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HANDS-ON Workshops

Presented By: The William C. Knapp Charitable Foundation

Get your creativity flowing in our hands-on workshops. Check out all our previous sessions below from our 2021 Festival. Our 2022 workshops will be announced at a later date. 

Faux Calligraphy Basics  |  March 27, 2021 at 1 p.m.  |  FREE

Available to a limited in-person audience or online with an at-home kit.

Calligraphy is at the intersection of art and writing. In this hands-on workshop, participants will create their own masterpiece as they learn the basics of calligraphy from Meggan Fox with The Fox and the Chalkboard.

Registration Deadline: March 23, 2021

Create Your Own Book Planter with the Art Terrarium  |  April 3, 2021 at 1 p.m.  |  $25

Available to a limited in-person audience or online with an at-home kit.

Learn how to turn an old book into a cute planter with the Art Terrarium! Each attendee will receive a prepared hardcover book, three succulents or pixie tropical plants to pot in their new planter and instructions on how to keep their plants healthy and thriving. Attendees should be 16+ years old.

Registration Deadline: March 30, 2021

Embroidery with Tactile Modern Handcraft  |  April 10, 2021 at 1 p.m.  |  $30

Available to a limited in-person audience or online with an at-home kit.

Join Tactile Modern Handcraft for an afternoon of modern embroidery featuring distinct DSM sights. You will learn embroidery basics, master multiple stitches and learn finishing techniques to display your new piece of art! This class includes a full embroidery kit with a 6” embroidery hoop, pre-printed fabric, needle, embroidery floss and instructions.

Registration Deadline: April 6, 2021

Garden Party with Rose Farms  |  April 17, 2021 at 1 p.m.  |  $50

Available to a limited in-person audience or online with an at-home kit.

Located just 20 minutes south of Downtown Des Moines (DSM), Rose Farms has 25 sprawling acres of homegrown flowers and they are bringing their floral expertise to the DSM Book Festival. At the Rose Farms Garden Party, attendees will cultivate their flower arranging and care skills with a mix of farm fresh flowers and pro-tips from the experts.

Registration Deadline: April 13, 2021