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 materials and supplies are provided.

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Summer Classes

Wilderness Studies
Wednesdays: July 2, July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm; at Fontenelle Forest
Gallery Tour: Sunday, June 15; 1:00 pm at Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Members: $88; General Public: $98


Join us as we trek the trails of Fontenelle Forest and learn to use a variety of media to capture first-hand views of the forest, wetlands, and prairie. Inspired by Thomas Moran’s visit to Yellowstone we’ll learn to use watercolors, pastels, and charcoal while on the move in the wilderness.

Instructor: Ron Sykes
Altered Acrylics: Color-Scapes
Saturdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $83; General Public: $93


The ethereal color and painterly approach of Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone chromolithographs helped convince America to form the National Parks. We’ll use these images as inspiration as we learn to create dreamlike landscapes using alternative acrylic painting techniques that combine traditional approaches, materials from the hardware store, and other far-out ideas.

Instructor: Mathew Jones


Photography: A Walk in the Parks
Sundays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public: $65


An exhibition by William Sutton’s photographs of America’s public lands will inspire us to capture images of Omaha’s public parks. We’ll begin at Joslyn for inspiration from Sutton’s images and practice some photography basics in the sculpture gardens. You’ll receive a map and the group will meet each week at a different park throughout Omaha. We’ll capture natural beauty at Hummel Park, shoot architecture and landscape design at Elmwood Park, and work with an active model at Seymour Smith Park.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson

Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $86; General Public: $96


Further your drawing ability in this class that will introduce advanced techniques and help you refine your skills. Observational experiences throughout the Museum will improve your studio skills and guided instruction with a nude model will give you confidence to accurately render the figure.
Written permission required for students under age 18.

Instructor: Ron Sykes


Watercolor in the Gardens
Mondays: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $83; General Public: $93


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.

Instructor: Cody Wheelock


Landscapes: Shooting for the Canvas
Thursdays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21; 6-8 pm
Gallery Tour- Sunday, July 13; 1 pm at Joslyn Art Museum
First class session to be held at Fontenelle Forrest.
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $115


This special class will combine basic photography instruction with an introduction to oil painting. Students will start with a camera at Fontelle Forest, receiving instruction from both a photography and a painting professional, to frame and capture views of the woods to use later in the studio. Back at Joslyn, we’ll discuss ideas of compositional design then edit and combine elements of our photos to create idealized views of nature in a finished oil painting.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson & Martie Wagner


Basic Drawing
Thursdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $72; General Public: $84


Learn basic drawing concepts or hone your skills. Explore a variety of drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.

Instructor: Ron Sykes
Painting Basic: Start to Finish
Thursdays, September 4, 11, 18, October 2, 9, 16; 6-8:30 PM
Open Studio: Thursday , September 25
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $120


Learn the basics of acrylic painting including how to stretch canvas. Experience a variety of color-mixing and brush technique exercises before creating a finished composition.

Instructor: Rachel Mindrup
Acrylic Effects
Saturdays: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18; 1-3:30 PM
Joslyn Members: $105 General Public: $120


Push the boundaries of acrylic painting by expirimenting with new techniques including painting on altered surfaces and using additives and non-traditional tools.

Instructor: Matt Jones
Watercolor
Fridays, September 19, 26, october 3, 10, 17, 24; 9:30 am- noon
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public: $115


Explore basic watercolor painting or hone your skills as you work from photographic observation. Mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and practice a variety of brush strokes.

Instructor: John Miller