2020 Guild School

June 13-19, 2020     Maine Maritime Academy, Castine, Maine

The Guild School is held every June at The Maine Maritime Academy in Castine, Maine. It is an intensive week-long learning experience offering a wide variety of courses taught by exceptionally talented Artisans and Fellows of The Guild.


What is the Guild School? General Information Arrival Departure Schedule
Pre-Register 2020 Instructors and Classes
2020 Scholarships Guild School Newsletters

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What is the Guild School?

  • 34 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild
  • 47 classes to choose from
  • six full days of classes
  • six to eight hours each day
  • a variety of classes for all skill levels
  • many different mediums
  • small classes
  • evening seminars
  • student and instructor exhibit
  • minis, munchies and more sale night
  • live and silent auctions
  • lobster cookout
  • graduation night banquet and exhibit of class projects
  • over 200 miniaturists from more than 35 states and 10 other countries
  • a picture-perfect campus in a quaint, historical, coastal village
  • and more!

Guild School 2019 Slideshow (view on YouTube)

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Check out videos from past Guild Schools.

General Information

Acommodations and Meals

Students share a large dormitory room with one other person of their choice, or if desired, a roommate will be assigned. Each person has her or his own bed, dresser, closet, and desk. Fresh bath towels are supplied daily. Each pair of rooms share a large bath. A private room with shared bath is available for an additional charge. Other limited sleeping accommodations are available for an additional cost. Students may choose to room and take meals off-campus. There is no smoking on campus property.

Meals are served cafeteria-style in the dining hall, a spacious building located in the center of campus. Offerings include a selection of hot entrees that change daily; salad; a large selection of fruit, cereal, and bread items; coffee, tea, milk, juice, and sodas; ice cream bar; other dessert items. Other meals include the opening dinner, a lobster cookout, and the graduation banquet. Special dietary needs will be accommodated.


  • $1600 includes 36 hours of instruction, a shared room and meals.
  • $900 includes 36 hours of instruction; make your own arrangements for off-campus room and meals.
  • $275 for an additional 12 hours of classes, a total of 48 hours of instruction.
  • $650 for a shared room and meals for non-participating guest.

Additional Charges

The selection and accompanying additional charges for a private room with shared bath or other limited accommodations will be made during the next few months. You will receive a handout of information and forms regarding these options.

Other additional charges may be incurred, such as airport ­shuttle, seminars and extra overnight accommodations.


Registration requires a minimum deposit of $200, which is applied to the tuition fee. This deposit is non-refundable. Payment can be made by check (from US banks only and in US Dollars), VISA or Master Card.

The tuition fee and additional charges are payable in full before April 1. Students who have not met this deadline will risk forfeiting their positions in classes with waiting lists.


The school is open to non-members as well as Guild members. However, members in good standing receive a $25 discount on the tuition fee. Only one discount is allowed per family.

Full-tuition scholarships to the school are awarded annually.


The campus is situated on a hill, so people with serious health problems need to consider their ability to walk ­between the various buildings used throughout the week. There is limited driving and parking access close to buildings. Elevators are available, but few and far between.

All registrants will be notified of their course assignment(s) upon receipt of the deposit and registration form.

Prior to the start of school, students will receive correspondence regarding seminars, rooming assignments, airport shuttle service, etc. Throughout the year, students will receive updates and announcements via email blasts in Guild School News.

Students will also receive correspondence by April 1 from their instructor(s) regarding necessary supplies, tools, materials fees, etc.

Arrival/Departure Schedule

Students arrive Saturday, June 13, 2020 (suggested prior to 3:00 pm to register and check into dorm)
New Student Tour Saturday, June 13, 2020 3:00 pm
Opening Event Saturday, June 13, 2020 5:00 pm
Classes begin Sunday, June 14, 2020 7:45 am
Classes end Friday, June 19, 2020 5:15 pm
Graduation Friday, June 19, 2020 6:00 - 9:00 pm
Students depart Saturday, June 20, 2020 before 10:00 am


Bangor International Airport is the closest airport. If you are arriving and departing by plane, transportation can be provided between the airport and the academy for a nominal fee. Automobile transportation is not needed during the school week.

Register for Guild School

Download the pre-registration form now!

This is not a mysterious process. There are two types of registrations: regular and pre-registered. Here is how it goes.

The tuition for the 2020 Guild School is $1600 and is due April 1, 2020. This includes 36 hours of instruction, room, and meals.

Pre-Registration (June - September 14, 2019)

  • A deposit of $200, which is applied to the cost of your tuition, entitles you to an automatic mailing of the descriptive catalogue containing the courses and instructors being offered at the 2020 Guild School. Prior to this, only a listing of instructors and classes is available.
  • The deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to subsequent school years’ tuition in the event you are unable to attend in 2020.
  • The advantage of pre-registering is that it enables you to make your course selections sooner and quite possibly before a class is likely to fill up. Most of the students who attend the Guild School pre-register.
  • It does not guarantee you a position in your first-choice class if you happen to chose a class which is over-subscribed by our pre-registered students.
  • You will, however, be included in a lottery drawing of all pre-registered students which takes place in mid-November.
  • This lottery is what determines the order in which classes are assigned.
  • Anyone can pre-register on or before September 14, 2019.

Regular Registration (September 15, 2019 - May 1, 2020)

  • For registrations received after September 14, class assignments are made first-come, first-serve, and are based on availability – after the pre-registered students are placed according to the draw of the lottery.
  • The $200 deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to subsequent tuitions.
  • The advantage of regular registration is that the descriptive catalogue is available and you will know all about the classes being offer; whereas pre-registered students only have a listing.
  • Registration for classes ends on May 1. However, late registrations may be accepted based on the approval of the instructor(s) and the director.


If you must cancel, all the money you have paid to the Guild School, less $200 for administrative costs, is refundable upon cancellation through April 30. The cancellation fee is not applicable to any subsequent school’s tuition.

Cancellations received from May 1 through May 15 will receive a 50% refund. No refunds will be issued after May 15 as the school is obliged under contract to the instructors and the academy.

Unless otherwise stated, the materials fee is paid directly to the instructor prior to the start of school. This fee is refundable only if a cancellation is filled. A student who cancels does not receive any materials.

Some Other Key Points to Think About:

  • The final balance of the tuition is due by April 1, 2020.
  • Registration and tuition payments (by check or credit card) can be made by mail, email, or phone.
  • Pre-registration forms can be downloaded from the IGMA website.
  • After September 14, the full description and photos of the classes are posted on the website.


For Information Contact:

Barbara Davis
School Director
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
(831) 464-4638