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 February workshops, fill out the registration request form that will appear on this page on Monday, January 29 at 12pm. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.

Saturday, February 3 • 1-3 PM (Registration opens on Monday, January 29 at 12 noon)
Animation: Zoetropes and more! (ages 6-8)
Learn about zoetropes and picture strips that create moving pictures! Students will learn about and make simple animation activities such as flip books.

Animation: Zoetropes (ages 9-12)
The process of creating moving pictures began way before movies as we know them today. Learn a bit about how film and our eyes work together to create this illusion. Make a simple zoetrope and picture strips to create your own moving pictures. The workshop is designed to open doorways to the animated arts and show each and every workshop attendee that animation is for everyone!

Saturday, March 3 • 1-3 PM (Registration opens on Monday, February 26 at 12 noon)
Intro to Sewing: Upcycling Denim (ages 6-8)
Come enjoy a fun introductory sewing class and create something unique! Students will learn some basic stitches and embrace upcycling by using recycled denim.

Romero Britto Pop-Art Paintings (ages 9-12)
Join us to learn about contemporary Brazilian artist Romero Britto and his wild and colorful Pop-Art paintings and sculptures! Students will explore Britto’s work, learn about his influences and the Pop-Art movement and then create their own orginal painting in Britto’s style. We will work with tempera paint and india ink to make our own paintings.

Saturday, April 7 • 1-3pm (Registration opens on Monday, April 2 at 12 noon)
Building Imaginary Universes (ages 6-8)
Learn about the art of Joan Miró and create imaginary places, faces, and spaces! Experiment with line, color, & shape as building elements for automatic drawings. Develop imaginary imagery for both individual and collaborative works of art.

Mini Portrait Boxes (ages 912)
Kim Welling is a contemporary Dutch artist/illustrator who is known for her portraits affixed into matchbox-sized boxes with positive affirmation word bubbles. Join us to learn about Welling’s work and influences, then try out her style by creating your own self-portrait to put in a little box! Students will learn the basics of the proportions of the face as well as learning to stylize and simplify our portraits. Work in marker and colored pencil, and finished boxes will have a magnetic strip attached to the back so you can see your positive message wherever you would like to hang it!