Classes, Workshops, Demonstrations, and More...
Experience a variety of entertaining and educational programs, from classes and hands-on workshops to demonstrations and tastings. See program details below. Some events require advance registration. Interested in spending time in our garden? Learn about garden programs here.
To register for any of the adult classes, workshops, and demonstrations listed below, please call 800.448.3883.
September 8–September 19, 2014
Wintherthur Institute Application Form
Escape into the world of decorative arts from the 17th through the early 20th centuries. This intensive course offers an in-depth, two-week study of domestic furnishings made or used in America. Designed to appeal to individuals interested in American decorative arts, content for the course centers on the Winterthur collection, the world's largest assemblage of decorative arts made or used in America between 1640 and 1860.
The course includes an orientation to Winterthur and an introduction to the principles of connoisseurship. Students also utilize resources in the Winterthur Library facilities. The program also includes field trips to local historic sites.
Sessions take place in classrooms, period rooms, and the exhibition areas of Winterthur. Classes are held five days a week from approximately 9:00 am to 4:00 pm. Each day begins with lectures by Winterthur staff and/or guest speakers. Most afternoon programs are conducted in museum period rooms or with artifacts in classrooms. Guide specialists lead groups of five in "room studies." Workshops are small to allow close examination of the objects.
During the program, participants may take special-subject house tours that allow more in-depth study of particular styles and media. Participants will also have the opportunity to undertake small research projects while attending Winterthur Institute.
Winterthur is pleased to offer a scholarship in honor of Wendell D. Garrett through the generous support of the Foundation for Appraisal Education. Graduate students and professionals who are new to fields related to the decorative arts and demonstrate financial need will be considered for the Garrett Scholarship.
Cost for the two-week session is $1,600. By application only. Call 302.888.4786 for more information.
Spring Museum Programs
History through Fiction Book Club
First Tuesday of every month, March through May, 10:00 am–12:00 pm
Join us for informal discussion of new and classic works of fiction that broaden our understanding of objects in the museum collection or life at Winterthur during the first half of the twentieth century. $20 per member / $30 per nonmember for the entire three-month series. Registration required by February 28. Call 800.448.3883 to register.
March 4: Clara and Mr. Tiffany by Susan Vreeland
April 2: Creation by Katherine Govier
May 6: The Arcanum by Janet Gleeson
Second Friday of every month, March through May; 1:00–3:00 pm
Reconnect with your creative side while finding your inspiration in the Winterthur collection. Each meeting features a show-and-tell about different objects in the museum or library and ample time to complete a small project to take home. Members only. $10 per person. Registration required by one week prior to each meeting.
March 14: Shrinky Dink Jewelry
Colorful ceramics that once graced elegant tables serve as the inspriation for unique pins, earrings, and pendants made from Shrinky Dinks!
April 11: Printmaking
This workshop will provide a basic introduction to printmaking, an artistic discipline that straddles the line between originality and reproduction. After viewing a few prints from the Winterthur collection, you will have the opportunity to try your hand at carving and printing your own block print.
May 9: Treasure Boxes
A fabulous collector's box from the early 1800s serves as the inspiration for your own contemporary treasure box.
Floral Arranging Workshops
6:00 pm, Brown Learning Center
Midori Tanimune, a highly regarded designer of the Sogestu School of Ikebana, will teach the design principles of this graceful, Asian art form. Using fresh-cut flowers, you will create a take-home piece that engages harmony and balance in the process. $55 per Member. $70 per nonmember. Interested in Member discounts, Members-only events, and full grounds access? Consider membership today.
6:00 pm, Brown Learning Center
Flowers and other wonderful elements to create beautiful table designs will be explored. Highlights from the tables of H. F. du Pont will be viewed, and then we will create our own. Everyone will bring home an arrangement and insipiration for the spring season.$55 per Member. $70 per nonmember. Interested in Member discounts, Members-only events, and full grounds access? Consider membership today.
Planting Early Pots
6:00–8:00 pm, Brown Horticulture Learning Center
Explore a variety of material that can be used to plant a spring pot that can be moved from indoors and out-Everyone will bring home their own creation!
$40 per Member. $50 per nonmember.Interested in Member discounts, Members-only events, and full grounds access? Consider membership today.
Upcoming Garden Workshops
Join us for one of our garden workshops—a perfect way to get energized in spring! All workshops take place in the Brown Horticulture Learning Center in the Greenhouse Area.