Youth Art Workshops

March is Youth Art Month!

To celebrate, the Museum will be conducting several workshops that reflect the techniques and methods used in various art forms common to the cultures represented at the Frontier Culture Museum.  Participants will be able to discuss practical function, artist intent, and/or historic development for the selected art form. Each participant will also complete a finished art project to take with them.  Cost for each workshop is $15.

Schedule of Workshops


Sunday, March 18
10:00 am-11:30 am
Workshop: Native American Pottery/Pinch Pots  (Ages 5 and up)
Location: Education Room – Dairy Barn
Fee: $15 per participant (parents free to observe)
Registration is limited to 25 participants, so click here to register early!

Pottery is a utilitarian art used by practically every culture throughout time because of its basic need for daily life. This workshop will focus on pottery methods of Native Americans of the Eastern Woodlands. The pottery begins with a bowl-shaped bottom, then coils are added to make the pots larger and taller. The coils are smoothed with tools or by hand and the pot is tapped lightly with a cord-wrapped wooden spatula-type tool to help regularize and stabilize its form. This step is called paddling. The top portion of the pots were sometimes decorated with a geometric design prior to firing. This workshop will be divided into two different age group sections. Methods of construction will be explained with examples of various steps. The younger group will make a small pinch pot with a few decorative elements. They will also practice making geometric patterns that could have been used for decoration by stamping a repeated design on paper. The older age group will create pinch pots, add coils to the pinch pot, paddle the sides, and add decorative elements.


Monday, March 26
3:30 pm-5:00 pm

Workshop: Fraktur  (Ages 9 and up)
Location: Education Room – Dairy Barn
Registration is limited to 25 participants, so click here to register early!

Fraktur is a folk art practiced by German immigrants in Colonial America to decorate official documents, such as birth records, marriage records, and baptismal records. They could also show family history, be house blessings, or even be given as gifts or rewards by a schoolmaster. Fraktur include stylized images such as flowers, birds, religious symbols, occupational symbols, and human figures sporting current fashions, among other motifs. In this workshop, participants will make a small fraktur, choosing motifs to trace or creating their own from examples. Participants may also try penmanship and add their name or initials to their project.