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Oklahoma State University’s Doel Reed Center in Taos invites you to a unique educational experience in beautiful Northern New Mexico. The leisure learning classes, designed by expert instructors for inquiring adults, invite you to explore the art, culture, and recreational experiences that multi-cultural Northern New Mexico offers.

July 25 - 29, 2022

Pueblo Worlds: An Overview of Pueblo Indian History and Culture* 

John Ware headshotInstructor:  John Ware, PhD

When sixteenth-century Spanish explorers first set foot in what is now the southwestern U.S. they encountered people who lived in multistoried apartment buildings of stone and adobe enclosing communal plazas. Despite similarities in architecture and settlement pattern, the people the Spanish called Pueblos (Spanish for towns) spoke at least seven mutually unintelligible languages from four different language families, so they were not a monolithic culture but several different people who shared cultural practices. Through field trips and discussion, we will explore the prehistory, history, and contemporary lives and cultures of the Pueblo Indians of the northern Southwest.


Navajo Style Weaving

Charlotte Shroyer headshotInstructor:  Charlotte Shroyer, PhD

The Navajo, or Diné, are famous for their evolving and dynamic weaving techniques Early Navajo weaving began with a focus on blankets, using basic designs and simple, earth-toned colors. Modern day Navajo weaving incorporates complex designs and patterns and a wide variety of colors, with an emphasis on rug making. In this workshop, you will learn the basics of Navajo style weaving using a tapestry loom. Materials necessary to weave a small “pillow” or design square will be provided.

The Art of Aquatint

Instructor:  Jennifer Lynch, MFA

Jennifer Lynch headshotLearn the intaglio printing processes that underlie the famed aquatints of Doel Reed. Demonstrations of traditional aqua tint printing and hands-on work with contemporary, safer variations on the aquatint process. Students will work with copper plate drypoint, and etching, as well as contemporary aquatint processes. 

Doel Reed and his Contemporaries (1940s-1980s)

Rebecca Brienen headshotInstructor:  Rebecca Brienen, PhD

This class will address Reed’s New Mexican career, from his early involvement in the Taos artistic scene in the 1940s to the 1970s. Over this ~25 period, Reed became an established member of the Taos artistic community locally, but continued to seek a national audience through his participation in juried exhibitions and invitational around the country.  On site at the Doel Reed Center, we will learn about Reed’s artistic practice and observe the etching and aquatint process. The class will also include a discussion of Reed’s contemporaries, including Gene Kloss and Howard Cook, among many others. We will take trips as a group to local and regional museums and galleries to study works of art first hand.

New Mexico Cooking*

Carol Moder headshotInstructor:  Carol Moder, PhD

What makes the food of New Mexico distinctive? The blending of the traditional food of the Pueblos with the later influences of the Spanish. Learn about these historical influences on New Mexico food and cook contemporary New Mexico recipes. Hands-on cooking and experiences with New Mexico chefs.



Nick Streit headshotInstructor:  Nick Streit, Taos Flyshop

Beginners will learn about the skills and equipment needed  to become a fly fisherman — basics of the fly rod and reel, fly casting, pond and stream ecology, matching the hatch (identifying what fly to use when), knot tying, fish identification, ethics, rules and regulations and safety. Intermediates will have a review of skills. Both groups will  get the chance to put their skills to the test in local ponds, lakes or rivers.


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Course fees do not cover lodging expenses. For lodging information, please click here.


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