ADULT & TEEN ART CLASSES
(Ages 16 and older)

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 haaronson@figgeartmuseum.org 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.



Docent Candidate Class
9 am-Noon Saturdays, August 20-October 1
$125 plus a Figge membership

Share your knowledge and love of the visual arts with others by becoming a Figge docent. Docent candidates are taught to look at, analyze and discuss works of art in order to engage visitors to the museum in conversations about selected works in the galleries. Candidates should have a strong interest in the visual arts, enjoy public speaking and have a genuine appreciation for all visitors. To learn more, contact Melissa Mohr at mmohr@figgeartmuseum.org or 563.326.7804 x7895.



Wine-ArtW.jpgWINE & ART
$20 per person

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 session.

OCTOBER Functional Art – Decorative Charger Plate
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 6

Enrich your collection of decorative fall accents with a beautifully painted charger plate you create during this fun Wine & Art class. It’s all about painting a beautiful countryside scene with the rich reds and golds of autumn complete with pumpkins and haystacks of a bygone era.

NOVEMBER El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 3

Explore the background and lore of the Mexican Day of the Dead, a special day for the celebration of loved ones who have passed from this life, and create an art project inspired by this holiday of compassion and remembrance.

 

STUDIO CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS
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BASIC DRAWING
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesday, August 30-September 27
$90 member; $100 non-member
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This class will help beginning drawing students get started by teaching how to select a subject to draw and a variety of techniques to render the image in pencil. Starting with line drawings of basic forms, students will learn how value, form, shape, pattern and more give dimension to 2D studies. Observational drawing will be used.
 

SEPTEMBER 

PAINTING WITH WATERCOLOR
Instructor: Bill Gustafson
6-8 pm  Wednesdays, September 7-28
$80 member; $90 non-member
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Enjoy relaxed painting evenings with artist Bill Gustafson.  He’ll shares tips and techniques on water color painting with students that will enhance your painting skills.  Bill will teach a variety of painting methods, such as dry brush, wet-on-wet, scratching into paintings to add texture and highlights, etc., starting you on the path to creating beautiful paintings!
 

WORKSHOP: PASTEL CANYON-SCAPES 
Instructor: Allen Holloway
10 am-2 pm  Saturday, September 17
$40 member; $50 non-member
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Students should bring a sack lunch
Artist Allen Holloway will lead students on a pastel journey focusing on the majestic Grand Canyon and mystic mountains of Sedona, Arizona.  Allen will share pastel techniques including layering, color mixing, blending, highlights, value and more that students can use to create fabulous drawings of the breathtaking canyons, mountains and big sky in our western states. The instructor will supply images.
 

OCTOBER

CHINESE INK PAINTING & WATERCOLOR
Instructor: Nancy Silver
10am-2pm   Saturday, October 1
$45 member; $55 non/member
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***Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage
Accomplished Sumi-e artist Nancy Silver will teach the fine Asian art of Sumi-e painting ("Sumi" means black and "e" means paint).  Students will learn some history of this age-old art form as well as the brush techniques necessary to create the graceful bamboo and leave forms most often associated with this type of painting.  Explore the meaning in the types and directions of the brush strokes you apply and absorb the calmness found in creative concentration as you make beautiful art.  You'll also combine the Sumi-e style with watercolors to expand your painting techniques and effects in your art.


ACRYLIC PAINTING - SECRET TECHNIQUES OF THE RENAISSANCE MASTERS
Instructor: Emily Majeski
6-8pm   Tues., Oct. 4, 11, 18, 25 & Nov. 1
$85/member; $95/non-member
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In this series of classes students will explore the mysterious lives and secret techniques of the artists of the Renaissance and their works through drawing, painting and discussion of historical works and modern-day research. Some techniques covered will include the development of accurate likeness, methods artists used to create perspective, and the making and uses of paints.  Students at any skill level who are fans of travel and art will enjoy a fascinating and fun experience with artist Emily Majeski as she helps unlock some of history's art mysteries!


