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909 South Schumaker Drive
Salisbury, MD 21804
410.742.4988

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Mon - Sat: 10 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Sun: 12 p.m. - 5 p.m.

Education Calendar

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art's education calendar is updated regularly. Some events may require pre-registration and may not take place at the Museum so you will want to view the program details. To do this, click on an event in the calendar. If you would like us to keep you informed about upcoming educational opportunities, please subscribe to our email newsletter. A complete listing of all Museum sponsored events can be seen on our Program Calendar.

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The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)
Go on a bird walk every Tuesday at the Ward Museum starting at 9am in the lobby with Ward education staff.Join local birders, Ward Museum staff, and SU students and faculty asthey collect data on local migrating bird populations and submit thatdata into the Cornell Lab of Ornithology'seBird citizen science program. eBird provides the opportunity tocollect real data for real scientific purposes. The need for this datais particularly great on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, wherenumerous...
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)
Go on a bird walk every Tuesday at the Ward Museum starting at 9am in the lobby with Ward education staff.Join local birders, Ward Museum staff, and SU students and faculty asthey collect data on local migrating bird populations and submit thatdata into the Cornell Lab of Ornithology'seBird citizen science program. eBird provides the opportunity tocollect real data for real scientific purposes. The need for this datais particularly great on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, wherenumerous...
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)

Wetlands are an important ecosystem for many different forms of life, but especially for birds! The many marshes and swamps of the Delmarva Peninsula provide vital habitat for many bird species. Learn about these local habitats that are a keystone for our region.
fee $18 per girl, includes H2O patch.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)
Go on a bird walk every Tuesday at the Ward Museum starting at 9am in the lobby with Ward education staff.Join local birders, Ward Museum staff, and SU students and faculty asthey collect data on local migrating bird populations and submit thatdata into the Cornell Lab of Ornithology'seBird citizen science program. eBird provides the opportunity tocollect real data for real scientific purposes. The need for this datais particularly great on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, wherenumerous...
The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)

Join museum educators in the museum's lobby from 10 a.m. to Noon on the 3rd Saturday of each month for this new family art program that is fun for all ages.  Your family can drop-in, make and take fun art creations home with you. All children should be accompanied by an adult. Crafts available while supplies last.

Join award-winning carver and popular carving instructor Al Jordan to learn how to carve and paint a highly detailed life-size Eastern Bluebird, with a post as the base. This will be a power carving class, using the Foredom as well as a high speed micro grinder. Cut out, eyes, feet , paint and cast will be supplied. A detailed tool requirement list will be sent out prior to class.

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Focusing on detail and the overall essence of this amazing bird of prey, a mix of hand tools and rotary tools will be used to create a realistic depiction of North America’s smallest falcon.  Laurie and Mike Truehart will instruct carvers of all levels in this fun and informative class. The instructors will provide reference material, blanks, paint, and some tools.

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Beginner-advanced. Using brushes and acrylic paints on cast from an original carving by Glenn McMurdo, add a soft and fluffy look to the finished piece. Learn color theory, how to add and blend colors, and how to paint final detail, as well as the how and why of paint and paintbrushes.

The Ward Museum of Wildfowl Art, Salisbury MD (map)
Go on a bird walk every Tuesday at the Ward Museum starting at 9am in the lobby with Ward education staff.Join local birders, Ward Museum staff, and SU students and faculty asthey collect data on local migrating bird populations and submit thatdata into the Cornell Lab of Ornithology'seBird citizen science program. eBird provides the opportunity tocollect real data for real scientific purposes. The need for this datais particularly great on the lower Eastern Shore of Maryland, wherenumerous...
To Be Announced (map)

Beginner-advanced, micro-motor or hand tool carving. Join Rich and Ross Smoker to carve, paint, and finish a classic Ward Brothers-style black duck.  Carve the body and the head, then finish it up with oil paints modified to express.

Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD (map)
Pat Godin will be discussing and demonstrating the techniques he has developed for carving, texturing and burning feathers.  The students will have pieces of tupelo wood to work on during the seminar, but will have the option to bring their own pre-carved bird.  In addition to showing various methods for creating realistic feathers, Pat will also discuss feather structure and anatomy and how it relates to the decisions we must make as we carve a bird.  Creating variety in feather ...

How to give yourself an edge in competition. What is your strategy to succeed in competition? Both bird and fish carvers welcome!
 

Learn the art of antiquing a decoy with world champion carver William Scott Belote.

After Thursday, April 26th, please purchase tickets at the Education Table at the competition.

Laurie will share her insight and 30 years’ experience in carving wildfowl sculptures from a single piece of Tupelo. Points of discussion will include why she chooses one piece wildfowl sculpting, how she chooses her subject, and finally how she executes the one-piece designs.

For most carvers, the very thought of tackling something as big as a Lifesize Eagle can be a daunting proposition. Research, Design, Tools and Materials are key factors to consider before you ever begin the actual carving. Don`t miss this rare learning opportunity! Join Renowned Raptor carver Floyd Scholz, one of the artforms most famous carvers as he takes you on a journey of creation. Drawing upon his 50 years of experience having carved 20 life-sized Eagles, He`ll share his thoughts, approach...

Explore the possibilities of what can go wrong with a competition piece, and how to overcome the problems. Join Dan Burgette as he talks about what's gone wrong for him and how he was able to move past the challenges and win awards.

Learn how to use an airbrush to create a beautiful feathering technique with world champion Daniel Montano.

Tommy Stewart will take you from field observation to your finished work . Learn how and why he paints complex colors on the eyes he sees through reflection on his shorebirds.

Students will first learn the basic Color Wheel and Color Theory. After this is accomplished, we will participate in an exercise in which students will encounter actual colors of birds and habitat. Next, based on our knowledge of Color Theory, students will investigate the samples, determine where the colors are in relation to the Color Wheel, and come up with a plan to mix the color needed to paint the subject. Students are encouraged to bring pencils and take notes.

Roland E. Powell Convention Center, Ocean City, MD (map)

Ross Smoker leads a class in basic carving techniques to create a miniature shorebird. Participants will finish class with an unpainted shorebird. Tools and materials provided.

Bird Anatomy 101 – SU Professor emeritus, Ellen Lawler will describe the basic anatomy of birds with an emphasis on external features.  Topics will include the relationship between form and function, particularly the way in which bird anatomy facilitates flight, various feather groups and how changes in a bird’s posture are used in communication. Helpful reference books will also be discussed.

An in-depth discussion of feathers. What is their makeup, why are they put together the way they are and what are their specific functions. As well how do we apply this to our carvings to create realism as well as artistic expression!

Tommy Stewart will take you from field observation to your finished work . Learn how and why he paints complex colors on the eyes he sees through reflection on his shorebirds.