Prairie Pursuits
Series of Workshops
2014 Schedule

Prairie Pursuits offers how-to workshops geared to adults in a variety of topics, from historic trades, to culinary skills, to the arts. Browse the offerings this season and see what new skills you can develop on the prairie.

Call Guest Services at 317.776.6006 for reservations or register online.

Survival Skills

Saturday, May 24; 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
$60 ($55 Conner Prairie member)
Register Online

Channel your inner Bear Grylls (or Katniss Everdeen) and discover how the wisdom of yesterday’s pioneers can help you survive the wild of today. Learn how to build shelter, find water, forage for food, and make fire in this unique 6-hour workshop that will help you survive any impending zombie apocalypse. Ages 16+

Fun in the Forge

Saturday, June 7; 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m.
$95 ($90 Conner Prairie member)
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Be a blacksmith for a day. Learn to heat metal in a coal forge and shape it on an anvil. You will have the opportunity to complete several simple projects such as barbeque skewers, a flint and steel firestarter (with instructions on how to use it) and a dinner bell. All tools and materials will be provided. Ages 14+

Prairie Abstraction

Saturday, June 7
10 a.m -1 p.m.
$60 (includes all art-making supplies)
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Using the stunning landscape of the natural prairie lands as a muse, students will create their own works of abstract art in the style of a famous abstract artist (examples include: Van Gogh, Soutine, Wolfe Kahn, Fauve). Students will also get a short art history lesson about the artist and the movement they represent.

Looking for some free-form nature activities? Sign up for Conner Prairie at Dawn.

Heirloom Woodworking: Woven Seat Footstool

July 19: 8 a.m.-6 p.m.
July 20; 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
$160 ($150 Conner Prairie member)
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Start with a log and end with a footstool. Learn the basics of riving and shaping wood to create a simple, yet elegant footstool. Use a froe, drawknife, shave horse and other traditional tools to create an heirloom. Learn about properties of wood, tool sharpening and finishing wood. The second day will focus on weaving the seat with a classic herringbone weave. All tools and materials provided. Ages 14+


Saturday, October 4: Register Online
8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
$60/guest (early registration by April 4 or September 27)
$72/guest (later registration)

It’s often said that the best camera is the one you have with you. For many of us today, it’s our iPhone that we reach for to capture the world around us.

But what is it about iPhone photography that has everyone so excited and having so much fun? It’s the apps! Apps allow us to enhance the images we take by adjusting color, adding texture and painterly effects, modifying the tone to create a feeling or mood, or combining images (called “blending”) to create works of art that are the product of the imagination; your imagination!

Join local photographer, Rad A. Drew, in this 4-hour workshop where you’ll be introduced to the fundamentals of iPhone photography. You’ll explore the possibilities of your phone and learn how to use a host of apps to create remarkable images. In keeping with the experiential learning model that is at the core of the Conner Prairie experience, Rad will follow a simple yet effective approach that will allow you to see what can be done, watch how it’s done, and then, practice those same skills yourself. After an initial learning session, the group will photograph the Conner Prairie grounds, applying newly acquired skills, then return to the classroom to process images and debrief the learning experience.

*Please Note: iPhones WILL NOT be provided. Guests must bring their own. Photography Apps not included in workshop price and must be purchased separately from App Store. Apps range in price from Free to $1.99 and total app cost should not exceed $15.  Android Phone Users:  This workshop is designed specifically for iPhone users and utilizes photography apps found in the iTunes App Store.

Android phone users should be warned that some of the apps may not be available to them and/or that the cameras on their phones may lack the same functionality as the iPhone camera.  Mr. Drew does not profess any expertise with Android phone cameras or Android photography apps and no refunds will be given due to compatibility issues.

1.    Bracket Mode
2.    AutoStitch
3.    SnapSeed
4.    Blender
5.    645 Pro MK II
6.    ClearCam
7.    Camera+
8.    Pro HDR or True HDR (I prefer True HDR)
9.    PhotoSize
10.  OldPhotoPro