Free Workshops for Kids



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 1-3 pm.

Preregistration is required. To request registration for the September workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on September 3 at noon.  Submitting a registration request is not a guarantee of enrollment. Notification can take up to 2 days. 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 Etchsion-Davis Library while the workshops are in session.


Saturday, August 3 • 1–3 pm (Registration is now closed.)

Felted Trees (ages 6-8)
Color with wool! Learn the art of needle felting by designing and creating your own two-dimensional landscape using colored wool.

Fabric Collage Fish (ages 9-12)
Experiment with fabric collage and make a unique sea creature! Use various fabrics and iron-on fusible webbing to create an original fish or ocean animal collage.


Saturday, September 7 • 1–3 pm

Watercolor Sea Creatures (ages 6-8)
Splash, swim, and dive into basic watercolor techniques! Explore wax resist, stamping, and other mark-making techniques to create a variety of sea creature masterpieces.

Tree Weaving (ages 9-12)
Explore the art of weaving! Design a colorful, seasonal background on a paper plate, and then learn to weave using the plate as a loom.


Saturday, October 5 • 1–3 pm

Wire Sculptures (ages 6-8)
Drawing inspiration from modern and contemporary artists, explore the world of 3-dimensional art to create figurative sculptures out of wire and found objects.

Mixed-Media Collage (ages 9-12)
Discover the artwork of Judy Paul, a contemporary mixed-media master. Learn a variety of methods to build up a textured background with multiple layers. Experiment with image combinations and techniques in drawing, pasting, and painting to form an extraordinary collage!


Saturday, November 2 • 1–3 pm

Love It or Leaf It! (ages 6-8)
Create colorful leaf patterns by using plant matter to make prints! Load up on layers of colors and textures by playing with a variety of printmaking techniques. Learn about the history of the printing press and walk away with your own beautiful pieces of artwork.

Narrative Assemblage (ages 9-12)
Learn about the art of 3-dimensional collage, known as assemblage! Discuss mixed-media artists such as Noah Purifoy and Robert Rauschenberg, then design your own found-object work of art that tells a unique story.


Saturday, December 7 • 1–3 pm

Aztec Suns (ages 6-8)
Utilize various 3-dimensional sculpture techniques to create an Aztec-inspired relief sculpture!

Festive Wreaths (ages 9-12)
Celebrate the holiday season and express your own artistic style with a festive, handmade wreath! Make paper flowers to add a floral touch to your garland, and experiment with different ways to tie bows to create that perfect pop of color to your bouquet.

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