Saturday Workshops

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of Kiasma, our Saturday workshops take their inspiration from the architecture of the museum. Join a workshop to play with colours and shapes and experiment with creative techniques.

  • 30.9.2023 at 13–16
suitable for children
Kiasma Workshop space, 5th floor.
Tickets: with a museum ticket
Under 18-year-olds free entry.


Art workshops are suitable for everyone over three years of age. Children under 10 must be accompanied by an adult. No previous experience is necessary. 

The theme of the drop-in workshop changes every week. You can attend just one workshop or as many as you like.

Sat 9.9. Playing with Shapes

When architect Steven Holl designs a new project, he expands on his ideas and solves problems by making watercolour sketches. It can take hundreds of sketches before he finds the right shapes and proportions for a future building. According to Holl, play is an indispensable part of this process.

Great ideas sometimes come from unexpected sources. In the workshop we will play with shapes and lines to create new architectural forms. Using watercolours and ink on paper, you can design an art museum or any structure of your choice.

Technique: painting

Sat 16.9. Spinning Colours

Have you noticed that there are many colours in the Kiasma building? Colours can establish a mood or symbolise things, and they can also be used to express oneself. Here’s a fun fact: you can mix colours on a painter’s palette but also by following motion with your eyes!

Join the workshop to play with colours together with others and build a game that you can continue at home. We will make colour disks to attach to a spinning top. As the top spins, the colours on the disk will blend. Experiment with different colour mixes, shapes and lines!

Technique: mixed media

Sat 23.9.2023 Print Marks on Surfaces

The Kiasma building is made of many different materials. One notable example is the curving wall in the lobby that is made of poured concrete. Building the wall was such a challenging project that it won the Concrete Structure of the Year award back in 1997. The surface texture of the wall is an imprint of the horizontal boards used to build the formwork.

In the workshop, we will play with modelling clay and press patterns into it with different materials.

The workshop is a perfect opportunity to create small decorative objects, such as pendants or bracelets, that carry the imprint of wood or some other natural material.

Technique: plasticine

Sat 30.9. Harmony of Proportion

Steven Holl had many great ideas when he designed Kiasma. One of them was to make the spaces pleasant for the public. To do so, he used the golden ratio to give harmonious proportions to the building.

The golden ratio has been used in art and architecture for centuries, and it can also be seen in many natural structures. Join the workshop to experiment with the proportions of the golden ratio. You can make your own tools for measuring harmony.

Technique: construction, mixed media

How to Find the Workshop Space

Saturday workshops are held in the Kiasma workshop space on the 5th floor of the museum. To get there from the lobby, take the lift or the stairs from behind the cloakroom. Use the same stairs and lift if you are coming from the upper floors.