FIGURE DRAWING - CLOTHED MODEL
Instructor: Bill Gustafson
6-8pm   Wednesdays, October 5 - 26
$75/member; $85/non-member
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Take traditional figure drawing to the next level with artist Bill Gustafson in this clothed figure course for beginning to advanced artists.  Students will study line, form, shape and value and learn techniques for rendering fabric folds and creases which will bring your figure drawings to life!


PAINTING - IMPRESSIONIST LEANINGS
Instructor: Pat Halverson
12-3pm   Fridays, October 28 - November 18
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Experiment with color, value, shape, form and mixing and layering techniques in this fun, exploratory class.  Artist Pat Halverson will lead students on a journey of artistic discovery using the medium of your choice: Acrylics, Water-soluble Oils, Soft Pastels or Gouache.  Students will learn ways to apply these materials to make interesting textural effects, achieve brilliant color and enticing shadows and highlights.  Your creative journey begins with a single brush stroke!


NOVEMBER

WATERCOLOR - FIND YOUR STYLE
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30   Wednesdays, November 2, 9, 16, 23 & 30
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Explore the many techniques that make watercolor such a versatile medium with artist Ralph Iaccarino. Students will learn ways to blend, texturize, express color that goes from vivid to translucent, move color from shadow to brilliant highlights and much more in this class that celebrates the beauty of watercolor - a special and spectacular painting medium.


PRINTMAKING FOR THE BEGINNER
Instructor: Gail Ray
6-8pm   Tuesdays, November 8 - 29
$85/member; $95/non-member
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Learn basic printmaking techniques in this fun beginners' class lead by artist Gail Ray. Students will become familiar with simple "kitchen table" printing techniques, designing and carving holiday images which they'll print as holiday cards, gift tags and stationery. The second project, a relief (raised) print called a collagraph, will be a design of the student's choice and printed on a press in the studio.  Please note: carving tools, ink, brayers (rollers for spreading ink) will be provided.


SWEET TREATS SATURDAY - CUPCAKE DéCOR FOR BIGS AND LITTLES
Instructor: Onnica Marquez
10:30am-12pm   Saturday, November 12
$25/couple/member; $30/couple/non-member
Limited registration
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Kids and their special big person will delight in decorating fall-themed cupcakes. Everyone will start with three pre-baked cupcakes prepared by food artist Onnica Marquez.  Under Onnica's creative direction, Littles and Bigs will use frosting and selected cake decorations to transform their cupcakes from ordinary to "Oh my!" as their cakes turn into owls, turkeys and squirrels!  Funny, delicious and yours to enjoy!


PASSION FOR POINSETTIAS - WATERCOLOR CRAYON WORKSHOP
**Offsite at Wallace's Garden Center; 2605 Devils Glen Rd., Bettendorf
Class will meet at front of store; students will paint in the greenhouse poinsettia display
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
12-3pm   Sunday, November 13
$35/member; $45/non-member
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White, red, and colors in between - enjoy the beauty of this seasonal flower as you learn painterly techniques with water soluble wax crayons. This versatile medium can be used wet or dry to give your floral images vibrant color and the deep, velvety finish unique to poinsettias. Wallace's Garden Center is happy to host this creative workshop!


PASTEL PAINTING - WINTER LANDSCAPES
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8:30pm   Tuesdays, November 22, 29 & December 6, 13
$85/member; $95/non-member
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Warm up in the Figge studios with artist Allen Holloway as he leads students in a quest to create their inner visions of a cool winter evening at dusk.  Learn how to transition from the clarity and bright light of daytime to the cool, deep colors and hazy outlines that signal the passage of day into night.  Allen will share tips on blending, feathering, layering and a host of other soft pastel techniques to help students achieve a sumptuously colored, velvety-textured winter evening landscape.


JANUARY 2017

ACRYLIC PAINTING - LOVELY LANDSCAPES - BEG/INT
Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
12-3pm   Fridays, January 20, 27 & February 3, 10, 17
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Artist Pam Ohnemus will explore color theory and share techniques artists use to create texture, pattern, depth of field, natural highlights, shadow and more in this acrylic painting class.  Students will enjoy creative studio time and paint a canvas that captures the splendor of the outdoors!