Workshops

LSU OLLI

Abstract Acrylic Flow Painting, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. 

Come and explore an exciting new way of creating art with artist, Kellie Rountree at the West Baton Rouge Museum.  People all over the globe have begun using cups of paints to pour out amazingly beautiful abstract designs.  This class will cover which paints to use, how to mix paints, a number of ways to move the paint around on your canvas and tips for achieving the most satisfying results. Participants will complete the class with a number of works of art as well as a supply list and instructional notebook.  $25 material fee due first class which will include all canvases, paints and extras. Sign up for this course is through the LSU OLLI program. 

Contact OLLI at LSU at 225-578-6763 to become a member. Course Code: OLAAFP(1) Course Fee: $50 (early bird $45)

Monday Wash Day: Fun with Watercolor Washes, Mar. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, Apr. 6, 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m. 

Come and explore an easy way to work with watercolors with artist, Kellie Rountree at the West Baton Rouge Museum. In times past, Monday was traditionally “Wash Day”. We will play with that concept and “Wash All Our Cares Away” as we create together. Watercolor washes are easy to create and can be used as backgrounds for pen & ink drawings, cut out silhouettes, etc. This class will cover working with both transparent and opaque watercolors, blending techniques and composition as well as tips for achieving the most satisfying results. Supplies required: Water color paper (any size, min. 10 sheets), watercolors (any type, min. 6 colors), one soft 2” paint brush, assorted watercolor brushes with at least 1 very narrow one.

Contact OLLI at LSU at 225-578-6763 to become a member. Course Code: OLMWD(1) Course Fee: $50 (early bird $45) 

Blacksmithing

The West Baton Rouge Museum has launched a Blacksmith Apprenticeship program. Classes will be taught by Artist in Residence and professional blacksmith, Gary Hart. The tuition for this twelve hour 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 evenings 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. For more information, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.

Blues After School

Blues After School is a music education program that provides free instrument and Blues band instruction paired with cultural, historical, and arts related activities and lessons on industry best practices for middle school aged students. No prior music experience is necessary. Students choose a primary instrument to study and participate in one-hour group lessons on that instrument once per week followed by one hour of cultural, historical or arts enrichment, September 2019 to April 2020. We will meet on four Fridays per month from 4 – 6 p.m. The program will provide loan instruments during class time to participating students who do not already own their own. Students who already own an instrument should bring the instrument to class. For more information, please contact Director of Programs Jeannie Luckett at luckett@wbrmuseum.org or by calling the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.

Basic Woodworking: Build a Footstool

Basic Woodworking: Build a Foot Stool is a two part session that will be held Saturday, February 8 and 15 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. 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. West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry, to present a series of new wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.  

Basic Woodworking: Build a Tool Tote

Basic Woodworking: Build a Tool Tote is a two part session that will be held Saturday, February 29 and Saturday, March 7 from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. 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. West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with skilled artisan, Terry Landry to present a series of new wood working workshops inside the museum’s barn. Advanced, paid reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200. 

Feathers: Symbolism, Beauty, Art

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with Port Allen Cultural District artist, Kellie Rountree to present a FREE evening art workshop where participants will enjoy light refreshments, comradery and creativity. Kellie Rountree, a Southern California native, is a professional artist whose works have been shown from Los Angeles to New York. She currently resides in Port Allen and has work on display in the Artists of West Baton Rouge exhibit at West Baton Rouge Museum.

The workshop will take place on Thursday, February 20 from 6 - 8:30 p.m. and will include a brief discussion on the traditional meanings associated with feathers in art followed by a demonstration and the opportunity for participants to create a painting to keep using non-traditional methods. All supplies will be provided. Advanced reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200.

Make It: Take It Cloth Doll Workshop

West Baton Rouge Museum is pleased to work with African American Master Multi Cultural Folk Artist, Barbara Franklin to present a FREE afternoon workshop on Sunday, February 2 from 2 – 4 p.m. designed for children ages 6 – 12. Participants will make colorful cloth dolls to keep. Advanced reservations are required due to class size limits. To register, please call the museum at 225-336-2422 x 200. 

The artist refers to herself as ’Barbara W. Franklin, African American Multicultural Folk Doll Artist.’ That means that I make dolls of all different cultures." Dolls made in this workshop will be much like the ones the artist makes using a color palette of cloth including black, brown, beige, tan, and unbleached or white muslin. All supplies will be provided. 

Baton Rouge artist, Barbara Franklin is a native of New Orleans who learned to sew as a young child and was first inspired when she saw beautifully crafted black cloth dolls in a store front window in the French Quarter. At that moment, she thought she could teach herself to do the same, and she has been making dolls now for 49 years. Ms. Franklin earned an Early Childhood Education degree from Xavier University, she taught school, and built a business making dolls to support her family. In 2005, she relocated to Baton Rouge after Hurricane Katrina where she continues to make dolls, teach workshops, and exhibit her cloth creations.

Sip into Spring: Mead and Berry Wine Making Workshop

Sign up to take part in a four part Mead and Berry Wine Making Workshop taught by West Baton Rouge artist and cookbook author, Mary Guarisco. Learn about fermenting, straining, pouring, and bottling. Classes will include guest speakers such as beekeepers and berry farmers and will conclude with a spring picnic where participants will enjoy sampling home-made bread, cheese, mead made from local honey and wine made from seasonal berries. Classes will take place on February 22, 29, March 28, and April 25 from 10 am – Noon. Advanced, paid registration is required. The fee of $100 for the four classes covers all supplies and is payable by cash, credit card or check made out to West Baton Rouge Museum. Space is limited. To register for this program, call (225) 336-2422 x 200.

Mary Guarisco is a native of Erwinville, Louisiana and is an accomplished artist and writer. She honed her craft by attending workshops at Louisiana State University under Kinzy Branham.  She studied under Italian sculptor Bruno Luccchesi and Lincoln Fox at the Scottsdale Artist School in Arizona.  While in Scottsdale, she also studied life casting under Willa Shalit.  Mary’s portfolio includes painting, life casting, and sculpture. She has a number of commissioned pieces that are now owned by private collectors and area museums.  Mary has also authored three local history books and one cookbook. This workshop is in conjunction with the exhibit, Artists of West Baton Rouge. This exhibit features art works from West Baton Rouge natives as well as artists currently living in the parish including Ms. Guarisco.