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.

Function and Fabrication of Bits
February 10-13, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, the Museum presents a workshop led by TCAA members Ernie Marsh with the assistance of Greg Darnall and Wilson Capron. Workshop will include instruction on the function of the bit and the proper fabrication of the mouthpiece and shank. It will wrap up with discussion on best business practices as they pertain to bit and spur making.
Instructors: TCAA members Ernie Marsh with Greg Darnall and Wilson Capron
Skill level: Beginner to advanced
Tuition: $400

Fascinator Hat Making
February 21, 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Learn millinery basics by creating a fascinator. Also known as aigrettes or cocktail hats, this petite version of a hat can be created on a headband, clip or hair comb. They are the perfect size to learn how to curl and work with feathers, create handmade flowers, fashion fabulous bows and other millinery skills that you can use to create your own headpieces for modern or period wear! All materials provided, but you are welcome to bring special fabric samples for matching.
Instructor: Marna Davis
Skill level: Some sewing experience helpful, age 14 and up
Tuition: $35. All supplies provided.

Still Life Painting in Oils
Tuesday evenings in March 2015
6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
5 weeks, March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31
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.

Basket Weaving: Egg Basket
April 11, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Students will create an egg basket approximately 8 inches in diameter.
Instructor: Marcia Balleweg
Skill level: Some basket making experience helpful
Tuition: $40

Learning to See-Sculpture
June 8-11, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In this workshop Richard Loffler will share what he has learned from more than 30 years experience sculpting. As a Prix de West artist he has received the Lougheed Award and the James Earle Fraser Sculpture Award, both from the Museum. He will help the student look differently at nature and break down its complexities. Working with live subjects, students will search for the essence of life and bring out their life force.
Instructor: Prix de West artist Richard Loffler
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Tuition: $400

Painting Reality-Oils
June 15-18, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
Realist painting may depend on the object, but how a painting is constructed is completely dependent on relationships. In this workshop we will explore how we see, how we can see differently and how to make comparisons and see relationships. Discuss values, color temperature and the importance of edges, and learn how to use that information in an expressive and interpretive way. Painting will be from the model with one afternoon spent discussing and using photographs. There will be demonstrations, a slide presentation and lecture.
Instructor: Prix de West artist Carolyn Anderson
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Tuition: $400
Advanced Inlay and Metal Finishing Techniques
October 6-9, 2015
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, the Museum presents a workshop led by TCAA bit and spur maker John C. Ennis. Workshop will cover inlay techniques, filing and stone finishing. In-class instruction will include demonstrations and hands-on activities.
Instructor: TCAA member John Ennis
Skill level: Intermediate to advanced
Tuition: $400