See below for specific workshop dates

Times: 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Cost: Members - $20; Non-members - $24

Meets at the Museum Education Building (Please note, the Village is otherwise CLOSED to the general public, so you must park in the Museum Education lot)

Homeschoolers ages 13-17 are invited to join us for themed, advanced craft workshops! These workshops will explore seasonal themes and incorporate items from OSV’s collections, the natural world around the museum, and contemporary and 19th-century issues.

You may also be interested in the winter sessions of our popular Civics programs! Click here to learn more.

Things to know:

February 12th: Sailors’ Valentines

Ages: 13-17

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members – $20; Non-members – $24

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Sailors’ Valentines were not given for Valentine’s Day, but rather as mementos from sailors who had returned home from the West Indies. Valentines are often given as reminders of one’s love to another, and Sailors Valentines were no different. Spurred by a shell-collecting mania among the English, sailors’ valentines were very popular gifts. Almost always octagonal wooden boxes, filled with mosaics of usually shells, these gifts were highly collectible souvenir items.

We will make our own sailors’ valentines from wood and shells and explore other items made from natural materials in the Village’s collections.

March 11th: Egg Decorating

Ages: 13-17

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members – $20; Non-members – $24

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During the springtime, chickens lay copious eggs. In 1830s New England, this meant many egg-focused recipes like cakes and tarts. Eggs were not only an important food source, but also a powerful symbol and decorative item. During this workshop, participants will explore the importance of eggs and egg decorating throughout history. One of the most ancient arts, egg decorating has been practiced for thousands of years and around the world, from South Africa, to Mesopotamia, to pysanky eggs from the Slavic regions of Europe.

In addition to making our own decorative eggs, we will visit the farm and see the chickens, observe the types of eggs they make, and collect inspiration for spring and natural themes to include on our decorative eggs.

April 15th: Needle Felted Pet Portraits

Ages: 13-17

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members – $20; Non-members – $24

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Needle felting is a form of embellishment that has been practiced for a long time. The first needle punch tool was invented in 1859 to make woolen batting from slaughterhouse grade wool, fibers of lesser quality, and even soldier’s hair. In this workshop we’re going to be making portraits of your favorite furry (or scaly) friend. While we create, we’ll discuss the various textile arts practiced in New England during the Village’s period. Did 19th-century people celebrate their pets, too?

Please note: Participants will need a good photograph printed out of their companion animal, no larger than 5×7.

April 22: Say it with Blooms: The Language of Flowers

Ages: 13-17

Time: 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Cost: Members – $20; Non-members – $24

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This program was originally scheduled for January 29th, but was postponed due to weather. It is now scheduled for Monday, April 22, 2024.

Flowers have long-held meaning for people. From ancient Greece and Rome to writers like Shakespeare, the symbology held in flowers has been around for centuries. In the 19th century, people took this to a fanatic level, with many households having a dictionary of flower meanings. Flower meanings during the Victorian period were an extremely important part of society in general and of courting in specific.

Participants in this workshop will explore about the 19th-century meanings behind these blooms, craft flowers themselves, and learn about the Village’s upcoming exhibit about courtship in the 1800s.

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