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: 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

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

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

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

This class is closed.

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