2024 Guild School

June 8-15, 2024 - 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?

  • 32 instructors, all Artisans or Fellows of the Guild
  • 50 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 12 other countries
  • a picture-perfect campus in a quaint, historical, coastal village
  • and more!

Guild School 2023 Slideshow

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Many thanks to photographer Lena Kiefhaber

Check out more videos from Guild School 2023 by Darren Scala, Becky Gannon and Latonya Collier. You can also view slideshows and videos from past Guild Schools.

General Information

Accommodations and Meals

Students share a large dormitory room with one other person of their choice. If desired, a roommate will be assigned. Each person has her or his own bed, dresser, closet, and desk. Linens are provided and fresh bath towels supplied when requested. Each pair of rooms share a large bath. A private room with shared bath is available for an additional charge. Other sleeping accommodations are available on campus 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 bar; large selection of fruit, cereal; coffee, tea, milk, juice, and sodas; ice cream; other dessert items. Other meals include the opening dinner, a lobster cookout, and the graduation banquet. Special dietary needs can be accommodated if communicated well in advance.

Guild School Director Jeanie Anderson

Tuition, Housing and Meal Plans

  • $1,900 includes 36 hours of instruction, a shared room, and meals.
  • $1,100 includes 36 hours of instruction; make your own arrangements for off-campus room and meals.
  • $350 for an additional 12 hours of classes, for a total of 48 hours of instruction.
  • $800 for a shared room and meals for non-participating guest.

Meal Plan Options for off-campus students who find their own lodging (select one):

  • $600 Meal Plan A. All breakfasts, lunches, dinners (including 3 special event dinners), receptions, and coffee breaks
  • $500 Meal Plan B. All lunches and dinners, including receptions and coffee breaks
  • $400 Meal Plan C. All lunches, 3 special event dinners and receptions (opening dinner, lobster night, graduation banquet) and coffee breaks

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, 2024. 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. Please read these email newsletters as this is the only method of communication throughout the year.

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 8, 2024 (suggested prior to 3:00 pm to register and check into dorm)
New Student Tour Saturday, June 8, 2024 3:00 pm
Opening Event Saturday, June 8, 2024 5:30 pm
Classes begin Sunday, June 9, 2024 8:00 am
Classes end Friday, June 14, 2024 5:30 pm
Graduation Friday, June 14, 2024 6:30 - 9:00 pm
Students depart Saturday, June 15, 2024 before 10:00 am


Bangor International Airport is the closest airport. If you are arriving and departing by plane, shared transportation can be provided between the airport and the academy for a reasonable fee.

Register for Guild School 2024

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

Pre-Registration (July - October 1, 2023)

  • A deposit of $200, which is applied to the cost of your tuition, entitles you to an advance mailing of the descriptive catalogue containing the courses and instructors being offered at Guild School 2024.
  • The deposit is non-refundable and cannot be applied to subsequent school year’s tuition in the event you are unable to attend in 2024.
  • 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.
  • It does not guarantee you a position in your first-choice class if you happen to choose a class that is over-subscribed to by our pre-registered students.
  • You will, however, be included in a lottery drawing of all pre-registered students. This lottery is what determines the order in which classes are assigned.
  • Anyone can pre-register until October 1, 2023.

Regular Registration (October 2, 2023 - May 1, 2024)

  • For registrations received after October 2, 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 May 1. 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:

  • Pre-Registration due October 1, 2023. After that date, the Catalogue of Class Offerings will be posted online and mailed to pre-registered students. 
  • After October 2, the full description and photos of the classes are posted on the website.
  • November 11 deadline for returning classes choices. 
  • November 18 lottery drawing for classes for pre-registered students.  
  • December/January 2024 Class assignments mailed.
  • Registration and tuition payments (by check or credit card) can be made by mail, email, or phone.
  • The final balance of the tuition is due by April 1, 2024.


For Information Contact:

Jeanie Anderson
School Director
129 Clarke Street
Syracuse, NY 13210