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: January 19, 26, February 2, 16, 23, March 2; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $79; General Public $95
This class will introduce basic drawing concepts and techniques to new students and hone the skills of experienced artists. Students will explore a variety of drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Intro to Acrylic Painting
Thursdays: January 19, 26, February 2, 9, 16, 23; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public $120
Gain confidence with a brush in this class that will teach the basics of acrylic painting. Students will experience a variety of exercises that will teach color mixing, and brush and knife techniques, before creating a simple still life composition.
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart





Watercolor (A)
Fridays: January 20, 27, February 3, 10, 17, 24; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $126
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: Matt Jones





Acrylic Painting: Unique Techniques
Saturdays: January 21, 28, February 4, 11; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $76; General Public $92
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





Intro to Photography
Sundays: January 29, February 5, 12; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $42; General Public $51
Learn the ins-and-outs of digital photography and how to make the most of your camera’s setting and functions. Students will spend time in the studio and in the Museum’s public spaces to take pictures and explore the photographic possibilities. Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson





Oil Painting Fundamentals
Saturdays: February 18, 25, March 4, 11; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $76; General Public $92
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: Cody Wheelock





Photography: Winter Trails
Sunday: February 26; 11 am-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $36; General Public $44
This special photography workshop will begin at Joslyn for some initial instruction and for a chance to gain inspiration from an exhibition featuring romantic depictions of hunting and fishing. After time spent in the studio and galleries, we’ll caravan or carpool to Fontenelle Forest to hike the snowy trails, look for wildlife, and work with a “mountain man” model to create rugged images of our own. Dress warm! Bring a digital camera and a snack.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson





Watercolor (B)
Fridays: March 3, 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $126
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: Matt Jones





Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 20, 27; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $87; General Public $105
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





Advanced Acrylics: Wild Lifes
Thursdays: March 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13, 20; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $126
Still life paintings in the Wild Spaces, Open Seasons exhibition will provide the framework for this class that will teach advanced techniques to create realistic detail in a still life. Students will challenge themselves to paint a trompe l’oeil, or “fool the eye,” still life depicting steely hunting paraphernalia and taxidermy animals full of sumptuous texture.
Instructor: Troy Muller





Drawing in the Wild
Saturdays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8; 10-noon
Joslyn Members: $91; General Public $110
Gain confidence rendering feathers and fur in this class that will take you into the wild to better draw animals. After some initial instruction in the studio utilizing taxidermy animals we’ll have a visit from some live critters from the conservation group Wild Life Encounters, then venture out of the Museum to draw animals big and small at Fontenelle Forest and Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium.
Instructor: Megan McCleay





Oil Painting: Portrait of a Mountain Man
Saturdays: March 18, 25, April 1, 8, 22, 29; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $126
Learn the fundamentals of portraiture painting with a historically accurate costumed mountain man. An exhibition featuring portraits of mountain men and scenes of perilous hunts will demonstrate the romanticism and heroic status put upon the buckskin and fur of our model.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup