Past Workshops

Watch videos and read about past artist workshops.

Master Artist Workshop Video Diaries

To get a better idea on what it would be like to attend one of our workshops, each one of these videos showcase the traditions & cultural arts of five different tribes. Click the arrow to learn more!

Creative Aging Workshop: Printmaking

July’s Creative Aging workshop features Mechoopda – Maidu printmaker, Jacob Meders. With expert guidance students sketched designs, carved linoleum & printed designs.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marcus at mmonenerkit@heard.org

Master Artist Workshop: Pueblo Belt Weaving

This in-person workshop was instructed by Pueblo weaver Louie García. We travelled to ABQ, NM for a week where we had some amazing New Mexican cuisine. During this workshop students learned a general history of Pueblo weaving as well as the preparation & finishing of a Pueblo plain and floated warp belt weaving. Find pictures from the workshop here!

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Marcus at mmonenerkit@heard.org

Creative Aging: Creative Writing & Zines

June’s Creative Aging workshop features the Diné writer & zinester, Amber McCrary. With expert guidance students wrote short stories and created lively zines. Four supplemental guest speakers discussed poetry and other topics. There were five (5) in-person sessions with three (3) online sessions for a total of eight (8) sessions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mmonenerkit@heard.org

Master’s Artist Workshop: Navajo Weaving Workshop

This Master Artist workshop taught by Navajo weavers, Barbara Teller-Ornelas and Lynda Teller-Pete. During this workshop, students learned the anatomy of the loom. brainstormed designs, watched a demo on warping, and learned about the history of Navajo weaving. By the end of the workshop many students participated in a tassel-cutting ceremony.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mmonenerkit@heard.org.

Master’s Artist Workshop: Quillwork & Beaded Medicine Pouch

In this in-person workshop, students explored using porcupine quills, hand-tanned deerskin, & glass beads to create their own medicine pouch. Melanie Sainz (Ho-Chunk) demonstrated a variety of quill and beading methods and introduced students to both traditional & contemporary tools. There was a total of four sessions and met for about two hours on Wednesdays at the Heard Museum.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mmonenerkit@heard.org.

Creative Aging Workshop: Navajo Weaving

During this 8-session workshop, students learned about the history of Navajo weaving, how to set up a loom, basic weaving techniques and made their own weaving under the instruction of Navajo weaver, Gerard Begay (Diné).The hybrid course will begin Feb. 14, 2022 and meet for 90 minutes on Mon. and Thurs. in-person at the Heard Museum and through Zoom at 1:30pm, for 8 sessions.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mmonenerkit@heard.org.

Cahuilla Coiled Basket Medallion Workshop

Utilizing traditional methods, students learned how to create their own Cahuilla-style coiled basket using yucca, juncus and deer grass. During the week, students learned how to prep and weave their own medallion. The Heard Museum Master Artist Workshop series offers artists access to mentorship with a master-level artist, which will be instructed by Cahuilla artist, Roseann Hamilton.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact mmonenerkit@heard.org.

Youth Flute Making Workshop

This workshop was instructed by Diné & Ute artist Aaron White. During the workshop students were given the choice of wood for their flute; cedar or rivercane. The shape and holes of the flute were handled by Aaron, but after that it was left to the students. Students explored the process of sanding, decorating, sealing and song-making throughout the workshop. The class also attended the Musical Instruments Museum to see the wonderful exhibits and to see one of Aaron’s flutes displayed! 

Please contact mmonenerkit@heard.org for more information on upcoming workshops.

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