Unknown artist. Gift 18: Peas work (kindergarten material based on the educational theories of Friedrich Froebel). c. 1880–1900. Various materials. The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Gift of Lawrence Benenson

Friedrich Froebel was an influential German educational theorist who invented the concept of the kindergarten. His "gifts" are a series of toys that allow children to build and experiment with forms, structures, and shapes. Frank Lloyd Wright played with these toys as a child and credited them as an influence on his development as an architect. He believed that they introduce central principles of design. In this workshop, participants of all ages will discover Froebel’s "peas gift," which brings together point and line to make three-dimensional forms. Soft peas or other materials are used as nodes in which toothpicks can be inserted to construct crystal-like structures.

Free with admission. Not appropriate for children under 10. Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Sign-up begins half an hour prior to each workshop.

This workshop is led by Fritz Horstman.

Fritz Horstman is Artist Residency and Education Coordinator at the Albers Foundation. He has developed and presented workshops and lectures for institutions such as the Bauhaus Dessau, Dia:Beacon, The Drawing Center, Princeton University, Bennington College, Yale University, Exploratorium San Francisco, the Ecole des Beaux-Arts Paris, and the Lebanese American University in Beirut, as well as numerous elementary-, middle- and high schools and community centers. He has shown his own art in recent exhibitions in France, Japan, Norway, California, Massachusetts, and Brooklyn.

  1. Thursday, August 3,
    1:002:30 p.m.

    Floor 3
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Free with Museum admission
  2. Thursday, August 3,
    3:305:00 p.m.

    Floor 3
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Free with Museum admission
  3. Thursday, August 10,
    1:002:30 p.m.

    Floor 3
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Free with Museum admission
  4. Thursday, August 10,
    3:305:00 p.m.

    Floor 3
    The Museum of Modern Art
    Free with Museum admission