How many pictures is a word worth? In this workshop, participants will use words as a launching point to explore the visual language of color, shape, and pattern. Design illustrated texts that pull inspiration from the words of poetry and song. This program is inspired by the work of artist and designer Es Devlin, currently on view in the exhibition, An Atlas of Es Devlin.

Discover more programs in the An Atlas of Es Devlin: A Creative Curriculum, which features activities to shake up your creative practice.

Drop in any time during these sessions:
Session 1: 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.Session 2: 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.


Program Length:  No set time, enjoy as much time as you need.
Interactivity Level: High
Intended Audience: Youth ages 5-12 with their adult guardian/family.  No previous design knowledge is required. Material will be presented at a K-6th grade level.

Family Programs are designed for youth and their adult guardian/caregivers. Free with museum admission; admission is free for children under 18 with an adult. No registration required, first come, first seated. Adults must stay with their youth during the activity and are encouraged to participate. Activity located in the Lecture Room, Ground Floor.


Location: This program will take place in person in the Lecture Room at Cooper Hewitt (2 East 91st Street, New York, NY). The Lecture Room is on the ground floor of the museum and fully wheelchair accessible. Read more about accessibility at Cooper Hewitt. 

What to Expect: This in-person program will be a hands-on design drop-in workshop (stay for as little or as much time as you like). 

Accommodations: For general questions, or if we can provide additional accessibility services or accommodations to support your participation in this program, please email us at or let us know when registering. Please make your accommodation request as far in advance as possible—preferably at least one week before the program date when possible. 

Special Thanks

Design learning at Cooper Hewitt is made possible by eBay Inc., The Hirsch Family Foundation, The Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, The Pinkerton Foundation, PwC Charitable Foundation, The Richard and Jean Coyne Family Foundation, with internal Smithsonian Institution funds from the Youth Access Grants for Youth Innovation in Rural America, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.