Learn at the Craft & Folk Art Museum

The Craft & Folk Art Museum offers a variety of workshops and classes, art talks, readings, and participatory projects for all ages. View our chronological list of events.


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Sculptural Loom Weaving! Fiber Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Saturday, June 23 | 1:00-4:00pm | $95 / $85 members (includes materials and take-home loom kit)

Fiber artist Mimi Haddon leads a beginner class on alternative frame loom weaving. Learn to set up a wooden frame loom, various weaving techniques, and how to use weaving tools to create unexpected and dimensional woven sculptures.

THIS WORKSHOP IS FULL

Advanced registration required, click here to register.
For any registration questions please email: workshops@cafam.org


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Exhibition Walkthrough Katherine Gray: As Clear as the Experience
Sunday, June 24 | 2:00pm | Free

Join exhibiting artist Katherine Gray and exhibition curator Holly Jerger for a gallery walkthrough and discussion about the artist’s process of making mesmerizing glass installations that combine hand-blown glass, found glassware, and theatrical lighting.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org



CAFAM will be closed for Independence Day on Wednesday, July 4.


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CraftNight: Piece by Piece / A Glass Mosaic Workshop
Thursday, July 5 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Learn how to create glass mosaics with Piece by Piece, a non-profit institution dedicated to creating workshops that are accessible and educational, and introducing new ways of working with glass. Using a variety of glass materials and mosaic pieces, each participant will create a unique glass mosaic.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamjuly2018.eventbrite.com


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Infinite Color: Kaleidoscopes / A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, July 8 | 1:30–3:30pm | $10 adults / $7 children / free for members

Experiment with light and color to create your own custom kaleidoscope! Using Katherine Gray’s exhibition as inspiration, we will observe how color and light interact and reflect inside a kaleidoscope to create infinite optical patterns. 

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamlabjuly2018.eventbrite.com


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Linocut Printmaking Session with Rachel Curry
Saturday, July 14 | 1:00–4:00pm | $40 / $30 members (includes materials)

Join artist Rachel Curry for a linocut relief-printmaking session. Whether you are a beginner or expert printer, join other printmaking enthusiasts for this special workshop. Basic instruction on how to carve a linoleum block, printmaking materials, and small printing presses will be provided. Ages 17+

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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Gallery Talk: Bamboo with Curators Holly Jerger & Lyssa Stapleton
Sunday, July 15 | 1:00pm | Free

Lyssa Stapleton, curator of the Cotsen Collection, and CAFAM exhibitions curator, Holly Jerger, lead a unique gallery tour and discussion about historic Japanese bamboo basketry and the fascinating ways contemporary artists work with the material today.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org


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Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee Ceramic Wall Hangings
Thursdays, July 19 & 26 | 11:00am–1:00pm | Cost per session: $40 / $30 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing)

Drop by for a fun, open space to make, experiment, and play with clay! Work on your own creative project or follow Eunice Lee’s instruction as she teaches how to design and create a ceramic wall hanging. Ages 17+

Space is limited, advanced registration required: workshops@cafam.org


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Living Flowers: An Ikebana Flower Arranging Workshop
Saturday, July 28 | 2:00–4:30pm | $60 / $50 members (includes materials and flowers)

Experience the ancient Japanese art of flower arranging, called ikebana. Led by the Ohara Ikebana School of LA, this introductory course teaches how to create a personal flower arrangement according to the principles and philosophies of this meditative artform.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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Meditation and Sound in the Gallery: A Sacred Mandala Sound Bath with Grace Oh
Sunday, July 29 | 7:00pm | $30 / $25 members

Artist and sound healer Grace Oh, leads a guided sound bath in the gallery featuring the exhibition Bamboo. This guided meditation includes breathwork and the healing vibrations of crystal singing bowls, chimes, and tuning forks. Please bring your own yoga mat and optional pillow and blanket.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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CraftNight: Weaving Nature / A Basket Weaving Workshop
Thursday, August 2 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Taking inspiration from the current exhibition Bamboo, this introductory workshop on basket weaving includes basic instruction and natural materials for participants to make their own basket.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamaugust2018.eventbrite.com


