The Creative Class

The Creative Class

Visit the Library. Find Inspiration. Get Creative.

The Creative Class

The Creative Class is a series of workshops for adults at DC Public Library through which participants create handmade projects using materials in our collection as inspiration.

At each workshop, which is held every other month, a specific craft project or art technique is chosen for participants to learn and experience. DC Public Library staff and volunteers lead workshops and assist participants in the creative process.

The Creative Class launched Nov. 19, 2011 and was inspired by New York Public Library’s Handmade Crafternoons and Design*Sponge’s video series with New York Public Library titled Design by the Book

For more information or to register for the free workshops, please email: 

TheCreativeClassDCPL [!at] gmail [!dot] com.


Video :: Workshops and Instructions

Next Workshop

Image of Librarian leading CraftSeptember 26 and September 27, 2015 at Crafty Bastards
The Creative Class will have a booth at this year's Crafty Bastards, located at Union Market! Join us as we make several crafts, including: origami flowers from used books, buttons, and duct tape wallets! Sign up for a library cards, check out crafty materials, and learn about free maker programs at the library.
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Check out this video of one of our workshops!


Workshops and Instructions

We have led many workshops and served over 200 participants. Past workshops have included screen printing, découpage, and silhouette portraits. A full list is below.

crafty bastards boothfield notebooksilhouette

June 12, 2014 at Northeast Public Library
Project: Stamped stationery sets using linoleum to carve our own designs.
Collection highlights: Books on designs as well as Jessica Pigza's new book Bibliocraft: A modern crafters guide to using library resources to jumpstart creative projects.

February 27, 2014 at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Library
Project: Mardi Gras Mask-erade: created masquerade masks with tulle and puff paint.
Collection highlights: New Orleans, Mardi Gras, Masquerades

aluminum canNovember 18, 2013 at the Southeast Library
Project: Luminaries created from recycled aluminum cans, using awls we poked holes in various designs. Tea lights were provided to illuminate the designs.
Collection highlights: astronomy and astrology


Image of Concealed Device craft

July 15, 2013 at the Petworth Neighborhood Library
Project: Concealed Devices: Re-purpose Vintage Books as Hidden Tech Organizers
Collection highlights: Digital collections: Overdrive, Freegal, Powerspeak, Zinio, etc.
*This workshop was in partnership with Knowledge Commons DC.

June 1, 2013 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library
Project: Create botanical silhouettes
Collection highlights: Gardening books and other Groundbreaking Reads

jazz block printApril 27, 2013 at the Anacostia Neighborhood Library 
Project: Jazz Block Prints
Collection highlights: Jazz Music



Feb. 9, 2013 at the Southwest Neighborhood Library 
Project: Mixed-media Valentines Using Your Photos
Collection highlights: Love Poetry
Mixed-media Valentines Instructions   Mixed-media Valentines Booklist

yarnbombDec. 8, 2012 at the Takoma Park Neighborhood Library 
Project: Yarn Bombing + Craft Activism with local crafters The Warm and Fuzzies
Collection highlights: Books on public art, graffiti, crochet, knitting and craft activism

paper journalNov. 10, 2012 at Crafty Bastards 
Project: Design Your Own Bookplate & Make a Pocket Journal 
Collection highlights: Clip art from DC Public Library Art Division files and Flickr Commons 
Pocket Journal Instructions

sachetOct. 13, 2012 at the Mount Pleasant Neighborhood Library 
Project: Hand Sew Sachets and Ornaments
Collection highlights: Books about aromatherapy and harvesting
Hand Sew Sachets Instructions

decoupage skullAug. 11, 2012 at the Francis A. Gregory Neighborhood Library 
Project: Découpage Your Home Library
Collection highlights: Books about ephemera, ornament and collage
Découpage Instructions

cassette printJune 10, 2012 at the Capital Pride Festival on Pennsylvania Avenue 
Project: Screen Print Mini Posters
Collection highlights: Books on posters, ads and stencils
DIY Screen Print Instructions

Embroidered MonogramMarch 24, 2012 at the Watha T. Daniel/Shaw Neighborhood Library  
Project: Embroider Monograms
Collection highlights: Books on Typography and Illuminated Manuscripts
Cross-stitch Instructions

SilhouetteJan. 21, 2012 at the Petworth Neighborhood Library
Project: Create Silhouette Portraits and Scenes
Collection highlights: Books with portraits, graphic elements, and shadows
Silhouette Instructions

field notebook

Nov. 19, 2011 at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library-Washingtoniana 
Project: Create a Handbound Field Notebook
Collection highlights: Vintage maps and architectural photos

pocket journal

Oct. 1, 2011 at Crafty Bastards

Project: Create a Pocket Journal with Library Due Date Cards and Pockets.
Collection highlights: Library due date cards, catalog cards, and vintage bookplates.