Education

Tours and 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.

In the interest of maintaining the safety of our visitors and staff, we will be temporarily adjusting our maximum youth tour capacity to 12 youth with two adult chaperones. We will also 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

For more information or to schedule a tour, please complete and submit our Tour and Workshop Inquiry Form. 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 participants.

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

Installation view of "Ahmed Alsoudani: Bitter Fruit"

Ahmed Alsoudani: Bitter Fruit Exhibition Tour 
Ahmed Alsoudani worked with the FWM Studio to translate the vivid and surreal imagery from his paintings into a new series of large-scale sculptures. Begin in our 5th floor studio to investigate the process materials that informed the making of the works seen in the exhibition. Then head to the gallery to witness the strange and compelling forms that evoke the ways in which widespread conflict can be internalized.

 

Collection Tours
$5 per person

Lenore Tawney, Artist BoxUnpacking 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

Ahmed Alsoudani: Bitter Fruit Exhibition Tour 
Ahmed Alsoudani worked with the FWM Studio to translate the vivid and surreal imagery from his paintings into a new series of large-scale sculptures. Begin in our 5th floor studio to investigate the process materials that informed the making of the works seen in the exhibition. Then head to the gallery to witness the strange and compelling forms that evoke the ways in which widespread conflict can be internalized.

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!

Each participant will need 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 participants or more. In the interest of maintaining the safety of our visitors and staff, we are temporarily adjusting our maximum youth tour capacity to 12 youth with two adult chaperones.

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

Improvisational Prints

Jazz influenced the spirit and energy of artist Moe Brooker’s dynamic prints.  Through listening and responding to color, shape, and line, explore improvisational printing techniques to create your own abstract print on paper.  See Brooker’s work on view in Workshop As…

 

Patterns in Motion

Robert Kushner created exuberant patterns that existed as art objects on the wall as well as garments brought to life by the people who wore them. Experiment with a two-layer screenprinting technique to create jubilant, printed scarves or totebags to enliven your own wardrobe. See Kushner’s work on view in Workshop As…
 

Near and Far

Using memories of your past and observations of your present, create a printed landscape inspired by the layered prints of Jiha Moon. Participants will create a two-layer print using collage, ink wash techniques and monoprinting. See Moon’s work on view in Workshop As…
 

Forms of Strangeness 

The painted forms in Ahmed Alsoudani’s exhibition Bitter Fruit resemble towering microbes, open wounds, and unfamiliar fruit. Participants will explore monoprinting multiple shapes to create their own strange and beautiful 2-D or 3-D forms.

 

 

Screenprinting Process Workshops
$10 per person

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

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

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.