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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Textile Wrapping
Thursdays: August 25, September 1, 8; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $50; General Public $60
Fiber artist Shelia Hicks’s sculptural textile forms will provide the framework for this class that will teach students to wrap, weave, and knot yarn and other fibers to produce colorful sculptural forms.
Instructor: Therese Straseski





Basic Drawing
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6; 6–8:30 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 Oil Painting
Thursdays, September 8, 15, 22, 29, October 6; 6–8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $120; General Public: $130
Works 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: TBD





Acrylic Painting: Modeling & Glazing
Saturdays, September 10, 17, 24, October 1, 8; 1–3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $85 n General Public: $95
Learn to control color in your acrylic paintings with focused instruction on monochromatic modeling and experimentation with thin layers of transparent glazes using primary colors.
Instructor: Matt Jones





Watercolor (A)
(A) Fridays, September 16, 23, 30, October 7, 14, 21; 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





Getting Started with Digital Photography
Sundays: September 25, October 2, 9; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $40; General Public $50

Learn the ins-and-outs of digital photography and how 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 pictures and explore the photographic possibilities. Students need to bring a camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Life Drawing
Thursdays: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $100; General Public $110

Better understand the basics of anatomy and body structure through a series of drawing studies. Draw from nude models, using a variety of materials and figure-based exercises, to gain confidence creating mass and accurate proportion. Written parental permission required for students under age 18.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Acrylic Painting: Stylized Figures
Thursdays: October 20, 27, November 3, 10, 17; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $120; General Public $130

Artist Hayv Kahraman arranges her flattened, stylized figures to create thoughtful compositions with carefully balanced space. This class will encourage students to experiment with style and abstraction while working with a clothed model to compose acrylic paintings on smooth wood panels similar to those we will see in a special exhibition.
Instructor: Betni Kalk





Oil Painting: From Photo to Paint
Saturdays: October 22, 29, November 5, 12, 19; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $120; General Public $130

The process of interpreting a photographic image in paint can be an intimidating challenge. Learn image transfer techniques and strengthen your compositional awareness as we transfer images from an exhibition of photos by Andrew Moore to canvases in order to create finished oil paintings. (Students may also work from personal photographs.)
Instructor: Katrina Swanson




Photography Road Trip: The 96th Meridian
Sunday: October 23; 12:30-5 pm
Joslyn Members: $90; General Public $100

Photographer Andrew Moore traveled the 100th meridian to capture the landscapes, homesteads, towns, and people of the Nebraska panhandle, Dakotas, and beyond. After seeing Moore’s photographs, our journey will take us North along the 96th meridian, through the neighborhood of Florence and along Highway 75, to document people, architecture, and landscapes as we pass through Fort Calhoun, Herman, and Decatur, Nebraska. Chartered transportation will be provided. Students need to bring a camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson




Watercolor (B)
(B) Fridays, November 4, 11, 18, December 2, 9, 16; 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





Life Drawing: The Draped Figure
Thursdays: December 1, 8, 15; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $80

This life drawing class will focus on the interplay of fabrics and the human body. Models draped in fabrics will challenge students to capture the mass and form of the dressed figure.
Instructor: Ron Sykes




Watercolor: A Crash Course
Thursdays: December 1, 8, 15; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $80

Dive into the depths of watercolor painting in this short series that will present basic watercolor techniques and offer time for experimentation and practice. Students will learn to stretch and prepare watercolor paper, how to mix and overlay colors, and a variety of paint applications.
Instructor: Matt Jones




Plaster Sculpture
Saturdays: December 3, 10, 17; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $70; General Public $80

Construct an armature or cast a found object to create a plaster gauze sculpture in the spirit of Joslyn’s George Segal installation, which presents everyday objects and observations in a way that forces us to reconsider how we see the world.
Instructor: Pamela Conyers Hinson