Adult & Teen Classes
Adult and teen classes are taught by community artists who have personal and creative experience within their areas of instruction. Students are eligible to attend these classes at the age of 13. Advance registration is required and all necessary supplies are provided.

 
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Acrylic Painting: Personal Iconography
Thursdays: April 4, 11, 18, 25, May 2, 9; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $96.90; General Public $114
Artists like Purvis Young and Jean-Michel Basquiat address issues of identity and history through personal symbolism and iconography. This class will encourage students to generate a set of simple, abstract symbols through spontaneous mark making and collaboration before creating a personal illustrative painting.
Instructor: Sarah Rowe




Watercolor Basics
Fridays: April 5, 12 (no class April 19) 26, May 3 10, 17; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $97.75; General Public $115
Explore basic watercolor painting as you work from photographic observation. Learn how to mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and practice a variety of brush techniques. Experienced students will enjoy working in the studio with a knowledgeable instructor as a resource for questions or critique.
Instructor: Matthew Jones




Watercolor in the Gardens
Mondays: April 29, May 6, 13, 20; 6-8 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $72.25; General Public $85
Stop and paint the roses in this class that will teach the watercolor basics. Instruction will combine practice in the studio and plein air experiences within the picturesque settings of Lauritzen Gardens. All classes meet at Lauritzen Gardens, 100 Bancroft St.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock




Acrylic Painting: Unique Techniques
Saturdays: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $76.50; General Public $90
Experiment with new acrylic painting techniques in this class that will introduce you to painting on altered surfaces, painting additives, thin glazes, and non-traditional tools.
Instructor: Matthew Jones



Watercolor Basics
Sundays: June 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $73.50; General Public $87
Explore basic watercolor painting as you work from photographic observation. Learn how to mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and practice a variety of brush techniques. Experienced students will enjoy working in the studio with a knowledgeable instructor as a resource for questions or critique.
Instructor: Matthew Jones



Basic Drawing
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $80.75; General Public $95
This class will introduce basic drawing concepts and techniques to new students and hone the skills of experienced artists. Students will explore a variety of drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.
Instructor: Ron Sykes



Oil Painting Fundamentals
Thursdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27, July 11, 18; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $90.95; General Public $107
Artworks from the Museum’s collection will provide insight to oil painting approaches and subjects. Students will learn to mix color and practice with color and value relationships through the creation of studies made with thin layers of paint and alla prima practices.
Instructor: Laura Nothern



Handmade Frames
Saturday-Sunday: July 13-14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $81.60; General Public $96
Put the finishing touch on your artwork with a handmade frame. This two-part workshop will teach students how to use simple hand tools and lumber to create a gallery worthy picture frame at home.
Instructor: Matthew Jones



Ceramics: Clay Chairs
Saturdays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $89.25; General Public $105
Learn basic hand-building ceramic sculpture techniques in this class that will take inspiration from a special exhibition of 200 hundred years of chair designs. Students will use clay slabs to construct small scale maquettes.
Instructor: Peter Cales



Carpentry Design: Off the Wall
Saturdays: July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $130.90; General Public $154
Create a unique bookshelf of your own design in this class that will teach simple carpentry skills using basic hand tools. A historic collection of chair designs in the gallery will inspire bookshelf ideas from traditional to totally off the wall.
Instructor: Matthew Jones



Advanced Drawing: Portraits and Perspective in Plein Air
Thursdays: July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $89.25; General Public $105
This course will move beyond drawing basics and introduce portraiture and perspective techniques. Students will spend time studying the proportional relationships of the human face, using a model, to create portrait drawings and apply concepts of perspective through observational renderings of the Museum’s galleries and outdoor spaces.
Instructor: Ron Sykes



BENCH+JOSLYN
Joslyn is pleased to partner with Bench, a public woodworking shop and artesian hub located in Omaha’s makerhood, north of downtown. Bench offers hobbyists and professional makers the community, equipment, and space to build great things. Through this partnership, students will receive insight into the artistry required to create the chairs in the exhibition The Art of Seating: 200 Years of American Design.


Intro to Woodworking with BENCH
Held at Bench: 1441 N. 11th St.
Saturday: July 13; 10:30 am-2:30 pm

(The workshop will break for lunch and an opportunity to visit The Art of Seating at Joslyn.)
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $100
This course combines Safety Orientation and Woodshop 101 in one day. Learn the basics of shop safety and working at Bench while using every piece of equipment to practice a variety of cuts, skills, and techniques. This course is a prerequisite for Chair Construction with BENCH
(below).
Instructor: Ben Petersen




Chair Construction with BENCH
Held at Bench: 1441 N. 11th St.
Tuesdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6; 6-8:30 pm

Joslyn Members: $221; General Public $260
(Students must have completed Intro to Woodworking.)
Build a chair that is uniquely your own in this special woodworking series. Learn the steps, tools, and techniques needed to create a chair that looks good and can support a body looking to relax. Students will work from a “kit” that will allow for alterations and embellishments to give each chair a personal touch.
Instructor: Ben Petersen



Oil Painting Compositions: Color & Chairs
Thursdays: July 25, August 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $90.95; General Public $107
With loose inspiration from an exhibition of chair designs, this class will use the chair as its subject while exploring compositions and color. Students will better understand color theory through poster studies of empty chairs that will encourage experimentation with different ways to compose a painting and gain confidence with oil paint.
Instructor: Laura Nothern



Intro to Photography
Sundays: August 4, 11, 18, 25; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $47.60; General Public $56
Learn the ins and outs of digital photography in this class that will teach you to make the most of your camera’s settings and functions. Students will spend time in the studios and in the Museum’s public spaces to take photographs and explore photographic possibilities. Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson