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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OBJECT: Pop-Up Shop
Saturday, November 25 – Saturday, December 30 | Open during regular museum hours

In conjunction with the Handmade LA marketplace and current exhibition The U.S.-Mexico Border: Place, Imagination, and Possibility, the CAFAM Shop is hosting a pop-up by OBJECT, a Tijuana-based shop focused on Mexican contemporary design using natural and high-quality materials.


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Huarache Making Workshop with Pilar Agüero-Esparza
Saturday, December 16 | 12:00–5:00pm | $90 / $80 members (materials included)

THIS WORKSHOP IS FILLED.
Exhibiting artist Pilar Agüero-Esparza leads an afternoon workshop on designing and making leather huaraches, a contemporary Mexican sandal with pre-Columbian origins. Participants will learn basic leather working and weaving techniques to create their very own pair of sandals!

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


 

CAFAM will close at 3:00pm on Sunday, December 31 for New Year’s Eve.


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CraftNight: Miniature Nicho Workshop with Mi Vida Boutique
Thursday, January 4 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00 & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Local Chicana lifestyle and apparel brand Mi Vida Boutique leads a nicho workshop focusing on the Mexican tradition of creating small decorative shadow boxes for loved ones. Using a variety of mixed media including colorful paints, flowers, tin, and glass beads, make your own wearable miniature shrine!

Space is limited, RSVP opening soon: cafamjanuary2018.eventbrite.com


 

The CAFAM galleries will be closed for exhibition installation from January 8 – 26. The CAFAM Shop will maintain its regular hours.


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CAFAM Sidewalk Sale
Friday, January 12 – Sunday, January 14 | Open during museum hours

Come shop the sidewalk for a selection of international folk art, as well as CAFAM Shop markdowns. Holiday items, children’s gifts, jewelry, housewares, and more will be 50 – 75% off. All proceeds benefit CAFAM.


 

There will be no CraftLab on January 14 due to exhibition installation.


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Members Event: Angel City Brewery Tour & Beer Tasting
Thursday, January 25 | 6:00 & 7:00pm | Angel City Brewery, 216 Alameda St, Los Angeles, CA 90012 | Free | Members only

CAFAM members are invited to an intimate tour and beer tasting at Angel City Brewery! Join us and learn about the history and carefully crafted beers made at one of our most innovative and rapidly growing local breweries.

Space is limited, RSVP required: rsvp@cafam.org. This is a members-only event. To join, visit: cafam.org/support


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Opening Reception for Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay
Saturday, January 27 | 6:00–9:00pm

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


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Museums Free-For-All Day
Sunday, January 28 | 11:00am–6:00pm | Free

CAFAM is offering free admission during the annual Museums Free-For-All Day! Visit our exhibitions and join us for hands-on activities and music! Over thirty museums will open their doors and welcome visitors free of charge.

More information visit: socalmuseums.org


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Wayne Perry in Residence
January 28, February 4 & 17, and March 25 | 1:00-4:00pm

Melting Point artist Wayne Perry will be on site with his pottery wheel, throwing clay and sharing his unique approach to ceramics, community art making workshops, and public art.


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CraftNight: Fiber Coiling Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Thursday, February 1 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Make your very own small basket by learning the basic techniques of this traditional fiber coiling craft. Working with yarn, rope, and thread the possibilities are endless with this colorful, and creative coiling technique.

Space is limited, RSVP opening soon: cafamfebruary2018.eventbrite.com


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Ruskin and the Re-Framing of Art: Lecture and Conversation Featuring Timothy Holton and Gabriel Meyer
Sunday, February 4 | 2:00pm | Free

In collaboration with the Ruskin Art Club, artist Timothy Holton presents this special lecture and discussion on the philosophy and history of John Ruskin & William Morris, pioneers and seminal figures in the advancement of hand crafts and the inspiration behind the early 20th-century Arts and Crafts movement.

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


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Introduction to Perfume Blending: A Workshop with The Institute of Art and Olfaction
Saturday, February 10 | 1:00–4:00pm | $80 / $70 members (includes materials)

Join the Institute of Art and Olfaction for an introductory workshop on perfume blending. All participants will create their own scent samples and leave with a 4ml spray vial of a new scent and formula.

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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Hammering Plants & Printmaking: A CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, February 11 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

Make a handmade gift in this special Valentine’s Day-themed workshop on hammering plants to make colorful prints! This creative form of stamping imprints the natural pigments in plants onto paper for a unique effect.


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Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee
Thursdays, February 15 & 22 and March 8 & 15 | 11:00am–1:00pm | Cost per session: $40 / $30 members (includes basic materials and clay)

Drop by for a fun, open space to make, experiment, and play with clay! Whether you’re a beginner or clay expert, our open studio offers space, basic supplies, and casual instruction. Supplies include clay, underglaze, and surface decoration tools. Firing will be provided. For ages 17+.

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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Member Event: Curator Walkthrough for Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay
Saturday, February 17 | 1:00pm | Free | Members-only

We invite our members to this special exhibition walkthrough of Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay with curators Holly Jerger and Andres Payan. Meet some of the exhibiting artists and learn more about contemporary clay practices. Light refreshments will be served.

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


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Marvelous Fibers! A Fabric Marbling Workshop with Mimi Haddon
Sunday, February 18 | 1:00–3:00pm | $70 / $60 members (includes materials)

Join fiber artist Mimi Haddon for a marvelous afternoon of marble dyeing! Learn about the mesmerizing techniques and materials used in traditional marble dyeing and add a contemporary twist to the technique by dyeing fabric!

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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CraftNight: Ceramic Wall Hangings with Gopi Shah
Thursday, March 1 | 7:00–9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00 & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Join local ceramic artist Gopi Shah for a fun evening of making ceramic wall hangings! Using a variety of pre-fired beads, coils, bells, and countless ceramic pieces, learn to thread, tie, and string your own wall hanging.

Space is limited. RSVP opening soon: cafammarch2018.eventbrite.com


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An Old-Fashioned Craft-Cocktail Workshop with Bar Mattachine
Sunday, March 4 | 2:00pm–5:00pm | $80 / $70 members (includes ingredients, tools & spirits)

Leading DTLA gay cocktail bar, Bar Mattachine leads a special mixology workshop. Learn three variations of crafting an Old-Fashioned cocktail, complete with taste testing, ingredients, and take-home kit.

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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Wheel Throwing Workshop with Wayne Perry
Saturday, March 10 | 1:00–4:00pm | $55 / $45 members (includes clay and firing)

Join Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay exhibiting artist Wayne Perry for an introductory wheel throwing ceramic intensive! Learn the techniques of wedging, throwing, and trimming hand-thrown clay forms on the wheel.

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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Tiny Terrariums: A CraftLab Family Workshop!
Sunday, March 11 | Drop in between 1:30–3:30pm | $7 adults / $5 children / free for members

It’s a small world! Using a variety of organic materials, soil, and plants, make your own tiny terrarium garden. Explore different indoor plants, maintenance, and how to propagate them in this miniature botanical workshop.


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Clay Wearables: A Ceramic Jewelry Workshop with Alyson Iwamoto
Saturday, March 24 & Saturday, April 7 | 1:00–3:00pm | $70 / $60 members (includes materials and firing)

Join ceramic artist Alyson Iwamoto to learn how to make clay jewelry and wearables, ranging from pendants, beads, brooches, and necklaces. The possibilities are endless!

Advanced registration required, email: workshops@cafam.org


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Curator Walkthrough of Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay
Sunday, March 25 | 2:00pm | Free

Join us for an engaging curator walkthrough of Melting Point: Movements in Contemporary Clay. Don’t miss this opportunity to learn about the artists and clay practices currently expanding and redefining the field of ceramics.

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


 

CAFAM will be closed for Easter on Sunday, April 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


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