Programs for Adults

Learning takes place in Museums when challenging programming is integrated with exhibitions, technology and research to encourage the natural curiosity within all people. The National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City strives to offer educational opportunities for all levels of learning in different mediums. Our goal is to encourage and instruct a broad audience,  to give them the tools and information to elevate their expectations and achieve their dreams.

Before enrolling please review the Registration and Cancellation Policy

Advance reservations are required for most activities. For more information email education@nationalcowboymuseum.org.

 

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Read the West Book Club
February 12, March 12, and April 9, 2017
1:00 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Join the Museum for a provocative discussion about the 2016 Western Heritage Awards winning books! The publications are available in The Museum Store (15 percent discount for Museum members).

The Read the West Book Club meets once a month in February, March, and April. Cost for the three programs in this series is $25, $20 for Museum members, and includes refreshments and Museum admission.

Click here for more information and to register! The registration deadline is February 5.

 

 

 

California Vaquero by Baldwin, John E. D. 1877 ca. Image courtesy of the Dickinson Research Center. RC2008.098.
California Vaquero by Baldwin, John E. D. 1877 ca. Image courtesy of the Dickinson Research Center. RC2008.098.

March 1, 2017
Brown Bag Lunch Series: How the Spanish Inquisition Brought Jewish Culture into the American West
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

The Spanish conquest of the New World in the 16th century brought not only the conquistador and the vaquero, but the remnants of a rich culture banished from Iberia – the Jews of Spain and Portugal. Join author Corinne Joy Brown as she connects the research for Hidden Star, her award-winning novel, to a deeper understanding of Western cowboy culture. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indigo Blue Bandanna, circa 1890, cotton. John H. Thillmann Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2015.10.48
Indigo Blue Bandanna, circa 1890, cotton. John H. Thillmann Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2015.10.48

March 8, 2017
Brown Bag Lunch Series: Red Roots and Dust Defense
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

Just as cowboys on the open range once bought cloth dyed with madder root and indigo to protect their face and neck from the dirt and grime of the cattle trail, today’s Textile Conservators preserve and protect these early bandannas and other textiles from damage caused by light and dust for future generations to enjoy. Join Anne Murray Chilton, owner and Senior Textile Conservator of Murray Conservation Services in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, as she gives a brief overview of the history of the Turkey red and indigo dyeing processes and textile printing methods, and provides a glimpse into the little-known world of textile preservation. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.

 

 

 

 

 

vest-1-425-425March 15, 2017
Brown Bag Lunch Series: “They Were the Kind of Clothes That Top Hands Wore”
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

When Teddy Blue Abbott bought his perfect outfit in 1872, the dress worn by cowboys had lost many of the characteristics of the dress worn by vaqueros of the American Southwest. Some of the changes were caused by the ethnicity of the men and boys who became cowboys. However, the main factor that changed how cowboys presented themselves was the environment where cattle were raised for market. The dress of working cowboys influenced dress worn by Wild West cowboys, dude ranchers, and film and television cowboys who, in turn, affected working cowboy dress. Join Dr. Laurel Wilson, Professor for the Department of Textiles and Apparel Management at the University of Missouri, as she discusses the history of cowboy dress in the American West. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.

 

 

 

 

aarp-2_5x7March 22, 2017
Brown Bag Lunch Series: Hollywood’s Transition Westerns: Bridging Traditional and Modern in the Old West
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

Between the eras of clear-cut story lines featuring good guys in white hats and cynical, sanguineous character studies of unsavory anti-heroes, there emerged from Hollywood a series of transition western movies – individual, mature, self-aware, and increasingly complex but still largely operating within the established boundaries of the genre. Film historian Elizabeth Anthony, author of ReelClassics.com, leads this cavalcade through some iconic transition westerns. Bring your lunch or purchase one at The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Work Bandanna, Green & Sons, circa 1890, cotton. John H. Thillmann Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2015.10.77
Work Bandanna, Green & Sons, circa 1890, cotton. John H. Thillmann Collection, National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum. 2015.10.77

March 29, 2017
Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Mark of a Horseman
Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

Many a 19th century cowboy bought a square yard of brightly colored cloth at the local mercantile and proudly tied it around his neck. This flamboyant neckwear came to identify the colorful cowboys and buckaroos of the West. Along with riding boots and range-worn hats, this wild rag billowing at the neck of the horseman gave evidence that the wearer was not a “sodbuster” but a caballero, drover, or puncher — descendants of the legendary equestrians of Europe. Join Don Reeves, McCasland Chair of Cowboy Culture at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, for a discussion about the temporary exhibition A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna. This exhibition allows visitors to view rare, authentic silk and cotton neckwear once sought after by young horsemen on the range and later popularized in Western fiction. Bring a lunch or purchase one in The Museum Grill. Reservations are not required. Free admission to the Theater and The Museum Grill.

