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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Art Class Gift Certificate
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Class Brochure
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Fall 2014 Class Brochure

Fall 2014

Acrylic Painting: Pop Portraits
Thursdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $120
Students will learn basic color theory while using acrylic painting techniques and stencil methods to create stylized Pop portraits à la Andy Warhol. Select a cultural icon and fabulously depict that person as never seen before!
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart

Understanding Color
Thursdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $120
This class will explore the scientific and physiological principles of color through experimentation in the studio and visits to the galleries. Students will use pastels, watercolor, and acrylic paint to complete a variety of studies demonstrating how color interaction alters the way art is perceived by the eye and mind.
Instructor: Ron Sykes

Basic Screen Printing
Sundays: November 2, 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $130; General Public $150
This class will teach basic screen printing techniques that can be easily done at home. Students will create and transfer original designs onto a mesh screen using a photosynthetic emulsion. A special visit to the Union for Contemporary Art will allow for printing practice in a fully-equipped print shop. Students will return to Joslyn to produce stacks of screen-printed images.
Instructor: Phil Hawkins

Pop Photography
Sundays: November 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $35; General Public $40
*Students need to bring a digital camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Take a page from Pop artists like Andy Warhol while learning basic photography and Photoshop techniques. After viewing the exhibtion In Living Color and practicing with cameras at Joslyn, students will visit Omaha’s Dundee and Benson neighborhoods to collect iconic images of advertising and landmarks. Alter them in Photoshop to represent your Pop subjects in a new context.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson

Watercolor (B)
Fridays: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19; 9:30 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $100; 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

Sculpture: Bronze Knots
Saturdays: November 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13, 20; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $165; General Public $180
An installation of artful knots by Orly Genger made from bronze, glass, aluminum, and other materials will provide inspiration as students learn the basics of bronze casting. Using wrapped and tied rope as a springboard for ideas, students will create simple abstract sculptures and learn the mold-making procedures necessary to create a small, finished sculpture cast with bronze. Final casting will take place during the last class of the series and will be held at Hot Shops Arts Center.
Instructor: Pamela Hinson

Creating Comics: Character Design
Thursdays: December 4, 11, 18; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
The first in a series of comic-based courses, this class will teach the foundations of character development. An exhibition featuring sketches, story boards, and finished panels from well-known graphic novels will provide insight to the creative process of comic illustrators and introduce you to professional materials.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham

Knotted Sculpture
Saturdays: December 6, 13, 20; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
Transform standard hardware store rope into intricate works of sculpture inspired by artworks in the gallery by Orly Genger. Students will learn to use their hands to loop, knot, and tie a variety of cords to make freestanding abstract forms and undulating blankets of rope.
Instructor: Therese Straseski

Photography: Winter Scenes
Sunday: December 7; 1-4 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $25; General Public $30
*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Bundle up for this one-day photography session held at Lauritzen Gardens. Capture the stark beauty of barren trees, snow-covered grounds, and hundreds of carefully arranged poinsettias. This session will end with hot chocolate and a chance to share your images for a group critique.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson