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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Advanced Drawing
Thursdays: February 15, 22, March 1, 8, 15, 22; 6-8 pm
Joslyn Members: $90.95; General Public $107
This class will build upon basic drawing skills and teach advanced rendering techniques in portraiture, perspective, and value. Students will spend time drawing from a dressed model.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Ekphrasis Poetry: Writing Poetry Inspired by Paintings
Thursdays: March 8, 15, 22, 29; 6–7:30 pm

Joslyn Members $42; General Public $52
Gather to enjoy time in Joslyn's galleries with other adults interested in writing poems inspired by art. Novice and experienced writers are equally welcome! Participants are encouraged to bring to the first class an ekphrastic poem (theirs or someone else's) and a picture of the artwork it is based upon. Subsequent sessions will be dedicated to writing poetry in the Museum's permanent collection galleries and in the exhibition Word/Play, and to sharing and critiquing work with the small group. Workshop instructor Robert Klein Engler has published poems online and in print. Most recently, his work appears in The Flat Water Stirs: An Anthology of Emerging Nebraska Poets. Paper and pencil will be provided, or bring your own notebook/electronic device.




Watercolor Painting (B)
Fridays: March 9, 16, 23, 30, April 6, 13; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $97.75; 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




Acrylic Effects: Pop Compositions
Saturdays: March 10, 17, 24, 31, April 7, 14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $96.90; General Public $114
This class will encourage students to thoughtfully utilize unexpected acrylic painting techniques to execute organized compositional designs. With art by Ed Ruscha as a jumping off point, learn to plan sequential layers of paint, create protective masks between layers, and transfer commonplace images or words to create personal pictures with a West Coast Pop influence.
Instructor: Matt Jones




The Union + Joslyn:
Multi-Color Screen Prints

(A) Thursday: February 22; 6:30-9 pm
(B) Thursday: March 29; 6:30-9 pm
(C) Thursday: April 26; 6:30-9 pm

Joslyn Members & General Public: $10
See artworks by Ed Ruscha, including several screen-printed images, in an exhibition tour at Joslyn. Then carpool or caravan to The Union for Contemporary Art - just up the street at 2423 N. 24th St. - to create a multi-color screen print from a prepared image inspired by Ruscha’s work.
Instructor: Dan Crane

Register through The Union for Contemporary Art by clicking on your preferred date above.


Simple Screen Printing
Saturdays: March 10, 17, 24; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $65.45; General Public $77
Learn to create a simple screen-printed image at home using a cut paper stencil and a stretched screen on a frame. Taking Ed Ruscha’s lead, students will learn to transfer and cut letters and text into stencils and experiment with ‘organic’ inks such as chocolate sauce or ketchup. Students will have opportunity to print with permanent inks as well to create t-shirts, bags, and posters.
Instructor: Dan Crane




Photography: Assembled Panoramas
Sundays: March 18, 25; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $42.50; General Public $50
This workshop will teach students to capture and assemble images to create handmade, large format, panoramic pictures by splicing and arranging printed images. Inspired by Ed Ruscha’s documentation of the Sunset Strip, students will carpool or caravan to take photos along Omaha’s distinctive 24th Street during the first session, then assemble them during session two. Students need to bring a digital camera or phone with photographic capabilities.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Black & White Photography: Documenting a Theme
Sunday: April 8; noon-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $44.20; General Public $52
With a nod to Ed Ruscha’s photography collections of Los Angeles apartment buildings and gas stations, often assembled into books, this photo workshop will encourage students to notice commonalties found along Omaha’s 24th Street. Students will be guided on the basics of digital black and white photography and challenged to look for recurring objects, architecture, and themes found from one end of 24th Street to the other. Transportation provided. Those interested in assembling their photographs into a book are encouraged to register for Bookmaking: Accordion Books. Students need to bring a digital camera or smart phone.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Painting: Words & Phrases
Thursdays: April 12, 19, 26, May 3; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $78.20; General Public $92
Influenced by his background in commercial design, artist Ed Ruscha often includes words and phrases in paintings and prints. In this class you will learn simple techniques and tricks to create personalized and artful hand-painted lettering from a professional commercial sign painter.
Instructor: Sharon Manhart




Bookmaking: Accordion Books
Sunday: April 15; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $24.65; General Public $29
As the name implies, accordion books unfold in a back-and-forth fashion that can stretch the length of a room. This workshop will teach students to measure, crease, cut and construct a finely crafted accordion book with a front and back cover. Those who wish to include images in their book are encouraged to register for Black & White Photography: Documenting a Theme, or to bring 4”x4” personal photographs.
Instructor: Maranda Allbritten




Watercolor Painting (C)
Fridays: April 20, 27, May 4, 11, 18, 25; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $97.75; 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