MOCACREATE

                 Join us for a fun afternoon of art-making for all ages!                       Every 1st & 3rd Saturday from 1-4pm

Come paint, build, craft, or collage – use familiar materials, or experiment with new! Inspired by the museum’s exhibitions and local artists, MOCACREATE explores different themes every month. Free with Museum admission! 

    Upcoming MOCACREATE Workshops

MOCACREATE: Life-Size Landscapes

Sat, May 5 & Sat, May 19 | 1pm - 4pm
Using a paper cut-out of your body, make a life-size landscape inspired by the diagrams in Chinese Medicine and featuring all the natural elements that represent you—mountains, rivers, stars, & more.


MOCACREATE: The Write Way to Health ft. Teaching Artist Vincent Chong

Sat, Jun 2 & Sat, Jun 16 | 1pm - 4pm
Learn about the evolution of Chinese writing over time (and practice writing!) as you visit a make-believe doctor’s office and pharmacy.


MOCACREATE: Circuits, Networks & Our Bodies

Sat, Jul 7 & Sat, Jul 21 | 1pm - 4pm
Design a simple circuit inspired by the many systems in our world using colored paper, LEDs, and copper tape.


MOCACREATE: Qi, the Energy in You! ft. Teaching Artist Vincent Chong

Sat, Aug 4 & Sat, Aug 18 | 1pm - 4pm
How does calligraphy relate to the idea of 氣 qi? Explore connections between writing, energy, and your health as you practice your brushstrokes with teaching artist Vincent Chong.


MOCACREATE: Healing Herbs & Budding Botanicals

Sat, Sep 1 & Sat, Sep 15 | 1pm - 4pm
See and smell herbs commonly used in Chinese medicine as you practice grinding them with a mortar and pestle. Then, design your own colorful herb planter and plant real seeds inside!

 

 

          

 

Access Families
MOCACREATE welcomes families and children with developmental or learning disabilities and those on the autism spectrum. Children and adults with a range of abilities and learning styles can enjoy multisensory workshops that include tactile opportunities and art-making activities. For more information about Access + Accessibility, please click here.

Supplies generously donated by our friendly neighbors at Blick Art Materials - SOHO
148 Lafayette Street | New York, NY 10013
                 

MOCA is grateful to the Wells Fargo Foundation and the J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation for generously supporting MOCACREATE and other educational programs.

PAST WORKSHOPS

MOCACREATE: Celebrate Qing Ming + Welcome Spring!

Sat, Apr 7 | 1pm - 4pm

Qing Ming is a day for remembering the past. Families go to the grave sites of their ancestors and honor them by hosting elaborate picnics. Mold clay people, tea eggs, drum sticks, oranges, almond cookies, and more to create your very own Qing Ming picnic scene. Then celebrate the new beginnings of spring by making seasonal paper crafts.

 

MOCACREATE: Rock and Roll! Rolled Paper Creations
Sat. Mar 3 & Sat. Mar 17 | 1pm - 4pm

Roll colorful paper strips to create eye-popping 3-D paper sculptures! Make a piece inspired by FOLD: Golden Venture Paper Sculptures, or design your own abstract artwork.

 

MOCACREATE: Lunar New Year Museum Makeover!

Sat. Feb 3 | 1pm - 4pm
Put a spin on a MOCA tradition-- help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!

 

MOCACREATE: Mix! Paste! Sculpt! Repeat!
Sat. Jan 6 & Jan 20 | 1pm - 4pm

Golden Venture passengers came to America in search of freedom—a simple word that means many things. When they were first detained, and still unsure of their futures, they created “freedom birds” out of any materials they could find. Using paper, glue, and flour, construct a paper mache animal that you feel stands for freedom, equality, unity, or friendship.
 

Migration Through My Eyes
Sat. Dec 2 & Dec 16 | 1pm - 4pm

Every family has a story. Join artist Jia Sung as she leads you in telling your personal or family migration narrative through writing, drawing, and folding activities. As a group, create a site-specific installation to share your stories with visitors of all ages.

