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, 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

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


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)

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


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




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




Watercolor (A)
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

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



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




Frontier Photography
Sundays: October 4, 11, 18, 25; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public $85
*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. Off-site 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





Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
This class will build upon basic drawing skills and teach advanced rendering techniques in portraiture, perspective, and value. Students will spend time drawing from within the Museum’s unique architectural spaces and hone their skills working with a dressed model.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Intro to Oil Painting
Thursdays: October 15, 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $115
Artworks from the Museum’s collection will provide insight to oil painting approaches and subjects. Students will learn the basics of color mixing, layering, glazing, and application techniques.
Instructor: Troy Muller





Acrylic Painting: Unique Techniques
Saturdays: October 17, 24, 31, November 7, 14, 21; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Experiment with new acrylic painting techniques in this class that will introduce you to painting on altered surfaces, painting additives, thin glazes, and non-traditional tools.
Instructor: Matt Jones





Watercolor (B)
Fridays: November 6, 13, 20, December 4, 11, 18; 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: John Miller





Photography: Digital Editing Basics
Sundays: November 8, 15, 22; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
*Students need to bring a digital camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
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 spend time collecting photographs within the Museum and return to the studio to receive guided instruction on how to use digital tools to enhance each shot.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Drawing: Figure Studies
Thursdays: December 3, 10, 17; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
Spend time drawing from a live model to better understand anatomy and proportion. Short exercises combined with extended sessions utilizing a variety of drawing tools will provide the confidence you need to accurately render the figure. Students will draw from a nude model; written permission is required for anyone under age 18.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Comic Illustration: Stylized Animals
Thursdays: December 3, 10, 17; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public: $50
A collection of children’s book illustrations by Eric Rohmann will be the springboard for students learning to illustrate their own original, stylized animal characters.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham




Oil Painting: Portraiture Basics
Saturdays: December 5, 12, 19; 1-3:30 pm

Joslyn Members: $50; General Public: $60
This condensed class will provide a foundation for painting portraits in oil. Utilizing a dressed model, students will learn facial proportion, knife and brush techniques, as well as color mixing and glazing methods used by artists to create lifelike flesh and character.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup