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.

Fantastic Fibers: Soft Sculptures with Mimi Haddon / CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, October 14 | 1:30 – 3:30pm | $10 adults / $7 children / free for members

Fiber artist Mimi Haddon leads a soft- sculpture workshop using re-used and recycled fiber-based materials. Experiment with foam, thread, and fabric to create a soft-fiber sculpture using basic techniques such as stitching, applique, and pattern-making.

This workshop is full but the waitlist is still open.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamlaboctober2018.eventbrite.com

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Craft Affair 2018 / Cocktail Party & Silent Auction
Saturday, October 20 | 6:00 – 9:00pm

CAFAM’s annual fundraising gala honors artist Tanya Aguiñiga and collectors-philanthropists Charles Sims and Nancy Adams. Enjoy cocktails and food by Thyme, music by La Junta Sound System, and a silent auction featuring incredible art and experiences. All proceeds fund CAFAM’s 2019 exhibitions and programs.

For more information at: craftaffair.cafam.org

Exploding-Pumpkin-Carving Workshop and Laboratory
Thursday, October 25 | 6:00 – 8:00pm | $30 / $25 members (includes materials & pumpkin)

Our ghastly pumpkin carving workshop is back! Learn how to carve a pumpkin and add a twist to the traditional activity with wicked chemistry concoctions and laboratory experiments. From gruesome oozing to exploding pumpkins, this workshop is sure to be a bang!

This workshop is currently full. Check for openings and updates here.

Space is limited, advance registration required: click here

Member Event: Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters / Gallery Talk with Curator Howard N. Fox
Saturday, October 27 | 12:00pm | Members only

Members are invited for an exclusive opportunity to tour the exhibition Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters with curator Howard N. Fox. Learn about Estes’ involvement in the feminist movement of the 1970s and ‘80s and her fascinating technique of collage and photo applique on fabric.

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

CraftNight: Faux-Fur Fur Pots Workshop with Uzumaki Cepeda
Thursday, November 1 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $12 / free for members (includes materials, succulent, drinks, and snacks)

Exhibiting artist Uzumaki Cepeda leads a workshop on covering terracotta planters with the colorful faux-fur she uses for her own installations. All participants will receive a pot and a succulent to add to their plant collection.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamnovember2018.eventbrite.com

2nd Biennial Scent Fair LA
Saturday, November 3 & Sunday, November 4 | 11:00am – 5:00pm | Free with museum admission

Presented in collaboration with The Institute for Art and Olfaction, the 2nd Biennial Scent Fair features conceptual scents by a selection of international, cutting-edge fragrance makers. The event will include an opening night party, hands-on fragrance making workshops, along with keynote talk and panel discussion on contemporary perfumery.

Perfume Sessions (click on a session to register)
$65 / $55 members (includes materials)

Session 1: November 3 — 11:00am – 1:00pm / Session 2: November 3 — 2:30 – 4:30pm 
Session 3: November 4 — 11:00am – 1:00pm / Session 4: November 4 — 2:30 – 4:30pm

More info at: cafamshop.org/scentfair

Open Clay Studio with Eunice Lee: Dinnerware
Saturday, November 10 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | Cost per session: $45 / $35 members (includes basic materials, clay, and firing)

Drop by for a fun, open space to make, experiment, and play with clay! Work on your own creative project or follow Eunice Lee’s instruction as she teaches how to design and create plates and spoons that you can use during the upcoming holidays. Ages 17+

Space is limited, advance registration required, click here

Leafy Impressions: Nature Transfers with Ivan Lopez / CraftLab Family Workshop
Sunday, November 11 | 1:30 – 3:30pm | $10 adults / $7 children / free for members

Artist Ivan Lopez leads a leafy workshop on texture transfers and printmaking using paint, plants, and natural materials. Create nature prints and patterns on fabric while learning about plants in your neighborhood!

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamlabnovember2018.eventbrite.com

Soft Objects: Faux Fur and Functional Sculpture Workshop with Uzumaki Cepeda
Saturday, November 17 | 1:00 – 4:00pm | $100 / $90 members (includes materials)

Exhibiting artist Uzumaki Cepeda leads a fun workshop on creating a faux-fur covered wooden stool. Learn about her creative practice of making soft-sculpture installations while experimenting with faux fur to create a functional soft object.

