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.

Preregistration is required. To request registration for the August workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, July 30 at noon. Submitting a registration request is not a guarantee of enrollment. Notification can 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, August 3 • 1–3 pm (Registration opens July 30 at noon)

Felted Trees (ages 6-8)
Color with wool! Learn the art of needle felting by designing and creating your own two-dimensional landscape using colored wool.

Fabric Collage Fish (ages 9-12)
Experiment with fabric collage and make a unique sea creature! Use various fabrics and iron-on fusible webbing to create an original fish or ocean animal collage.


Saturday, September 7 • 1–3 pm

Watercolor Sea Creatures (ages 6-8)
Splash, swim, and dive into basic watercolor techniques! Explore wax resist, stamping, and other mark-making techniques to create a variety of sea creature masterpieces.

Tree Weaving (ages 9-12)
Explore the art of weaving! Design a colorful, seasonal background on a paper plate, and then learn to weave using the plate as a loom.


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