CraftNOWCreate in Philadelphia

CraftNOW Create

On Saturday, November 11th, craft steps out of the studio and into the heart of Philadelphia with CraftNOW Create, a hands-on exploration of craft at the Kimmel Center. All activities are free and family-friendly. Stop by and join in at anytime!

2017 activities and demonstrations are presented by The Center for Art in Wood, The Clay Studio, Fabric Workshop + Museum, Philadelphia Museum of Art, University of the Arts, Wayne Art Center and more!

Presented in partnership with the Kimmel Center

Sponsored by Freeman’s Auction

Spinning Top Workshop

Presented by The Center for Art in Wood

The creation of these tops is an easy three step process that allows artists to take as much or as little time as they want to bring to life a beautiful piece.


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 and Museum

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

Hand Sewing Fabric YoYo’s with Sewing Machine Demonstration

Presented by Handcraft Workshop

Come learn the tried and true art of making yo yo embellishments. Our yo yo’s have vintage appeal with a fun modern twist. Use your yo yo’s to decorate pillows, tote bags, jewelry, and clothing. The possibilities are endless!

Nature Inspired Embroidery

Presented by Philadelphia Museum of Art

Inspired by their craft collection, Philadelphia Museum of Art will help visitors create a small masterpiece using embroidery techniques.

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.

Glass Blowing Studio Tours

Presented by University of the Arts

Watch a video of the UArts glass studio from the comfort of the Kimmel Center – and then head next door to see everything up close. Escorted tours leave every half hour.

Make-and-Take Jewelry

Presented by Wayne Art Center

Cathy Darlington will conduct a make-and-take with metal jewelry. Go home with a brand new piece of jewelry that you made for yourself!

Wooden Toy Making

Presented by The Wharton Esherick Museum

The Wharton Esherick Museum and Ken Burton of Windy Ridge Woodworks will offer hands-on activities and demonstrations to create classic folk-art toys. Participants will have the opportunity to learn more about woodworking techniques with hand tools and to make and take their own pieces.

Short Film on CraftNOW Create 2016

Videography by John Thornton

CraftNOW Create

Saturday, November 11
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.