VIRTUAL GROUP TOURS & WORKSHOP KITS

Please note that HCCC is not currently scheduling on-site group visits and tours or in-person workshops. Please visit our response to COVID-19 page for updated information. 

For information about our in-depth Virtual Workshops for adults, please visit our events page.

VIRTUAL GROUP TOURS

While on-site tours currently are on hold, HCCC welcomes groups to sign up for free, interactive guided tours on the Zoom platform to look at and discuss works of art from our current exhibitions. These staff-led virtual tours can be scheduled Wednesday through Friday, at 10:30 AM or 1:00 PM. Tours are approximately 45 minutes long but can be customized to suit group needs. Tour groups will view the current exhibitions, interact with resident artists at work in their studios when possible, and visit HCCC’s Craft Garden to learn about plant materials used in craft making.

Please note that all virtual tours must be scheduled two weeks in advance of your requested date. Groups are limited to a minimum of six and a maximum of 20 people. If you would like to bring a larger group, please contact Blaize Middleton at 713-529-4848 ext. 112 or bmiddleton@crafthouston.org to discuss options.

To start your virtual tour request, please fill out this form. A staff member will contact you in 2-3 business days.

WORKSHOP KITS

Led by HCCC staff and local teaching artists, workshop kits for adults and children, ages 5 and up, provide a great hands-on learning experience. Workshops can be tailored to suit the needs of any group, from school-aged children to high-school and college art classes to community and senior groups. Participants have the opportunity to work with uncommon materials, such as clay and fiber; learn about various processes and mediums in contemporary craft; and think critically in order to solve problems and express their ideas, just like working artists.

Workshop kits are intended for beginner levels; no prior experience is required. When purchasing a workshop, participants receive a kit that includes the basic materials, a video demonstrating how to make the project, and written instructions that guide them through the process. A live instructor, via the Zoom platform, may be added to your workshop for an additional fee. Kits can be picked up at HCCC during public hours or by appointment.  They can also be mailed for an additional cost of $15; however, due to increased shipping traffic during COVID-19, delivery times may be longer than normal.

**Workshop Kit Fees**
Non-member: $15 per kit
Member: $12 per kit

Participants will be invoiced following registration. The workshop kit fee is due seven business days in advance of kit pick-up. The fee is refundable up to seven business days before the scheduled pick-up.

Please note that all workshop kits must be reserved two weeks in advance of your requested date. Kits are sold individually. Group orders of 10 or more kits will receive a 20% discount. Shipping prices and live instructor fees will be added to workshop fees if requested. For questions, please contact Tarina Frank at 713-529-4848 ext. 112 or tfrank@crafthouston.org to discuss options.

To start your virtual workshop kit request, please fill out this form. A staff member will contact you in 2-3 business days.

Workshop kits can be adjusted to your group’s needs, whether for different ages, skill levels, or desired materials. The following themed workshops are designed to offer participants beginner experiences to discover craft processes and materials! Note:  Each workshop kit lists included materials, as well as additional materials you should provide from home.


CLAY SNAKE COIL POT KIT
Activity Length: 1 Hour

Get your hands dirty with this beginner-level ceramic project, and learn how to make a clay coil pot. For thousands of years, people have been making coil pots all around the world, from Africa to Greece and China to New Mexico. Coil pots are formed from long coils of clay that are blended together. This project uses air-dry clay, which is a great beginner material that does not require a kiln to fire the finished piece.  Note:  Your finished piece will not be food safe (do not eat or drink from your finished piece).

Materials in Kit
✶ Air-dry clay
✶ Various clay tools
✶ Yellow sponge
✶ Bamboo skewer

Materials from Home
✶ Workspace that is okay to get dirty (use an old tablecloth or sheet of cardboard if needed)
✶ Plastic bowl with water
✶ Apron or old T-shirt


KINETIC SCULPTURE KIT
Activity Length: 1.5 Hours

Discover how to design a kinetic cardboard sculpture that moves in this STEAM focused workshop!  Explore basic mechanics to make an object move, using cams and levers, and bring your sculpture to life, using cardboard, paper, straws, and glue, as you witness the integration of art with science. This project teaches the foundation for understanding how to build functional mechanical objects and how to add movement to any sculpture.

Materials in Kit
✶ 5 sheets construction/scrapbooking paper
✶ 1 box
✶ Large wooden circle
✶ Small wooden circle
✶ Handle
✶ Big straw
✶ Large plastic bead

Materials from Home
✶ Scissors
✶ Glue (Wood glue  or white glue)
✶ Optional hot glue


FELT MONSTER SEWING KIT
Activity Length: 2 Hours

Create an adorable stuffed monster out of felt while learning the basics of sewing. Today, most of our clothing is sewn by machine, but, in the past, everything was made by hand. Sewing by hand can be useful for mending clothing or other simple projects. This project is a great way to practice sewing and experiment with materials. Learn how to design your monster using basic abstract shapes and two basic stitches. What will you sew next? A pillow? A shirt?

Materials in Kit
✶ Felt
✶ Pre-cut shapes
✶ Beads
✶ Stuffing
✶ Needle
✶ Embroidery thread

Materials from Home
✶ Scissors
✶ Marker


POLYMER-CLAY MINI FOOD KIT
Activity Length: 1 Hour

Discover polymer clay in this mini-food workshop. Polymer clay is not made from mud or natural materials; it’s made from plastic. Just like other types of clay, it has a plasticity that allows you to roll it, coil it, and bake it to harden. The great thing about this versatile material is that it comes in so many different colors, and it can be baked in your oven at home. Learn techniques and tips to blend, shape, texture, and bake polymer clay, while creating tiny food figurines. This project is a fun way to explore working with polymer clay, because you can experiment with a variety of textures and shapes.

Materials in Kit
✶ Polymer clay (various colors)
✶ Clay tools
✶ Sheet of plastic
✶ Index cards

Materials from Home
✶ Packing tape or duct tape
✶ Butter knife
✶ Oven
✶ Oven mitts
✶ Timer
✶ Extra Ziplock bags or Tupperware to store unused polymer clay