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Workshops at BreyerFest offer hands-on learning experiences for everyone! Whether you are a novice or veteran in the model horse hobby, we have a workshop for you, but sign up early because these dream classes fill up fast!


Reservations are first-come, first-served. Classes are limited to 15 people and cost $30 each.


Levels are defined as follows:
Beginner - has never taken a workshop
Intermediate - has taken a similar BreyerFest workshop or has experience in the subject
Advanced - has extensive knowledge of the subject and has taken previous BreyerFest workshops

Advanced Sculpting
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
A great class for adult sculptors! Take your sculpting to new levels! Focusing on biomechanics and anatomy, Morgen Kilbourn will bring each student through the intricacies of adding movement and detail to your sculptures.

Canvas Creations
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
Join Jane Tilton to create your own horse-inspired artwork! Jane will walk you through how to paint your own canvas creation. Starter canvas with line art will be provided. Take home your artwork and a Classics scale model.

Cartooning Horses
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
This new workshop hosted by Laurie Jo Jensen is sure to get your creative juices flowing and is geared towards all ages, 6 and above. Create your own cartoon of your favorite Breyer Creation, or bring a photo of your own horse or pony. This class will teach you the basics to build upon to do your own comic creations. No talent required, just a sense of humor!

Color Matching for Restoration
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
This workshop lead by Nan Wagner offers step-by-step instruction and hands-on interaction to help you understand basic color theory and how it applies to repairing your favorite models accurately.

Skill Level: Beginner
Conformation is more than just good looks! Join Candace Liddy and learn how and why a horse is built a certain way or how their breed history has affected their conformation. Halter class judges in the "real horse" world and the model horse world look for certain key conformation details when they pin their winners - find out what to look for in your herd! The class will meet in Gallery 3 but will then head up to the stables for a look at the horses!

Dapple and Duns: Starbursts, Stripes and Pizzazz
Skill Level: Intermediate
A new class designed by Darian Buckles and Bonnie Robb.  Students will learn several techniques for adding pizzazz to their horses, using airbrush and hand brushing techniques to shade, dapple or apply dun factors to their models. Horses will have a base coat prior to the start of class.

Dioramas and Props
Skill Level: Beginner
Ever wondered how to create a life-like scene to use in photo shows and performance classes? Learn how with artist Carmen Robertson! Now is your chance to make anything from an English countryside to a Western town, complete with props!

Drawing Horses
Skill Level: Beginner
Drawing Horses is Candace Liddy's comprehensive class on each phase of drawing the perfect horse - beginning with basic starting points through adding finer details like eyes, muscle tone, and markings. Candace is a long time equine artist and teacher. She brings years of experience to the BreyerFest classroom and is looking forward to working with students of ALL AGES.

Dream Horse Kit
Skill Level: Beginner
Students will work alongside Kristin Albert as she guides them through this fun kit for painting a model horse and adding a mohair mane and tail. Each student gets his or her own kit including a Breyer Classics scale model horse!

English Bridle 101
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn the ins and outs of tack making with LeeAnne Masters as she teaches you how to create your very own decorated English bridle featuring ribbons, flowers, and a fancy browband!

English Bridle 201
Skill Level: Intermediate
LeeAnne Masters will teach you how to expand on what you learned in English Bridle 101. You will also make a decorated English bridle for your favorite model. Students must have prior knowledge of tack making or have taken English Bridle 101.

Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Work alongside Val Starcher to learn how to add detail and intrigue to your favorite model horse. Due to the use of sharp objects, this workshop is limited to intermediate to advanced students.

Grassy Bases
Skill Level: Intermediate
Join Lisa Bickford as she teaches you how to make a great display base for your favorite Stablemate or Little Bit scale model! Each base will be unique and you get to choose how it will look. Learn to make tufts of grass, a grassy field, have wild flowers, rocks, logs, or dirt! The choice is yours.

How to Model Horse Show
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Jamie Rott's hands-on showing tutorial takes model horse collecting to a whole new level! Learn what makes models stand out from the crowd. Find out how to spot a winning model in your collection! New this year, do you have a model that you need help assigning a breed to or are not sure why it does not place well? Bring your model (limit one) and receive guidance!

Indian Wedding Horse
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
A fun opportunity to learn about the Indian tradition of Baraat, the groom's processional to his wedding, and to create your own version of his horse, known as Ghodi.  Students will have an opportunity to create their own extravagant Ghodi using all the bells, baubles, tassels, fringe, beads, and bling you can imagine!  Horses will have a base coat prior to the start of class

Just for Kids! Painting
Skill Level: Intermediate, 10 & Up
Join Jenn Danza and create your own model masterpiece! This class is for kids ages 10 and up who want to learn advanced skills for painting their own model horses. Classics model included.

Marwari Ceremonial Facemasks
Skill Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Didi Hornberger leads this fun new workshop where you will construct a colorful and authentic miniature of a Marwari Horse Mask for the Breyer Marwari horse model. Working from Didi's custom design, attendees receive their own kits, instructions, and photos. Simple hand sewing may be required, also possibly minor gluing.

No-Sew Pony Pouches
Skill Level: Beginner
Jane Tilton is back with this fun workshop for beginners! You'll learn how to create your own no-sew pony pouch to safely transport your favorite model. You'll be able to customize your creation as well! Traditional model is also included.

Painting Your Horse
Skill Level: Beginner - Intermediate
In this ever popular class designed by Darian Buckles, Kimberley Harvey, and Bonnie Robb, students will each paint a complete horse. Students will have the opportunity to learn two shading techniques, using paintbrush or sponge. Finishing techniques will be covered, including airbrushing. Horses will have a base coat prior to the start of the class.

Skill Level: Intermediate, 10 & Up
Pastels are a great way to layer soft, realistic colors on your model horse and add shading and detail. Laura Thomson demonstrates the techniques for using these chalks including how to make them stay on when you're through.

Pinto and Appaloosas Painting 101
Skill Set: Beginner to Intermediate
Learn how to create perfect spots and dots on your custom models with artist Karen Zorn! You learn how to create the perfect mottling on an Appaloosa and difference between and Overo and Tobiano in this fun class!

Repairing Horses
Skill Level: Beginner - Advanced
Think of it as plastic surgery for your models! This hands-on class will walk you through the methods of repairing a broken leg, ear or tail. Class requires use of glue, sculpting epoxy and motor tools.

Sculpting 101
Skill Level: Beginner
Learn to sculpt with hobbyist Maggie Bennett! Students will learn the basics from armature to final figurine.

Sewing Bronco Bags
Skill Level: Intermediate to Advanced
Join Jill O'Connor and Terry Heath for this more advanced bag-making workshop. Transport your models safely and comfortably with Bronco Bags. Sewing machines will be provided for attendees and knowledge of machine sewing is helpful, but not required. Students will be provided with all the materials they need to create one bag.

Stablemates Performance - Polo
Skill Level: Beginner - Advanced
The modern game of polo originated in India so join Kim and Kathi in learning about polo and polocrosse!  Participants will build a Stablemate scale polo field including goal posts and sideboards along with making their own polo mallet and ball.  Participants will also learn about the rules and equipment for polo and polocrosse and receive reference material to help give them an edge at the next show.

Stablemates Performance - Trail Riding
Skill Level: Beginner - Advanced
Join Kim and Kathi in learning about trail riding competitions. Participants will build a Stablemate scale outdoor scene complete with grass, shrubs, flowers, trees and a water feature. Participants will also learn about the rules of different trail riding competitions and receive reference material to help give them an edge at the next show.

Stall Decoration
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Sommer Prosser leads this fun workshop that is new for 2017! Paint and assemble a wooden stall for your "Classics" scale horses! Students will receive Breyer's new "Hilltop Stable" Barn Kit, which features sliding doors and three windows. Horse stall will be painted with acrylics, and put together in class. Students will also get fun and creative ideas on how to customize their barn even more when they get home. Perfect class for kids 9+ and adults, or younger kids with some parental assistance.

Suncatcher Stablemates
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Using glass paint and clear Stablemates models, create unique suncatchers with a translucent finish with hobby expert Sommer Prosser.

Western Halter
Skill Level: Beginner
Hobbyist Lisa Bickford shows you making a western style halter is easy once you know the ropes. Bring along your favorite horse to "custom fit" your halter.

Please note: schedule is subject to change. Confirmation emails will be sent in June 2017 to all registered participants.