Explore Art. Be Creative.

Get art-smart while letting your inner-artist emerge through Inner-Artist Workshops. Have fun while gaining special insight into art on view through in-gallery experiences and creating your own art in hands-on art-making sessions. A team of curators, Artizens, docents, guest teaching-artists, and Freer|Sackler educators lead each unique program crafted exclusively to investigate various aspects of Freer|Sackler collections and exhibitions. This series is part of the Freer|Sackler Young and Visionary initiative.


Future programs:

We are planning future programs now. Visit us again to see what's in store.

Past events:

The Art of Japanese Pouch Books.

May 18, May 19, June 22, June 23, June 29, and June 30, 2013.

May 18 and 19 Photos.
June 22, June 23, June 29 and June 30 Photos.

Sculpting the Seasons.

January 15 and February 11, 2012.

View photos of Sculpting the Seasons workshops in 2012: January 15 | February 11

Crafting My Legacy.

October 1, 15, and 29, 2011.

Click to view photos of "Crafting My Legacy" Inner-Artist Workshops.

Participants said:
"I think it was a perfect pairing. It helped me contemplate the actual exhibit."
"I will be back … today’s experience leaves me wanting more."

Sculpting the Seasons.

May 21, June 9, July 10, and September 22, 2011.

View photos of Sculpting the Seasons workshops in 2011: June 9, July 10, and September 22.

Participants said:
"Great mix of content and doing/creating."
"Opened my eyes to something new."
"Art in action."
"A refreshing way to spend the afternoon."
"It puts work into context. Always helpful to try your hand at art you appreciate."
"I have a deeper understanding of how to look at the Freer art."

Conversing with Clay.

March 20, May 22, June 26, August 21, September 18, and October 23, 2010.

View photos of Conversing with Clay workshops in 2010: August 21, September 18, and October 23.

Participants said:
"I found out that I am an artist, too."
"Such creative experiences are always very inspiring."
"Great instructors! Lots of fun to play with the clay and then learn more from the exhibit."
"I was surprised by how creative I could be!"

Hopes for the Future.

January 9, 2010; December 12, 2009.

View photos of Hopes for the Future.

Participants said:
"Fun, low pressure, creative."
"Tour, staff, and materials were excellent."

Chinese Writing and Calligraphy.

September 26 and October 3, 2009.

The Sensual S: Form & Movement.

June 13 and 20, 2009.

Participants said:
"It greatly enhanced my enjoyment of the ‘S-Curve’ sculpture and of Asian art in general."
"Your workshop transformed all my perceptions."
"A whole new world of wonderment opened before my friend and me."
"What a truly sensual S indeed! Thank you so much for an astounding and eye-opening experience."

Chinese Landscape Painting.

July 20, 2008.

Participants said:
"Very good instructor, examples, and free time to practice and learn."
"I have a greater appreciation for the works in the Yellow Mountain exhibit now that I’ve tried my hand at landscape painting."
"Gained more appreciation for Chinese landscape painting, which is easy to walk by in galleries."
"I learned enough to have some added appreciation of the painting."
"I learned the appreciation of Chinese landscape art by doing it!"
"It was worth the 2-hour drive. Thank you!"

Grab Your Potter’s Brush.

January 6, February 3, March 3, April 28, May 19, June 2, July 14, August 11, September 15, and October 6, 2002; December 9, 2001.

Participants said:
"All of my life, I would like to paint or draw but I was afraid to try. That’s why I came to this workshop … a beautiful program with friendly staff."

Wild Flowers: Contemporary Japanese Flower Arrangement.

June 7 and 21, July 5 and 26, 2002.

Participants said:
"Wonderful, wonderful, in all ways!"
"Thoroughly enjoyed it."
"Fun & exciting."
"Well-designed & executed."

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