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.

Registration for the February 1 sessions opens Tuesday, January 21 at noon.

Preregistration is required. To request registration for February’s workshops, fill out the form below. Submitting a registration request is not a guarantee of enrollment. Registration confirmation could 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, February 1 • 1–3 pm

Pop-Up Valentines (ages 6-8)
Create a variety of pop-up cards for Valentine’s Day! Practice cutting and gluing skills and learn basic pop-up techniques to create one-of-a-kind Valentines.

Tapestry Time (ages 9-12)
Discover the art of Ghanaian sculptor, El Anatsui! Create tapestries inspired by traditional kente cloth as you experiment with shape, form, pattern, and repetition. Use found materials to build a sculptural masterpiece.

Helen Smith Registration Request

Your registration will be confirmed via email in 1-3 business days. Submission of this form is not a guarantee of enrollment. Note: Space is limited. Preference will be given to first-time participants.

Saturday, March 7 • 1–3 pm

Memory Quilts (ages 6-8)
Celebrate the artwork and history of Faith Ringgold! Tell your stories by illustrating a quilt square based on a personal memory. Apply the principles of rhythm, balance, and color by juxtaposing drawings with geometrics shapes to practice storytelling through artwork!

Dream Catchers (ages 9-12)
Learn about Native American dream catchers and design your own unique wall hanging! You’ll use simple hand-sewing techniques, weaving, and wrapping to create your dream catcher.



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