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

NOTE: Space is limited. 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.

The Helen Smith Free Workshops for Kids are made possible through donations from the Helen L. Smith Scholarship Fund for Children and the Arts at the Community Foundation of Frederick County.

Saturday, October 6 • 1-3 pm (Registration opens Tuesday, October 2 at 12 noon)
Trick-or-Treat Tote (ages 6-8)
Make your own one-of-a-kind Halloween goody bag! Use basic hand-sewing techniques to craft a festive and functional trick-or-treat tote.
Let’s Make Masks! (ages 9-12)
Be inspired by the historical and cultural significance of African, Asian, and Native American masks while building your own mask using recycled and found materials. Develop your drawing skills and explore the art concepts of symmetry and positive and negative space.

Saturday, November 3 • 1-3 pm (Registration opens Tuesday, October 30 at 12 noon)
Zoom in on O’Keeffe (ages 6-8)
Take a close -up view of what inspired the paintings of Georgia O’Keeffe, then create your own bold and colorful compositions by magnifying a subject found in nature. The focus will be on composition, color theory, line, and shading to create masterpieces that will cover the whole page.
Scandinavian Gnomes (ages 9-12)
Also known as Tomte or Nisse, the gnome is a mythological creature from Scandinavian folklore typically associated with the winter solstice. Use simple sewing and crafting techniques to create your very own gnome!

Saturday, December 1 • 1-3 pm (Registration opens Tuesday, November 27 at 12 noon)
Mini Stocking Ornament (ages 6-8)
Make a miniature stocking to hang on a tree or give as a gift! You’ll have fun with fiber and use simple hand-sewing and crafting techniques to create a custom ornament of your own design.
Build with Bodys (ages 9-12)
Build your own fantastic city inspired by Bodys Isek Kingelez! The artist lived in the Democratic Republic of Congo and was known for his elaborate models of cities that he created out of cardboard. Join us for a special architectural adventure that will give you endless hours of inspiration!