Printmaking, Pottery, Weaving, Clay

Socrates Workshops:

Learn to flex your art muscles in the open air at beautiful Socrates Sculpture Park, where they offer free Saturday Sculpture Workshops! They are offering a wide variety of workshops for you to explore. If you haven’t done arts & crafts since childhood, it’s high time you got back into this relaxing, absorbing activity. If you regularly make art, try your hand at a new medium, it may inspire you!

Print Making with The Crafty Lumberjacks Saturday, August 18, 12 – 3 PM

Learn three different unconventional stamping techniques with HGTV’s Astoria residents, The Crafty Lumberjacks. Create your own stamps, modern prints and get creative with color and texture!

Wish Pots with Penelope Katsaras Saturday, August 25, 12 – 3 PM

Using the techniques of pinch, coil, and simple press molds, you will build decorative pots to hold our wishes. The technique is ancient and universal, used worldwide to create vessels without a potter’s wheel. Methods will include pinch pots or small fragments inlayed into a pre-existing bowl form, optionally built higher with coils – and with your wishes carved inside!

Weaving Through Dreams with Karina Robledo Saturday, September 1, 12 – 3 PM

Socrates’ beautiful waterfront landscape is the perfect setting for a dreamy weaving and journaling session. Participants are invited to explore their creativity through crafting personalized dreamcatchers as well as special booklets to capture thoughts and reflections.

Clay Sculpture with The Noguchi Museum Saturday, September 5, 12 – 3 PM

Isamu Noguchi once wrote about working with clay as “my close embrace with the earth, a seeking after identity with some primal matter beyond personalities and possessions.” Join Noguchi Museum educator Harumi Ori for a clay workshop and consider the possibilities and limitations of sculpting with clay. Find natural materials at Socrates and embrace the earth while creating an entirely organic sculpture.

Workshop on the Street with Amy Khoshbin Saturday, September 8, 12 – 3 PM

A wearable banner-making workshop with the artist who activated Socrates’ Broadway Billboard with her work Word on the Street: Love Not Hatred. Participants are invited to respond honestly and creatively to the political climate of today by making capes, sashes, badges, signs, and banners out of colorful felt. Participants are encouraged to wear their gear to simply celebrate their freedom of speech or to their next protest. The point of the workshop is to spark face-to-face political dialogue, connection, and physical creative response. Everyone is welcome in this safe space for participation and engagement.

Socrates offers films, dance shows, Hip to Hip Shakespeare performances with children’s interactive pre-shows, kayaking, tai chi, capoeira and yoga. Visit to find out more.

—Annette Hanze Alberts

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