Looking to beat the heat this summer in Houston? These popular, creative workshops at beautiful Rienzi are for ages 6–12. Space is limited, so reservations are encouraged: 713.639.7800.


Family Art Workshop at Rienzi “Stag & Swan: The Story of Heraldry at Rienzi”

Discover the symbols and imagery behind the family crests and coats of arms throughout Rienzi’s collection! For ages 6 to 12.

Family Art Workshop at Rienzi “Furniture Design: Pull up a Chair”

Families can design their own piece of furniture after learning more about Rienzi’s collection on a short focus tour! For ages 6 to 12. 


Past Events in This Series

Family Art Workshop “Animalia”

Family Art Workshop “Animalia: A Children’s Recital” with Mercury Houston Families come together to create art, write stories and poems, and watch performances inspired by the Rienzi Collection during the Family Art Workshop Series. Bring out your inner animal! Participate in the interactive children’s recital Animalia, by Mercury – The Orchestra Redefined. The music of Biber's Sonata Representativa takes you on an imaginative tour of a farm. Violin, cello, and harpsichord portray the sounds of barnyard animals, including the purring and[…]

Family Art Workshop “Magical Transformations”

“Magical Transformations: A Playful Writing Workshop” Families come together to create art, write stories and poems, and watch performances inspired by the Rienzi Collection during the Family Art Workshop Series. Magical transformations await! Families are invited to take part in a literary journey at Rienzi led by instructors from Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture (SLC) Project. Read, write, and create during this playful and engaging afternoon. Older students write fantasy narratives through story and poetry, and younger students dictate and[…]


Family Art Workshop: A Marionette Performance of “Rumpelstiltskin”

Registration for this event is full, but you may call to be added to the waitlist: 713. 639.7800. Turning straw into gold has never been more fun than at Rienzi! Watch the classic Brothers Grimm tale of Rumpelstiltskin come to life though handmade puppets and the beautifully rendered sets of the Texas Marionette Playhouse. A children’s reception follows the show. Designed for ages 4+ Families are invited to participate in an afternoon of arts-related activities at Rienzi. This program is in a workshop format. Doors open[…]

Family Art Workshop “Stories Alive!”

Participate in a one-day creative writing workshop inspired by themes highlighted throughout Rienzi’s art collection. Instructors from Rice University’s School Literacy and Culture Project lead students on a journey of creating and dramatizating their own stories and poems. Designed for ages 4+ Families are invited to participate in an afternoon of arts-related activities at Rienzi. This program is in a workshop format. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and guests are not admitted after 2:15 p.m.   Event is full, but[…]

Family Art Workshop “Alice and a Mad Hatter Tea Party”

This workshop is sold out. For other Rienzi activities, click here or call 713.639.7800. Down the rabbit hole we go! Create your own “mad hat” and enjoy “eat me” cake at this Wonderland-themed children’s tea party. Following the party, meet Alice herself! She’ll be visiting from Main Street Theater’s summer production of "Alice in Wonderland." Program is designed for ages 4 and up. Doors open at 1:45 p.m. and guests are admitted until 2:15 p.m.


Family Art Workshop “Tales of the Arabian Nights: A Marionette Performance and Workshop”

Registration is closed. Family Art Workshops encourage families to come together to create art, write stories and poems, and see performances inspired by the Rienzi Collection. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 713.639.7800 to reserve your spot. Recommended ages: 4+ Please arrive 10 minutes early as this workshop will start promptly at 1 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit students after 1:15 p.m. as they will have missed crucial introductory[…]

Family Art Workshop “Fantasies and Fairy Tales”

Family Art Workshops encourage families to come together to create art, write stories and poems, and see performances inspired by the Rienzi Collection. Admission is free, but space is limited and reservations are required. Please call 713. 639.7800 to reserve your spot. Recommended ages: 4+. Please arrive 10 minutes early as this workshop will start promptly at 1 p.m. and end at 3:30 p.m. Unfortunately we will not be able to admit students after 1:15 p.m. as they will have missed crucial introductory material.  Join[…]


Family Art Workshop: Early Music Southwest performs "The Fantastic Fables of La Fontaine"

During this 3-hour family workshop at Rienzi, Early Music Southwest performs “The Fantastic Fables of La Fontaine,” a musical tale of wise and foolish animals from 17th-century France. The narration with accompanying chamber ensemble will delight kids of all ages. After the performance, children have the opportunity to create fable-themed crafts, and guests will enjoy a reception with cookies and lemonade. The recital begins promptly at 1:15 pm. Admission is FREE, but space is limited and reservations are required. To secure your spot,[…]

Family Art Workshop "Portrait Miniatures: Love Tokens before the Digital Age"

Family Art Workshops at Rienzi encourage families to come together to create art, write stories and poems, and watch performances inspired by the Rienzi Collection. This week, discover what was used before photography to represent portraits. Learn about Rienzi’s Caroline A. Ross Collection, which includes portrait miniatures by European and American artists between about 1710 and 1900. Families will explore this unique artistic tradition and create their own version for family and friends. Admission is FREE, but space is limited and reservations[…]

Family Art Workshop "Cinderella Stories from Around the World"

Family Art Workshops at Rienzi encourage families to come together to create art, write stories and poems, and watch performances inspired by Rienzi’s collection. During this 3-hour workshop, instructors from the Rice Literacy and Culture Project explore the many "Cinderella" stories written from the point of view of different cultures and countries. Families will hear these international tales; write their own "Cinderella" story; and have the opportunity to make puppets for an impromptu performance. Texts featured: Cendrillon: A Caribbean Cinderella by[…]