HELEN SMITH FREE WORKSHOPS FOR KIDS

The Delaplaine offers free workshops that explore various artists and art techniques throughout history. These workshops are a part of our 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 most first Saturdays, 1–3 pm.

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Preregistration is required. The registration request form is available below, beginning at noon on Tuesday two weeks prior to each workshop. Submitting a registration request form is not a guarantee of enrollment; you will receive email confirmation (or regrets) based on availability. Preference is given to first-time participants.

  • Helen Smith Workshops are geared for children.
  • No unauthorized visitors are permitted.
  • Parents are welcome to visit the galleries while the workshops are in session.
  • Submitting a registration request form is not a guarantee of enrollment.
  • You will receive email confirmation (or regrets) based on availability. 
  • Preference is given to first-time participants.

 

Registrations for the December workshops is now closed.

 

Saturday, Jan 7 • 1–3 pm

To request registration for the January workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, December 27, at noon.

Morisot Mums (Ages 6-8)

Terri Steele

Create a flower bouquet in the style of Berthe Morisot using a dry brush paint technique to create shape, color, and value.

Collaborative Drawing Games (Ages 9-12)

David Modler

Collaborate with other students as you try century-old Surrealist parlor games. Processes will focus on working together to develop various drawings with multiple outcomes.

 

Saturday, Feb 4 • 1–3 pm

To request registration for the February workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, January 24, at noon.

The Postcard Project (Ages 6-8)

David Modler

Take a nod from the Mail Art of the 1960s to make small-scale works to be mailed to friends and family. Processes will focus on drawing, watercolor painting, and collage techniques to make one-of-a-kind postcards.

Painting Still Life with Van Gogh (Ages 9-12)

Maxine Campisciano

Learn the basics of painting still life by studying the techniques of Vincent Van Gogh, who is well known for his amazing use of color and line, bringing to life everyday, ordinary scenes.

 

Saturday, Mar 4 • 1–3 pm

To request registration for the March workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, February 21, at noon.

Splotch Monsters (Ages 6-8)

David Modler

Explore the Splotch Monster images of Virginia-based artist, Steve Loya. Create inventive creatures by experimenting with watercolor paint and adding embellishments in ink.

Winter Landscape Collage (Ages 9-12)

Kelli Harrison

Create a winter scene using watercolor, salt resist techniques, and paper collage. Continue to embellish the piece with fluffy snowflakes or collage more details with the colorful paper.