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FREE YOUTH ART WORKSHOP: Scratch Art Petroglyphs
Saturday, November 5th from 10AM to 12PM
Kids learn about the ancient Hohokam rock drawings, and can make their own petroglyph design using a scratch art board. Older students might want to try their hand at etching a petroglyph in a plaster casting. To register for this free activity, please contact the museum's Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen at (928)778-1385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Who Did You Say Was Here? with Lisa Schnebly Heidinger
Saturday, November 5th at 1PM
While doing research, Lisa Schnebly Heidinger developed a treasure trove of anecdotes that are woven through the tapestry of Arizona history. These stories include, but are not limited to, little heard details about famous figures (like when the Buckey O'Neill statue was lost and how Clark Gable had an interesting adventure in Northern Arizona) and poignant tales of characters we haven't all met yet, including John D. Lee's wife, Emma, who gave birth by herself...twice, while her husband was hiding from the law. 

The Long Walk of the Navajo People with Dr. Evangeline Parsons Yazzie
Saturday, November 12th at 1PM
In 1864, the Navajo people were forced to walk over 450 miles to Fort Sumner in eastern New Mexico, an unfortunate event that is known in the Navajo language as Hweeldi. The story of this fatal march has been recorded and interpreted in historical literature by many non-Navajo authors and absent from that literature is the Navajo perspective, a perspective that largely lives as oral history. This presentation accesses those oral histories and shares Navajo elders’ stories of, thoughts on, and emotions relating to, the Long Walk.


Saturday, December 3rd from 10AM to 12PM
These whimsical creatures are back! Kids have the opportunity to design and outfit a wine-cork horse with an array of materials to brighten and adorn your holiday tree. To register for this free activity, please contact the museum's Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen at (928)778-1385 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..


Saturday, January 7th from 10AM to 12PM
Join us as museum staff guides kids through this winter art project to create traditional corn husk dolls. These dolls are Native American toys made from the dried leaves or "husk" of a corn cob. Making corn husk dolls was adopted by early European settlers in the United States of America and wherever corn was grown as a crop, children in both Native American and Colonial American families, used husks to fashion dolls. Space is limited, so call our Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, at (928)778-1385 now and reserve a spot for this upcoming activity.

Hopi Pottery with Jeff Ogg
Saturday, January 14th at 1PM
Some artifacts seduce us with their accessible beauty; others arrest us with their freshness and a hint of deeper meaning derived from experiences and beliefs foreign to our own. This is especially true of Native American artwork and on January 14th you can join us as noted collector, life-long Prescottonian and owner of Ogg’s Hogan, Jeff Ogg, discusses the enduring aesthetic vision and spirituality of Hopi pottery.

Rock Hounds & River Rats with Erik Berg
Saturday, January 21st at 1PM
In 1937, a group of Cal Tech geology professors and hardy boatmen set out in small wooden boats on a 6 week journey through the Grand Canyon to study the ancient rocks of the canyon’s Inner Gorge. Leveraging excerpts from several of the members’ trip journals - as well as original photographs and video footage - this presentation discusses the adventures, hardships, conflicts and triumphs of this important, yet little-known, early science expedition. This program is offered in collaboration with Arizona Humanities' Speakers Bureau, AZSpeaks.

Seeing through a Critical Eye with Corinne Cain
Saturday, January 28th at 1PM
Join us as acclaimed art appraiser Corinne Cain provides insights into viewing and evaluating Native American art and artifacts and discusses the artists and artwork featured in the our current exhibit of native-American works, The People Speak. Corrine has become globally recognized as a highly skilled appraiser and been involved with Native American painting since 1975.

James Gallery
January 29th - June 18th, 2017
Our outstanding docents spend a great deal of time helping visitors understand artistic themes and techniques but, from time to time, we ask them to help us curate an exhibit by suggesting a specific artist or artwork for display that, for one reason or another, has captivated their imagination or piqued their interest. So we invite you to come experience some of the Phippen docents favorite pieces of artwork in our upcoming exhibition, Docents Select. Created from pieces the museum has acquired since our founding in 1984, this exhibition demonstrates the broad variety of artwork in our collection, our docents keen sense of wonder and the historical significance of our community's thoughtful generosity.


Basic Painting for All Levels with Gretchen Lopez
Saturday & Sunday, February 11th & 12th from 10AM to 4PM
Reccommended ages: 15 and older
Limited class size - Call for reservations (928)778-1385
Materials required
Cost: $150
This two-day workshop is perfect for the beginning student or experienced painter who wishes to expand their skills. Gretchen will introduce the students to the basics of starting a painting, along with getting to know your brushes and mixing color from a limited palette. Students will work from a still life the first day, then from photo reference on the second day; however, participants are welcome to bring their own reference material. Lots of Instructor Demonstrations and one-on-one provided!

MARCH 2017

Art Demonstration: Painting Techniques of the Nocturnal Setting with Bill Anton
Saturday, March 4th at 1PM
Join us as celebrated, national award-winning Prescott artist Bill Anton discusses art and art technique through a fascinating demonstration of nocturnal painting. This special presentation is designed to enhance our exhibition, By the Light of the Moon, with artwork depicting the mysterious light and shadow cast on nocturnal landscapes.

Swing Into History-Songs of the Old West with Erik Larson
Saturday, March 18th at 1PM
Join master docent and historian Erik Larson as he revisits the sounds of America's Old West and plays from his personal collection of more than 30,000 recordings, sharing little-known historical trivia along with vintage sheet music, posters and postcards. Historical background information and displays are also included in this special musical presentation.

Introduction to Plein-Air Drawing with Steve Atkinson
Saturday & Sunday, March 25th & 26th from 10AM to 1PM
Recommended ages: 15 and older
Limited class size - Call for reservations (928)778-1385
Materials required
Cost: $75
Bring your sketchbook and join award-winning western artist Steve Atkinson in the best classroom on Earth-the great outdoors. Whether you're a beginning artist or have been drawing your whole life, Steve will guide you through the fun process of achieveing rewarding results.

*PLEASE NOTE: There is a 15% fee for cancellations up to 1 week before paid programming; no refunds are given after that time.
(All refunds will be dispersed by check.)