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Summer Workshops for Kids

Summer Workshops for Kids

This summer, the Herrett Center will present a series of art and science workshops that center around the objects and exhibitions in the museum.  Whether you are interested in creating Great Plains hoop drums or tiny telescopes, the Herrett Center invites you to join us on Wednesdays this summer to create and learn together.

Space is limited, and each workshop will fill on a first-come, first-served basis.  Payment must be received in order to reserve a spot.  Please pay attention to age restrictions for all workshops.  Some workshops require that a parent stay with their child if they are under 8 years old to help them with the activity.   Adults may not sign up for these workshops without a child.

To register call: (208) 732-6655 or stop in to the Herrett Center during museum hours.
For questions about the workshops call Laura Browarny: (208) 732-6664

2016 Classes Date Time Ages Fee Registration
Paper Planes June 15th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 6 and up $5 CLOSED
Coiled Pottery June 22nd 1:00 to 2:30 PM 6 and up $10 CLOSED
Hoop Drums June 29th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 8 and up $10 CLOSED
Nature Walk July 13th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 8 and up $5 CLOSED
Fossil Casts July 20th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 6 and up $10 FULL
Textile Printing July 27th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 8 and up $15 OPEN
Tiny Telescopes August 3rd 1:00 to 2:20 PM 6 and up $15 FULL
Metalworking August 10th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 8 and up $15 OPEN
Hoop and Dart Game August 17th 1:00 to 2:30 PM 8 and up $10 OPEN

Paper Planes

Ever wonder what keeps airplanes in the sky?  Join us for a workshop all about flight!  Everyone will learn the basic science behind flying, and then have a chance to build their own paper airplane.  We will finish the workshop with a paper plane fly-off to see which designs are the best flyers!

For ages 6 and up.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, June 15th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $5

Coiled Pottery

Many different American Indian cultures created beautiful clay pottery.  The technique that was widely used in North and South America is called coiling.   In this workshop, you will make your own coiled clay pot using air-dry clay.  The technique is easy to learn, and everyone will leave with a completed pot that will dry overnight!

For ages 6 and up.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, June 22nd, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Hoop Drums

For the many Native cultures that call the Great Plains their homeland, the hoop was a very important symbol of the circle of life.  In this workshop, you will have the chance to create one of the most musical examples of the hoop in Great Plains cultures: the drum!  Learn about other important symbols as you build and decorate your own hoop drum.

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, June 29th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Nature Walk

Take a walk on the wild side while exploring native plants just minutes from the Herrett Center!  Join us for a short nature hike around the CSI campus, stopping to identify native plants and explore their prehistoric uses by indigenous peoples.  Everyone will discover tool-making resources, edible plants, and general plant identification techniques.  After the hike, return to the Herrett Center for an activity!

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, July 13th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $5

Fossil Casts

Many of the fossils seen in museums are not originals!  The originals are often too fragile to be on display, so museums create casts of the fossils that look just like the real thing!  In this workshop, you will have the chance to create your own fossil cast of an object from the Herrett Center collection!

For ages 6 and up.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, July 20th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $10

Textile Printing

In the rainforests of Peru, the Shipibo and Conibo people create beautiful designs that they paint all over everything that they wear.  In this workshop, you will use printmaking techniques to create your own printed fabric using based on the artwork of the Shipibo and Conibo people.  Learn about Peruvian cultures and about printmaking!

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, July 27th, 1:00 to 2:20 PM.

Fee: $15

Tiny Telescopes

Ever since the telescope was invented in the 1600s, people have used it to gaze at the stars.  In this workshop, you will get to build your own working telescope to take home with you!  Join us after the workshop to look through the Herrett Centerís giant telescope in the Centennial Observatory.

For ages 6 and up.  Children under 8 must be accompanied by an adult.

Wednesday, August 3rd, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $15

Metalworking

From central Mexico throughout South America, native people used gold and other precious metals to create jewelry, masks, and other decorative and ritual objects.  In this workshop, you will get to test out an ancient metalworking technique called repoussé ("re-poo-SAY") to create your own metal artwork!

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, August 10th, 1:00 to 2:30 PM.

Fee: $15

Hoop and Dart Game

Try your hand at this classic Native American game using traditional materials to construct a set of prehistoric lawn darts.  Students will build a set of corncob darts and a willow hoop, then learn the rules of this fun pastime on the Herrett Center front lawn.

For ages 8 and up.

Wednesday, August 17th, 1:00 to 2:20 PM.

Fee: $10

Registration and more information

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

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Primitive Skills for Modern Man

Interested in primitive living, outdoor survival, or even just camping and hiking?  Would you like to learn a unique set of skills?  Then take a crash course in caveman living!  Primitive Skills for Modern Man is a series of hands-on workshops covering topics such as fire-making, flintknapping, and native plant identification.  Led by Herrett Center staff and local experts, these fun and friendly workshops offer participants a unique chance to gain practical, hands-on primitive skill knowledge in an informal environment.

Register early!  Class sizes are limited and will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.  Age 12 and up.  Participants under age 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult.
2016 Classes Date Time Fee
Beginning Flintknapping June 14th 6:00 to 9:00 PM $50
June 17th 6:00 to 9:00 PM
June 18th 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM
Atlatls ("Spear Chuckin' 101") July 25th 6:00 to 8:30 PM $50
July 26th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
July 27th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
July 28th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
July 29th 6:00 to 8:30 PM
Fire! October 8th 1:30 to 4:30 PM $50

Fire!

Beginning Flintknapping

Learn the ins and outs of breaking rock in this exciting workshop!  Assemble your own tool kit, learn some flintknapping lingo, and create a number of simple flaked obsidian tools.  Through hands-on instruction and live demonstrations, this workshop will focus on the creation and recognition of expedient stone tools by the beginning flintknapper.  Knapping safety will be emphasized for all students.  Includes all class materials and pizza on Saturday.  Class limit: 10.

Tuesday, June 14th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Friday, June 17th, 6:00 to 9:00 PM.
Saturday, June 18th, 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.

Fee: $50

Atlatls ("Spear Chuckin' 101")

Let loose your inner caveman during this popular activity!  Following an introductory dart throwing session, participants in this workshop will learn the history of the atlatl, identify and gather local resources for constructing an atlatl, and then design and build a working atlatl and dart set.  Participants will be encouraged to complete one phase of their primitive weaponry each evening.  Fridayís class will conclude with an atlatl competition among students.  Includes all materials.   Class limit: 15

Monday, July 25th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Tuesday, July 26th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Wednesday, July 27th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Thursday, July 28th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.
Friday, July 29th, 6:00 to 8:30 PM.

Fee: $50

Fire!

Donít get burned in the wilds of Idaho!  Using native materials and household objects, participants will construct a bow drill and fire spindle, learn to assemble a tinder bundle, and make fire.  Challenge your classmates to a fire-making competition at the end of the day!  Class limit: 20.

Saturday, October 8th, 1:30 to 4:30 PM

Fee: $15

Registration and more information

Call the Herrett Center Front Desk during museum open hours: (208) 732-6655
or contact Joey Heck (208) 732-6668.