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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Opening Reception: Kay Sekimachi: Simple Complexity | Works from the Forrest L. Merrill Collection & Work Over School: Art From the Margins of the Inside
Saturday, September 24 | 6:00–9:00pm

$12 entry / free for members

For more information: info@cafam.org


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Beyond Bling: Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, October 1 | 11:00am–7:00pm | Museum Shop | Free

In celebration of collector Lois Boardman and the opening of the exhibition Beyond Bling at LACMA, the Craft & Folk Art Museum is hosting the Beyond Bling Pop-Up Shop—a one-day showcase of studio art jewelry. Featuring local artists, including Mary Donald, Eric Silva, Valerie Mitchell; visiting artist Nicki Marx; Stephanie Le Vanda’s outstanding collection of international art jewelry; a selection of exciting work courtesy of Velvet Da Vinci, and more. CAFAM invites you to meet the artists and build your own museum-quality wearable art jewelry collection.

Click here to RSVP.


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CraftNight: Tie, Weave, Wrap & Dye
Natural Fiber Sculptures with Mimi Haddon
Thursday, October 6 | 7:00–9:00pm | Project demonstrations at 7:00 & 7:30pm
$10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks)

Make fiber sculptures, wall hangings, or wearable art with artist fiber Mimi Haddon! Taking inspiration from the exhibition Kay Sekimachi: Simple Complexity, participants will tie, wrap, and dye various fibers, fabrics, and natural materials to create endless possibilities!

Space is limited. RSVP requested: cafamoctober2016.eventbrite.com


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Printing with Shadows!
Cyanotypes with Meg Madison
A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, October 9 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Experience the beauty of nature’s shadows with photographer Meg Madison! Using leaves, twigs, natural fibers, and other materials found in Kay Sekimachi’s exhibit, experiment and learn how to make a cyanotype, a photographic technique that uses sunlight to print!


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Stone Fruit: Book Signing and Poetry Reading by Stephen Yenser
Sunday, October 9 | 5:00–7:00pm | Free

Join us for the first reading in L.A. of poet and critic Stephen Yenser’s new book of poems Stone Fruit (Waywiser Press, 2016). Co-sponsored by the historic Ruskin Art Club.


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective
Saturday, October 15 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free

Join in YBLA’s monthly meeting to find out what your local guerrilla knitters are up to, share projects you’re working on, and good conversation. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged!

More Information: www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com


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Member Event
Work Over School Gallery Talk with Fred Eversley and jill moniz
Sunday, October 16 | 10:30am | Members-only event

Our members are invited to an intimate gallery talk where celebrated L.A. artist Fred Eversley and curator jill moniz discuss Fred’s history, process, and the idea of the self-taught artist.

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


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Poetry at CAFAM: Squander by Elena Karina Byrne
Sunday, October 23 | 2:00pm | Free

A special reading by author Elena Karina Byrne from her new book, Squander (Omnidawn, 2016). This program includes readings from poets Kelli Anne Noftle, Cathy Colman, Sholeh Wolpe, and Gail Wronsky. Co-sponsored by the historic Ruskin Art Club.


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Machine Project Presents!
Black Light Embroidery & Ghostly Encounters
Workshop with Jenny Hart
Sunday, October 23 | 6:00–8:00pm | $60 / $50 members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks)

Experimental Echo Park art space Machine Project presents a special workshop at CAFAM with artist Jenny Hart, who will lead a spiritual session on automatic embroidering in the tradition of Victorian spirit writing. Gather under black lights and share your ghostly encounters while embroidering with neon threads. No previous experience necessary, previous encounters with ghosts highly recommended.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Machine Project Presents!
The Exploding-Pumpkin-Carving Laboratory
Wednesday, October 26 | 6:30–8:30pm | $40 / $35 members (includes materials & pumpkin)

Back by popular demand, this collaboration with Machine Project includes a dark night of pumpkin carving, gruesome oozing, and frightful explosions. Learn about the history of pumpkin carving, carve a lantern, and experience some exciting and ghastly laboratory experiments.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Craft Affair 2016
Honoring Corinna Cotsen, Lee Rosenbaum, & Artist Gronk
Saturday, October 29 | 6:00–9:00pm

Celebrate the Craft & Folk Art Museum at our annual fundraising gala, honoring long-time trustee Corinna Cotsen, entertainment executive Lee Rosenbaum, and legendary L.A. artist Gronk. Enjoy hors d’oeuvres and desserts by RD4 Chefs, fabulous music, and a special silent auction. Make a difference at the Craft & Folk Art Museum by showing your support. All proceeds will benefit CAFAM’s education program.

Cocktail attire. RSVP by October 17.
For tickets and more information visit: craftaffair.cafam.org or call (323) 937-4230 x31


NOVEMBER

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Craft (Beer) Night: Beer Tasting and Felt Cozy Workshop
Thursday, November 3 | 7:00–9:00pm | Project demonstrations at 7:00 & 7:30pm
$10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks

Enjoy craft beer and make a beer cozy at this special CraftNight featuring craft brewers from around L.A.! Taste delicious brews and learn about beer brewing while keeping your hands warm and your beer cold with your handmade felt cozy.

