What we're about

The Chicago Public Library's Makers on 8 is an arts and crafts group for both experienced creatives and those just starting out on their creative journey. We offer workshops and open shop opportunities for people to come together to learn, create, and collaborate as they explore traditional arts and crafts.

Upcoming events (5)

Urban Yarns Virtual Meetup

Online event

Show off your quarantine crafts and hangout virtually! Log in information will be messaged to attendees the day of the meetup.

*Note: Knitting and crochet instruction will not be provided at virtual meetups.*

Journaling for Self-Care and Mutual Wellbeing with ArtWorks

Join us for the first three Wednesdays in March as we explore journaling for wellbeing. In week two, we'll be journaling for self-exploration and self-expression. These workshops are designed to offer a space of respite, where making together becomes the basis for self-care and mutual support. Feel free to join us even if you want to work on an arts or crafts project other than a journal. This program is a partnership between the Women's History Committee, the Maker Lab, and ArtWorks.

Required Materials
-- A journal with unlined pages OR a discarded book that you can repurpose OR loose (unlined) paper that can later be bound into a journal
-- Anything you can draw and write with (e.g., pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc.)

Optional Materials
-- Collage materials (magazines, wrapping paper, old calendars, newspaper, junk mail, ticket stubs, cancelled stamps, etc.)
-- Fabric remnants
-- Paints (watercolor, acrylics, tempera, fabric), brushes and water container
-- Gesso
-- Embellishments – glitter, sequins, ribbon, lace, thread, floss, etc.
-- Adhesives – Glue sticks, white glue, fabric glue, Yes! paste, etc.
-- Scissors
-- Cutting board and X-Acto knife

The mission of ArtWorks community studio is to foster understanding between people, despite social differences, through collective art making. Each session is facilitated by the School of the Art Institute's Art Therapy Department in partnership with CPL's Maker Lab.

Urban Yarns Virtual Meetup

Online event

Show off your quarantine crafts and hangout virtually! Log in information will be messaged to attendees the day of the meetup.

*Note: Knitting and crochet instruction will not be provided at virtual meetups.*

Journaling for Self-Care and Mutual Wellbeing with ArtWorks

Join us for the first three Wednesdays in March as we explore journaling for wellbeing. In week three, we'll be journaling to gain clarity and focus. These workshops are designed to offer a space of respite, where making together becomes the basis for self-care and mutual support. Feel free to join us even if you want to work on an arts or crafts project other than a journal. This program is a partnership between the Women's History Committee, the Maker Lab, and ArtWorks.

Required Materials
-- A journal with unlined pages OR a discarded book that you can repurpose OR loose (unlined) paper that can later be bound into a journal
-- Anything you can draw and write with (e.g., pencils, pens, markers, colored pencils, oil pastels, etc.)

Optional Materials
-- Collage materials (magazines, wrapping paper, old calendars, newspaper, junk mail, ticket stubs, cancelled stamps, etc.)
-- Fabric remnants
-- Paints (watercolor, acrylics, tempera, fabric), brushes and water container
-- Gesso
-- Embellishments – glitter, sequins, ribbon, lace, thread, floss, etc.
-- Adhesives – Glue sticks, white glue, fabric glue, Yes! paste, etc.
-- Scissors
-- Cutting board and X-Acto knife

The mission of ArtWorks community studio is to foster understanding between people, despite social differences, through collective art making. Each session is facilitated by the School of the Art Institute's Art Therapy Department in partnership with CPL's Maker Lab.

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