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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Chris Francis in Residence

Through September 6 (dates subject to change) | During regular museum hours
*Chris Francis will not be in July 1 – July 9

For the duration of Chris Francis: Shoe Designer, Chris has relocated his shop to the museum. Stop by to view the exhibition, meet Chris, and see him in action. Click here to view Chris Francis' up-to-date schedule. 


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Chopstick Carving Workshop with Saburo Koga

Sunday, July 26 | 1:00–3:30pm | $60/$50 members

Work with renowned Japanese woodcarver Saburo Koga to learn some basic woodcarving techniques while making a set of your own beautiful chopsticks. Saburo will introduce the characteristics of the specific kinds of wood you will choose from. All carving tools, wood, and a chopstick case will be provided.

Advanced registration required by July 22, click here. For additional questions or information, contact: workshops@cafam.org.


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Ordinary to Extraordinary: A Workshop with Phyllis Green

Sunday, August 2 | 2:00pm–4:00pm | $20/$15 members and children (includes materials)

Spend an afternoon with artist and Guggenheim Fellow Phyllis Green, making and embellishing your very own found object sculpture. Learn how you can turn an ordinary object into something extraordinary.

Advanced registration required by July 30, click here. For additional questions or information, contact: workshops@cafam.org.


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Craft Night at CAFAM: Chinese Calligraphy with Mark Montano

Thursday, August 6 | 7:00–9:00pm | In the courtyard
*Project demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm (Galleries open 6:30–9:30pm) 
$8/free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Explore the discipline and beauty of Chinese brush painting with television personality Mark Montano. For this workshop, participants will learn basic calligraphy strokes to create a scroll inspired by traditional Chinese ink painting. This Craft Night is sponsored by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.

RSVP requested to cafamaugust2015.eventbrite.com.


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Craft Cool Stuff to Send to Active Duty Military
A CraftLab Workshop: Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, August 9 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults/$5 children/free for members

Learn to make paracord survival bracelets to send with care packages to active military and first responders. Bring in donated items for care packages such as:
• Beanie Babies or other small plush toys
• Socks (preferably black, brown, green, or tan – not white)
• Mini battery-powered fans
• Knit scarves with no fringe

This Craft Night is sponsored by the Windgate Charitable Foundation.


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective

Saturday, August 15 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free and open to the public

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! To find out more about YBLA, visit yarnbombinglosangeles.com.


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Tea: A Performance with Aaron Hughes

Sunday, August 16 | 3:00pm | Free

Art and Other Tactics artist Aaron Hughes presents Tea Project—a series of performances and installations using tea and the conversations it generates to offer counter-narratives to the dehumanizing effects of war and detention. Aaron brings his performance and discussion to CAFAM and welcomes all saying, “Please come and sit, reflect, share, and sip tea with me.”

RSVP required to rsvp@cafam.org.


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Thomas Dang in Residence

Sunday, August 30 | 12:00–6:00pm

Art and Other Tactics artist Thomas Dang will be on site with his pottery wheel—throwing clay and talking with people about ceramic work that combines his experience with combat and microbiology.


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Craft Night at CAFAM:
Felt Objects Inspired by the L.A. River with Billy Kheel

Thursday, September 3 | 7:00–9:00pm | In the courtyard
*Project demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm (Galleries open 6:30–9:30pm) 
$8/free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Join artist Billy Kheel to make small felt objects in response to his “Imagining the Future of the L.A. River” project. Kheel was inspired to create an installation representing the broad range of wildlife, debris, and other remnants found in the L.A. River over the years. Participants will imagine and create objects that have flowed or will eventually flow in the river.

RSVP requested to cafamseptember2015.eventbrite.com.


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The CAFAM galleries will be closed for exhibition installation from September 7– 25. The CAFAM Shop will maintain its regular hours.


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Basket Weaving Using L.A. Palm Trees
A CraftLab Workshop: Fun for the whole family!

Sunday, September 13 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults/$5 children/free for members

Have you ever wondered where all the palm trees in Los Angeles came from? Join us for a workshop that will teach you how to weave your own palm-leaf-basket and learn about the history of palm trees in Los Angeles. A CAFAM Field Guide to palm tree identification will be provided to participants.


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Yarn Bombing Los Angeles Knit Graffiti Collective

Saturday, September 19 | 2:00–5:00pm | Free and open to the public

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! To find out more about YBLA, visit yarnbombinglosangeles.com.


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Opening Reception for Paperworks, Binh Pho: Shadow of the Turning, and Cathy Weiss: Love and Light

Saturday, September 26

12:00–5:00pm: Members-only preview & Smithsonian Day
6:15–7:00pm: Artist talk with Binh Pho
7:00–9:00pm: Reception $12 entry/free for members

For more information email: info@cafam.org.


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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