Workshops

Ron's Retro Workshops

In accompaniment to the Ron's Retro: Honoring Ronald Kennedy with Local Black Artists exhibit, the Museum is will be hosting the following workshops taught by the several of the featured artists. These workshops are FREE and open to the public with some age restrictions and space is limited. To reserve a spot please contact the Museum.

 Creative Workshop with FeliciaNoelle 

  • Date: February 2nd, 2023
  • Time: 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE

The Museum will host a Creative Workshop with FeliciaNoelle at 6:00 PM on Thursday, February 2nd, 2023. This evening art class is designed for adults. Participants will work with the artist who is featured in the museum’s current exhibit to explore acrylic painting techniques. 

Local Louisiana artist FeliciaNoelle was introduced to art before she could talk. Her mother Sharon Elliott-Thomas was an art student at LSU and would ride them to class on her bike when she was three. Art was their first form of communication. Thomas would draw pictures to a certain point then let her young student finish them. Through her mother’s love of the Arts, Felicia flourished in various mediums and gained an early appreciation for creativity and self-expression. She holds a degree in Fine Art from LSU, has received numerous awards for her work, has lectured on the importance of art and arts education, and has a career as a professional artist painting commissioned pieces and murals for churches, schools, and private clientele. Her work has been featured in an international marketing calendar, COMDA, and her work has appeared in local news channels, magazines, and in the Netflix season two episode of “Luke Cage” (2018).

 Painting with the Pastor

  • Date: February 12th, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE

This afternoon workshop will be held on Sunday, February 12th, 2023 at 2:30 PM. Painting with the Pastor is designed for adults to explore acrylic painting techniques. Participants will explore images of church, couples, and community while painting their own meaningful works of art alongside artist and retired pastor, Darlene A. Moore who is featured in the museum’s current exhibit.

In addition to her work as a pastor, Darlene A. Moore is also known as a self-taught Louisiana artist and a published author. She holds a Bachelor’s of Arts in Urban Studies and Public Policy from Dillard University and a Masters of Divinity from Gammon Theological Seminary. In 2005, she was the recipient of the New and Emerging Artist Award from the Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge. She discovered a passion for painting through her love of visiting people in nursing homes, hospitals, and homes and giving them one of her original artworks to keep. She has since gone to study other great artists like Clementine Hunter and African artists.  She enjoys working with all people and has presented her Painting with the Pastor workshops to all age groups from America to Africa . Her artist statement is, “Art is without limits and full of possibilities.”

 Collage Workshop

  • Date: March 11th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Join celebrated Baton Rouge artist Randell Henry as he leads a class in collage making suitable for participants of all ages.

 Written and Spoken Word through COVID and Beyond

  • Date: March 12th, 2023
  • Time: 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Come together with artist, author, and retired pastor, Darlene A. Moore to converse and create in a writing workshop to discover how far we’ve come and what words helped us survive the challenges of recent years. An opportunity for inspired spoken word presentations will be provided to share writings for those wishing to share their stories. 

Sculpture Workshop: Styles of Clay Working  

  • Date: March 18th, 2023
  • Time: 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Cost: FREE

Elementary aged student ages 8 – 12 are invited to learn various ways to work with clay to make art with artist and retired art educator, Phillip Louis. 

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.

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.

Special Events

West Baton Rouge Museum offers special programs to accompany changing exhibits. Be sure to check our website and follow us on social media so you don’t miss out on unique one-time events.