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.
- 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.
Saturday, October 7 • 1–3 pm • OFFSITE: Thurmont Library, 76 E Moser Rd, Thurmont, MD
Registration is now open! See form below.
Cool Comics: Designing and Making Visual Stories (Ages 6-8)
Learn how to create colorful comics inspired by your imagination! Using writing, drawing, and coloring skills, you will leave the workshop with at least one completed comic and a template for more.
Shaping Shadows: Exploring Form and Depth in Still Life (Ages 9-12)
Explore the magical interplay of light and shadow in the world of still life while learning fundamental techniques to add a sense of form and depth to your drawings!
Helen Smith Registration RequestYour 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, November 4 • 1–3 pm
To request registration for the November workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, October 24, at noon.
Cozy Burrowing Fox (Ages 6-8)
Discover the art elements of space, texture and unity by creating a cozy winter scene of a fox curled up for sleep.
Wonderful Weaving (Ages 9-12)
Create and use a cardboard loom to make beautiful weavings using recycled materials like string, and yarn. You will leave this workshop with an in-progress weaving and lots of new art knowledge!
Saturday, December 2 • 1–3 pm
To request registration for the December workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, November 21, at noon.
Winter Polar Bear in Northern Lights (Ages 6-8)
Learn more about color, space, line, and shape while creating a winter scene using mixed media techniques.
Zen Sculptures (Ages 9-12)
Create artworks with geometric frames, small clay sculptures, and found objects inspired by Zen gardens, Theaster Gates’s Afro-Mingie, and more.