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Classes & Workshops

The museum is a place to not only look, but also to do. Classes and workshops provide new ways to actively engage and continue learning. Past workshops have included Navajo weaving, dyeing fibers with native plants, foraging for wild greens, pottery, and poetry. Watch the MNA calendar and Facebook page for future workshops. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, the only workshops currently available are fully online, either held via Zoom or offered as videos.

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In-person classes

These classes are taught by local artists in the Discovery Village on the beautiful campus of the Museum of Northern Arizona. Signup directly with the instructor.

Field Sketching

Monthly August - October

Join local bird artist and biologist Liz Blaker at the Museum of Northern Arizona to practice field sketching birds and other wildlife on the museum grounds. Liz will email you information before the workshop on what you need for your field art kit. You’ll learn how to draw plants, insects, squirrels, birds, etc as we encounter them. To register, email

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Beginning Ceramics

Weekly in October, four timeslots

In this four-week class, potter Chas Frisco will introduce students to hand building and wheel throwing techniques; glazing and decorating pots (low fire) including electric kiln and raku/pit firing. All levels are welcome and the class size is limited to 6 students. To register email

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Landscape Painting Classes

Tuesday's starting Oct.5, from 9 am- 12 pm

Landscape painter Deborah Mechigian teaches fundamentals of composition, perspective, and color mixing in this weekly class. To register email

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Online classes

These workshops are offered online as videos or Zoom sessions.

Writer's Group via Zoom

Alternating Wednesdays, 5 pm – 6 pm

Free to museum members and staff, this writer’s critique group continues to meet on Zoom. Writers share something they are working on, read it aloud, then hear the thoughts and responses of others. All genres and styles are encouraged, including prose and poetry, fiction and nonfiction. For long projects, like a novel or other book, writers bring one chapter at a time.

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Landscape drawing lesson

Landscape Drawing video


In May 2020, Alan Petersen presented a brief introduction to landscape drawing from Buffalo Park. This video of the lesson covers five basics of sketching: Simplify, Negative spaces, Angles, Plumbing, and Proportion.




Revive your body and your spirit with this yoga basics class held in the Liberating Landscape exhibition. Instructor Erin Widman integrates the art into the instruction, drawing connections that deepen both the poses and the appreciation of the art. Widman is the owner of The Yoga Experience.