classes-women-W-(1).jpgLooking for something creative and fun to do? Take an art class! Members receive a discount on all classes (learn more). To register, contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.326.7804 x2045 or download a registration form. If you experience any problems downloading the registration form, send us an email.

Classes supported in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund.

Gift Certificates Available
Turn gift giving into an art form this season with a truly one-of-a-kind present: Figge studio art classes! Gift certificates are available for any amount.

Wine-ArtW.jpgWINE & ART

Enjoy interesting, fun studio art activities paired with a glass of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and great conversation during Wine & Art nights at the Figge. Featuring a different art medium each month, you’ll create finished art works to display in your home in these cool, casual studio sessions.

Memories and Mementos - Vacation Journals
6-8 pm Thursday, May 7
Instructor: Andrew Huot

Vacations and trips with family or friends offer a lifetime of memories and keepsakes. With the help of artist Andrew Huot you can make journals to record your recollections of special trips and journeys as well as store some of the precious mementos you’ve collected.

Calligraphy Art Cards
6-8 pm Thursday, June 4
Instructor: Lori Miller

Experiment with a variety of printed and dimensional fabrics, fibers, stitching techniques and more in this fun, explorative evening. Artist Lori Miller will demonstrate mixed media techniques using familiar materials in unexpected ways to make unusual and exciting art works!

Download a flyer with new Wine & Art sessions beginning in May!


Instructor: Clint Balsar
12-4 pm Saturday, May 9
$40/member; $50/non-member
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Digital artist and photographer Clint Balsar will share tips and techniques for taking great digital photographs: composition, expression, and use of camera options such as shutter mode (how and when to use), aperture mode with control of depth of field, and manual mode when one desires to control all. They will need to bring cameras and preferably a clear data card. Students will photograph in a two-block radius of the Figge followed by a brief critique of a selected dozen of their best shots of the day.
Instructor: Andrew Huot
6-8:30 pm Tuesdays, May 19-June 9
$85/members; $95/non-members
Materials fee: $36 payable to instructor (includes 2 wood carving blocks, paste, printing paper)
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This workshop will present the technique of Mokuhanga Japanese woodblock printing. Using simple hand tools, we will carve multiple blocks to create composite images and print on thin papers with a "baren" hand tool. Mokuhanga is the technique used to create traditional Japanese prints, and is a process that doesn't require a press. This technique, once learned, is easy to recreate at home.

Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
10:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, May 23
$40/member; $50/non-member
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Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage

Experience the power of art on a small scale with artist Ralph Iaccarino in this relaxed, fun workshop. Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of watercolor painting techniques, students will create 6”x6” paintings that reflect their inner mystic.


Instructor: Mary Stringer
10 a.m.-2 p.m. Saturday, June 27
$35/members; $45/non-members
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$30 materials fee payable to instructor
Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage

Learn tips, tricks and techniques that will help you create the look of wood, marble, fabric and more on your walls and furniture. Instructor Mary Stringer will share her “fool-the-eye” faux painting artistry in this fun, lively class. Students should wear “grubbies” for this hands-on workshop!  ***Students will practice and perfect techniques presented in class on boards provided by instructor.


Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
10:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Saturday, July 18
$40/member; $50/non-member
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Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage
Artist Gloria Burlingame will share oil pastel techniques in blending, layering, sgraffito and more in this lively color-focused workshop. Students will create several small works of art inspired by a studio still life and their favorite landscape photos.


Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30 pm Wednesdays, August 19, 26 & September 2, 9 16
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Add the brilliant light and deep shadows of summer to the flowers and plants in your watercolor paintings. Artist Ralph Iaccarino will share tips and techniques on value, color and more in this informative, relaxed painting experience as you discover your inner vision and personal style.

Instructor: Lu Ann Steffen  
10 am-4 pm Saturday, August 29
$60/member; $70/non-member
$50 materials fee payable to instructor (covers materials/tools)
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Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage

Explore the power and beauty of glass with artist Lu Steffen and design a large glass art piece or decorative plate. Lu will share her skills, tips and techniques for creating one-of-a-kind glass art that showcases combinations of color ranging from subtly dramatic to rich, sparkling, iridescent composites. Design a stunning glass art piece you’ll be proud to display in this casual, relaxed studio experience.

The instructor will take students’ creations after class to be fused in her studio; students can pick up their finished pieces at the Figge about two weeks after the workshop. All tools provided by instructor for use during class only.