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 May workshops, fill out the registration request form that will be posted to this page at noon on Monday, May 1. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.
Saturday, May 6 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, May 1 at 12 noon)
Dream Symbols (ages 6-8)
Explore the techniques of Spanish painter, Joan Miro! Discuss the origins of the surrealist movement and the use of symbolic language to express creativity, then transfer your dreams into an image by using a combination of collage and drawings inspired by Miro’s artwork.
MC Escher Tessellations (ages 9-12)
Learn about the optical illusions that MC Escher created in his art. Invent your own tessellation designs by creating a repetitive motif in an intricate drawing as you explore similar designs in art and architecture from around the world
Saturday, June 3 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Tuesday, May 30 at 12 noon)
Animal Masks (ages 6-8)
Transform yourself into your favorite animal or invented creature by creating a paper mask using various three-dimensional paper cutting and folding techniques.
Memory Quilts (ages 9-12)
Celebrated the artwork and history of Faith Ringgold! Tell us a story based on a personal memory by illustrating a quilt square. Juxtapose drawings with geometric shapes using principles of rhythm, balance, and color.
Saturday, July 1 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, June 26 at 12 noon)
Earth Pigments: An Aboriginal Adventure! (ages 6-8)
Discover how the indigenous people of Australia created art over 40,000 years ago and make paintings inspired by Australian artist Queenie McKenzie! Students will make their own paint by mixing natural pigments to create beautiful earth-tone paintings.
Shapes in Art: Abstract Geometry with Picasso, Mondrien & More (ages 9-12)
View geometric artwork throughout history from cubism to minimalism and art deco. Discuss how patterns and shapes are used and make your own geometric art using a variety of media including cut outs, paint, and textures!
Saturday, August 5 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, July 31 at 12 noon)
Flowers with Georgia O’Keeffe (ages 6-8)
Learn about the great artist Georgia O’Keefe who loved to zoom in and paint things BIG! Build your own flowers and vases out of recycled materials, and paint, draw, and color flowers!
Painted Prints! (ages 9-12)
Combine painting with printmaking and learn about the artist Juane Quick-to-See Smith! Students will discover the history of this Native American contemporary artist and make a painted print inspired by her artwork. Learn how to mix colors and express your personal experiences through art!