Education Overview

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?

  • 36 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild
  • 49 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
  • open house visits to other classes
  • minis, munchies and more sale night
  • live and silent auctions
  • lobster cookout
  • graduation night banquet and exhibit of class projects
  • 200 miniaturists from more than 30 states and 10 other countries
  • a picture-perfect campus in a quaint, historical, coastal village
  • and more!

To view and download photos from the Guild School 2015 go to SmugMug at and enter password: igma (case sensitive).

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 shares 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 in or near any campus buildings.

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, sandwich, and soup bar; hotdogs, hamburgers, and pizza; 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.


  • $1475 includes 36 hours of instruction, a shared room and meals.
  • $875 includes 36 hours of instruction; make your own arrangements for off-campus room and meals.
  • $250 for an additional 12 hours of classes, a total of 48 hours of instruction.
  • $610 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 booklet of information and forms regarding these options.

Other additional charges may be incurred, such as airport shuttle, seminars, 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 Guild School cannot accept payment through PayPal.

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.

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

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 2016 Guild School is $1475. This includes 36 hours of instruction, room, and meals.

Pre-Registration (June - October 9, 2014)

  • 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 2016 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 2016.
  • 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-December.
  • This lottery is what determines the order in which classes are assigned.
  • Anyone can pre-register on or before October 9, 2015.

Regular Registration (October 10, 2015 - May 1, 2016)

  • For registrations received after October 9, 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.

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 April 1, 2016.
  • Registration and tuition payments (by check or credit card) can be made by mail, email, fax, or phone.
  • Pre-registration forms can be downloaded from the IGMA website.
  • After October 9, the full description and photos of the classes are posted on the website.



Barbara Davis
School Director
3485 North Main Street
Soquel, CA 95073-2211
Tel: (831) 464-4638 | Fax: (831) 465-0771