Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops 

Visiting students from the Chinatown Learning Center participating in a hands-on workshop in the FWM print studios, led by Katie Parry.
Visiting students from the Chinatown Learning Center participating in a hands-on workshop in the FWM print studios, led by Katie Parry. Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum’s unique Study Tours and Hands-on Workshops lead participants through our current exhibitions and professional studios. These programs are offered to pre-school and school-age (elementary, middle, high and home school) participants, as well as college and adult groups. See below for descriptions, pricing, and details. Qualified schools are invited to inquire about Bus Grants and discounted admissions. A limited number of grants are available to assist schools on a first-come, first-served basis.

Study Tour Options

Exhibition Tour
Learn about the mission and history of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, followed by an engaging tour of the current exhibition. Gain insight on the life, processes, materials, and influences of the current Artist-in-Residence along with the story behind the evolution of the exhibition.

Behind-the-Scenes Studio Tour
How do different artists deepen our understanding of the world around us? How do they collaborate with FWM to design and create works using innovative technology and traditional techniques? Our museum educators will lead you on a tour of the galleries and the studios, providing a sneak peek at the in-process work for upcoming exhibitions and how an artist’s ideas develop and change through the process of collaboration and experimentation. Visitors will also tour FWM’s professional print studio, learning about the screenprinting process and the diverse expressions of this process through the work of our Apprentices.

Archive Tour
FWM has a rich archive documenting over 40 years of artist projects, including an expansive collection of artist boxes cataloguing the collaboration and experimentation involved in past residencies. Request to see the process-based work of past FWM Artists-in-Residence or explore a particular theme through a curated selection of artist boxes.

All tours are $5 per person. To schedule, please contact [email protected] or call 215.561.8888.

Hands-On Workshop Offerings

Exhibition-Inspired Workshops

These immersive workshops engage the minds and bodies of artists at all levels. Participants begin with a tour of the exhibition, incorporating drawing, sculpture, and movement exercises in the galleries, followed by a hands-on workshop in the studio designed to connect to the process, materials, or concepts expressed in the artist’s work. FWM is proud to now use only eco-friendly ELK inks for all education workshops, printed exclusively on biodegradable, recycled, or 100% organic cotton materials.

Current workshop offerings related to Echoes and Reverberations:

  • I am here: Hand-felted, handprint workshop. Learn the ancient art of hand felting while considering the unique qualities of your own hands. Leave with a hand-felted handprint.
  • Echo Prints: 3-color screenprinting with paper stencils. Print reverberated shapes using a three-color process with hand-cut paper stencils. Leave with a multicolor screenprint on bamboo cloth.
  • Between Two Rivers: Screenprinting Philadelphia’s native plants trees, and lost waterways. Use screenprinting to map a personal memory or new vision of Philadelphia. Leave with an organic cotton totebag with a multilayered, screenprinted image.

Current workshop offerings (for high school and college-age students) related to Jacolby Satterwhite: Room for Living:

  • Floating Cities Never Die: Can the shape of a city hold the shape of who we are? Create a 3D model of your own imagined city using shadow boxes, screenprinting, and the plastic cast-offs from the 3D printing process.
  • Earth Self to Avatar: Who is the hero you imagine? Draw inspiration from the virtual worlds of Jacolby Satterwhite to create your own screenprinted board game. Invent new realities, rules, avatars, and adventures!
  • Future Tense: How do you tell the story of a time we have never known? Inspired by the visionary worlds of comic books, video games, and science fiction, creation your own screenprinted novel.
  • Plan-O-Grams: Can you imagine an invention that changes the way we work, live, and dream? Create collagraph plates of your own inventions to print within a world of your own making.

All materials included. Pricing dependent upon details of workshop; for more info, please contact [email protected] or call 215.561.8888.

Make Your Mark!
Learn the fundamentals of silkscreen printing on fabric in just a few easy steps. Inspired by our rich history of collaboration, participants will customize existing silk screens designed by FWM artists to express their own creative voice. Bring a pre-washed 100% cotton T-shirt, or use materials provided by FWM. Additional tote bags, fabric, custom screens, and other add-ons can be provided at an additional cost. Open to all ages!

$5 per person for Philadelphia Public Schools, FWM members, and groups visiting from non-profit and/or social service organizations. We also offer these groups the option of signing up for two workshops at one time (for the same group of participants) at $6 per person. This rate covers the cost of two workshops and all related materials for each participant.

$12 per person for the general public.

Pre-K Morning Making
This free workshop introduces our youngest visitors to the museum experience. Participants begin with engaging activities in our galleries led by our education staff, followed by a hands-on project in the studio. The workshop concludes with a snack and an exhibition-related story. This one-hour tour experience is offered every Friday for playgroups and pre-schools from 10:30 to 11:30 am upon request.

Custom Tours
Would you like to organize a custom one or two-session workshop for your group, or learn to collaboratively design and print repeat yardage? Please contact [email protected] or 215.561.8888 for more details and a price quote. Please note that these types of requests have limited availability; booking three months in advance is recommended.

Making a Reservation

Advance registration required for tours and workshops, booking at least two weeks in advance is appreciated. Visits can be scheduled for Monday through Friday between 10:30 am and 3:30 pm and Saturdays between 12:30 and 3:30 pm. To schedule, please contact [email protected] or call 215.561.8888.

Once the date and time of your group’s visit are confirmed, a confirmation email will be sent with an invoice, check-in information, and tour details.

Tour Etiquette

Before your visit, we encourage groups to learn about the history of The Fabric Workshop and Museum, our Artists-in-Residence Program, and current exhibitions on view. Engage your group in a conversation about contemporary art museums and museum etiquette. If your group is running late, please contact us as soon as possible. If your group is not present within and the first 15 minutes of your scheduled time and we have not received notice, or if arrival is delayed by more than 30 minutes, tours will be cancelled.