The Maier Museum of Art
at Randolph College


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Family Workshops

Family Workshops offer children ages 5-10, with an adult, the opportunity to explore art and create their own art. Workshops include an interactive tour led by a museum educator or teaching artist, assisted by Maier docents or Randolph College students. 

Typically offered on second Sundays of the month from 2 – 4 p.m. See Fall 2019 dates below.

Registration Fees: $5/child 
Maier Member Rate: Free
Children of Randolph College Faculty & Staff: Free

Registration Deadline: 5 p.m. the Friday prior to the workshop

Beetles, Butterflies and Books

Sunday, October 13, 2 – 4 p.m.
Make a painted book inspired by the hilarious illustrations and poetry of Douglas Florian. 

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Sunday, November 10, 2 – 4 p.m.
Create whimsical portraits inspired by the illustrations and collages of Vanessa Brantley Newton. 

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 Also offered this fall…
Story Time in the Galleries

Experience the stories and illustrations featured in the current exhibition, Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling, and make your own drawing or collage inspired by the exhibition.  Recommended for ages 4 – 7, with an adult. Learn more >>

Science + Art Saturday High School Workshops 

Open to high school students, free of charge with an optional lunch included. Limited spaces available. Workshop details at

Typically offered on first Saturdays during the fall from 10 a.m. – Noon. 

Registration Fees: Free

Registration Deadline: Noon the day before the workshop 

Cyanotypes and Chickens

Saturday, September 7
What’s going on in the organic garden? Allison Brooks, sustainability coordinator at Randolph College, will lead a tour of the ½ acre garden adjacent to the Maier and discuss sustainability practices on campus.  Then, gather natural materials and harness the power of the sun to create cyanotypes, a camera-less photographic printing process.

Picture Books

Saturday, October 5
Examine the works of art featured in Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling and learn about the history of children’s literature. Then, create chapbooks, pocket-sized books that were the first books illustrated for children.

Narrative Monoprints with Jill Jensen

Saturday, November 2
Award-wining artist Jill Jensen joins us! Explore ways to use texture, stamped and stenciled images, and layered colors to create bold, graphic monoprints that tell a story. We will use a small printing press and discuss a brief history of printmaking.

Experiments with Gouache, Ink and Watercolor

Saturday, December 7

Several of the artists featured in Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling use gouache, ink, and watercolor to render fanciful and realistic imagery.  Learn about the chemistry and history of the media and experiment with each material.

Adult Workshops

Sign up for one or both of these workshops inspired by the 108th Annual Exhibition, Children’s Book Illustrations: Visual Storytelling. Workshops will be taught by artist Jill Jensen, and Maier Curator of Education, Laura McManus.

Registration Fees: $25/workshop  |  $45/full series
Maier Member Rate: 
$20/workshop  |  $35/full series

Registration Deadlines:

Explorations in Monotype

Saturday, October 19, 10 am – Noon
In this no-stress workshop, experiment with materials and techniques using a small printing press and hand pressure to create your own one-of-a-kind prints. Includes an overview of printmaking history and contemporary print makers.

You will leave with a stack of prints that you can incorporate into future projects or keep as unique works of art. All tools and materials provided.


Saturday, November 16, 10 am – Noon
Come fold, glue, cut, and stitch at the Maier! Make two blank books using traditional hand-binding techniques, including the 5-hole pamphlet stitch and Japanese stab binding. Includes an overview of bookbinding history. 

Participants that take the workshop “Explorations in Monotype,” may bring their prints to incorporate into their books. All tools and materials, including handmade, printed, and decorative papers, included.