Adult & Youth Workshops

Learning takes place in museums where challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy Museum strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a wide audience, giving them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.

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Advance reservations are required. Enrollment will open January 6, 2014. For more information and to enroll call, (405) 478-2250, Ext. 277.

Details of Saddlemaking
February 11-14, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, the Museum presents a workshop featuring TCAA saddle maker John Willemsma. Details of saddlemaking will concentrate on several common problem areas including fitting a saddle seat, different styles of cantles and cantle bindings, riggings, horns and covering both Wade-style forks and also one requiring a welt or seam. This will involve intermediate to advanced instruction with many practical solutions.
Instructor: TCAA member John Willemsma
Skill level: Prior experience building saddles
Tuition: $400.


Basket Weaving
February 22, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
Marcia Balleweg with Oklahoma Basket Weavers Guild will teach an adult basket weaving class. Students will create a basket perfect for all occasions whether it is for picnics or collecting odds and ends. Finished basket measures roughly 14" L x 10 ½" W x 8" H.
Skill level: Advanced beginner
Tuition: $60. All supplies provided.



Still Life Painting in Oils-One Day Class
March 29, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
With still life as the subject matter, this course will focus on painting in the chiaroscuro tradition by way of "alla prima," or working wet into wet. The focus will be to achieve the maximum amount of depth and brilliancy of light, maintain rich color and achieve a sense of air in the painting. A look at the masters of chiaroscuro painting, both past and present, will allow for discussions on effective design.
Instructor: Small Works, Great Wonders artist Kelli Folsom
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Tuition: $60. Supply list provided.

Still Life Painting in Oils
Tuesday evenings in April 2014
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5 weeks, Apr 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
With still life as the subject matter, this course will focus on painting in the chiaroscuro tradition by way of "alla prima," or working wet into wet. The focus will be to achieve the maximum amount of depth and brilliancy of light, maintain rich color and achieve a sense of air in the painting. A look at the masters of chiaroscuro painting, both past and present, will allow for discussions on effective design. Students will work on a new painting every two weeks.
Instructor: Small Works, Great Wonders artist Kelli Folsom
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Tuition: $100. Supply list provided.

Landscape Painting
April 19, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
This course focuses on studying nature outdoors. Students will have the freedom to explore the Museum landscape through sketchbook studies and oil sketches. Due to changing light students should plan to complete one sketch in the morning and one in the afternoon. Topics covered will be: choosing your scene, creating a thumbnail sketch, understanding value structure in landscape, simplifying complex forms, atmospheric perspective, and working more quickly and efficiently by simplifying large masses while working back to front. An introductory demonstration will be given by the instructor at the beginning of both the morning and afternoon sketch.
Instructor: Small Works, Great Wonders artist Kelli Folsom
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Tuition: $60. Supply list provided.

Academy of Western Art-How to Truly See your Subject and Become a Better Painter
June 9-12, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Artist Andrew Peters will explain his process in preparing his canvas and setting up his equipment to begin a painting. Each student will then begin painting a subject of their own choosing. Through daily presentations and demonstrations, Peters will describe how to truly see the subject and provide individual instruction to assist students with their painting through each stage to completion. Students will work on one or two paintings throughout the week.
Instructor: Prix de West Artist Andrew Peters
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Tuition: $380. Supply list provided.

Academy of Western Art-Animal Sculpture: The Way I Do It
June 16-19, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Sculptor Gerald Balciar will demonstrate how he creates a wildlife sculpture from start to near finish. Students will work alongside Balciar on their own piece and receive one-on-one instruction. He will discuss different elements he finds important in his own sculpting and address a wide variety of questions pertaining to sculpting, working in stone, art shows and more.
Instructor: Prix de West Artist Gerald Balciar
Skill Level: Beginner to advanced
Tuition: $380. Supply list provided.

Saddle Tree Selection and Fit
October 7-10, 2014
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, the Museum presents a workshop featuring TCAA artist Chuck Stormes which will interest both saddle makers and serious horsemen. It is intended to demystify the terminology, geometry and anatomy involved in selecting a tree that is suitable for the horses, rider and specific use intended. While it is not a course in how to make a saddle tree, it will give insight into the variables and adjustments that are possible on the part of the tree maker.
Instructor: TCAA Members Chuck Stormes
Tuition: $350.