Workshops

Basic Woodworking

The Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry, to present a series of wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the Museum.  

Build a Footstool

  • Dates: May 14th, 2022 and May 21st, 2022 
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cost: $150
  • Location: Museum Barn

Basic Woodworking: Build a Foot Stool is a two part session that will be held Saturday, May 14th, 2022 and May 21st, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM. Each participant in the class will build their own four legged foot stool using only hand tools. Students will use saws, chisels, square, compass, brace, hammer and smooth plane. The cost of this program is $150. The cost of materials is included in the fee for the workshop but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. 

Build a Tool Tote

  • Dates: June 4th, 2022 and June 11th, 2022
  • Time: 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cost: $150
  • Location: Museum Barn

Basic Woodworking: Build a Tool Tote is a two part session that will be held Saturday, June 4th, 2022 and June 11th, 2022 from 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM.  Each participant in the class will build their own tool tote while learning to use basic hand tools. The tools students will be using include saws, chisels, brace, and various squares, marking gauge and hand planes. The tote is joined together with dovetails and dados which participants will mark and cut themselves. The cost of this program is $150. The cost of materials is included in the fee for the workshop but students are required to bring their own tape ruler and #2 pencil. Although they are provided, those who have their own chisels and dovetail saw may wish to bring those as well.

Blacksmithing

Blacksmithing Basics

  • Date: Scheduled Upon Request
  • Time: Scheduled Upon Request 
  • Cost: $200
  • Location: Museum Barn

The West Baton Rouge Museum is home to a thriving Blacksmith Apprenticeship program. Classes are taught by Artist in Residence and professional blacksmith, Gary Hart and other special guests. The tuition for this course is $200 which includes supplies, a copy of the classic blacksmithing book The Art of Blacksmithing by Alex Bealer, and completed projects. Blacksmithing basics and blacksmithing ornamental skills will be taught. Participants will leave with basic blacksmithing knowledge and skill that can be built upon. Class sizes will be limited and will be offered on weekdays or weekends to accommodate participants’ schedules. Upon completion of the program, participants interested in continuing to hone their craft will be eligible to conduct demonstrations at the West Baton Rouge Museum by becoming blacksmithing volunteers.

Forging On

  • Date: Scheduled Upon Request
  • Time: Scheduled Upon Request 
  • Cost: To Be Determined
  • Location: Museum Barn

The West Baton Rouge Museum will soon be adding a series of sessions covering more specialized blacksmithing techniques. This advanced program is designed for those who have completed Blacksmithing Basics and wish to build upon their skills. Fees will apply.

Poured Acrylic Painting Workshop

  • Dates: March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th and 11th, 2022   
  • Time: 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. 
  • Cost: $75
  • Location: Museum Barn


Sign up for a six week series exploring an exciting way of creating art with abstract artist and instructor, Kellie Rountree at a Poured Acrylic Painting Workshop for adults at the West Baton Rouge Museum. In this 2nd of 3 Series, students will explore additional techniques and processes to create unique works of art. No prior art experience needed. Classes will take place on Mondays, March 7th, 14th, 21st, 28th and April 4th and 11th, 2022 from 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM. Limited space is available. Advanced, paid registration of $75 which includes materials is required. Payment may be made in the form of cash, credit card, or checks made out to West Baton Rouge Museum. Reservations can be made by contacting the Museum.

People all over the globe have begun using cups of paints to pour out amazingly beautiful abstract designs. This series will cover which paints to use, how to mix paints, and suggestions on how to move paint around the canvas to produce clever effects. Embellishment techniques will also be covered. Participants will leave with several completed works of art. 

Kellie Rountree, originally from California, is a professional artist who now resides in Louisiana. She works with a variety of media and has pieces in home s and businesses from Los Angeles to New York. She was instrumental in helping to start and maintain art districts and programs in California and currently shares her talent with the newly formed Port Allen Cultural District.

Special Events

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