CraftNOWCreate in Philadelphia

Craft NOW Create

On Saturday, November 12th, craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with Craft NOW Create, a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. All activities are free and family-friendly.

2016 activities and demonstrations will be presented by The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, Fabric Workshop + Museum, Knit Lab, Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens, Philadelphia Museum of Art, stadler-Kahn Gallery, University of the Arts, Tyler School of Art and Wayne Art Center.

Presented in partnership with the Kimmel Center.

Hands-On Activities

All events are on-going from 11-4 pm unless otherwise noted. Stop by and join in at anytime!

Creating Animals with the Lathe
Presented by the Center for Art in Wood

Watch the innovative sculptor Derek Weidman create animal forms with only a block of wood and lathe-based techniques.

Presented by The Clay Studio

Join Clay Studio artists to create and animate clay characters using the art of stop motion. One person or a group of people can create a story, supply voices for characters, and share your creation with the world.

Collage Button Making
Presented by the Fabric Workshop + Museum

Kids and adults can learn about artist Ann Hamilton’s multi-venue project, habitus, by using materials from and inspired by the exhibition. Dyed fabrics, thread, and printed texts will be cut, collaged, and pressed into wearable souvenir buttons.

Machine Knitting
Presented by Knit Lab with Andrew Dahlgren

Learn how to use a knitting machine and make your own scarf to wear home. Help to design a large stretch of fabric that will be constructed throughout the day.

Tile Making
Presented by Philadelphia’s Magic Gardens

Kids of all ages can make their very own tile using techniques made famous by Philadelphia’s celebrated mosaic artist Isaiah Zagar.

Craft Your Own Collection
Presented by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Inspired by their craft collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art will help visitors create a small masterpiece to add to their personal collection.

Glass Blowing Studio Tours
Presented by the University of the Arts

Watch a video of the UArts glass studio from the comfort of the Kimmel Center – and then head next door for a real live tour. Escorted tours leave every half hour.

Crafted Costumes
Presented by the University of the Arts

Experimental costume designs created by craft students at UArts will be modeled throughout the day. Come and interact with live art!

Digitizing Clay
Presented by Tyler School of Art

Watch live demonstrations of 3D printing in clay and see forms emerge from molds that were digitally fabricated.

Engineering Jewelry
Presented by Wayne Art Center

Learn techniques used by kinetic and engineering jeweler Chris Darway during his live demonstrations in metals. 

Crafting Handmade Books
Presented by Wayne Art Center

Mary Elizabeth Nelson will be showing participants how to construct their own make-and-take book by folding and sewing paper.

Craft NOW Create

Saturday, November 12
11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Commonwealth Plaza
The Kimmel Center
300 S. Broad Street

Make a Kimmel Center day of it!
Free Musical Theatre Workshop for Kids from 11 a.m.-12 p.m.