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.

Brown Bag Lunch Series: The Mark of a Horseman

March 29 @ 12:00 pm - 1:00 pm
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…
John Wayne hosting the 1965 Western Heritage Awards at the Skirvin Hotel, Oklahoma City

A Date with the Duke

March 31 @ 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm
A Date with the Duke March 31, 2017 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,…

Read the West Book Club: The Poacher’s Daughter

April 9 @ 1:00 pm - 2:15 pm
April 9 Read the West Book Club: The Poacher’s Daughter 1:00 – 2:15 p.m. S.B. “Burk” Burnett Board Room The final installment of the book club series features the 2014 Western Heritage Awards winner for fiction, The Poacher’s Daughter, by Michael Zimmer. Opening in 1885, the novel features young Rose Edwards, who is widowed when…

Plein Air Paint Out

April 15 @ 1:00 pm - 4:00 pm
Come be a part of this plein air art workshop. Pull out your paint, pastels, or pencils and set up an easel in the Museum’s beautiful gardens. Bring your own art materials to capture a trail, scenic vista, portrait, or water scene!

Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

April 21 @ 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm
Friday, April 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   To enhance the Western Heritage Awards, third-generation trader Jackson Clark II, owner of the respected Toh-Atin Gallery, showcases more than 100 dazzling colors, patterns, and craftsmanship in contemporary and antique weavings ranging in value from $100 to…

Navajo Rug Sale & Silent Auction

April 22 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm
Friday, April 21 from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 22 from 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.   To enhance the Western Heritage Awards, third-generation trader Jackson Clark II, owner of the respected Toh-Atin Gallery, showcases more than 100 dazzling colors, patterns, and craftsmanship in contemporary and antique weavings ranging in value from $100 to…

Western Weekend Wind Down

May 12 @ 10:00 am - May 14 @ 5:00 pm
Western Weekend Wind Down Celebrate the closing weekend of five great exhibitions, Power and Prestige: Headdresses of the American Plains; The Artistry of the Western Paperback; Hollywood and the American West; A Yard of Turkey Red: The Western Bandanna; and Power and Prestige Children’s Gallery.   May 12 Film Premiere, Unbranded 6:00 – 9:00 p.m….

Drawing the Portrait in Pastel

June 5 @ 9:00 am - 4:00 pm
SOLD OUT!   June 5 – 9, 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…

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…

Still Life Painting in Oils

July 6 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
July 6, 13, 20, 27 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…

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…

Drawing the Portrait in Charcoal

August 3 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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) $160,…

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…