the basics

All workshops for this grade level are 2:30 – 4:30 pm and held in MuseumLab, next door to the Children’s Museum.


$8 for members
$10 for non-members

To receive the member price, please use code MEMWORK$2.  Membership will be verified when you visit.

Museum admission is not included.

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Workshop prices are subsidized by generous support from the Howmet Aerospace Foundation.

workshop schedule

Nature Journaling
January 21
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Develop nature journaling techniques to explore the world around you. You’ll leave this workshop with a customized nature journal ready to fill with more observations, perceptions and feelings about your environment.

Intro to Oil Painting
January 22
2:00 – 5:00 pm
Learn how to use oil paints as we explore mixing paint to create color palettes, talk about the many oil mediums and how to use them, and make several paintings on canvas.

Sewing: Swapping Sleeves
January 28
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Create a new, unique shirt from thrifted clothing! Learn or practice sewing skills like using a seam ripper, pinning and sewing pieces together.

Pewter Casting with Clay
January 29
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Create a miniature sculpture with polymer clay and cast it in pewter. You’ll take home your new creations.

February 4
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Have you ever painted with wax? Try something new as we explore the ancient art of batik fabric dyeing.

Thrifted Paintings
February 5
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Take something old and make something new. Use existing paintings to create your own unique artwork.

Teacup Terrariums
February 18
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Turn a teacup into a living plant haven!

Figure Drawing
February 19
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn how to draw the human body in a variety of different poses from a live model.  We’ll use charcoal to explore ways to approach depicting figures on paper.

Sewing Stuffed Animals
February 25
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn and practice hand sewing while creating a soft new friend to bring home!

Stamp Making
February 26
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Design, carve and print with your very own stamp! In this introduction to linoleum block printing, you will learn the process of creating a rubber stamp that is uniquely yours. Create any design you want to print on paper, fabric, wood, and more; learn carving practices and printing techniques. What will you stamp?

Articulated Paper Figures
March 4
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn about how an artist draws figures through this older art form. Articulated figures were once common play items and many now adorn the walls of MuseumLab. We will learn about the  history of articulated figures and make several ourselves.

Sewing Machine 101
March 5
2:30 – 4:30 pm
Learn the basics of using a sewing machine. Practice setting up the machine, sewing straight and curved lines, and learning different ways to attach fabric. Leave with a small project and the confidence to sew independently.