From Plein Air to Paleontology: Learning at the Art Center

Education

At Tippet Rise, we celebrate love for art, music, architecture, and nature. From concerts to workshops, our guests participate in a wide variety of unique opportunities for learning, interpretation, interaction, and inspiration.

Our educational programs include watercolor, drawing, printmaking, and sculpture workshops for children and adults; summer camps for children from the Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County; and Montana Shakespeare in the Schools performances and workshops for the region’s K-12 students. We host workshops that focus on ecology and conservation, including crafting musical instruments with recycled materials, bird and bee house building, and creating nature monotypes.

Sunday concerts for children and their families feature musical instrument “petting zoos” and lively interaction with world-class performers. Group piano lessons for children from throughout the region allow students to learn and practice on our extraordinary pianos in the acoustically rich Olivier Music Barn. During the installation of several of the art center’s monumental sculptures, students from Red Lodge, Luther, Fishtail, and Nye participated in workshops led by the sculptors, engaging with and learning from renowned artists and architects.

Each summer, Tippet Rise hosts interns from universities across the region—and across the country. They engage in hands-on experiences that prepare them for careers in the arts and natural sciences: from range management to stage management, art center operations to audio and video production.

A Montana State University Honors College “Art Expedition” course brought more than two dozen Honors students to Tippet Rise during the summers of 2016 and 2017. Students attended concerts, toured the sculptures, and learned about the art center’s green energy systems. In 2016, their visit included time with sculptor Stephen Talasnik, creator of Satellite #5: Pioneer, and percussionist Doug Perkins. This year, they engaged in discussions with the art center’s founders, Peter and Cathy Halstead, architect Laura Viklund, and Tippet Rise Artistic Advisor, Charles Hamlen.

Geo-Paleo tours of Tippet Rise offered in partnership with the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association explore and illuminate the geological history of Tippet Rise and the region. Additionally, Tippet Rise partners with the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, the University of Montana, Brown University, Billings Symphony Orchestra, Blackfoot Pathways: Sculpture in the Wild, the UK’s National Theatre, Royal Shakespeare Company, and Glyndebourne opera, as well as our region’s many community organizations.

Finally, through pre-concert talks and often during recitals, our performers share their insights with each and every concertgoer.

Painting the Isabelle Johnson way

Painting the Isabelle Johnson way

Children from the Boys & Girls Club of Carbon County learn to paint the way they see it, "just like Isabelle did."

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Geo-Paleo Tours of Tippet Rise reveal the region’s geological wonders

Geo-Paleo Tours of Tippet Rise reveal the region’s geological wonders

A partnership with the Yellowstone Bighorn Research Association allows guests an inside-look at the forces that shaped our landscape

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An afternoon with Stephen Talasnik

An afternoon with Stephen Talasnik

Montana students create art with sculptor Stephen Talasnik at Tippet Rise.

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Youth Billings Quartet performs under the Tiara Acoustic Shell at Tippet Rise

Youth Billings Quartet performs under the Tiara Acoustic Shell at Tippet Rise

Teen musicians, Magic City Strings, speak about their experience performing at Tippet Rise for elementary school students from nearby Absarokee.

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