Free Workshops for Kids

Helen Smith Free Workshops for Kids

Each year, the Delaplaine offers free workshops for Frederick area youth that explore various artists and art techniques throughout history. These workshops are a part of the Delaplaine’s Community Outreach initiative and are made possible through donations from the Helen L. Smith Fund at the Community Foundation of Frederick County. Helen Smith Free Workshops are held on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. Preregistration is required.

To request enrollment in either of the December workshops, fill out the registration request form that will appear on this page on Monday, November 27. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.

Saturday, November 4 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, October 30 at 12 noon)
Just Dot It! (ages 6-8) THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
Learn about the quirky, pop artist Yayoi Kusama and discover all the interesting patterns you can make using polka-dots! Students will experiment with a variety of materials and methods for making their own dotted designs.
Picasso Guitar Collages (ages 9-12)  THIS WORKSHOP IS NOW FULL
Learn about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, focusing on his “blue period.” Discover the secrets of tints and shades while using recycled cardboard and paper techniques to create your own blue guitar collage.

Saturday, December 2 (Registration opens Monday, November 27 at 12 noon)
Fancy Funky Bird Wall Hanging (ages 6-8)
Create a fancy and funky decoration based on the artwork of contemporary British artist Sanna Annukka! Students will transform tag board with oil pastels and India ink wash to create a bird to embellish with beads.
Shadow Puppets (ages 9-12)
Create your own puppets that move and dance while learning about wayang kulit – the traditional Indonesian shadow play. Students will create their own shadow puppets and tell a story with their character.

Saturday, January 6 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Tuesday, January 2 at 12pm)
Recycled Fiber Weaving Workshop (ages 6-8)
Learn how to recycle fabric into yarn and weave funky wall art and plant holders! Students will learn how to do a basic weave with cardboard looms, learn upcycling, & create something fun and unique.

Arpilleras (ages 9-12)
Come learn about Arpilleras: Chilean stories told in fabric. Students will learn about the artists who make Arpilleras, the history of this textile art and the culture of the region. Each student will then create their own story about their everyday life or a current event using fabric and felt. The Arpilleras will be finished with a whip stitch or blanket stitch border.

Saturday, February 3 • 1-3 PM
Animation: Zoetropes (ages 6-8)
The process of creating moving pictures began way before movies as we know them today. Learn a bit about how film and our eyes work together to create this illusion. Make a simple zoetrope and picture strips to create your own moving pictures. The workshop is designed to open doorways to the animated arts and show each and every workshop attendee that animation is for everyone!

Animation: Zoetropes (ages 9-12)
The process of creating moving pictures began way before movies as we know them today. Learn a bit about how film and our eyes work together to create this illusion. Make a simple zoetrope and picture strips to create your own moving pictures. The workshop is designed to open doorways to the animated arts and show each and every workshop attendee that animation is for everyone!

Saturday, March 3 • 1-3 PM
Intro to Sewing: Upcycling Denim (ages 6-8)
Come enjoy a fun introductory sewing class and create something unique! Students will learn some basic stitches and embrace upcycling by using recycled denim.

Romero Britto Pop-Art Paintings (ages 9-12)
Join us to learn about contemporary Brazilian artist Romero Britto and his wild and colorful Pop-Art paintings and sculptures! Students will explore Britto’s work, learn about his influences and the Pop-Art movement and then create their own orginial painting in Britto’s style. We will work with tempera paint and india ink to make our own paintings.