Where are classes held? Classes and workshops are held in the classroom at Still Life Studio, 82 Elm Street, Portland Maine or at an off-site location that will be specified in the class description. Private lessons and classes with 2 or fewer students are held in Adria's private studio or in the classroom.
How do I reserve my spot? Payments can be made on our website with credit or debit cards via Stripe or PayPal. This is fastest and most reliable way to pay. You may also send a check, but please email us to let us know it's coming. Send checks to Still Life Studio, LLC, 82 Elm St. Portland, ME 04101. Your spot will be saved once the check has been deposited.
How many students are in each class? Class sizes are small, typically between 5 and 10 students. Most classes require 5 students to run, with a maximum that varies slightly depending on the subject and instructor. We often have waitlists, and you can add your name to a waitlist by emailing us here.
Where should I stay if visiting from out of town? There are many wonderful hotel options in Portland. As a tourist town it is best to book your room as far in advance as possible. The closest hotel to the studio is the Press Hotel, which is about 4 blocks away. It’s a very cool higher end hotel. AirB&B also has some great options close by. The new Black Elephant Hostel isn’t too far either, and is a great affordable option. You may want to plan on renting a car if staying farther away from the studio, or plan to use Uber or Lift to get around.
What are your refund policies? Please read our policies here
What's the difference between a workshop and a class? Workshops typically happen over the course of a single day or a weekend. Classes are recurring, for example they will meet every Wednesday from 4-6:30pm for several weeks.
What's the difference between private lessons and group classes and workshops?
Group workshops and classes have a set lesson plan that everyone follows, and they meet at a designated time that is fixed. You may not know other people in the group. These classes typically need a minimum of 5 students to run and the cap will vary depending on the subject.
Private lessons are custom tailored to your abilities and interests and everything including the time is customizable. Many students prefer one-on-one instruction, but lessons can be shared with up to 2 additional students of your choice. You will know everyone in your party, and you will have some input into what we study. For a group of 4 or more, we can customize a group lesson or class just for you. Please contact to inquire.
Will you create a custom workshop or class for me and my friends? Yes! In this case you would have control over the time, subject matter, and other variables. The minimum number of students for a custom workshop is 4. Contact us to start planning your class.
Do you teach kids? Most of the classes we currently offer are for adults and teens age 15 and older (with some flexibility). As we grow we do plan to start offering classes for kids age 12 and up, or for parents and younger kids, so please keep an eye out for that. If you have a child or group of kids that would be interested in taking a lesson or workshop please be in touch!
What type of paint is used in class? Adria uses either acrylic or oil paints in her teaching, depending on the student's preference or the focus of the workshop. Other instructors may use a variety of materials. Some workshops will restrict the use of oils and oil mediums so please check workshop descriptions for details.
What supplies do I need? Classes and workshops will have a supply list in the description, and often supplies can be provided for an additional fee. Private lesson fees include the use of most supplies. Students are asked to provide canvases once we move on to more finished work.
How early should I arrive? The studio is open by appointment only, so please arrive no more than a few minutes before your class time. On workshop days someone will be at the door 15 minutes prior to the start time so you have plenty of time to get set up for the day.
Can the studio be used for something other than an art class? Yes! The space can be rented and setup for an off-site business meeting or other private event.
Do you allow others to teach classes in your studio? Of course! Please contact us with your ideas and we can discuss.
Do you offer scholarships? We are always looking for sponsors to help us establish scholarships for attendees who need financial assistance. If you or an organization you know would like to partner with us, please be in touch! Occasionally we have work-exchange opportunities available, so if cost is a barrier please contact us and we'll let you know the options.
Where do I park? On weekday evenings after 5pm and all day on weekends visitors and guests may park in the lot right next to the building on the corner of Elm and Lancaster Streets. During weekdays parking can be found on the street or in parking garages located on Elm St. closer to Cumberland/Congress.
Have additional questions? Please contact us and we'll get right back to you!