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 January workshops, fill out the form that will appear below on Tuesday, December 31 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, December 7 • 1–3 pm Registration is now closed.

Aztec Suns (ages 6-8) 
Explore line, color, and shape while utilizing various layering techniques to collage an Aztec-inspired sun!

Festive Wreaths (ages 9-12) 
Celebrate the holiday season and express your own artistic style with a festive, handmade wreath! Make paper flowers to add a floral touch to your garland, and experiment with different ways to tie bows to create that perfect pop of color to your bouquet.


Saturday, January 4 • 1–3 pm

Get Crafty With Kallat (ages 6-8)
Celebrate the contemporary art scene of India by studying the artwork of Jitish Kallat! Apply the principles of design to tell a visual story by layering mixed media and create an exciting work of art!

Felt Owl Softies (ages 9-12)
Learn beginning hand-sewing techniques (threading a needle, tying knots, and simple stitches) to create a small stuffed owl with an optional wall hanging.


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.


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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