Oil Painting Workshop with Gail Norfleet

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Oil Painting Workshop with Gail Norfleet
Friday, February 23 through Sunday, February 25
Blakemore Planetarium Classroom

Work alongside President George W. Bush’s art teacher, prominent Dallas-based artist Gail Norfleet, during this exclusive three-day workshop. Ms. Norfleet will guide you through oil painting techniques just as she taught President George W. Bush. The workshop is open to the general public. Teachers will receive Continuing Professional Education (CPE) credit at the completion of the workshop. Take advantage of this opportunity to artistically explore the technique and skill behind Portraits of Courage: A Commander in Chief’s Tribute to America’s Warriors. A supply list will be provided. All skill levels are welcome.

Painting a Series of Objects - Life Studies
Morning Session | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Afternoon Session | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Portrait Painting in Oil
Morning Session | 9:30 am - 12:30 pm
Afternoon Session | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Final Critique
Afternoon Session | 1:30 pm - 4:30 pm

Workshop Participant Supply List:

Winsor and Newton Oil colors- 6 color mixing system *Required*
- Winsor Lemon 37 mL
- Winsor Yellow 37 mL
- French Ultramarine 37 mL
- Winsor Blue (green shade) 37 mL
- Permanent Rose 37 mL
- Cadmium Red 37 mL
- Titanium White 200 mL

Brushes (Princeton Natural Bristle, series 5400)
- # 10 round
- #6 bright
- #8 filbert
- #1 bright

Palette Knife for mixing colors
- #4 by global art (or other brand of palette knife such as Liquitex)

Package of vine charcoal, thin and soft

Kneaded Eraser

16 by 20 inch stretched canvas or 18 by 24 inch stretched canvas

Supplies can be purchased at local craft stores or a course supply list has been set up through Dick Blick at:

The supply list can also be accessed by going to and search for the Museum of the Southwest.

International Astronomy Day

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GET READY FOR A DAY that's out of this world with family-friendly activities and more! End the stellar day with the Relativity Lecture Series, featuring Adam Steltzner on How Curiosity Saved My Life.

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Play Dates

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FREE for members | $5 for adults, $3 for children

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Spring Break

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Looking for something to do this Spring Break to entertain the kiddos? Come spend it at the Museum! Each day features family-friendly cartoons, an outdoor activity, art and science activities and much more to spark the imagination. Daily admission applies. Renew your Museum membership and receive free admission!

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The Business of Art Lecture Series

image BOATHE BUSINESS OF ART WELCOMES a wide range of guest speakers who have made art their career. Hear their stories and benefit from their experiences and knowledge. Lecture is free and open to the public.


Relativity Lecture Series

IMG 7697WHETHER YOU ARE A WHIZ in physics or a backyard astronomer, Relativity has something for everyone. This is a science-based lecture series with a broad range of topics and speakers. Free for everyone.






Family Free-For-Alls

IMG 9420 600x400THERE'S A LOT TO EXPLORE during Family Free-For-Alls! Enjoy family-friendly activities, dome shows and more. Activities take place from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Free and open to the public.


Family Fridays

Fam Friday BirdGATHER THE WHOLE FAMILY AND enjoy educational, fun activities based on themes that foster creativity and a love of learning. Sessions are designed for children ages 4 through 12 years old; though the whole family is encouraged to join in on the merriment as a variety of activities will be offered simultaneously. All Family Friday “come and go” sessions are held in the Blakemore Planetarium’s Brown Science Center, located on the Museum grounds, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. and are free with Museum membership or paid admission.

Family Fridays are made possible by the Hendrix Wood Family Foundation with support from RBC Wealth Management, Nancy & Richard Gibson and Kathy & Michael Grella.

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Museum of the Southwest
1705 W. Missouri Ave.
Midland, TX 79701