Education

Tours and Workshops 

Exhibition tour of “Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash.” Photo credit: Carlos Avendaño.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum has reimagined our tours and workshops in response to COVID-19 best practices and with city and state restrictions in mind. We have resumed offering onsite tours and workshops (for groups of 4-10 participants), and will continue to offer a variety of virtual tours and workshops (for any size group) so that the experience of visiting FWM can come to you! Scroll down for a current list of offerings.

Making a Reservation

NEED AN ACCESS CODE?

For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact [email protected] Advance registration required; booking at least two weeks in advance is appreciated. Tours and workshops can be scheduled for Tuesday through Friday between 10:00 am – 6:00 pm and Saturdays between 12:00 – 5:00 pm. Weekday onsite visits can be booked for a minimum of 4 and a maximum of 10 participants. Education staff is also available on Saturdays to host groups of at least 8 participants onsite.

HAVE AN ACCESS CODE?

Once the date and time of your group’s visit are confirmed, a confirmation email will be sent with COVID-19 safety guidelines, check-in information, and tour details. Payment can be handled by linking to the chosen type of offering—onsite tour, virtual tour, onsite workshop and tour, or virtual workshop and tour—and selecting the time and date that correlates with your scheduled visit. Please note that an access code, provided with confirmation info after making arrangements with our education team, will be required in order to proceed with making payment for your selection.

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 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 without a refund.


Onsite Tours

Exhibition Tours
$5 per person | Available for groups of 4-10 participants

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
FWM invited Philadelphia painter and mixed media artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase to work with our Studio staff to screenprint 80 yards of their own pattern design, entitled Bending $ag. The artist incorporated this yardage into a new body of paintings that are now on display in our second-floor galleries. Learn about the process of creating a repeat pattern design on fabric, along with the story of this compelling collaboration.

Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
Decoration takes on deeper significance as it travels through time, circles the world, and reemerges through new hands. Join us as we explore the mysteries of pattern and follow the arch of its transformation in Elisabeth Kley’s new work. Participants will tour Kley’s first solo museum exhibition, Minutes of Sand, followed by a visit to our sixth-floor print studio to learn about the process of large-scale repeat pattern printing on fabric.

Hard/Cover
What becomes possible when you ask artists to think outside of their normal practice? Spanning era, media, and distance, Hard/Cover looks closely at the notion of time, and its relationship to an interdisciplinary practice. With special attention paid to screenprinting and ceramics, Hard/Cover celebrates artworks from the FWM Collection by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Viola Frey, Toshiko Takaezu, and Betty Woodman, also featuring new works by Woody De Othello, Jane Irish, Barrow Parke, and Shino Takeda. Participants will hear the stories behind these groundbreaking residencies and explore the artist boxes (containing archives of the artistic process) for Viola Frey, Toshiko Takaezu, and Betty Woodman.

Lenore Tawney, Artist BoxCollection Tours
$5 per person | Available for groups of 4-10 participants

Unpacking Process: An Inside Look at the Artist Box
Groups can request to view any artist box in our extensive archive. Learn the stories of material experimentation and collaboration with artists such as Nick Cave, Louise Bourgeois, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Ann Hamilton, and the Maisin Artists of Papua New Guinea, just to name a few. FWM staff will open an artist box to reveal process stories, notes, and materials from the deep recesses of our collection. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to revisit past projects and open artist boxes that are seldom viewed by the public!

Virtual Tours

Exhibition Tours
$5 per person

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
FWM invited Philadelphia painter and mixed media artist Jonathan Lyndon Chase to work with our Studio staff to screenprint 80 yards of their own pattern design, entitled Bending $ag. The artist incorporated this yardage into a new body of paintings that are now on display in our second-floor galleries. Learn about the process of creating a repeat pattern design on fabric, along with the story of this compelling collaboration.

Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
Decoration takes on deeper significance as it travels through time, circles the world, and reemerges through new hands. Join us as we explore the mysteries of pattern and follow the arch of its transformation in Elisabeth Kley’s new work. Participants will tour Kley’s first solo museum exhibition, Minutes of Sand, followed by a virtual visit to our sixth-floor print studio to learn about the process of large-scale repeat pattern printing on fabric.

Hard/Cover
What becomes possible when you ask artists to think outside of their normal practice? Spanning era, media, and distance, Hard/Cover looks closely at the notion of time, and its relationship to an interdisciplinary practice. With special attention paid to screenprinting and ceramics, Hard/Cover celebrates artworks from the FWM Collection by Louise Bourgeois, Robert Venturi and Denise Scott Brown, Viola Frey, Toshiko Takaezu, and Betty Woodman, also featuring new works by Woody De Othello, Jane Irish, Barrow Parke, and Shino Takeda. Participants will hear the stories behind these groundbreaking residencies and explore the artist boxes (containing archives of the artistic process) for Viola Frey, Toshiko Takaezu, and Betty Woodman.

Collection Tours
$5 per person

Fabric Memory
We connect to one another through memory, and memory is held in the fabric which surrounds us. Gather your students, friends, and family and join us as we tell the story of our own fabric archive, learn the story of yours, and create something new together.

The Fabric Workshop and Museum has an extensive fabric archive, comprised of screenprinted designs created at FWM by contemporary artists, apprentices, and students through the process of collaboration. Our archive tells the printed stories of countless experiences, places, and memories. Join us as we share the story of more than 40 years of collaborative printing at FWM, delve deeply into the process of repeat pattern printing on fabric, and create a three-color memory print design inspired by your own personal fabric archive!

Participants will bring their own three pieces of copy paper and three colored pencils.

