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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Winter-Spring 2015
Acyclic Painting: American Individualism
Thursdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Students will create original canvas paintings influenced by American painters of the early 20th century. Visits to an exhibition featuring a range of individualistic styles will encourage students to find a personal style all their own. Through exercises and structured instruction students will understand basic acrylic painting techniques and create a refined composition that emulate the “outsider” with unique vision.
Instructor: Troy Muller





Oil Painting: Portraits of the Past
Thursdays: April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, May 7; 6-8:30 pm
Class held at Petrow’s Restaurant on April 9
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public $115
Norman Rockwell’s idealistic vision of America provides the framework for this class that will teach advanced oil painting methods through the creation of portrait paintings fit for The Saturday Evening Post. Students will utilize an off-site session at Petrow’s classic soda fountain to take photographs and make study sketches of a costumed model to be used as references for nostalgic portrait paintings back at Joslyn’s studios.
Instructor: Rachel Mindrup




Photography: Post-Industrial Omaha
Sundays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3, 10; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
*Students need to bring a digital camera; April 19 & 26 sessions will meet offsite, maps will be provided.
 An exhibition of Andrew Borowiec’s photographs of once booming factories and industries will provide a springboard to learn field photography techniques. After a visit to the galleries and initial instruction at Joslyn, students will meet at areas just north and south of the Old Market to document some of Omaha’s current and former industries.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson

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Summer 2015

Watercolor in the Gardens
Mondays: June 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 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. All classes meet at Lauritzen Gardens.
Instructor: Cody Wheelock




Wheel-Thrown Ceramics
Tuesdays & Thursdays: June 2, 4, 9, 11, 16, 18, 23, 25; 6-8:30 pm
Open Studio – Wednesdays, 6-8:30 pm; Glaze Session –Tuesday, July 7, 6-8:30 pm

Joslyn Members: $200; 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: Kathryn Schroeder




Basic Drawing
Thursdays: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2, 9; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
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: June 4, 11, 18, 25, July 2; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $83; General Public: $93
Learn the basics of acrylic paining with instruction covering everything from color mixing to paint application. Students will complete a series of small exercise compositions while working towards a finished canvas painting.
Instructor: TBD




Acrylic Painting: Unique Techniques
Saturdays: June 6, 13, 20, 27; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public $65
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: June 7, 14, 21; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50
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




Photography in the Gardens
Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-8 pm
Joslyn & Lauritzen 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




Textile Design
Saturdays: July 11, 18, 25; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $55; General Public: $65
Examples of contemporary textile art in the galleries will inspire students in this class to experiment with dyes, printmaking, and stitching to create colorful swatches of fabric with artistic qualities.
Instructor: Deb Hysack




Comics: Graphic Narratives
Thursdays: July 16, 23, 30, August 6, 13, 20; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $76; General Public: $86
Tell a story using pictures in this class that will help you organize a plot with storyboards and teach you to create dynamic panel sheets. Work with dressed models to better render action poses and to study figurative elements. Artworks in the gallery will provide examples of carefully composed visual storytelling that we can incorporate into our own graphic narratives.
Instructor: Fredd Gorham




Photography: People & Parks
Sundays: August 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $60; General Public: $70
Explore a few of Omaha’s most beautiful parks while learning to pose and direct live models. Students will experiment with basic and advance digital camera settings to control natural light and capture figures as they interact with physical space. After an initial session in Joslyn’s studios, students will shoot with a model at Elmwood Park, Gene Leahy Mall, and Joslyn’s sculpture gardens.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




These special classes and workshops are taught by artists featured in Art Seen: A Juried Exhibition of Artists from Omaha to Lincoln.


Mixed Media: Intuitive Mark Making
Thursday: July 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public: $80
Experiment in a variety of media and create abstracted compositions on paper. Class instruction will present a variety of exercises and creative challenges that encourage subconscious mark making using acrylic paint, pen and ink, marker, and more.
Instructor: Kim Darling (Kim Reid Kuhn)





Ceramic Sculpture
Wednesdays: July 15, 22, 29; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public: $110
Learn basic ceramic carving and hand-building techniques, including slab and coil construction, in this special class with Art Seen exhibition artist Jess Benjamin. After visiting the exhibition, students will create sculptural clay objects based on geometric forms. First class meets at Joslyn and Benjamin’s Benson-area studio; all others meet at the artist’s studio.
Instructor: Jess Benjamin




Mixed Media Sculpture
Sundays: July 26, August 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $105; General Public: $120
Combine sculpture, simple screen printing, painting, and drawing techniques to produce creatures inspired by classic movie monsters or folklore. Gain insight to Norton’s methods of making charming creatures that combine screen-printed and painted elements with relief sculpture construction to produce objects that come off the wall in a way similar to pop-up books.
Instructor: Joshua Norton




Free-Motion Quilts: Drawing with Needle & Thread
Saturdays: August 1, 8, 15, 22; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $80; General Public: $90
See examples of textile, sketch original designs, and learn to use a free-motion quilting foot to “draw” intricate, rhythmic, and meditative designs with thread to create a textile wall hanging. The Museum will provide a free-motion quilting foot and other essential supplies. Students will need to supply their own machine.
Instructor: Shea Wilkinson




Kinetic Sculpture
Thursdays: August 6, 13, 20, 27; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $75; General Public: $85
Learn to use hand tools to construct wooden sculptures that incorporate simple mechanics to produce movement.
Instructor: Rich Mansfield




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)




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




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