Ward World Championship Education Conference & Seminars

For questions about refunds or rollover payment status for 2020-2022 education conference payments please contact wardeducation@salisbury.edu or call 410-742-4988 ext. 110.

2023 Classes

Tuesday through Sunday, April 18-23
Learn to create award-winning carvings with World Champion and professional carvers at the 2021 Education Conference. Enjoy a variety of one-, two- and three-day classes offered by the Ward Museum’s Education Department in conjunction with the Ward World Championship. Classes occur prior to the competition in various locations throughout Ocean City, MD, starting Tuesday, April 18, and continuing through Sunday, April 23. Here is a preview of the exciting offerings that will be available during the conference. Watch here for updates.

Pre-registration is required for all classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Payments can be paid online, through the mail, over the phone, or in person at the Ward Museum, 909 S. Schumaker Dr., Salisbury, MD 21804. Those who rolled over their class payments from 2020 are still enrolled in their class. Those who were refunded payments are not enrolled in any class. If you have any questions please contact wardeducation@salisbury.edu or call 410-742-4988 ext. 110.

3-Day Classes (Tuesday 4/18/23 to Thursday 4/20/23)

$400 non-members; $350 members

The Smoker Brothers: Rich & Ross Smoker – Carve and Paint a Ward Style Goose

Beginner-advanced, micro-motor, or hand tool carving. Join Rich and Ross Smoker to carve, paint, and finish a classic Ward Brothers-style Goose. 

3-Day Classes (Tuesday 4/18/23 to Thursday 4/20/23)

$TBD non-members; $TBD members

Al Jordan: TBD
More classes to be posted.

1-Day Classes (Thursday 4/20/23)

$150 non-members; $125 members

Josh Guge – Painting a Golden Crowned Kinglet
Painting is always the most difficult aspect of the bird sculpting process. Josh will teach you how to conquer these challenges in a one-day paint class. He will cover all aspects of painting including:

  • Using thin washes to create depth in base coats
  • How to utilize texture to benefit your painting results
  • The right brushes and techniques for adding detail to your birds

These techniques help Josh create a soft and realistic look that has gained him a reputation for award-winning art. 

1-Day Classes (Saturday 4/22/23)

$100 non-members; $80 members

Ross Smoker: Carving for Beginners
Ross Smoker leads a class in basic carving techniques to create a miniature carving. Participants will finish the class with an unpainted carving. Tools (bringing your own knives is recommended) and materials provided.


Children of all ages can enjoy Kid’s Corner. Kid’s Corner will have arts and crafts designed to stimulate curiosity and participation in the arts.

Pre-registration is required for all classes.


Please Note: Conference pricing does not include admission into the competition hall or admission to the Ward Museum. Pre-registration is required for all classes, workshops, and lectures. All classes are subject to cancellation before April 11, 2023. Adult and Youth lectures are on a first-come, first-serve basis. Workshop and lecture balances are due at registration. Member prices are for current Ward Museum Members only. Youth under the age of 18 receive FREE admission to lectures and workshops. Lectures and workshops are subject to cancellation without notification. Refunds honored in full upon administrative cancellation of classes/lectures/workshops.