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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Intro to Digital Photography
Sundays: February 2, 9, 16, 23; 1-3 pm
Joslyn Members: $47.60; General Public $56
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 Studio (A)
Fridays: February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 6, 13; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $97.75 per series; General Public $115 per series
Explore basic watercolor painting in this guided studio series. Practice mixing and overlaying colors, create transparent washes, and explore a variety of brush techniques. Artists new to watercolor will receive specialized instruction. Experienced students will enjoy working with a variety of supplied materials and tools with a knowledgeable instructor as a resource for questions or critique.
Instructor: Matthew Jones

Registration for this class is currently closed. Click here to add your name and phone number to our waitlist.


Watercolor Compositions: Getting Surreal
Saturdays: February 22, 29, March 7, 14; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $73.10; General Public $86
A special CAP Gallery exhibition featuring contemporary drawings and watercolor illustrations by Amy Cutler will encourage students to create dreamlike compositions of impossible subjects and situations while practicing watercolor techniques and skills.
Instructor: Amy Haney



Drawing in the Galleries (B)
Sundays: February 23, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29; 1-3:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $96.90; General Public $114 per series
Hone your skills while drawing from artworks in the Museum collection. After instruction and practice in the studio, students will move to the galleries to draw from a masterpiece of their choice.
Instructor: Laura Nothern



Photography: Darkroom Traditions
Thursdays: February 27, March 5 (@ Joslyn), March 12, 19 (@ The Union for Contemporary Art); 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $78.20; General Public $92
Return to an era before we were able capture, edit, and manipulate photographs with our fingertips. This special class will draw inspiration from Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography. Students will spend time learning the basics of 35mm photography as we snap pictures while considering balance, depth of field, and other photographic fundamentals. We will learn to develop our film and print selected images in the darkroom at The Union for Contemporary Art. *Students need to bring a 35mm camera.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Advanced Drawing: Portraits
Thursdays: February 27, March 5, 12, 19; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $90.10; General Public $106
This advanced drawing course will apply basic drawing skills and techniques to create portrait studies with a live model. Students will spend time investigating proportion and sighting methods used by the masters in the galleries while working with pencil and charcoal in the studio.
Instructor: Ron Sykes



JUST FOR TEENS: No-Camera Photography
Saturday: March 14; 10 am-1 pm @ Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Studio
Joslyn Members: $21.45; General Public $25
Just for Teens workshops are loose and fun studio experiences inspired by special exhibitions and held at Joslyn’s Kent Bellows Studio, home of the Kent Bellows Mentoring Program. This special workshop, inspired by Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography, will introduce students to the work of Omaha photographer Joe Addison and his experimental darkroom and chemical techniques used to create photographs without the use of a camera. Students will receive tickets to visit the exhibition and there’ll be time for pizza and conversation.
Instructor: Joe Addison




Watercolor Studio (B)
Fridays: March 20, 27, April 3, 10, 17, 24; 10 am-12:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $97.75 per series; General Public $115 per series
Explore basic watercolor painting in this guided studio series. Practice mixing and overlaying colors, create transparent washes, and explore a variety of brush techniques. Artists new to watercolor will receive specialized instruction. Experienced students will enjoy working with a variety of supplied materials and tools with a knowledgeable instructor as a resource for questions or critique.
Instructor: Matthew Jones



Photography without the Camera
Saturdays: March 21 (@ Joslyn), 28, April 4, 11 (@ The Union for Contemporary Art); 11 am-1 pm
Joslyn Members: $85; General Public $100
This special class will introduce students to experimental photography techniques done without a camera. Photographs within a special exhibition will show us what is possible before we experiment with cyanotypes and darkroom techniques to produce one-of-a-kind images without a camera.
Instructor: Joe Addison



Oil Painting: Understanding the Masters
Thursdays: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $102; General Public $120
This oil painting series will encourage students to learn from artworks in the galleries. Students will create studies of selected paintings by analyzing and reconstructing composition and color harmonies used by the masters.
Instructor: Laura Nothern



Acrylic Painting: Elements of Metal
Thursdays: March 26, April 2, 9, 16, 23, 30; 6-8:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $102; General Public $120
Add shimmering elements to your acrylic painting compositions in this class that will teach simple metallic leafing and “cold patina” techniques while we experiment with acrylic paint application and additives.
Instructor: Matthew Jones

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Photography: Telling Stories through Digital Manipulation
Saturdays: April 18, 25 (@ Joslyn), May 2, 9 (@ Do Space); 1-3:30 pm
This special DoS pace partnership is FREE; advanced registration required.
Drawing inspiration from the special exhibition Fact and Fiction in Contemporary Photography, students will learn to create, fabricate, and tell stories with digital photography. In Joslyn’s studios, students will experiment with still life photography, greenscreens, smart phones, and found imagery. In the digital labs at Do Space, they’ll practice basic Adobe Photoshop editing techniques to manipulate and recontextualize the narratives collected in the studio and everyday life.
Photography. *Students need to bring a digital camera or phone.
Instructor: Ella Weber

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Photography: Staging Narratives
Sundays: April 19, 26 (@ Joslyn), May 3, 10 (@ Joslyn Castle); 4:30-6:30 pm
Joslyn Members: $99.45; General Public $117
Practice basic photography techniques while working with models to create a narrative. Begin at the Museum to visit a special photography exhibition and practice in the studio with a model and lighting. Class will move to the Joslyn Castle to work with multiple models while students give direction to create narrative compositions that tell a story. *Students need to bring a digital camera.
Instructor: Jim Ferguson