On the first Saturday of the month (excluding May), the Phippen Museum offers a FREE supervised art or craft activity in its dedicated Kiwanis Education Room. This is a great way to spend a morning with a child, or grandchild, enjoy the museum's exhibits and create a unique art object to "lock in" memories of your visit.
All activities are two hours in duration (10AM -12 Noon) and are accompanied by a lesson and all the materials and tools necessary to successfully complete a project. Phippen Museum members attend free and adult non-members pay only the regular museum admission price.
Please Note: Class sizes are limited, so be sure to call the museum's Education Coordinator, Neal McEwen, in advance to make a reservation (928)-778-1385. In addition, classes that require fine motor skills and the use of sharpened or heat generating tools designate a recommended appropriate minimum age for participation.
Paper Mache Saddles - FREE
Saturday, April 1st at 10AM
Recommended for ages 10 and up. Create a treasured piece of art, and learn about the history of the Western saddle and the craft of saddle-making as you shape assemble and decorate pieces for a 1/5 scale model saddle. (This class requires some concentration and the application of fine motor skills).
Plaster Petroglyphs - FREE
Saturday, June 3rd at 10AM
Learn about the rich artistic traditions of the Hohokom people and these unique Southwestern artifacts - then create your own petroglyph image using materials provided by the museum in this docent-guided activity. (Note, this class entails the use of sharpened instruments).
Brands & Bookmarks - FREE
Saturday, July 1st at 10AM
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.
Pioneer Journal - FREE
Saturday, August 5th at 10AM
Create your own personalized, hard-bound journal. Learn the basics of bookmaking and discover the vanishing art of calligraphy. Then let your imagination run wild and make up your own story of pioneer experiences.
Map Legends - FREE
Saturday, September 2nd at 10AM
Learn about Arizona's famous "lost treasure" mines and make your own map to buried treasure. This activity takes the museum's popular school outreach program to new levels. Kids have the opportunity to learn map basics, draw a fantasy map of their own and
learn a simple substitution code to keep their treasure hidden.
Sand Painting - FREE
Saturday, October 7th at 10AM
Try your hand at this ancient Native-American art in this docent-guided activity. Kids can either work from a pre-printed outline, or come up with their own original design, then capture the image permanently in a work of art suitable for framing, using white glue and colored sand.
Scratch Art - FREE
Saturday, November 4th at 10AM
Recommended Ages: 10 and older. Kids study Native-American pottery and rock-art designs and then make their own design, or free-form art etching using a scratch art board provided by the museum. Led by Phippen docents. (Note: this class entails the use of sharpened instruments)
Cork Horse Ornaments - FREE
Saturday, December 2nd at 10AM
Recommended Ages: 10 and older. Kids (and adults) have the chance to design and outfit a whimsical, wine-cork horse with an array of materials to brighten and adorn your holiday tree. (Note: this class entails the use of hot glue).