 

 

 

 

 

John WayneMarch 31, 2017
“A Date with the Duke”
5:00 – 8:30 p.m.
Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater

Grab a partner and rendezvous with Museum curators in two of the current exhibitions, Hollywood and the American West and A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna. Guests whet their appetite with hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, and a scrumptious BBQ buffet – featuring brisket, chicken, ribs, and a selection of gourmet sides and desserts – served by The Petroleum Club of Oklahoma City. This is followed by a special film screening of The Cowboys (1972), starring John Wayne as Wil Andersen, a veteran rancher who needs hands for his yearly cattle drive spanning 400 miles through the “meanest country in the West.” It seems the men who normally work for Andersen have all left to seek their fortunes in the famed California Gold Rush. Without other options, the rancher is forced to consider hiring young boys, ages nine to 17, straight from the school of the local town. He puts the boys to the test and, after witnessing their determination and horse-riding skill, decides to take them on (2h 14 min, rated PG). $35 per person; $30 per person for Museum members. Click here to make your reservation today!

 

 

Drawing the Portrait in Pastel

June 5 8, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Following her 2016 Prix de West win of the Donald Teague Memorial Award for exceptional artistic merit for a work on paper, Susan Lyon will return to share insight from years of painting and drawing. In this pastel portrait workshop students will learn through demonstrations, presentations, and lots of time to draw! Subject matter will include photographs provided by instructor and live models.

Instructor: Prix de West artist Susan Lyon

Skill level: All levels

$480, $400 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

 

Watercolor: Simple and Dramatic

June 12 15, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Joseph Bohler has been a fine-art painter for more than 30 years. For this class, students will discard the non-essentials and break down subjects into simple dramatic shapes. Whether working from images of landscapes or figures, Bohler believes that if a painting cannot be improved by adding things, then leave them out! Instruction will include demonstrations, discussions of technique, and constructive commentary.

Instructor: Prix de West artist Joseph Bohler

Skill level: Intermediate

$480, $400 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

Just for Me Mornings (session 1)

June 26 – 30, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Noon

After the kids are settled into their camps, enjoy conversation, coffee, and the chance to be expressive in the company of other adults at this special series making art, planting, photographing, and crafting. No art or photography skills or experience needed, and no green thumb is necessary.

$160, $125 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

Still Life Painting in Oils

July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2017

6:00 – 9:00 p.m.

Thursday evenings in July, 4 weeks

With still life as the subject matter, this course focuses 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 (www.kellifolsom.com.)

Skill Level: Beginner to advanced

$160, $125 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

Just for Me Mornings (session 2)

July 10 – 13, 2017

9:00 a.m. – Noon

After the kids are settled into their camps, enjoy conversation, coffee, and the chance to be expressive in the company of other adults at this special series making art, planting, photographing, and crafting. No art or photography skills or experience needed, and no green thumb is necessary.

$160, $125 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal

August 3, 10, 17, 24, 2017

6:00 9:00 p.m.

Thursday evenings in August, 4 weeks

Use charcoal’s expressive quality to capture emotion and personality with a live model. Learn how to incorporate gesture, line, and value using vine and compressed charcoal. This session features one-on-one instruction with a renowned teaching artist.

Instructor: Monte Thompson (www.montethompson.com).

Skill level: All levels

$160, $125 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!

 

Forming Silver

October 3 – 6, 2017

9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association (TCAA), the Museum presents a workshop led by TCAA member Mark Drain. The workshop will address in depth a multitude of methods to add the third dimension to silverwork including forming, overlays, repousse, and many more techniques. It will involve intermediate to advanced instruction with many practical solutions.

Instructor: TCAA member Mark Drain

Skill level: Intermediate to advanced

$480, $400 Museum members. Supply list provided.

Click here to sign up today!