The Herrett Center for Arts & Science

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Spring Fever!  Hands-on activities for kids

Free, walk-in classes (no registration required).  Activities take under an hour; come when you like.

Class Date Time Description

Trilobite Tuesday

March 24th 1:00 to 4:00 PM Replicate and decorate an ancient sea animal using polymer clay.

Weaving Wednesday

March 25th 1:00 to 4:00 PM Learn to weave a simple bag using yarn, cardboard, and a wooden dowel.

Thurs-dioramas

March 26th 1:00 to 4:00 PM Make and take a paper plate diorama featuring dinosaurs, reptiles, and more!

Fling It! Friday

March 27th 1:00 to 4:00 PM Inca-style "stone" slinging on the front lawn (tennis balls) with a dash of atlatl dart thrown in.

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

2015 Classes Date Time Fee
Bone Ornamentation February 27th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $25
February 28th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Spirit Flutes March 24th 5:00 to 8:00 PM $60
March 28th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Hide Drums April 14th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
April 18th 12:00 to 5:00 PM
Atlatl ("Spear Chucking") May 26th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
May 30th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Darts and Arrows
("Long Pointy Things")
June 26th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $35
June 27th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Flint Knapping 101 July 21st 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
July 25th 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Flint Knapping 102
("Me make big rock small")
August 7th 6:00 to 8:00 PM $50
August 8th 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM
Fire ("Hey, that's hot!") September 26th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $20
Trapped in the Past October 27th 5:00 to 8:00 PM $50
October 31st 1:30 to 5:30 PM
Primitive Skills for Kids November 27th 1:30 to 5:30 PM FREE!
November 28th 1:30 to 5:30 PM FREE!
Student Craft Show December (dates/times TBA) FREE!

Bone Ornamentation

We will be studying historic artifacts, then make a replica that can be worn.

Friday, February 27th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, February 28th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $25

Spirit Flutes

Put some music in your life the Native American way.  Build your own flute from scratch.  This class will require some work to be done at home between classes.

Tuesday, March 24th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, March 28nd, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $60

Hide Drums

We will look at some traditional drums and then construct hoop drums out of contemporary materials.

Tuesday, April 14th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM
Saturday, April 18th, 12:00 to 5:00 PM

Fee: $50

Atlatl ("Spear Chucking")

What would you call a spear or dart thrower?  Come find out what an atlatl is and construct your own.

Tuesday, May 26th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, May 30th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Darts and Arrows ("Long, Pointy Things")

Investigate the dart and arrow, how they work, and how they differ.

Friday, June 26th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, June 27th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $35

Flint Knapping 101

Take on the fine art of making arrowheads and projectile points.

Tuesday, July 21st, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, July 25st, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Flint Knapping 102 ("Me Make Big Rock Small")

After mastering the art of flake removal through pressure, step it up and learn percussion, the same process that the Clovis people used over ten thousand years ago.

Friday, August 7th, 6:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, August 8th, 9:00 AM to 2:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Fire ("Hey, That's Hot!")

Fast fire the natural way.  Students should become proficient in recognition of materials and different ways of creating fire.

Saturday, September 26th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM.

Fee: $20

Trapped in the Past

Learn how to construct different types of traps like the dead fall, and when to implement each type.

Tuesday, October 27th, 5:00 to 8:00 PM.
Saturday, October 31st, 1:30 to 5:30 PM.

Fee: $50

Primitive Skills for Kids

Archaeological make-and-take activities for the holidays.  Create hand-woven bags, ducks, deer, wolves, and more!

Walk-in class times:
Friday, November 27th, 1:30 to 5:30 PM.
Saturday, November 28th, 1:30 to 5:30 PM.

Fee: FREE!

Student Craft Show

We would like to honor the students by winding up the year with an exhibit of all the incredible things that have been produced in these classes.

December (dates and times TBA).

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Aaron Ursenbach (208) 732-6664.