 

Made By...Me!

Sat. Nov 4 & Nov 18 | 1pm - 4pm

Express yourself! Take home your very own zine, a handmade magazine about anything you’d like. Learn to fold and bind a basic saddle stitch zine with guest artist Jia Sung. Then, fill it with ideas and artwork, and share with friends and family.

 

Zhezhi 摺紙 Folded Paper Arts
Sat. Oct 7 & Oct 21 | 1pm - 4pm
While detained, Golden Venture passengers folded paper to create symbolic sculptures of all shapes and sizes, passing time and creating art together. Using a variety of paper types and folding techniques, construct colorful paper figures inspired by the works on view. Design your own or collaborate with others!

 

Pencil Me In
Sat. Sept 16, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Get off to the write start! Kick off the new school year by creating a one-of-a-kind pencil case with local artist Joyce Huang. Using felt, ribbon, duct tape, and more, make, collage, and embellish a case with your favorite school memories to carry with you to class. 

 

Build a Banquet!

Sat. Aug 5 & Sat. Aug, 19 2017 | 1pm - 4pm 

MOCA's Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy features a huge dinner table with beautiful place settings. As we say good-bye to the exhibition, let's celebrate by building our own banquet table together! Use a variety of materials and textures to create place settings, a table runner, napkin holders, chopstick rests and other dinner party items that you can bring home or share with the museum to set our collaborative dinner table.

 

Hats Off to the Chef

Sat. Jul 15, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm *
Decorate your very own chef’s hat to wear in the kitchen the next time you cook up a storm. Draw and collage your favorite ingredients, ultimate comfort foods, the friends and family you cook with, and more to adorn your personalized hat.

* Please note: there is no workshop July 1st per the holiday weekend.

 

Dim Sum Decorations

Sat. Jun 17, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Wear your APA pride on your sleeve, jacket, or backpack! Using MOCA’s collection as your inspiration, create a personalized button that celebrates the awesome contributions of Asian Pacific Americans and wear it all year round.

 

Pin Power: Celebrating APA Heritage!

Sat. May 6 & Sat. May 20, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Wear your APA pride on your sleeve, jacket, or backpack! Using MOCA’s collection as your inspiration, create a personalized button that celebrates the awesome contributions of Asian Pacific Americans and wear it all year round.

 

Culinary Sculptures
Sat. Apr 15, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Inspired by the ceramics art of Heidi Lau and Lu Zhang in Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy, create your own three-dimensional sculptures to capture some of your favorite foods and flavors. Use cardboard, plastic, paper, foam, and other materials to make representations of the foods that you and your family love to eat.

 

Celebrate Qing Ming + Welcome Spring!

Sat. Apr 1, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Qing Ming is a day for remembering the past. Families go to the grave sites of their ancestors and honor them by hosting elaborate picnics. Mold clay people, tea eggs, drum sticks, oranges, almond cookies, and more to create your very own Qing Ming picnic scene. Then celebrate the new beginnings of spring by making decorative pinwheels and other seasonal paper crafts.

 

Farm Fresh Fun
Sat. Mar 4 & Sat. Mar 18, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Many of the chef’s from Sour, Sweet, Bitter, Spicy use fresh vegetables from their personal gardens in their dishes. You can too! Plant your own herb plants, and watch them grow. Decorate planters with cellophane, ribbon, and embellishments to house them in style.

 

What’s Cooking? 
Sat. Feb 4 & Sat. Feb 18, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Dream up and draw an illustrated menu of family recipes and your own culinary creations to share with friends and family. Using pastels, collage paper, and 3-D elements, design the menu for your own themed restaurant. Don’t forget to cook up a signature dish!

 

Lunar New Year Museum Makover!

Sat. Jan 7 & Sat. Jan 21, 2017 | 1pm - 4pm

Put a spin on a MOCA tradition-- help welcome the New Year by making handmade decorations to liven up the Museum. Transform our space with colorful, food-themed creations, which will be on display through our annual Lunar New Year Family Festival!