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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Class Brochure

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Fall 2014 Class Brochure

Winter-Spring 2015 Class Brochure



Fall 2014 & Winter-Spring 2015

Basic Drawing
Thursdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5, 12; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
This class will introduce basic drawing concepts and techniques to new students and hone the skills of experienced artists. Explore a variety of drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.
Instructor: Ron Sykes

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


Creating Comics: Telling a Story
Thursdays: January 8, 15, 22, 29, February 5 12; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $80; General Public: $90
Gain insight to traditional methods of comic book story design. Students will use artworks from popular graphic novels as a guide while learning to storyboard a narrative with thumbnail sketches and carefully construct dynamic page layouts using industry standard tools and materials.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham




Watercolor (A)
Fridays: January 9, 16, 23, 30, February 6, 13; 9:30 am-noon
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: John Miller




Acrylic Effects: Experiments & Explorations
Saturdays: January 10, 17, 24, 31; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $50; General Public $60
Push the boundaries of acrylic painting by experimenting with new techniques in this class that will introduce you to using painting additives and non-traditional tools on altered surfaces to create a series of abstract paintings.
Instructor: Matt Jones




Basic Photography
Sundays: January 11, 18, 25; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
Students need to bring a digital camera
Learn to use your digital camera to its fullest potential. This introduction to digital photography will teach you the ins-and-outs of taking pictures. Individualized instruction will give insight to the many settings and operations of a wide range of camera models.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Photography: Comic Book Action
Sundays: February 1, 8, 15, 22, March 1; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $80
Students need to bring a digital camera; February 15 & 22 sessions to meet at Boiler Room Studios
Use your camera to tell a story with fantastical action through instruction and practice with character models. After an introduction to photography basics and a visit to an exhibition of artworks from graphic novels, students will work with costumed models and martial artists to create sequential images that illustrate a story or action.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Intro to Oil Painting
Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $115
Learn the basics of oil painting through the creation of observational and abstracted studies of still life objects. Students will receive instruction on how to lay out a composition with an under-painting, learn to mix color, and experiment with various brush and palette knife techniques.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup





Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: February 19, 26, March 5, 12, 19, 26; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public $85
Further your drawing ability in this class that will introduce advanced techniques and help you refine your skills. Observational practice throughout the Museum will improve your studio skills and guided instruction with a model will expand your experience with portraiture.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Acrylic Effects: Abstracted Compositions
Saturdays: February 21, 28, March 7, 14, 21, 28; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Use non-traditional tools, layering, and glazing techniques to create carefully abstracted compositions that borrow ideas from American Modernists in the gallery. Students will abstract a variety of subjects by utilizing methods such as a magnified motif, selective transfers, and reductive observations.
Instructor: Matt Jones





Watercolor (B)
Fridays: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3; 9:30 am-noon
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: John Miller





Photography in the Gardens: Up Close and Personal
Sundays: March 15, 22, 29; 1-3 pm
Joslyn and Lauritzen Gardens Members: $40; General Public $50
Students need to bring a digital camera; all session held at Lauritzen Gardens.
Explore Lauritzen Gardens' newly opened Marjorie K. Daugherty Conservatory while learning basic photography techniques, including how to utilize a tripod to create closely framed shots that mimic the abstracted floral compositions of Georgia O’Keeffe.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson





Acyclic Painting: American Individualism
Thursdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Students will create original canvas paintings influenced by American painters of the early 20th century. Visits to an exhibition featuring a range of individualistic styles will encourage students to find a personal style all their own. Through exercises and structured instruction students will understand basic acrylic painting techniques and create a refined composition that emulate the “outsider” with unique vision.
Instructor: Troy Muller





Oil Painting: Portraits of the Past
Thursdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7; 6-8:30 pm
Class held at Petrow’s Restaurant on April 9
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Norman Rockwell’s idealistic vision of America provides the framework for this class that will teach advanced oil painting methods through the creation of portrait paintings fit for The Saturday Evening Post. Students will utilize an off-site session at Petrow’s classic soda fountain to take photographs and make study sketches of a costumed model to be used as references for nostalgic portrait paintings back at Joslyn’s studios.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup




Photography: Post-Industrial Omaha
Sundays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
*Students need to bring a digital camera; April 19 & 26 sessions will meet offsite, maps will be provided.
An exhibtion of Andrew Borowiec’s photographs of once booming factories and industries will provide a springboard to learn field photography techniques. After a visit to the galleries and initial instruction at Joslyn, students will meet at areas just north and south of the Old Market to document some of Omaha’s current and former industries.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson