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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Oil Painting: Old West Portraits
Saturdays: February 20, 27, March 5, 12, 19; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $120; General Public: $130
This extended portraiture study will teach the fundamentals of oil painting methods
through the creation of a finished portrait painting. Our work will be guided by images of
rugged cattle hands on view in the galleries and close observation of a model dressed in
dusty, Western attire.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup





Beading Workshop: Spirit Bags
Sunday: February 21; 1-4 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public: $50
Many American Indian tribes used small pouches called spirit or medicine bags to hold tokens of good luck and health. Learn to create simple beaded signs, like those we'll see in the galleries, as you embellish a leather spirit bag of your own.
Instructor: Valery Killscrow Copeland





Beadwork: Pattern & Design
Sundays: February 28, March 6,13, 20; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $85; General Public: $95
Gain insight to this culturally significant craft by practicing a variety of beading techniques in the American Indian loomwork tradition. Students will view beaded artifacts within a special exhibition to examine pattern styles, symbols, and common design motifs that we'll incorporate into designs of our own.
Instructor: Valery Killscrow Copeland





Intro to Photography
Sundays: February 28, March 6, 13, 20; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $45; General Public: $55
*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Learn the ins-and-outs of digital photography in this class that will help you make the
most of your camera’s settings and functions. Students experiment with lighting, work
with a model, and will spend time in the studios and in the Museum’s public spaces to
take photographs and explore photographic possibilities.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson

This class is currently full. Click here to add your name and number to our wait list.



Drawing: Western Figure Studies
Thursdays: March 3,10, 17, 24, 31, April 7; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $95; General Public: $105
Learn the fundamentals of portraiture and figurative drawing though extended studies
with models in Western attire. Taking inspiration from ranch hands and pioneers featured
in the exhibition Go West!, we’ll learn to render the figure using pencil, charcoal, and
colored pastels.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock





Acrylic Painting: Symbolic Story Telling
Thursdays:  March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $110; General Public: $120
Create a finished acrylic painting on birch panel that incorporates narrative pictographs.
Traditional American Indian objects and contemporary paintings in the galleries will
encourage students to create original symbols for use within abstracted compositions.
Instructor: Sarah Rowe





Watercolor (B)
Fridays: March 4, 11, 18, 25, April 1, 8; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; 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





Landscape Painting: Views of the Missouri River Valley
Saturdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7; 10 am-12:30 pm
*April 9 session: students are encouraged to carpool or caravan from Joslyn to the
Hitchcock Nature Center.

Joslyn Members: $120; General Public: $130
Get a taste of the life of the artist-explorer as you combine experiences creating field
studies with compositional refinement and careful oil paining practice in the studio. Like
Thomas Moran and Albert Bierstadt, students will travel into nature to create field studies
to be used as references for oil paintings created in Joslyn’s studios. Students will
caravan to the Hitchcock Nature Center near Crescent, IA, to record views of the
Missouri River Valley through photographs and pastel drawings. Back at Joslyn’s studios
we’ll use our studies to create finished landscape paintings.
Instructor: Troy Muller





Frontier Photography
Sundays: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $80; General Public: $90
*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Step back in time to capture scenes of frontier Nebraska. This class will offer technical
digital photography instruction and one-on-one support as students explore sites near
Omaha that offer a glimpse into the past. Offsite visits will include opportunities to shoot
a living history demonstration at Fort Atkinson, cowboy life at Shady Lane Ranch, and a
costumed model at the General Crook House. All classes will begin at Joslyn in order to
caravan or carpool to each site.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson





Drawing: Perspective & Architecture
Thursdays: April 14, 21, 28, May 5; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $60; General Public: $70
This series focuses on rendering space and perspective to accurately describe elements of
architecture. Students will learn the science of visual perspective and tricks artists use to
record their observations. Joslyn’s building will provide weekly drawing challenges
throughout the galleries and other interesting spaces.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Painting: Getting Abstract
Thursdays: April 14, 21, 28, May 5; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $90; General Public: $100
Explore acrylic paint, pen & 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

This class is currently full. Click here to add your name and number to our wait list.