Arts & Crafts

An Introduction to Editorial Cartooning Workshop

This hands-on workshop, sponsored by The Herb Block Foundation and presented by the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, will teach students the unique art of editorial cartooning. Students will learn how to submit their work to the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards to receive recognition, exhibition, publication and scholarships.  To RSVP (space is limited), and for more information, contact

Youth Photography Workshop

Join Sign of the Times Art Center for a four-week youth workshop that includes “Photography of my Neighborhood” & “Photography for the Young” for ages 10-15. This workshop will teach the youth how to use both digital and 35-mm SLR cameras focusing on basic camera functions, good picture taking skills and documenting changes in the community. All workshop will expose the youth to books of famous, local and national professional minority artist in photography. 

Mini Maker

Join the library staff as we encourage you to create, experiment, and design.  On selected days between July 6 and Aug. 14, The Parklands-Turner Neighborhood Library will host fun and exciting experiments and projects. Children and teens ages 8 to 16 should arrive in the children's room 3:30-5:30 p.m to participate. Call ahead for more information: 202-645-4532
View from above of DC Zinefest, featuring people seated and standing around tables covered in zines

Zine Night with DC Zinefest!

Ever wanted to make a zine? Have one started that you can’t seem to finish? Join organizers of the 2015 DC Zinefest (happening July 25th at St. Stephen's Church), along with local zine makers, to learn about zines and get creative! *Teens can earn Summer Reading Badges for attending this program!* For adults and teens.
Awesome Artist Badge

The Hero in You

Every Hero Has A Story and that means You! Join us to create a zine using collage, drawing and writing to tell yours. Ages 13-19 are welcome. By attending this program, you can earn the Awesome Artist Badge for Teen Summer Reading.

Button Making

Design your own artwork, pull from a magazine, or use the Teen Summer Reading graphics to create your own buttons to display on your backpack or wherever you choose!  Attend this and another art/craft program to receive your Crafty Character Summer Reading Badge. Find out more about our teen summer reading program by visiting the website
Making ZinesAwesome Artist Badge

Teen Summer Reading - Making Zines

Learn how to make your very own personal magazine using everyday materials. This program will count for the Awesome Artist badge of the Teen Summer Reading Program. Ages 13-19.
Origami CranePenguin SuperheroCrafty Characters Badge

Teen Summer Reading - Origami Superheroes

Learn the basic techniques of Japanese paper folding and create some basic models as well as some special ones based on heroes from popular culture.  Attending this program will count for the Crafty Character Badge of the Teen Summer Reading Program. Ages 13-19.  
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Teen Summer Reading - Ductigami

Express your creative side by making crafts out of duct tape, including wallets and flowers. Attending this program will count for the Crafty Character Badge of the Teen Summer Reading Program.

Dream Catchers

Learn the lore behind this traditional Native American craft while making your own dream catcher that reflects your unique style and sensibilities. Classes will be held Aug. 5, Aug. 12, Aug. 19 and Aug. 26. We recommend attending 2-3 sessions to complete your dream catcher.