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 March workshops, fill out the registration request form that will be posted to this page at noon on Monday, February 27. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.
Saturday, March 4 • 1-3pm (Registration opens on Monday, February 27 at 12pm)
Monet Magic (ages 6-8)
Mara Pollins Costello
Explore the coloful world of Claude Monet’s Garden at Giverny. Students will examine images and listen to stories about Monet, his paintings, and his garden – while creating a water garden with different drawing and painting techniques, and paper collage.
Art Cars! (ages 9-12)
Rev your engines and get ready to drive around in your very own art car! Students will learn about the history of the art car movement, design and build their own car body out of cardboard, and detail their ride with their own artistic style.
Saturday, April 1 • 1-3pm (Registration opens on Monday, March 27 at 12pm)
Architects for a Day: Design a Building of Your Dreams! (ages 6-8)
Mara Pollins Costello
Put on your design hats and become architects for an afternoon! Students will hear the tale of an unlikely architect while reaching into their imaginations to create blueprints of fantastical buildings. Each architect will turn their drawings into a cardboard model of their own design.
Mixed Media Madness! (ages 9-12)
Explore the artwork of Judy Paul, a contemporary mixed media master! Students will learn a variety of methods to build up a textured background with multiple layers. Come prepared to experiment with image combinations and techniques in drawing, pasting, and painting to form an extraordinary collage!
Saturday, May 6 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, May 1 at 12pm)
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 12pm)
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.