Ward World Championship Education Conference & Seminars


Monday through Sunday, April 22–28, 2019
Learn to create award-winning carvings with World Champion and professional carvers at the 2019 Educational Conference. A full menu of 1-, 2-, 3-, and 4-day classes will be offered by the Education Department in conjunction with the Ward World Championship. Classes occur prior to the competition in various locations throughout Ocean City, MD, starting Monday, April 22nd, and continuing through Sunday, April 28th.

4-DAY Class: Monday through Thursday, April 22–25, 2019

$450 Member; $500 Non-Member.

Laurie Truehart: Carve and Paint a Great Horned Owl Bust

Focusing on the detail and the overall essence of this charismatic bird of prey, a mix of hand tools and rotary tools will be used to create a realistic bust of one of North America's largest owls. Laurie and Mike Truehart will instruct carvers of all levels in this fun and informative class.

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3-DAY Class: Tuesday through Thursday, April 23–25, 2019

$350 Member; $400 Non-member

Rich & Ross Smoker: Carve and Paint a Golden-Age of Waterfowling Brant

Beginner-advanced, micro-motor or hand tool carving. Discover the exciting world of the Atlantic brant with Rich and Ross Smoker. Drawing upon the styles of makers from the golden age of waterfowling up and down the East Coast, carve, paint, and finish a classic brant of your own.

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2-DAY Class: Wednesday through Thursday, April 24–25, 2019

$275 Member; $325 Non-member

Al Jordan: Carve and Paint a Red-tailed Hawk Tail Feather

Create a lifelike feather from the unmistakable tail of the red-tailed hawk with raptor extraordinaire Al Jordan. Participants will develop their work through carving, burning, texturing, and painting.

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Glenn McMurdo: Painting Techniques

Beginner-advanced. Using brushes and acrylic paints on a 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 the paint the final detail, as well as the how and why of paint and paintbrushes.

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Students will require their own tools including a high speed rotary power tool with various bits, some carving knives and chisels, and a wood burning tool.

1-DAY Class: Sunday, April 28, 2019

$80 Member; $100 Non-member

Josh Guge: Painting on Cast

Information coming soon.

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Jerry Painter: Miniature Techniques – Legs and Feet

Put your best foot forward. Perfect your legs and feet techniques with miniatures master Jerry Painter. Using micro motor tools and brass rod, learn to shape bd sculpt legs and feet for micro-type miniatures.

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Ross Smoker: Carving for Beginners

Ross Smoker leads a class in basic carving techniques to create a miniature, classically styled bird. Participants will finish class with an unpainted piece. Tools and materials provided.

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Pre-registration is required for all classes. Deposit payments are due by Friday, March 4, 2019.

Special Conference Pass

Admission to ALL signature lecture series and one technique workshop- $27 Member; $30 Non-member.

Signature Lectures

Friday, April 26 and Sunday April 28 – $3 Member; $4 Non-Member. Lectures will be taking place in rooms 214 and 215 of the Convention Center.
Signature lectures presented at the Ocean City Convention Center are presentations with visual aids and amplification for educational lectures from leading artists and carvers at the competition. Attending a lecture is a great way to enhance your visit to the Ward World Championship. Learn techniques to create award winning carvings from champion and professional carvers. Youth ages 17 and under receive FREE admission to lectures.


Friday-Saturday 10 a.m.– 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Children of all ages can enjoy Kid’s Corner. Plan to visit Kid’s Corner for arts and crafts designed to stimulate curiosity and participation in the arts. Featured activities include painting miniature decoys, soap carving and carving using child-safe tools. Carve and Paint the 2019 Arctic Tern Youth Silhouette & more!

Online pre-registration is closed as of Friday, April 19th, 2019. Tickets to all lectures and workshops will be available for purchase at the Education booth in the Roland E. Powell Convention Center Thursday through Saturday.

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 1, 2019. 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 subject to cancellation without notification. Refunds honored in full upon administrative cancellation of classes/lectures/workshops.