HCCC provides a variety of educational programs both on site and in the community to support its mission to advance education about the process, product and history of craft. Every month, adults and children of all ages can enjoy HANDS-ON HOUSTON, a free, first-Saturday craft-making activity led by local guilds and artists. HANDS-ON HOUSTON activities give participants the opportunity for self-expression, as they learn a technique, material or form that is related to the current exhibitions.
In partnership with schools and community organizations, HCCC provides outreach in the form of after-school and summer art classes. In elementary and middle-school classrooms of 5-15 students, children experience the excitement of the handmade by working in a wide variety of ways with the traditional craft media of clay, fiber, glass, metal, wood or mixed media.
HCCC is a popular destination for community, school and senior groups. HCCC provides free docent-led tours and optional workshops for groups who schedule in advance.
For those who are interested in a more in-depth craft experience, HCCC offers occasional master workshops for adults. Taught by visiting artists who are experts in their medium of choice, the master workshops focus on various processes and techniques.
Through all of these components, HCCC strives to provide a holistic experience for everyone who wants to learn about craft.