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.

CAFAM Travels
Saturday, October 28, 2017 | 9:30am–5:30pm

One-day Art Tour of Tijuana in conjunction with our PST exhibition The US-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, Possibility. Led by independent curator Karla Aguiniga, the trip will leave from San Diego and includes travel to Valle de Guadalupe, an emerging vineyard and culinary marvel for a tour and lunch with architect Alejandro D'Acosta. Our participants will also visit and discuss the site of the controversial border wall, meet special guests and enjoy an artist studio tour.

RSVP required: sonia@cafam.org; 323-937-4230 x 31. Fee per person: $200 members / $225 non-members (lunch included)-non-refundable; first come, first serve reservation.

Leader & Legend: The Legacy and Influence of Betye Saar Panel Conversation with jill moniz
Saturday, July 22 | 3:00pm | Free with admission

Independent curator jill moniz moderates a panel conversation about legendary artist Betye Saar’s role in the Los Angeles arts community and her legacy as a woman of color, an assemblage artist, and her continued relevance among new generations of emerging artists. The panel features Monica Wyatt, Rosalyn Myles, and Duane Paul, who will speak of Saar’s influence on their lives and art practice.

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

Liminal Spaces: A Presentation on The Possibility Project
Sunday, July 23 | 1:00–2:00pm | Free with admission

Presentation by The Possibility Project, an Australian social enterprise that collaborates with artisans who live at the poverty level in India. Together they create ethical and environmentally conscious products, also known as slow fashion, that materialize what we all have in common.

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

Mending as Metaphor: A Mending Workshop with Ruth Souza
Sunday, July 23 | 2:00–4:00pm | $35 / $25 members

During this unique workshop, participants come together to repair their damaged garments and share stories about them. The workshop focuses on reuse instead of waste, and participants will learn techniques to repair, mend, embroider, patch, or even transform their beloved textiles or garments. Please bring a basic sewing kit and garments or materials to work on. A variety of needles, threads, yarns and fabric scraps will be provided.

Advanced registration required at link. For questions email: workshops@cafam.org

Strong and Versatile: Japanese Handmade Paper and Paper Thread Talk and Demonstration with Hiroko Karuno
Saturday, July 29 | 11:30am–1:00pm and 3:00–4:30pm | Free with RSVP

Master spinner, dyer, and weaver Hiroko Karuno presents a slide lecture on the process of washi (Japanese handmade paper) making. She will demonstrate the intricate method of producing kami-ito (paper thread) from a sheet of washi and how to prepare it for weaving.

Master Class with Hiroko Karuno: Making Paper Thread
Sunday, July 30 | 12:00–6:00pm

Learn the uniquely detailed method of making kami-ito from a sheet of washi. In this hands-on workshop, Hiroko Karuno leads participants with step-by-step instruction on folding the paper to spinning the paper with a drop-spindle. Space is limited to 10 participants who have experience with spinning and weaving.

Advanced registration required, email: andres@cafam.org for more information.

CraftNight: Alternative Embroidery Workshop & Pop-up
Thursday, August 3 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

L.A. based fashion house NO SESSO hosts a unique and experimental night of embroidery, fashion, and music. Learn how to hand-embroider flowers using a variety of stiches, and meet the fantastic minds behind a brand that aims to create a world of fashion and art inclusive of color and gender nonconformists. Sponsored by Artist & Craftsman Supply.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamaugust2017.eventbrite.com

Soft Sculpture Workshop with Victoria May
Saturday, August 12 | 12:00–5:30pm | $65 / $55 members (includes materials)

Learn about Material as Metaphor artist Victoria May’s work and practice as you create your own soft sculpture by hand stitching, gluing, or using a sewing machine! An assortment of fabric, thread, and stuffing will be provided. Participants are encouraged to bring any inspiring materials, fabrics, or notions they would like to use.

Advanced registration required at cafam.org or email: workshops@cafam.org

Mini Weavings with Mimi Haddon! A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, August 13 | Drop-in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Led by artist Mimi Haddon, delve into the world of fiber arts and experiment with yarn and fibers to create your own small weaving! Turn it into a mini wall hanging, a piece of wearable art, or a coaster! The possibilities are endless.

Found Object & Assemblage Sculpture Workshop
with Monica Wyatt
Saturday, August 19 | 12:00–2:00pm | $55 / $45 members (included materials)

Assemblage artist Monica Wyatt leads a unique workshop exploring the history and process of found object and assemblage art. Taking inspiration from legendary artist Betye Saar, explore this art form and create your own sculptural keepsake.

Advanced registration required at cafam.org or email: workshops@cafam.org

CraftNight: Downtown LA! Block Printing with Mimi Haddon
Thursday, August 24 | 6:00–8:00pm | Angel City Brewery | Demonstrations at 6:00pm & 6:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials)

Join us for block printing and beer at Angel City Brewery! Have some beer and create your own foam stamps to experiment with print techniques, colorful block patterns, and stamping on fabric. Event takes place at Angel City Brewery at 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamaugust2017acb.eventbrite.com

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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


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