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 first Saturdays, 1–3 pm.

See below for health and safety protocols and guidelines.

Preregistration is required. Registration opens at noon on the Tuesday two weeks prior to each workshop. 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 while the workshops are in session.

PLEASE NOTE: Classes, times, and location (on-site and online) are subject to change.

October 3 • 1–3 pm

Portrait Painting (Ages 6–8)
Hannah Jacobs

Get inspired by the work of photographer Carrie Mae Weems! Explore the emotional aspects of her work and be challenged to capture a similar feeling through painting.

Registration requests are now being accepted using the form below.

Zines (Ages 9–12)
David Modler

Explore ideas about identity and family history, like those found in the work of artist Carrie Mae Weems, and then develop a narrative using images and words to tell a personal story.

Registration requests for October 3 are now being accepted using the form below.

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.

November 7 • 1–3 pm

Color Block Self-Portraits (Ages 6–8)
Hannah Jacobs

Learn about facial proportions and color theory and, taking inspiration from the art of Paul Klee, create a color block self-portrait using tissue paper transfers.

Registration opens Tuesday, October 27 at 12 noon

Story Collage (Ages 9–12)
David Modler

Explore themes and concepts inherent in the work of Carrie Mae Weems to interpret your own ideas about personal experiences and depict them in two- or three-part, black and white visual stories.

Registration opens Tuesday, October 27 at 12 noon

December 5 • 1–3 pm

City Snow Globes (Ages 6–8)
Hannah Jacobs

Students will create a beautiful, snow-dusted cityscape inside a glittering snow globe!

Registration opens Tuesday, November 24 at 12 noon

Winter Workshop (Ages 9–12)
Instructor TBD

We will immerse ourselves in art history and examine expressions of winter to inspire our own cold-weather–themed works of art!

Registration opens Tuesday, November 24 at 12 noon

Health & Safety Protocols

The Delaplaine is following health and safety protocols recommended by local, state, and federal agencies. Students are asked to follow these guidelines:

  • Before coming to class, be alert for symptoms. Watch for fever, cough, shortness of breath, or other symptoms of COVID-19. If you or a member of your household have any of these symptoms, stay home.
  • While at the Delaplaine:
    • Face masks are required at all times, including inside classrooms.
    • The Delaplaine is practicing physical distancing in all areas. Please stay 6’ apart from others at all times and respect the Delaplaine’s guidelines for moving through the building and spacing apart.
    • Avoid sharing items and materials with others as much as possible.
    • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds, especially: after using the restroom; after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; after touching items shared with others.
    • Avoid eating in the classroom. If you must have something to eat, wash hands before and after doing so.
    • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
    • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue when you cough or sneeze or use the inside of your elbow.
  • Delaplaine staff will be disinfecting frequently touched surfaces and shared items after each class.

Please contact us with any questions.


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