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 materials and supplies are provided.

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Winter Classes

Stone Sculpture             
Thursdays: February 27, March 6, 13, 20, 27, April 3; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $140; General Public: $150

Let ancient sculptures of Poseidon and Triton be your guide as you learn to sculpt with stone. Students will use traditional tools of hammer and chisel to create small works of sculpture from alabaster.

Instructor: Pamela Hinson

Pamela Hinson is an accomplished sculptor who works in bronze, alabaster, wood, and casted cotton paper. She received her BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary. Her artwork is a way for her to embrace, denounce, and attempt to understand social and personal issues.

Watch this video with Pamela Hinson for an introduction to this great class!





Watercolor B
Fridays:March 7, 14, 21, 28, April 4, 11; 9:30 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public: $115


This class will accommodate both beginning and advanced students. Beginning students will explore basic watercolor painting practices including how to mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and a variety of brush techniques. Advanced students will be given tailored instruction and benefit from working with a knowledgeable instructor as a resource for questions or critique.

Instructor: John Miller

Acrylic Painting: Unique Techniques
Thursdays: March 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24, May 1; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $84; General Public $96


Experiment with new acrylic painting techniques in this class that will introduce you to painting on altered surfaces and using painting additives and non-traditional tools.

Instructor: Matt Jones
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Life Drawing
Thursdays: April 10, 17, 24, May 1, 8; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $84; General Public $96
This class is full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list.
Guided drawing exercises designed for the beginning to advanced student will intensify the participant’s ability to see and record the human figure. Focus will be on gesture, line, mass, value and proportion, with the nude figure as the subject.
*Written parental permission required for students under age 18.

Instructor: Ron Sykes


Bronze Sculpture
Saturdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10, 17, 24; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $140; General Public: $150

This class is now full. Click here to be placed on the waiting list.
The process of creating a sculpture in bronze includes many steps. Experience each for yourself in this special class! Use clay to create a small sculpture in the studio from which you will learn to make a series of molds, the last of which you will take to Hot Shops Art Center to have your sculpture cast in bronze.

Instructor: Pamela Hinson


Pamela Hinson is an accomplished sculptor who works in bronze, alabaster, wood, and casted cotton paper. She received her BA from the University of Nebraska at Omaha and a Masters in Organizational Leadership from the College of Saint Mary. Her artwork is a way for her to embrace, denounce, and attempt to understand social and personal issues.

Photography: Springtime in Omaha
Sundays: April 27, May 4, 11, 18; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $65; General Public $75


*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Explore the sights of Omaha in this class that will visit various landmarks as they break free from the ice and snow. Students will learn the basics of digital photography as we frame-up shiny sculptures at Joslyn, blooming flowers at Lauritzen Gardens, the bustle of life in the Old Market, and budding trees at Fontenelle Forest.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson


Summer Classes

Wheel Thrown Ceramics
Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 24, 26; 6-8:30 pm
Open Studio – Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm; Glaze Session –Tuesday, July 8, 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $192; General Public: $220

Use the potter’s wheel to create functional forms from hunks of moist clay in this class held at Creighton University’s ceramic studio. Tailored instruction will allow new potters to achieve success on the wheel and encourage experienced potters to explore new techniques. Open studio hours will allow you to experiment and practice at your own pace.

Instructor: Robert Johnson & Andy Smith


Intro to Acrylic Painting
Thursdays: June 5, 12, 19, 26, July 3, 10; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $87; General Public: $97


Learn the basics of acrylic paining with instruction covering everything from color mixing and paint application. Students will compete a series of small exercise compositions while working towards a finished canvas painting.

Instructor: Jaim Hackbart


Basic Photography: Lauritzen Gardens
Sundays: June 7, 14, 21, 28; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $60; General Public: $70


Blooming flowers and buzzing bees are forgiving subjects when you’re learning the ins-and-outs of a camera. This class, held at Lauritzen Gardens, will teach you to utilize your camera’s functions, and the principles of design, to take your pictures to a higher level. Students need to bring a digital camera.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson

Wilderness Studies
Wednesdays: July 2, July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm; at Fontenelle Forest
Gallery Tour: Sunday, June 15; 1:00 pm at Joslyn Art Museum
Joslyn Members: $88; General Public: $98


Join us as we trek the trails of Fontenelle Forest and learn to use a variety of media to capture first-hand views of the forest, wetlands, and prairie. Inspired by Thomas Moran’s visit to Yellowstone we’ll learn to use watercolors, pastels, and charcoal while on the move in the wilderness.

Instructor: Ron Sykes
Altered Acrylics: Color-Scapes
Saturdays: July 12, 19, 26, August 2, 9; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $83; General Public: $93


The ethereal color and painterly approach of Thomas Moran’s Yellowstone chromolithographs helped convince America to form the National Parks. We’ll use these images as inspiration as we learn to create dreamlike landscapes using alternative acrylic painting techniques that combine traditional approaches, materials from the hardware store, and other far-out ideas.

Instructor: Mathew Jones


Photography: A Walk in the Parks
Sundays: July 13, 20, 27, August 3; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public: $65


An exhibition by William Sutton’s photographs of America’s public lands will inspire us to capture images of Omaha’s public parks. We’ll begin at Joslyn for inspiration from Sutton’s images and practice some photography basics in the sculpture gardens. You’ll receive a map and the group will meet each week at a different park throughout Omaha. We’ll capture natural beauty at Hummel Park, shoot architecture and landscape design at Elmwood Park, and work with an active model at Seymour Smith Park.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson

Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $86; General Public: $96


Further your drawing ability in this class that will introduce advanced techniques and help you refine your skills. Observational experiences throughout the Museum will improve your studio skills and guided instruction with a nude model will give you confidence to accurately render the figure.
Written permission required for students under age 18.

Instructor: Ron Sykes


Watercolor in the Gardens
Mondays: July 14, 21, 28, August 4, 11; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $83; General Public: $93


Stop and paint the roses in this class that will teach the watercolor basics. Instruction will combine practice in the studio and plein air experiences within the picturesque settings of Lauritzen Gardens.

Instructor: Cody Wheelock


Landscapes: Shooting for the Canvas
Thursdays: July 17, 24, 31, August 7, 14, 21; 6-8 pm
Gallery Tour- Sunday, July 13; 1 pm at Joslyn Art Museum
First class session to be held at Fontenelle Forrest.
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $115


This special class will combine basic photography instruction with an introduction to oil painting. Students will start with a camera at Fontelle Forest, receiving instruction from both a photography and a painting professional, to frame and capture views of the woods to use later in the studio. Back at Joslyn, we’ll discuss ideas of compositional design then edit and combine elements of our photos to create idealized views of nature in a finished oil painting.

Instructor: Jim Ferguson & Martie Wagner