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: Mindfulness Glitter Jars 

Sat, Oct 6 & Sat, Oct 20 | 1pm - 4pm

Lost your fidget spinner? Sick of slime? Customize your own glitter jar with your choice of colors and objects. As the glitter swirls and settles, cultivate your own sense of calm in your home or classroom.

MOCACREATE: Code Breakers

Sat, Nov 3 & Sat, Nov 17 | 1pm - 4pm
See how Chinese language messages were translated into Morse code in our Radical Machines exhibit, then make your own translations with a secret decoder ring! Learn how to encode letters and words to transmit news—but only to those you trust the most!

MOCACREATE: Imagining Chinatown: Mosaics

Sat, Dec 1 & Sat, Dec 15 | 1pm - 4pm
Our favorite places can say a lot about us! Design a one-of-a-kind mosaic inspired by your favorite indoor spaces in Chinatown– your house, your school, your local dim sum restaurant, or any other place that's special to you.

MOCACREATE: Hot off the Press!

Sat, Jan 5 & Sat, Jan 19| 1pm - 4pm
Before the printing press, books were made using block printing, a technique invented during the Tang Dynasty. Experiment with block printing, stamping, and other printing methods to create your own personalized stamp. Use this stamp to sign your future works of art!

MOCACREATE: LNY Museum Makeover

Sat, Feb 2| 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: Tinker with … Typewriters!

Sat, Mar 2 & Sat, Mar 16| 1pm - 4pm
How do you create a typewriter for a language with no alphabet? Look to Radical Machines for inspiring answers to this question. As you learn about the product design process, come up with your own linguistic invention made of cardboard, duct tape, popsicle sticks, rubber bands, and more. Display your one-of-a-kind invention side by side with others!




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 J.T. Tai & Co. Foundation for generously supporting MOCACREATE and other educational programs.


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!


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: Circuits, Networks & Our Bodies

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: 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: 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: 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.