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 Scholarship Fund for Children and the Arts at the Community Foundation of Frederick County. Helen Smith Free Workshops for Kids are held on the first Saturday of each month from 1-3pm. Preregistration is required.

To request registration for the February workshops, fill out the form that will appear on this page Tuesday, January 29 at 12 noon. Submitting a registration request is not a guarantee of enrollment. Notification can take up to 2 days.

NOTE: Space is limited, and preference is given to first-time participants.

The Helen Smith Workshops are geared for children. No unauthorized visitors are permitted. Parents are welcome to visit the galleries and our 2nd-floor library while the workshops are in session.

Saturday, January 5 • 1–3 pm Registration is now closed.
Yarn Wall Art (ages 6-8)

Make cool and colorful decor for your room! Kids will tie knots, braid different fibers and textures, and attach buttons and beads to create a charming wall hanging.

Snowy Night Landscape (ages 9-12)
Learn about the parts of a landscape: foreground, middle ground, and background and the techniques for using chalk and paint to create an original, snowy scene.

Saturday, February 2 • 1–3 pm
Valentine’s Day Stuffies (ages 6-8)

Create adorable stuffies for your Valentine! Kids will learn basic hand-stitching techniques while using fabric and felt to make stuffed hearts and other shapes from their imaginations.

Jim Dine Hearts (ages 9-12)
Learn about artist Jim Dine and his iconic heart paintings and sculptures. Students will use a variety of materials to create some hearts in their own style, inspired by the work of this contemporary American artist.

Saturday, March 2 • 1–3pm
Felt Cactus (ages 6-8)

Kids can create their own cute cactus to grow a desert landscape! Learn basic hand sewing techniques, including how to make pom-poms, while designing, stuffing, and decorating felt cacti. 19-3-HS4

Alebrijes (ages 9-12)
Alebrijes are brightly colored Mexican folk art sculptures of fantastical creatures! Students will use painting and patterning techniques to create a mythical animal that reflects their own personality.

Saturday, April 6 • 1–3 pm
Rickrack Fish (ages 6-8)

Explore the art of upcycling scrap fabrics to create your own sea creatures! Students will learn the basics of hand sewing and how to attach buttons and squiggly, rick rack trim to decorate their stuffed fish and under-the-sea animals.

Experimental Painting (ages 9-12)
Explore the many ways to work with paint, from scraping, stamping, and splattering to crayon resist. Students will create their own paper collage using their painted and embellished papers.