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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Basic Drawing
Thursdays: January 4, 11, 18, 25, February 1, 8; 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




Canvas Painting: Stretched to Finished
Thursdays: January 4 (no class January 11), 18, 25, February 1; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $72.25; General Public $85
In this condensed introduction to acrylic painting, students will not only learn the basics of color mixing, acrylic mediums, and paint application, but also how to stretch and prime a canvas.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Acrylic Painting: Painting Loose
Saturdays: January 13, 20, 27, February 3; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $72.25; General Public $85
This class will encourage students to react and respond to paint in order to create artworks without predetermined objectives. Experimentation with altered surfaces, painting additives, thin glazes, and non-traditional tools will ensure unexpected results and spark new ideas as students learn to control acrylic paint.
Instructor: Matt Jones




Watercolor Painting (A)
Fridays: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 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: Matt Jones




Winter Photography: Snowy Gardens
Sunday: January 21, 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $21.25; General Public $25
Bundle up for a photography session at Lauritzen Gardens. Capture the stark beauty of barren trees and snow-covered grounds as you frame the winter wonderland within your lens. Finish with hot chocolate and image sharing during a group critique. Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Digital Photography: Editing Basics
Sundays: February 4, 11, 18, 25, March 4; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $79.05; General Public $93
For those interested in learning to correct or edit their digital photographs, this class will teach the basic ins and outs of Photoshop Elements. Students will take photos in the Museum and return to the studio for guided instruction on how to use digital tools to enhance each shot. One session will teach chromo key editing utilizing a model and green screen photo session. Students need to bring a digital camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Drawing with Powder: Trompe l'Oeil Values
Saturdays: February 10, 17, 24, March 3; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $61.20; General Public $72
Draw inspiration from Ed Ruscha’s use of graphite, charcoal, and gunpowder to create your own eye fooling, trompe l’oeil drawings full of three-dimensional illusion. Learn to apply, remove, and model graphite powder while closely observing a personally created model. Combine highlights and shadows in a way that makes the image rise off the flat surface of the paper.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock




Oil Painting: Landmarks & Icons
Tour & Introduction: Sunday, February 11; 1-3 pm
Thursdays: February 15, 22, March 1 (no class March 8), 15, 22, 29; 6-8:30 pm

Joslyn Members: $109.65; General Public $129
After a tour featuring Ed Ruscha’s Pop paintings of California architecture and landmarks, such as gas stations and the Hollywood sign, students will carpool or caravan to collect photographs to use later. In the studio, using our photos, we’ll learn image transfer techniques and oil painting basics to create paintings of Omaha landmarks and icons.
Instructor: Katrina Swanson




Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $90.95; General Public $107
This class will build upon basic drawing skills and teach advanced rendering techniques in portraiture, perspective, and value. Students will spend time drawing from a dressed model.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Watercolor Painting (B)
Fridays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13; 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: Matt Jones




Acrylic Effects: Pop Compositions
Saturdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $96.90; General Public $114
This class will encourage students to thoughtfully utilize unexpected acrylic painting techniques to execute organized compositional designs. With art by Ed Ruscha as a jumping off point, learn to plan sequential layers of paint, create protective masks between layers, and transfer commonplace images or words to create personal pictures with a West Coast Pop influence.
Instructor: Matt Jones




The Union + Joslyn:
Multi-Color Screen Prints

(A) Thursday: February 22; 6:30-9 pm
(B) Thursday: March 29; 6:30-9 pm
(C) Thursday: April 26; 6:30-9 pm

Joslyn Members & General Public: $10
Register through The Union for Contemporary Art at www.u-ca.eventbrite.com.
See artworks by Ed Ruscha, including several screen-printed images, in an exhibition tour at Joslyn. Then carpool or caravan to The Union for Contemporary Art - just up the street at 2423 N. 24th St. - to create a four-color screen print from a prepared image inspired by Ruscha’s work.
Instructor: Dan Crane




Simple Screen Printing
Saturdays: March 10, 17, 24; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $65.45; General Public $77
Learn to create a simple screen-printed image at home using a cut paper stencil and a stretched screen on a frame. Taking Ed Ruscha’s lead, students will learn to transfer and cut letters and text into stencils and experiment with ‘organic’ inks such as chocolate sauce or ketchup. Students will have opportunity to print with permanent inks as well to create t-shirts, bags, and posters.
Instructor: Dan Crane




Photography: Assembled Panoramas
Sundays: March 18, 25; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public $50
This workshop will teach students to capture and assemble images to create handmade, large format, panoramic pictures by splicing and arranging printed images. Inspired by Ed Ruscha’s documentation of the Sunset Strip, students will carpool or caravan to take photos along Omaha’s distinctive 24th Street during the first session, then assemble them during session two. Students need to bring a digital camera or phone with photographic capabilities.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Black & White Photography: Documenting a Theme
Sunday: April 8; noon-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $44.20; General Public $52
With a nod to Ed Ruscha’s photography collections of Los Angeles apartment buildings and gas stations, often assembled into books, this photo workshop will encourage students to notice commonalties found along Omaha’s 24th Street. Students will be guided on the basics of digital black and white photography and challenged to look for recurring objects, architecture, and themes found from one end of 24th Street to the other. Transportation provided. Those interested in assembling their photographs into a book are encouraged to register for Bookmaking: Accordion Books. Students need to bring a digital camera or smart phone.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Painting: Words & Phrases
Thursdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $78.20; General Public $92
Influenced by his background in commercial design, artist Ed Ruscha often includes words and phrases in paintings and prints. In this class you will learn simple techniques and tricks to create personalized and artful hand-painted lettering from a professional commercial sign painter.
Instructor: Sharon Manhart




Bookmaking: Accordion Books
Sunday: April 15; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $24.65; General Public $29
As the name implies, accordion books unfold in a back-and-forth fashion that can stretch the length of a room. This workshop will teach students to measure, crease, cut and construct a finely crafted accordion book with a front and back cover. Those who wish to include images in their book are encouraged to register for Black & White Photography: Documenting a Theme, or to bring 4”x4” personal photographs.
Instructor: Maranda Allbritten




Watercolor Painting (C)
Fridays: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25; 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: Matt Jones