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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Art Class Gift Certificate
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Class Brochure
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Fall 2014 Class Brochure



Fall 2014


Basic Drawing
Thursdays: September 4, 11, 18, 25, October 2, 9; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $72; General Public: $84
Learn basic drawing concepts or hone your skills. Explore a variety of drawing tools, including graphite and charcoal, while learning to render proportion, value, and perspective.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Painting Basic: Start to Finish
Thursdays: September 4, 11, 18, October 2, 9, 16; 6-8:30 PM
Open Studio: Thursday , September 25
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $120
Learn the basics of acrylic painting including how to stretch canvas. Experience a variety of color-mixing and brush technique exercises before creating a finished composition.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup

This class is currently full. Please click here to submit your name and phone number to be added to the waiting list for Painting Basics: Start to Finish.


Acrylic Effects
Saturdays: September 13, 20, 27, October 4, 11, 18; 1-3:30 PM
Joslyn Members: $105 General Public: $120
Push the boundaries of acrylic painting by expirimenting with new techniques including painting on altered surfaces and using additives and non-traditional tools.
Instructor: Matt Jones




Watercolor A
Fridays: September 19, 26, October 3, 10, 17, 24; 9:30 am- noon
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public: $115
Explore basic watercolor painting or hone your skills as you work from photographic observation. Mix and overlay colors, create transparent washes, and practice a variety of brush strokes.
Instructor: John Miller




Photography in the Gardens
Mondays: October 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-8 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $60; General Public $70
*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Learn to use your digital camera to its fullest potential while exploring Lauritzen Gardens as the foliage begins to change colors. You will learn to control your shutter speed and aperture and how to use your camera’s pre-sets to your advantage.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Acrylic Painting: Pop Portraits
Thursdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $120
Students will learn basic color theory while using acrylic painting techniques and stencil methods to create stylized Pop portraits à la Andy Warhol. Select a cultural icon and fabulously depict that person as never seen before!
Instructor: Jaim Hackbart




Understanding Color
Thursdays: October 16, 23, 30, November 6, 13, 20; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $120
This class will explore the scientific and physiological principles of color through experimentation in the studio and visits to the galleries. Students will use pastels, watercolor, and acrylic paint to complete a variety of studies demonstrating how color interaction alters the way art is perceived by the eye and mind.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Basic Screen Printing
Sundays: November 2, 9, 16, 23, December 7, 14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $130; General Public $150
This class will teach basic screen printing techniques that can be easily done at home. Students will create and transfer original designs onto a mesh screen using a photosynthetic emulsion. A special visit to the Union for Contemporary Art will allow for printing practice in a fully-equipped print shop. Students will return to Joslyn to produce stacks of screen-printed images.
Instructor: Phil Hawkins




Pop Photography
Sundays: November 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $35; General Public $40
*Students need to bring a digital camera and a computer with Adobe Photoshop Elements.
Take a page from Pop artists like Andy Warhol while learning basic photography and Photoshop techniques. After viewing the exhibtion In Living Color and practicing with cameras at Joslyn, students will visit Omaha’s Dundee and Benson neighborhoods to collect iconic images of advertising and landmarks. Alter them in Photoshop to represent your Pop subjects in a new context.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Watercolor (B)
Fridays: November 7, 14, 21, December 5, 12, 19; 9:30 am-noon
Joslyn Members: $100; 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




Sculpture: Bronze Knots
Saturdays: November 8, 15, 22, December 6, 13, 20; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $165; General Public $180
An installation of artful knots by Orly Genger made from bronze, glass, aluminum, and other materials will provide inspiration as students learn the basics of bronze casting. Using wrapped and tied rope as a springboard for ideas, students will create simple abstract sculptures and learn the mold-making procedures necessary to create a small, finished sculpture cast with bronze. Final casting will take place during the last class of the series and will be held at Hot Shops Arts Center.
Instructor: Pamela Hinson




Creating Comics: Character Design
Thursdays: December 4, 11, 18; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
The first in a series of comic-based courses, this class will teach the foundations of character development. An exhibition featuring sketches, story boards, and finished panels from well-known graphic novels will provide insight to the creative process of comic illustrators and introduce you to professional materials.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham




Knotted Sculpture
Saturdays: December 6, 13, 20; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
Transform standard hardware store rope into intricate works of sculpture inspired by artworks in the gallery by Orly Genger. Students will learn to use their hands to loop, knot, and tie a variety of cords to make freestanding abstract forms and undulating blankets of rope.
Instructor: Therese Straseski




Photography: Winter Scenes
Sunday: December 7; 1-4 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen Members: $25; General Public $30
*Students need to bring a digital camera.
Bundle up for this one-day photography session held at Lauritzen Gardens. Capture the stark beauty of barren trees, snow-covered grounds, and hundreds of carefully arranged poinsettias. This session will end with hot chocolate and a chance to share your images for a group critique.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson