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 April workshops, fill out the registration request form that will appear on this page on Monday, April 2 at 12 noon. NOTE: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.

Saturday, March 3 • 1-3 PM
Intro to Sewing: Upcycling Denim (ages 6-8) FULL
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) FULL
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 original 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, and 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!

Saturday, May 5 • 1-3pm (Registration opens on Monday, April 30 at 12 noon)
Sun Portraits (ages 6-8)
Explore the art of Mexico, and create a sun portrait using warm and cool colors with crayon and watercolor resist!

Sewing Fabric Flowers (ages 9-12)
Celebrate Mayfest while learning how to make three different fiber flowers! Students can create a garland, flower necklace, or crown.

Saturday, June 2  • 1-3pm (Registration opens on Monday, May 28 at 12 noon)
Eric Carle Insect Collages (ages 6-8)
Create an insect collage using collage papers. We will be focusing on Eric Carle as our artist of inspiration!

Introduction to Embroidery (ages 9-12)
Learn the basics of embroidery to create your own wall hanging!