Unpacking Process: An Inside Look at the Artist Box
Groups can request to view any artist box in our extensive archive. Learn the stories of material experimentation and collaboration with artists such as Nick Cave, Louise Bourgeois, Faith Ringgold, Kara Walker, Ann Hamilton, and the Maisin Artists of Papua New Guinea, just to name a few. FWM staff will open an artist box to reveal process stories, notes, and materials from the deep recesses of our collection. This is a rare and exciting opportunity to revisit past projects and open artist boxes that are seldom viewed by the public!


Hands-On Workshops

*Workshops are offered virtually for any size group or onsite for groups of 4 to 10 participants.

These immersive workshops engage the minds and bodies of artists at all levels. Participants begin with an interactive tour of the exhibition, 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 print exclusively on biodegradable, recycled, or 100% organic cotton materials.

Onsite Workshops

Exhibition-Related Workshops
$10 per person | Available for groups of 4-10 participants

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
In the fall of 2019, when the hardships of 2020 were unimaginable, Jonathan Lyndon Chase came to FWM to create a repeat design to screenprint on fabric. The resulting design, Bending $ag, was printed with orange butterflies and a lattice of plaid woven through a field of rosebuds.

When asked, Chase said they are taking time to care for themself and others during this pandemic. They are taking time for tenderness, time for washing their intimates in the bathtub, and time to lovingly do their husband’s hair. Inspired by Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s exhibition, Big Wash, participants will create a two-layer print on a tote bag exploring ideas of care.

Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
Reflecting the depth of her curiosity and the richness of the sources that inspire her, the decorated surfaces and printed patterns in Elisabeth Kley’s work radiate joy, opulence, and the human experience. Participants will tour Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand and then head to the studio to screenprint their own original designs onto tote bags or paper using shape screens and monoprinting techniques.

Hard/Cover: Moonlight and Marbling
In preparation for Hard/Cover, FWM invited contemporary ceramics artists to work collaboratively with our Studio staff to experiment with the screenprinting process. These collaborations sparked new discoveries for the artists and for all of us at FWM. Workshop participants will tour the exhibition and then create their own printed tote bags using experimental techniques inspired by our Hard/Cover artists!

Screenprinting Process Workshops
$10 per person | Available for groups of 4-10 participants

Empty Screen, Open Heart
FWM would like to offer the opportunity for visitors to utilize screenprinting techniques using an empty screen. This process is ideal for expressing personal messages and singular ideas. Groups of 10 or less can learn from FWM staff how to use transfer techniques, monoprinting, and paper cut stencils to imagine their own design. Each participant will leave with one printed tote bag and multiple paper prints.

Print and Process at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
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 collaboration and experimentation. Visitors will also tour FWM’s professional print studio, learn about the screenprinting process, and create their own screenprinted project inspired by our current Artists-in-Residence.

Workshop for Young Children and Families
$10 per family | Available for groups of 4-10 participants

Soft Moons in the Garden
Stories by the Yard is an interactive storytelling event and hands-on art workshop for young children, school groups, camps, and families. Stories by the Yard tells the story of an artist’s life and practice, and what they created in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Participants will enjoy an animated story, interactive play, and a guided art activity!

Virtual Workshops

Exhibition-Related Workshops
$5 per person

Jonathan Lyndon Chase: Big Wash
In the fall of 2019, when the hardships of 2020 were unimaginable, Jonathan Lyndon Chase came to FWM to create a repeat design to screenprint on fabric. The resulting yardage, Bending $ag, was printed with orange butterflies and a lattice of plaid woven through a field of rosebuds.

When asked, Chase said they are taking time to care for themself and others during this pandemic. They are taking time for tenderness, time for washing their intimates in the bathtub, and time to lovingly do their husband’s hair. Inspired by Jonathan Lyndon Chase’s exhibition, Big Wash, participants will create a relief rubbing, repeat print using collage, printing, and drawing techniques.

Participants will need paper, scissors, and drawing materials for this workshop.

Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand
Reflecting the depth of her curiosity and the richness of the sources that inspire her, the decorated surfaces and printed patterns in Elisabeth Kley’s work radiate joy, opulence, and the human experience. Participants will virtually tour Elisabeth Kley: Minutes of Sand and then create their own original forms and decorative patterns using a repurposed cereal box, copy paper, and drawing tools.

We recommend that participants have paper, scissors, drawing materials, tape, and a cereal box for this workshop.

Hard/Cover: Moonlight and Marbling
In preparation for Hard/Cover, FWM invited contemporary ceramics artists to work collaboratively with our Studio staff to experiment with the screenprinting process. These collaborations sparked new discoveries for the artists and for all of us at FWM. Workshop participants will tour the exhibition and then create their own printed tote bags using experimental techniques inspired by our Hard/Cover artists!

Participants will receive an email listing the household materials recommended for this workshop.

Collection-Based Workshops
$5 per person

Print and Process at The Fabric Workshop and Museum
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? Discover the compelling stories of our artists’ projects, learning how an artist’s ideas develop and evolve through collaboration and experimentation. Then, imagine yourself in the role of an Artist-in-Residence by shaping a vision for an imagined residency, creating sketches and plans, and experimenting with common household materials to start realizing your idea!

We recommend that participants have paper and drawing materials for this workshop.

Workshop for Young Children and Families
$5 per family

Soft Moons in the Garden
Stories by the Yard is an interactive storytelling event and hands-on art workshop for young children, school groups, camps, and families. Stories by the Yard tells the story of an artist’s life and practice, and what they created in collaboration with The Fabric Workshop and Museum. Participants will enjoy an animated story, interactive play, and a guided art activity!

Participants will receive an email listing the household materials recommended for this workshop.