Space is limited. RSVP requested: cafamnovember2016.eventbrite.com


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Colors of Nature: A Natural Dye Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Saturday, November 12 | 1:00–4:00pm | $80 / $70 members (materials included)

Explore the basic techniques of working with natural dyes. This special fall workshop will introduce participants to working with colorants extracted from natural sources such as bugs, vegetables, plants, and spices!

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Work Over Paper: Collage Workshop with Dana Bean
A CraftLab Family Workshop!
Sunday, November 13 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Work Over School artist Dana Bean leads an exciting collage workshop. What will you use? Layer paper patterns, found images, and use inspiration from your own memories to create a special artwork!


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Work Over School Panel Discussion
Moderated by Exhibition Curator jill moniz
Saturday, November 19 | 3:00pm | Free with museum admission

Work Over School curator jill moniz will be in conversation with exhibition artists Lisa Bartleson, Susan Feldman, and Miguel Osuna about their backgrounds, processes, and distinctive self-taught art practices.

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


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective
Saturday, November 19 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free

Join in YBLA’s monthly meeting to find out what your local guerrilla knitters are up to, share projects you’re working on, and good conversation. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged!

More information: www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com


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Scratching the Surface
A Sgraffito Clay Workshop with Cola Smith
Sunday, November 20 | 12:00–3:00pm | $70 / $60 members

Work Over School exhibiting artist Cola Smith leads a sgraffito workshop, a form of clay decoration made by scratching the surface of unfired painted clay. Each participant will work on their own clay form and pick-up their kiln-fired pieces at a later date.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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School & Crossbones:
A Poetry Workshop with Brendan Constantine
Sunday, November 20 | 12:00–3:00pm | $50 / $40 members

Author and teacher Brendan Constantine presents a writing workshop for poets of all levels. Participants will view the current exhibitions and draw on their themes to inspire new poetry. No experience necessary, just bring a notebook, pen or pencil, and a sense of adventure!

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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CAFAM will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 24.


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Holiday Marketplace
Saturday, November 26 | 11:00–5:00pm | Free

The CAFAM Shop’s annual holiday shopping event features our favorite Los Angeles makers. Find special one-of-a-kind contemporary jewelry, art, textiles, housewares, and other beautiful hand-crafted gifts for your loved ones. For more information visit: www.cafamshop.org/holiday-marketplace


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#GIVINGTUESDAY
Tuesday, November 29 | All day

Support CAFAM on #GivingTuesday, an annual worldwide day of philanthropy! Be a part of this global movement and donate to CAFAM or become a member on November 29. For more information about how you can participate, call (323) 937-4230 x 31 or visit www.GivingTuesday.org.


DECEMBER

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CraftNight: Print It Up & Wrap It Up!
Gift Wrap Paper Printing with Mark Montano
Thursday, December 1 | 7:00–9:00pm | Project demonstrations at 7:00 & 7:30pm
$10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, & snacks)

Make your own holiday wrapping paper! Designer and television personality Mark Montano will host a night of pattern, paper, and holiday color for this special December CraftNight!

Space is limited. RSVP requested: cafamdecember2016.eventbrite.com


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Frame Loom Weaving Workshop with Kellee Creative
Saturday, December 3 | 12:00–4:00pm | $165 / $155 members (includes materials & frame loom)

Inspired by Kay Sekimachi’s exhibition, artist Kellee Vopelak leads a beginner class on frame loom weaving. Learn to set up a frame loom, various weaving techniques, and how to use weaving tools! Participants leave with their own wooden frame loom and several weaving tools and materials.

Advanced registration required. Click here to register or email: workshops@cafam.org


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Exhibition Walkthrough of Kay Sekimachi: Simple Complexity
with Curator Holly Jerger
Sunday, December 4 | 1:00pm | Free

Join curator Holly Jerger for an engaging walkthrough of Kay Sekimachi: Simple Complexity. This event is a great opportunity to deepen your understanding of the artist and her process.

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


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Marvelous Marbling Paper A Craftlab Family Workshop!
Sunday, December 11 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Marvelous marbling! Experiment with wondrous inks, paint, and paper for a special workshop on basic techniques of marbling paper. Leave with a colorful paper creation bound to marvel all


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective
Saturday, December 17 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free

Join in YBLA’s monthly meeting to find out what your local guerrilla knitters are up to, share projects you’re working on, and good conversation. All skill levels are welcome and encouraged!

More information: www.yarnbombinglosangeles.com


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CAFAM will be closed for Christmas on Sunday, December 25 


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CAFAM will be closed for New Year’s Day on Sunday, January 1 


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Craft Night

First Thursday nights from 7:00pm-9pm

CraftLab Workshops

For the whole family on the second Sunday from 1:30-3:30pm