstrated qualification for the school free lunch program.


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.

Upcoming ArtLabs

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. Lead artist/educator, Alexis Iammarino is an accomplished multi-media artist whose passion is bringing art into the community.

ArtLab for All Ages | January

Saturday, January 5 | 2-4pm FREE and open to all Textile To-Go: Symbol, texture, color Come discover...

January 5, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ArtLab for All Ages | February

Saturday, February 2 | 2-4pm FREE and open to all Free Form Sculpture Join us to construct free stan...

February 2, 2019 | 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

ArtLab | February Vacation Week

Monday – Thursday, February 18 – 21 | 2-4pm FREE and open to all Painting the Days Away...

February 18, 2019 - February 21, 2019

Our after school, vacation and summer programs for kids.

We will be offering a free, weekly AfterSchool ArtLab program with art educator Alexis Iammarino for middle school students (6, 7, and 8 grade) within RSU 13 (Rockland, Thomaston, St. George) on Tuesdays from 2:30-4:30pm from February 27 - May 8, 2018. Maximum of 8 students, sign up now! Please contact us at for more information.

26 Split Rock Cove Workshops

ArtLab for Adults is offered through CMCA’s partnership with 26 Split Rock Cove, an artist’s retreat offering workshops in art making and writing, studio space, and a rental apartment for artists and writers looking for a peaceful, nurturing environment. CMCA members receive a 10% discount on all 26 Split Rock Cove workshops.

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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.