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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Summer 2015

Photography in the Gardens
Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-8 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $60; General Public $70
Blooming flowers and buzzing bees are forgiving subjects when you’re learning the ins-and-outs of a camera. This class, held at Lauritzen Gardens, will teach you to utilize your camera’s functions, and the principles of design, to take your pictures to a higher level. Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Comics: Graphic Narratives
Thursdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $76; General Public: $86
Tell a story using pictures in this class that will help you organize a plot with storyboards and teach you to create dynamic panel sheets. Work with dressed models to better render action poses and to study figurative elements. Artworks in the gallery will provide examples of carefully composed visual storytelling that we can incorporate into our own graphic narratives.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham

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Textile Design
Saturdays: July 11, 18, 25; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public: $65
Examples of contemporary textile art in the galleries will inspire students in this class to experiment with dyes, printmaking, and stitching to create colorful swatches of fabric with artistic qualities.
Instructor: Deb Hysack

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Photography: People & Parks
Sundays: August 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $60; General Public: $70
Explore a few of Omaha’s most beautiful parks while learning to pose and direct live models. Students will experiment with basic and advance digital camera settings to control natural light and capture figures as they interact with physical space. After an initial session in Joslyn’s studios, students will shoot with a model at Elmwood Park, Gene Leahy Mall, and Joslyn’s sculpture gardens.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Basic Drawing
Thursdays, September 3, 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8; 6–8 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
Students will explore drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.
Instructor: Julie Schram





Intro to Photography
Sundays, September 13, 20, 27; 1–3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public: $50
Make the most of your camera’s settings and functions! Take photos in the studio and in the Museum’s public spaces. Must bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson





Watercolor
Fridays, September 18, 25, October 2, 9, 16, 23; 10 am–12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $115
Explore basic watercolor painting as you work from photographic observation. Mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and practice a variety of brush techniques.
Instructor: John Miller





These special classes and workshops are taught by artists featured in Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln.


Mixed Media: Intuitive Mark Making
Thursday: July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public: $80
Experiment in a variety of media and create abstracted compositions on paper. Class instruction will present a variety of exercises and creative challenges that encourage subconscious mark making using acrylic paint, pen and ink, marker, and more.
Instructor: Kim Darling (Kim Reid Kuhn)





Ceramic Sculpture
Wednesdays: July 15, 22, 29; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public: $110
Learn basic ceramic carving and hand-building techniques, including slab and coil construction, in this special class with Art Seen exhibition artist Jess Benjamin. After visiting the exhibition, students will create sculptural clay objects based on geometric forms. First class meets at Joslyn and Benjamin’s Benson-area studio; all others meet at the artist’s studio.
Instructor: Jess Benjamin




Mixed Media Sculpture
Sundays: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $120
Combine sculpture, simple screen printing, painting, and drawing techniques to produce creatures inspired by classic movie monsters or folklore. Gain insight to Norton’s methods of making charming creatures that combine screen-printed and painted elements with relief sculpture construction to produce objects that come off the wall in a way similar to pop-up books.
Instructor: Joshua Norton




Free-Motion Quilts: Drawing with Needle & Thread
Saturdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $80; General Public: $90
See examples of textile, sketch original designs, and learn to use a free-motion quilting foot to “draw” intricate, rhythmic, and meditative designs with thread to create a textile wall hanging. The Museum will provide a free-motion quilting foot and other essential supplies. Students will need to supply their own machine.
Instructor: Shea Wilkinson




Kinetic Sculpture
Thursdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
Learn to use hand tools to construct wooden sculptures that incorporate simple mechanics to produce movement.
Instructor: Rich Mansfield




Workshop: Ephemeral Mold-Making
Thursday, August 20; 6–8 pm (gallery visit & demonstration)
Saturdays: August 22 & 29; 10 am–noon (studio practice)

Joslyn Members: $90; General Public: $100
Learn to create simple open-faced silicon molds that can be used to produce countless sculptural objects cast in wax, ice, or other materials that exist only momentarily.
Instructor: Dylan Lilla




Abstracted Compositions
Thursdays: September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $90; General Public: $100
Explore acrylic paint, pen and ink, and other materials to create large-format compositions that utilize elements of pattern, rhythm, variety, and color to produce thoughtful abstractions.
Instructor: Kim Darling (Kim Reid Kuhn)




Workshop: Block Printing
Saturday: September 12; 9 am-4pm (with a break for lunch)
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
The workshop will begin at The Union for Contemporary Art (24th & Burdette) with a demonstration of wood block printing. Students will then travel to the Museum to learn carving techniques and to produce original block-printed designs using easy-to-cut synthetic linoleum printing blocks.
Instructor: Watie White




Workshop: Personal Iconography
Saturday: September 26; 1-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public: $50
See how Sarah Rowe incorporates personal symbolism and traditions from her Native American heritage to make art about identity. Then use the tradition of “winter counts” to produce a visual language, with paint on leather, to create your own biographical narrative.
Instructor: Sarah Rowe