Education Activities

Are you looking for something to do with the family at home?

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum has online projects, “how to” art experiments and lessons based on some of our favorite camps, school field trips, family days, and Caballero Explorer Pack art lessons the museum has hosted over the years with the help of our generous sponsors. The best part is you can make art in the comfort of your home. Funding provided by a generous grant from Cox Charities.

Mixing Colors Experiment

At the Desert Caballeros Western Museum, guests who check out the Caballeros Explorer Pack will find color paddles to view their surroundings in new ways and learn about color mixing.

Ringtail Coloring Page

The ringtail is the Arizona State Mammal. They are bashful and usually come out of hiding at night. They were once called “miner’s cats” but are not related to cats at all. Ringtails are actually members of the raccoon family.

Bola Tie Coloring Page

The Bola Tie patent was awarded to Wickenburg’s own Vic Cedarstaff in 1959. It was originally called a “piggin’ necktie” because it resembled the pigging string used by cowboys to hog-tie calves.

Cactus Wren Coloring Page

The cactus wren is the state bird of Arizona and eats primarily insects. It is a desert bird because it obtains almost all of the water it needs from its food. A cactus wren will rarely drink water even when it is plentiful.

Marbling with Shaving Cream

Every summer the Desert Caballeros Western Museum hosts one or more classes at Camp Imagination in partnership with the Del E. Webb Center for the Performing Arts.

Ridge Nosed Rattlesnake Coloring-Page

The ridge-nosed rattlesnake forages in the fallen leaves for its favorite foods, including lizards, mice, and centipedes. This relatively small rattlesnake has a raised ridge that borders the snout.

Rock Cactus Project

Throughout the year the Desert Cabaleros Western Museum hosts several family events. We wanted to share with you one of our favorite projects from the spring of 2019, rock cactus.


One of only two native trout species in the state, Apache trout is the Arizona state fish. Identified by the olive-green and yellowish body, this fish inhabits the clear, cold waters in Arizona Fun Fact Apache trout was one of the first fish species protected Arizona’s White Mountains.

Collaborative Art

The Desert Caballeros Western Museum hosts various family events throughout the year. One of our favorite projects to kick off the start of 2020 was a collaborative painting of a giant boot!

Grade K Cowboy Counting Lesson

Students will find quantities by counting items depicted in Western art and discuss their purpose as it relates to their jobs.

Grade K Desert Plants Lesson

Learn to identify common plants found in the desert southwest.

Grade 2 America the Beautiful Lesson

Students will write a response after listening to America the Beautiful based on an iconic American landscape, Pike’s Peak.

Grade 2 Cloud Lesson

Students will analyze cloud formations depicted in Western art.

Grade 2 Landscape Lesson

Students will demonstrate their knowledge of landforms through the artistic process.

Grade 5 Shape and Form Lesson

Analyze the concept of shape and form to create two works of art based on one image.

Grade 6 Cowboy Poetry Lesson

Students will write a poem inspired by Western themes.

Arizona Tree Frog

This small, green (sometimes bronze-colored) frog lives in the marshes and pine forests above 5,000 feet. The school children of Arizona voted the tree frog as the state amphibian in 1986.

Flower Pounding

One of our “smashing” family events at DCWM has been flower pounding. Here is how you can reproduce the same art at home with helpful tips from our very own Wickenburg resident Hartley Bennett.

Two-Tailed Swallowtail Butterfly

In 2001, this yellow and black beauty was designated as the Arizona state butterfly. Swallowtail butterflies are the largest species of butterfly found in the United States.

Art Elements with Craft Stems

Bend, shape and create with this tactile lesson teaching the Elements of Art using craft stems.

Mixed Media Relief

From family days to camps, DCWM has hosted a variety of mixed media art projects. Here is how you can make your own mixed media relief on a board.

Caption This Photograph Game

Studying photographs is a great way to involve everyone in the family. Try out this game using historical photographs from the Desert Caballeros Western Museum collection.

Day of the Dead

Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) is two days of celebration, November 1st and 2nd, to commemorate the lives of the departed and welcome the return of their spirits. The history of Day of the Dead is embedded with indigenous and Spanish customs and has become increasingly popular in Latin America and the United States.

Sugar Skull Outline

Design a sugar skull.

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