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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Jewelry: Lost Wax
Thursdays: August 17, 24, 31; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $125; General Public $150
Learn the basics of making jewelry using the lost wax casting process. Students will learn to carve and shape hard wax to create unique jewelry objects. Students’ carefully modeled designs will then be executed at a workshop that specializes in casted jewelry.
Instructor: Heather Kita




Basic Drawing
Thursdays: September 7, 14, 21, 28, October 5, 12; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $80; 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


Registration for this class is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Watercolor (A)
Fridays: September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6, 13; 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: Matt Jones




Oil Painting: A Crash Course
Thursdays: September 7 (no class September 14) 21, 28, October 5; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $85
Learn the very basics of oil painting through simple geometric still life studies. Students will be introduced to color mixing, under painting, and paint application using a brush and pallet knife.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock




Acrylic Painting: Painting Loose
Saturdays: September 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $85
This class will encourage students to react and respond to paint in order to create artworks without predetermined objectives. Experimentation with altered surfaces, painting additives, thin glazes, and non-traditional tools will ensure unexpected results and spark new ideas as students learn to control acrylic paint.
Instructor: Matt Jones




Intro to Digital Photography
Sundays: September 10, 17, 24; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $42; General Public $52
Learn the ins-and-outs of digital photography in this class that will teach you to make the most of your camera’s settings and functions. Students will spend time in the studios and in the Museum’s public spaces to take photographs and explore photographic possibilities. Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Watercolor in the Gardens
September 18, 25, Oct 2, 9; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $65; General Public $80
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. All classes meet at Lauritzen Gardens.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock


Registration for this class is currently full, please click here to add your name and phone number to a wait list.


Workshop: Handmade Sketchbooks
Saturday: October 7; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $26; General Public $32
A sketchbook is an extension of an artist’s mind. It is a place to record thoughts, playfully doodle ideas, and document experiences. This workshop will teach advance bookbinding techniques to produce a personalized sketchbook for use in future classes or whenever an idea may need to be captured.
Instructor: Maranda Allbritten





Drawing with the Masters
Saturdays: October 14, 21, 28; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
Generations of artists have carefully examined and replicated works of the masters in order to hone their skills and strengthen their rendering abilities. Students will look at examples of these types of drawing studies in a temporary exhibition, then set up drawing horses in Joslyn’s permanent collection galleries to create copycat drawings using special techniques and tricks to accurately mimic the masters.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock




Drawing the Figure
Thursdays: October 19, 26, November 2, 9, 16; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $110; General Public $130
Gain confidence with your ability to accurately render the human form in this class that will utilize clothed and nude model studies to teach fundamentals of figure drawing. Students will learn to use graphite pencil, charcoal, and conte crayon to render human proportion and gestural energy. Written adult permission required for students under age 18.
Instructor: Ron Sykes





Intuitive Drawing
Thursdays: October 19, 26, November 2; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
Abstract drawings and sketches in a temporary exhibition will encourage students to draw with a stream of consciousness. Using a variety of drawing tools, including pen and ink, colored markers, and more, students will elevate the doodle with mindful marks that relate and react with one other to create areas of rhythm and emphasis.
Instructor: Kim Darling





Watercolor (B)
Fridays: November 3, 10, 17 (no class November 24), December 1, 8, 15; 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: Matt Jones




Stylized Figures
Saturdays: November 4, 11, 18; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
Artists like Gustav Klimt, Egon Schiele, and Romare Bearden were not always interested in rendering perfectly proportioned figures. They used personal style to amplify the sensuous bodies, twisted hands, or sturdy limbs of the people they introduced to the viewer. This class will encourage students to explore personal style through observational drawings of a clothed model using graphite and colored pastels.
Instructor: Erin Blaney





Drawing with a Brush
Thursdays: November 30, December 7, 14; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
Preliminary painting sketches and studies in the gallery will show us that not all drawing is done with a pencil. Through a series of short oil painting studies and exercises in the studio, students will learn to use quick brush strokes to capture a moment in time or to experiment with the subject.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock





Drawing with Drama
Saturdays: December 2, 9, 16; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
Capable artists are able to use value and line to imbue drawings with energy and drama that evokes powerful emotion. Expertly composed values, highlights, and lines seen in works in the galleries by artists such as Käthe Kollwitz and George Romney will provide reference while students learn to use pencil and charcoal to render dramatically lit models in the studio.
Instructor: Megan McLeay