FREE Youth Art Workshop
Saturday, May 4th, 10AM
Recommended for ages 9 and older
Discover the art secrets of the great renaissance painters and one of the fundamentals of realistic drawing and painting – the use of perspective. Kids are guided in an art exercise to create a perspective painting while docents discuss the concepts of perspective: vanishing point, horizon, and eye-level, and demonstrate one and two point perspective.
16th Annual Miniature Masterpiece Show & Sale
May 1st - June 2nd, 10 AM- 4 PM
More than 60 successful and established western artists have been invited to display small works of art to be sold by draw at fixed prices to benefit the Museum. Artwork will be on display throughout the the month of May. Collectors will be able to place an intent-to-purchase either in person or on-line, so make plans to visit the Phippen and enjoy these works by some of the West's most renowned artists, then make an offer on one or several of these outstanding and reasonably priced pieces of art.
The Live Drawing will be held on Monday, May 27th at 11AM at the Phippen.
3rd Annual PAWs (Phippen Award Winners) to Celebrate - Small Works to Go
Saturday, May 4th - June 2nd, 10 AM- 4 PM
Opening Reception on May 4th at 5:30PM - Members Free, guests $12.
This exhibition and sales event is created with both new and experienced western art collectors in mind, featuring paintings and sculptures by award-winning artists from our past three annual western art shows. Buyers can leave with their art at any time during the event and unsold pieces will remain on display and available for purchase throughout the show.
45th Annual Phippen Museum Western Art Show & Sale
Saturday & Sunday, May 25th & 26th from 9AM to 5PM
& Monday, May 27th from 9AM to 3PM
Arizona’s premiere, outdoor western fine art show and sale is held over Memorial Day weekend on the grounds of the famous Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza in historic Prescott, Arizona. It features more than 80 outstanding Western artists from all across the nation.
And while this annual juried show features well-established artists, up-and-comers who create outstanding Art of the American West will also be well represented in oil, watercolor, acrylic, mixed media, pastel, sculpture and drawing. This offers visitors a great opportunity to see some of the best examples of Western art in America today, while also providing opportunities to meet participating artists in an informal, outdoor setting and purchase pieces directly from the masters. Weekend events include Quick Draw challenges, live art auctions, a Western Artist Meet 'n Greet dinner and a public Artist Award Ceremony.
And to top it off, admission to the museum is free all weekend long.
FREE Youth Art Workshop
Brands & Bookmarks
Saturday, June 1st, 10AM
Recommended ages 9 and older
Make your own leather bookmark and personalize it with a cowboy brand that you design. Learn about brands, their history and how to read these unique symbols. This class is an introduction to leatherworking and leather tooling.
Summer Wine at the Phippen -The Romance of Western Art with Neal McEwen
Saturday, June 8th, 2-4PM
Cost $10; Reservations required
Must be 21 or older to participate
Join us as we kick off summer with a delightful afternoon program. Partake in light wine libations and some delicious appetizers as Museum Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, visits highlights in the story of Art of the American West and the artists who helped shape our impressions of the West and its denizens.
In the Footsteps of Martha Summerhayes, With Wayne Ranney
Saturday, June 15th, 1PM
Martha Summerhayes was a refined New England woman who entered the Arizona Territory in 1874 as the young bride of an Army Lieutenant. Traveling in horrific conditions and dreadful heat, she soon despised the wild, untamed land. She gave birth to the first anglo child born at Fort Apache, where the native women took her under their care.Gradually, Martha's attitude towards the desert changed and she soon came to love the starry nights, the clear air, and the simplicity of its inhabitants. She wrote about her experiences in the classic book, Vanished Arizona, still in print since 1908. Ranney has a personal connection to the Summerhayes family, which he shares in the lecture.
Third Thursday Dinner Program
The Story of Juan Moreno with Mick Shepard
Thursday, June 20th, 5:30PM
Cost $30 (Members $25), reservations required
Juan Moreno was born with little advantages in a small, southern village in Mexico. But due to life's way of rearranging things, he eventually learned to read and write and that's when the whole world around him began to spin his way. If Mexico had a FORREST GUMP STORY, it would be JUAN MORENO, who currently resides at the Pioneer Cemetery. However, in this presentation, Mick Shepard embodies this fascinating character, bringing Juan back to life to tell you the rest of his interesting story. But call (928)778-1385 to make your reservation today as these dinner events are consistent sell outs.
FREE Youth Art Workshop
Saturday, June 29th, 10AM
Make your own personal hard-bound journal for writing stories, thoughts, drawings and ideas. Learn the basics of bookmaking and discover the vanishing art of calligraphy-then let your imagination run wild and make up your own stories of pioneer experiences.
Scupture Master Class with Sandy Scott
Tuesday, July 16th through Friday, July 19th, 10 - 4PM, Cost $650
Join us for this special four-day workshop in sculpture technique with internationally renowned artist Sandy Scott. This class will be a “must” for serious artists interested in exploring sculpture and taking their work to the next level. Limited class size – call for reservation.
Art & Wine: A Perfect Pairing
Thursday, July 18th, 5:30-7:30PM
$35 per person; reservations required
Must be 21 or older to participate
Join us for another memorable evening of art and fun. This two-hour excursion is designed for those who enjoy wine, but may know nothing about painting. Discover hidden wells of creativity as artist and Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, leads you through the step-by-step process of creating your own original Western-themed acrylic painting...a fun-filled evening of art, wine and dessert appetizers will result in a painting that is finished and suitable for framing. But call (928)778-1385 to make your reservation today as these events are extremely popular and seating is limited.