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Open Clay Studio with Andres Payan / A Clay Sgraffito Workshop
Thursday, August 9 | 12:00–3:00pm | $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials and firing)

Drop by for a fun, open space to make, experiment, and play with clay! Work on your own creative project, or follow Andres Payan’s instruction on constructing with slabs and basic techniques of sgraffito to create images and patterns by carving onto clay! For ages 17+

Space is limited, advanced registration required: workshops@cafam.org


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Bamboo Wind Chimes and Hanging Sculptures / A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, August 12 | 1:30–3:30pm | $10 adults / $7 children / free for members

Explore the possibilities of bamboo in this unique workshop. Using various pre-cut bamboo pieces, palm rope, and bamboo strips, learn different ways to work with the material to make your own small sculptures, wall hangings, or windchimes!

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamlabaugust2018.eventbrite.com


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Introduction to Perfume Blending: A Workshop with The Institute of Art and Olfaction
Saturday, August 25 | 1:00-4:00pm | $80 / $70 members (includes materials)

The Institute of Art and Olfaction leads an introductory workshop on perfume blending. Participants will create their own scent samples and leave with a 4ml spray vial of a new scent and formula.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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Indigo Dye Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Sunday, August 26 | 1:00–4:00pm | $85 / $75 members (includes materials)

Artist Mimi Haddon will teach techniques of working with indigo, one of the oldest pigments used for textile dyeing. Learn basic shibori, a manual resist dyeing and pattern making technique, and experience the magic of indigo-color oxidation in this exciting workshop.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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Japanese Wood Carving Workshop with Yo Takimoto
Saturday, September 1 | 2:00pm–4:00pm | $55 / $45 members (includes materials)

Japanese master carver, Yo Takimoto leads a meditative workshop on kikezuri, a special Japanese wood carving style. Yo will help each participant select a piece of wood from his personal collection, which includes ancient wood samples from parts of the US and Japan. Each participant will “let the wood speak” and slowly carve to reveal its form.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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CraftNight: Fiber Wall Hanging & Dip-Dye Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Thursday, September 6 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Artist Mimi Haddon guides this inventive workshop on fiber and rope wall hangings. Learn different roping, tying, and knotting techniques to create a fiber wall hanging. Finish it off with a dip-dye to add a splash of color.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamseptember2018.eventbrite.com


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CLAY LA: VIP Preview & Brunch
Saturday, September 8 | 10:00–11:30am | $20 (includes complimentary food, drink, and museum admission)

Be the first to shop this year’s CLAY LA ceramic marketplace and snatch that ceramic piece you’ve been dreaming about! VIP guests get early access to the marketplace and enjoy complimentary cocktails and delicious snacks.

Advanced tickets available soon.


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CLAY LA
Saturday, September 8 & Sunday, September 9 | 11:30am–6:00pm | Free with admission

CAFAM’s annual ceramic marketplace and fundraiser features emerging and established ceramic makers in the greater Los Angeles area. CLAY LA is the leading marketplace to find innovative and inventive makers and ceramic objects. Celebrate clay and local artists during this fun weekend of shopping, clay workshops, music, and drinks!



Galleries will be closed for exhibition installation from September 10 – 28 and the CAFAM Shop will maintain its regular hours.


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Introduction to Glassworking and Glassblowing with Kazuki Takizawa
Sunday, September 16 | 11:00–3:00pm | KT Glassworks, 5025 W Jefferson Blvd. Los Angeles, CA | $85 / $75 members (includes materials and furnace fee)

Step into the hot shop and work with glassblowing artist Kazuki Takizawa at KT Glassworks during this unique introductory workshop. Learn molten color mixing techniques and basic glassblowing to create a solid glass paperweight and one other small glassblown form. Works will be available for pick-up at a later date.

Space is limited, advanced registration required, click here.


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Opening Reception for Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters, Sherin Guirguis: Of Thorns and Love, and Daydreaming by Uzumaki Cepeda
Saturday, October 6 | 6:00–9:00pm

Celebrate the opening of three new solo exhibitions by LA artists Uzumaki Cepeda, Merion Estes, and Sherin Guirguis.

$12 entry / free for members. For more information email: info@cafam.org


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