Space is limited, advance registration required, click here

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Artist Talk: Of Thorns and Love with Sherin Guirguis & Holly Jerger
Sunday, November 18 | 2:00pm | Free

Join exhibiting artist Sherin Guirguis and exhibitions curator Holly Jerger for a gallery tour and discussion about Guirguis’ extensive research surrounding Egyptian feminist activist Doria Shafik and how she translated those findings into the paper-cut paintings and sculptures for the exhibition, Of Thorns and Love.

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

CAFAM will be closed for Thanksgiving on Thursday, November 22.

Holiday Marketplace
Saturday, November 24 & Sunday, November 25 | 11:30am – 5:00pm | Free with museum admission

The Holiday Marketplace is an annual shopping event and fundraiser for the Craft & Folk Art Museum (CAFAM). Make your holiday shopping more meaningful by supporting CAFAM and a curated group of unique and vibrant makers from Los Angeles!

For more information visit: cafamshop.org/holidaymarketplace2018

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Holiday Glass: Introduction to Glassworking and Glassblowing with Kazuki Takizawa
Saturday, December 1 | 11:00 – 3:00pm | KT Glassworks, 5025 W. Jefferson Blvd., Los Angeles, CA | $130 / $120 members (includes materials and furnace fee)

Step into the hot shop and work with glassblowing artist Kazuki Takizawa at KT Glassworks during this introductory workshop. Learn about mixing molten color and basic glassblowing to create a solid glass paperweight and one other small glass blown form. Works will be available for pick-up at a later date.

Space is limited, advance registration required, click here

Artist Talk: Soft Spaces With Uzumaki Cepeda and Melian Junius Moderated by Sasha Ali
Sunday, December 2 | 2:00pm | Free

Exhibiting artist Uzumaki Cepeda is joined by fellow artist and collaborator Melian Junius for a conversation on the representation of women of color in creative fields, the importance of creating safe spaces, and creative outlets that foster and promote inclusivity.

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

CraftNight: On the Streets-On the Wall Street Art and Poster Workshop with Boyd Hale
Thursday, December 6 | 7:00 – 9:00pm | Demonstrations at 7:00pm & 7:30pm | $10 / free for members (includes materials, drinks, and snacks)

Learn basic lettering and character design techniques with artist Boyd Hale, who leads a workshop on poster-making using recycled street posters, signage, and paint. Hale will create an installation space in the CAFAM courtyard and encourages all participants to spread the messages and creativity expressed in the posters out in the world!

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamdecember2018.eventbrite.com

Printmaking and Political Poster Workshop with Sherin Guirguis and Andi Xoch
Sunday, December 8 | 2:00 – 4:30pm | $35 / $25 members (includes materials)

Exhibiting artist Sherin Guirguis collaborates with Andi Xoch from Self-Help Graphics & Art to lead a dynamic workshop on making political posters using collage, printmaking, and gold foil techniques. Guirguis will also briefly speak about Egyptian feminist activist Doria Shafik, who inspired her current exhibition, Of Thorns and Love.

Space is limited, advance registration required, click here

The Gift of Pattern: Printing Giftwrapping Paper CraftLab Family Workshop with Rachel Curry
Sunday, December 9 | 1:30 – 3:30pm | $10 adults / $7 children / free for members

Wrap your holiday gifts in hand-printed wrapping paper! Using block printing techniques, experiment with pattern and color to make a large-scale printed sheet. Frame it or awe your loved ones with an artfully wrapped gift.

Space is limited, RSVP requested: cafamlabdecember2018.eventbrite.com

Artist Talk: Unnatural Disasters with Merion Estes & Howard N. Fox
Sunday, December 16 | 1:00pm | Free

Curator Howard N. Fox and exhibiting artist Merion Estes present an intimate conversation about Estes’ history with the Pattern and Decoration art movement and the feminist movements of the 1970s and ‘80s. Learn about the techniques and ideas she explores in her current exhibition, Merion Estes: Unnatural Disasters.

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

CAFAM will be closed for Christmas on Tuesday, December 25.

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

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Join us every month for:

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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