Group Programs & Tours

For Teachers and Schools

Focus on: MAKING

Come make something with us in The Studio! We offer hands-on programming in woodworking, metal, fiber, and clay. With the instruction of professional artists, students will use the tools and equipment in our studios to design and make their own functional objects or works of artistic expression.

Read on for examples of our hands-on experiences. All activities can be customized to meet individual needs and/or interests.

Program Examples

Wood-turned Pens
Students will learn the basic operation of a lathe. During this session they’ll work with a professional woodworker to be introduced to the basics of working with wood, as well as delve into learning about the variety of wood species. From there the students will each have their chance to work at the lathe, turning their own pen and applying decoration if they’d like.

Enameled Copper Pendants or Key-Chains
Students will work with a professional metalsmith as they explore the basics of working with copper. After they’re taught about varying types of metal alloys, students will prepare their metal through the process of filing. From there they’ll be introduced to the process of introducing the glass-like finish of enamel, leaving with their own finished piece.

Plates and Platters
Students will explore different clay bodies and their properties as they construct their own slab-built tableware. From there surface texture and design will be added, followed by underglaze. Each piece will be fired and clear glazed prior to being returned.

There are additional options for hands-on experiences in our Studio. For more information, please contact us at Ask how we can incorporate STEAM into the lessons as well!

Prices range from $15 -$25 per person.

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In conjunction with each exhibition, a range of multi-cultural, educational programming is available for students and teachers. Group tours in our gallery encourage seeing, participating in hands-on activities and learning about the innovative use of materials.

While we have a few suggestions below, customized experiences are also available. Staff is able to scaffold programs in order to meet the needs of students in grades 6 through college.

Program Examples

Scavenger Hunts
In this activity students are encouraged to look closely at the exhibit by searching for the answers to a series of questions. This will help them learn about how artists choose their materials and what they expect their piece to communicate.

Artists Statements
Have your students listen as an artist statement is read. Students sketch what that statement communicates to them. Afterwards, they can see the work for which the statement was written. Students are given cards with five different artist statements. They must match the artist statement to the piece in the gallery that they think best reflects this statement. As a follow up, students may be asked to develop their own artist statement.

Be the Jury
Have your students ever asked “Why is that piece on display? How was it chosen?” Our program, Be The Jury, helps answer those questions. An Contemporary Craft staff member will walk your students through the criteria that jurors and curators use when selecting pieces for a show. After this, they can “Be The Jury” and vote on which piece in the exhibition they think best meets these criteria. They may surprise you with their vote!

Programs for Girl Scouts
Our exhibitions feature world-renown artists working in clay, wood, glass, metal, fiber and found objects. This presents a great opportunity for Girls Scouts to get a behind the scenes look at the fabulous world of craft!

Prices range from $8 – $15 per person.

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For Adults

Are you celebrating a birthday, engagement, or promotion? Or maybe you’re looking to host a corporate team-building retreat. The Studio is an excellent place to add a creative element to your event. These workshops are customized to meet the needs of each request, working with a local artist or group of artists, depending on the size of your group.

Program Examples

  • Adjustable Rings: A simple introduction to metalworking, this yields a wearable piece of jewelry for every participant.
  • Fun with Polymer Clay: Assemble a pendant, pair of earrings, or magnet while getting the taste of the endless possibilities with polymer clay.
  • Papermaking from Hops: Using the fibers, grains, and vines reclaimed from the manufacturing of beer, student create golden handmade papers.
  • Mosaic Coasters: Create one-of-a-kind coasters by cutting and artfully arranging glass, tile, and other found objects. This workshop includes materials to make a set of four coasters and, of course, beer!
  • Stamped Messages: Make your own personal message on a wallet insert, keychain, or pendant.

Pricing Options: Vary per workshop. They generally range from $35 per person-$80 per person.

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Corporate Teambuilding
We offer a variety of corporate teambuilding opportunities. Please contact us to further discuss the size of your group, the time frame of your event, and any specifics you would like to include.
Pricing Options: Vary per event.

Private Lessons
Looking for some one-on-one time with an artist to hone in on a technique? Private lessons may be arranged in any medium that is listed in the Studio catalog.
Pricing Options: $50 per hour