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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 enrollment in either of the September workshops, fill out the registration request form that will appear on this page on Monday, August 28. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.


Saturday, September 2 • 1-3pm (These workshops are now full.)
Tapestry Time (ages 6-8)
Learn about the Ghanaian sculptor El Anatsui! Students will create sculptural tapestries inspired by traditional kente cloth, while assembling found materials and experimenting with shape, form, and pattern.
Abstract Faces! (ages 9-12)
Discover the amazing sculptural faces created by contemporary artist Kimmy Cantrell. Students will use recycled cardboard to sculpt an abstract face, and add color and emphasis with oil pastels.

Saturday, October 7 (Registration opens Monday, October 2 at 12 noon)
Mythological Animals (ages 6-8)
Explore ancient mythological and hybrid creatures from a variety of cultures! Design your own animal, and transform your 2D drawing into a 3D sculpture using recycled materials.
Super Screen Printing Saturday! (ages 9-12)
Discover the traditional technique of silk screen printing! Learn about its invention and modern day uses while transferring your own designs onto paper using colored inks.

Saturday, November 4 • 1-3pm (Registration opens Monday, October 30 at 12 noon)
Just Dot It! (ages 6-8)
Learn about the quirky, pop artist Yayoi Kusama and discover all the interesting patterns you can make using polka-dots! Students will experiment with a variety of materials and methods for making their own dotted designs.
Picasso Guitar Collages (ages 9-12)
Learn about the Spanish artist Pablo Picasso, focusing on his “blue period.” Discover the secrets of tints and shades while using recycled cardboard and paper techniques to create your own blue guitar collage.

Saturday, December 2 (Registration opens Monday, November 27 at 12 noon)
Fancy Funky Bird Wall Hanging (ages 6-8)
Create a fancy and funky decoration based on the artwork of contemporary British artist Sanna Annukka! Students will transform tag board with oil pastels and India ink wash to create a bird to embellish with beads.
Shadow Puppets (ages 9-12)
Create your own puppets that move and dance while learning about wayang kulit – the traditional Indonesian shadow play. Students will create their own shadow puppets and tell a story with their character.