Treat Your Palette, a local painting party event planner, is now offering a monthly fun art experience at the Harlin Museum.
Instructed by WPHS art teacher, Karen Pitts, Treat Your Palette will host painting parties every third Saturday of the month where you are provided step-by-step instruction for an ongoing variety of art projects that you can then take home and enjoy—-with the ultimate goals being for you to have fun painting with your family & friends, for you to meet and interact with new friends from the community, to relax with the creation of art after a hard day, all while discovering your inner artist!
Join us this upcoming Saturday, August 19th from 10 am – 12 pm to paint this Rustic Chicken (as pictured above). All painting supplies are provided and no art experience is needed. The class is $25.00 per person. Just click on this link or visit www.treatyourpalette.com online to sign up.
West Plains Arts Alliance members, the West Plains Council on the Arts (WPCA) and the Harlin Museum of West Plains (Harlin), will host a watercolor workshop by area artist, Lee Copen. The workshop will be held from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, March 25, 2023, in the Hathcock Gallery at the Harlin, 405 Worcester Ave. in West Plains, MO.
WPCA Coordinator Janey Hale says, “Lee Copen is an accomplished watercolor artist and oil painter. Lee is an excellent teacher and able to help the beginner artist learn the medium.”
About the Artist: Lee Copen lives and paints on a small farm in Mountain View, Missouri. Whether painting on location or in the studio, her light-filled paintings reflect her love of nature and the landscape. “I have always been drawn to the diversity and beauty that landscape has to offer. I love to capture a fleeting moment of beauty and share what I see with others.”
Lee Copen studied art at the University of Northern Colorado, graduating with a degree in fine art with an emphasis in graphic design. She worked as a sign painter, art director, and graphic artist; eventually starting her own freelance business in Architectural Illustration, which she did for 15 years. In 2002 she became certified in K-12 art education and has taught art at Liberty High School for the past 21 years.
In addition to teaching, she is a fine artist. She is equally comfortable painting in watercolor or oils, feeling that different subjects call for different styles and media. She loves painting both on location and in the studio, each presenting its own unique challenges. Her award-winning paintings can be purchased online and at select galleries. If you’d like to know more, please go to LeeCopen.com to view available artwork and sign up to receive her newsletter. She will be teaching a single-day studio watercolor workshop which is suitable for all learning levels — her hope is that she can lead you to love painting in watercolors as much as she does.
The total cost for the workshop is $55, and registration is required. Email or call Paula at 417-293-2325 to sign up. Space is limited for this workshop. For more information, you may contact WPCA at , the Harlin Museum at , or contact coordinators Janey Hale at or Vicki Martin at .
Join us for another fun wool-felting workshop with Angela Bullard this, Saturday, February 27, 2021, at 1 pm. This workshop will focus on creating a lovely winter landscape. Wool and needle supplies will be provided; attendees will need to bring a pen and paper for taking notes, along with a small pair of scissors.
The cost to attend is $35; payment to be made the day of the workshop. Cash or check.
MUSEUM NEWS: Plein Air Painting Workshop with John Lasater IV, September 2 & 3, 2020
August 7, 2020
Join award-winning representational painter, John P. Lasater IV, for a 2-day Plein air painting workshop this September, hosted by the Harlin Museum.
Workshop activities begin Tuesday evening, September 1st, with an Artist Meet & Greet at Harlin Museum of West Plains (participants will be notified of event time upon registration confirmation) at which participants will view a presentation given by the artist. Students will then meet the artist on location at Mammoth Spring State Park, Mammoth Springs, Arkansas, for the Plein air instructional workshop sessions on Wednesday & Thursday, September 2 &3, 2020, from 9 am – 4 pm each day.
The cost to attend the workshop is $300.00 total for both days. Payment must be made in full to Harlin Museum by the first day of the workshop. Students are responsible for bringing their own art supplies to the workshop, as well as a bag lunch or any other desired refreshments. The general supply list for John’s workshops can be found on his website at https://www.lasaterart.com/page/17524/workshop-supply-list.
All questions may be directed to the Harlin Museum via email at or you may phone/text the workshop’s coordinator, Vicki Warren-Martin, at 870-706-7863. Registration to reserve a seat may be completed online by clicking the link HERE and completing the Bookings instructions at the bottom of the page.
WORKSHOP VENUE/LOCATION: Mammoth Spring State Park, 17 US HWY 63, Mammoth Springs, AR 72554
LUNCH/REFRESHMENTS: Students will need to bring their own drinking water, bag lunch, and/or other refreshments
The Lost Arts Workshop Series, a new series of workshops sponsored by the Harlin Museum that focus on artisan skills and crafts from simpler times, debuted this weekend on Saturday, February 22nd in the Harlin’s lower-level classroom area. The workshop, taught by instructor Michelle Werther from Protem, MO, was a limited-seating workshop.
Five area ladies came to learn how to use rattan and oak to create a small market basket with a typical basket-weave method. The workshop, which cost $40 and included all the supplies for the price, began at 10 am and ended with five happy participants that leFt with lovely market baskets that they created themselves.
The Lost Arts Series will continue with other planned workshops, including Canning From Your Garden, Leather Working, Black-Smithing, Broom-making, etc, plus additional basket-weaving workshops. Watch our social media and website for future workshop announcements and let us know what kinds of workshops you’d like to see in this series!
Join local instructor, Wendy Ziegler, on Saturday, April 27th & Sunday, April 28th, 2019 for our 2-Day Plein Air Nature Journaling Workshop & Nature Walk!
Nature journaling (sketchbook journaling) is the art of recording the natural world in its own environment; sketching in detail and recording information about plants, animals, mountains, and landscapes to use as a reference or for instances when it cannot be captured in detail by a camera.
This workshop’s emphasis will be on learning how to look closely at nature while observing with a keen eye and recording what you see in detail. The cost for the workshop is $40, if you pre-register before April 20th, or $50, if you register after April 20th. The cost will cover instruction & student grade materials that will be provided to use during the workshop, however, you are encouraged to bring your own supplies. You can find a list of required supplies here.
The indoor part of the workshop will be in the Lower Level Classroom Space of the Harlin Museum on Saturday from 10 am to 2 pm. The Nature Walk portion to practice your skills will be on Sunday from 1 pm to 3 pm at Galloway Park. It is recommended that all wear walking shoes and comfortable weather-appropriate clothing for the outdoor portion. Of course, participants are invited to bring their own lunch or snacks for either portion of the workshop.
If you are interested in signing up for this workshop or would like more information, you may contact either the instructor, Wendy Ziegler, by email at or Harlin Board member, Gladys Morris, at 417-255-0920 or by email at
IMPORTANT: Please pre-register to attend ASAP for the best value and so that set-up spacing, and materials can be verified ahead of time. Registering and paying in advance guarantees your space in the workshop.