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.

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

Drawing the Portrait in Pastel

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SOLD OUT!   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 returns to share insight from years of painting and drawing. In this pastel portrait workshop students will learn…

Art Moments

June 9 @ 1:00 pm - June 11 @ 2:00 pm
Meets at Canyon Princess (cougar sculpture in West Hallway) Enjoy a variety of 10-minute spotlight talks throughout the galleries to introduce different works by contemporary artists associated with the current Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition& Sale, as well as works by Prix de West artists in the Museum’s permanent collection. Browse the galleries and…

Food Trucks

June 11 @ 12:00 pm - 2:00 pm
On the Sunday following Prix de West Opening Weekend festivities, the National Cowboy Museum invites a lineup of popular food trucks to serve patrons hungry for local cuisine and a look at the 2017 Prix de West Invitational Art Exhibition & Sale. Stick around to enjoy special Prix de West-themed Art Moments led by the…

Watercolor: Simple and Dramatic

June 12 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
June 12 – 15 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…

Just for Me Mornings (Session 1)

June 26 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
June 26 – 30, 2017 9:00 a.m. – Noon After the kids are settled into their summer 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…

Saloon Series

July 6 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One of the most ubiquitous features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. This summer, the Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s first “Saloon Series,” four Thursday evenings in July targeted at millennials. During happy…

Still Life Painting in Oils

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
July 6, 13, and 20, 2017 6:00 – 9:00 p.m. Thursday evenings in July, 3 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…

Just for Me Mornings (Session 2)

July 10 @ 9:00 am - 12:00 pm
July 10 – 13, 2017 9:00 a.m. – Noon After the kids are settled into their summer 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…

Saloon Series

July 13 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One of the most ubiquitous features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. This summer, the Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s first “Saloon Series,” four Thursday evenings in July targeted at millennials. During happy…

Read the West Book Club

July 13 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Read the West Book Club July 13, August 3, and August 24 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Read the West Book Club meets three times throughout July and August. Free to Museum members or with $5 Museum admission. Each publication is available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Food…

Saloon Series

July 20 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One of the most ubiquitous features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. This summer, the Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s first “Saloon Series,” four Thursday evenings in July targeted at millennials. During happy…

Saloon Series

July 27 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
One of the most ubiquitous features of the Old West was the saloon, an icon of American popular culture that has come to symbolize the rugged frontier. This summer, the Silver Dollar Saloon and Prosperity Junction take center stage during the Museum’s first “Saloon Series,” four Thursday evenings in July targeted at millennials. During happy…
John Wayne hosting the 1965 Western Heritage Awards at the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

A Date with the Duke

August 3 @ 5:00 pm - 8:00 pm
A Date with the Duke August 3, 2017 5:00 – 8:00 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Grab a partner and join Museum docents to explore the current panel exhibition commemorating the 150th anniversary of the legendary Chisholm Trail, the Western Performers, and Cowboy galleries. Guests whet their appetite with a cash bar and scrumptious…

Read the West Book Club

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Read the West Book Club July 13, August 3, and August 24 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Read the West Book Club meets three times throughout July and August. Free to Museum members or with $5 Museum admission. Each publication is available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Food…

Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal

August 10 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
August 10, 17, and 24, 2017 6:00-9:00 p.m. Thursday evenings in August, 3 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) $120, $95…

Read the West Book Club

August 24 @ 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm
Read the West Book Club July 13, August 3, and August 24 6:00 – 7:15 p.m. Dub and Mozelle Richardson Theater Read the West Book Club meets three times throughout July and August. Free to Museum members or with $5 Museum admission. Each publication is available in The Museum Store (15% discount for Museum members). Food…

Forming Silver

October 3 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
October 3-6, 2017 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. In cooperation with the Traditional Cowboy Arts Association, the Museum presents a workshop led by TCAA member Mark Drain. Workshop will address in depth a multitude of methods to add the third dimension to your silverwork including forming, overlays, repousse, and many more unique techniques. It will…