Ward World Championship Education Conference & Seminars

For questions about refunds or rollover payment status for 2020-2022 education conference payments please contact wardevents@salisbury.edu or call 410-742-4988 ext. 106.

2022 Classes

Tuesday through Sunday
Learn from World Champion and professional carvers via in-person and virtual classes.

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 Kristie Clattenburg at kaclattenburg@salisbury.edu or call 410-742-4988 ext. 106.

3-Day Classes (Tuesday 4/19/22 to Thursday 4/21/22)

$400 non-members; $350 members

The Smoker Brothers: Rich & Ross Smoker – Carve and Paint a Ward Style Scaup
9:00 am to 5:00 pm at the Crisfield Heritage Museum

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

1-Day Classes (Thursday 4/21/22)

$150 non-members; $125 members

Josh Guge – Painting a Winter Wren Virtual Class
Thursday, April 21st, 9:00 – 5:00 pm via Facebook

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.  You can order a study cast from Josh’s website or students can use their own wood-carved winter wren. Students must ensure it’s sealed and ready to paint. If you do not already have a paint packet you can purchase one from his website as well. A supply list will be posted.

Here is the link to Josh’s website to purchase the supplies. 

Here is a link to the supply list.

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

$100 non-members; $80 members

Russell Fish: Retro Float Decoy 
Saturday, April 23rd, 1:00 – 4:00 pm at the Ward Museum

Join Captain Russell Fish from Chincoteague Island, Virginia for a retro decoy workshop doing a 1950s bufflehead net float decoy. Using 1950s materials this class will include assembly, rigging, and painting to make a functioning hunting bufflehead decoy.  A detailed list of supplies will be sent out upon registration. 

1-Day Classes (Sunday 4/24/22)

$100 non-members; $80 members

Ross Smoker: Carving for Beginners
Sunday, April 24th, 9:00 am-Noon at the Ward Museum
Ross Smoker leads a class in basic carving techniques to create a miniature woodpecker. Participants will finish the class with an unpainted woodpecker. Tools (bringing your own knives is recommended) and materials provided.

1-Day Classes (Sunday 4/24/22)

$20 non-members; $15 members

Peter Palumbo: “Ask the Expert: Virtual Carving Critique”
Sunday, April 24th, 1:00 pm ONLINE

Get feedback from Living Legend Peter Palumbo and join other fellow carvers in a virtual critique and Q&A session to help improve your carving skills! Held over Zoom, all attendees will have the opportunity to share a piece of their choosing to be critiqued by Peter and receive valuable answers to questions about the carving world.

Attendees can either show a carving over the webcam in Zoom for Peter or email photos of a piece in advance 

(photos should be emailed to jxgronau@salisbury.edu by Thursday, April 21st).

Zoom info and password will be emailed after registration.


Children of all ages can enjoy Kid’s Corner here online. Kid’s Corner online 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, 2022. 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.