Arizona Place Names: Our Map & How It Got That Way with Gregory McNamee
Saturday, July 20th, 1PM
Place names are like fossil poetry...they afford a kind of folk history, a snapshot in time that enables us to read in them a record of important events. It also allows us to reconstruct something of the members of a culture when they first assigned names to the places they saw. The United States has over 3.5 million place names, and there is no part of the world where nomenclature is so rich, poetical, humorous and picturesque, providing a tradition to which Arizona has had more than its share of contributions. In this lively presentation, Arizona writer and historian, Gregory McNamee, talks about the Four P’s of Arizona place names and examines the history of venues from Ali Shonak to Zephyr.
Basic Painting For All Levels with Gretchen Lopez
Saturday and Sunday, July 27-28, 10:00 am to 4:00 pm
This two-day workshop is perfect for the beginning student or experienced painter who wishes to expand their skills. We 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, but are welcome to bring their own reference material. Lots of Instructor demonstrations and one-on-one provided!Recommended ages: 15 and older. Limited class size – call for reservation and materials list. Cost $150.
FREE Youth Art Workshop
Horse Shoe Hijinks
Saturday, August 3rd, 10AM
After the horse is through with his shoe, this lowly piece of equestrian equipment gets a second life as an art object. Join the fun as we turn an ordinary piece of scrap iron into a cherished wall hanging.
Introduction to representational Sculpture – The Horse with Neal McEwen
Saturday-Sunday, August 10-11, 10am – 4pm, Cost $75
This workshop is an introduction to clay sculpture. Topics will include: assembly of bases, a systematic and proven system for designing and constructing an armature that ensures correct anatomical dimensions, discussion and practice in sculpting the skeletal and muscular structure of the horse, features and differences of various breeds, and sculptural details relating to various elements of anatomy (including study of the horse in motion), facial features, and hair (manes and tails). This class will be a combination of lecture, and clay modeling. Emphasis will be placed on the application of hands-on technique to realize an accurate figurative sculpture. Printed material will be provided by the Museum. Recommended ages: 15 and older. Limited class size – call for reservation. Materials Required
FREE Youth Art Workshop
Saturday, September 14th, 10AM
Come have fun and learn the secret technique to crafting a leather braided wristband.
Amaze your friends and challenge them to figure out just how you did it.
14th Annual Phippen Fall Gathering
Saturday, September 21st, 5:30PM
$30 per person; children 8 and under FREE
A perfect evening of great Western fun, food and friendship await guests at at our 13th annual Fall Gathering celebration, commemorating our Grand Opening in 1984. Attendees will be treated to a delicious Ranch-style barbeque, authentic Western entertainment, a very special raffle drawing and the Arizona Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame induction ceremony for Cynthia Rigden. The Rancher & Cowboy Hall of Fame is a permanent exhibit that features biographical information, artifacts, photographs and memorabilia from notable Arizona ranchers and cowboys.
Sky Daddy & Lonsome Valley will also be on hand to provide entertainment with dance rhythms for visitors of all ages to enjoy. Throw in Big Daddy E's special brand of Ranch-style cooking and you're in for another special evening of unique Western fun like only the Phippen can provide. The cost is $30 per person and reservations must be made in advance by calling the museum. Children under 8 will be admitted free but call now because space is limited for this ever popular event. For more information or to RSVP, please call the Phippen Museum at (928)778-1385.
3rd Annual CLAY OUT WEST Sculpture Jamboree & Competition for Kids
$10 per student; reservations required
The museum is hosting its third annual clay sculpture contest, open to all area students interested in trying their hands at sculpture. Participants are invited to our hands-on workshops with instruction in the clay sculpture process. They're then invited to execute a Western-themed sculpture. Certificates are awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three age categories (Elementary, Middle School & High School) and first-place winners will have their sculptures rendered as actual bronze statues for display in the museum.
Clay Out West Youth Art Workshop Dates
Saturdays, October 5th, 12th, 19th & 26th from 10AM-4PM
Sundays, October 6th, 13th, 20th & 27th & November 3rd from 1–4PM
Sign up by calling the museum at (928)778-1385.
Aldo Leopold with Stephen Morgan
Saturday, October 19th, 1PM
Join us for this exciting chataqua as Stephen Morgan brings us the life and experiences of ecologist, naturalist and writer, Aldo Leopold. Leopold was notable for his portrayals of the various natural environments through which he had moved, or had known for many years. He displayed impressive intimacy with what exists and happens in nature, and offered frank criticism of the harm he believed was frequently done to natural systems (such as land) out of a sense of a culture, or society's, sovereign ownership over the land – eclipsing any sense of a community of life to which humans belong.
*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.)
Art and Wine – A Perfect Pairing
Thursday, October 24, 5:30pm – 7:30pm
Join us at the Phippen Museum for an evening of art and fun. This is a two-hour excursion for those who enjoy wine but may know nothing about painting. Discover hidden wells of creativity as artist and Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen leads you through the step-by-step process process of creating your own original Western-themed acrylic painting ... an evening of fun, wine, dessert appetizers, and a painting that is finished and suitable for framing.
Reservation required: $35 per person