(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 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
$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.

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Spring in Beautiful Japan
Instructor: Anna Ito
6-8 pm Thursday, March 2
Enjoy a culturally-rich evening with Artist Anna Ito at this special spring Wine & Art.  Anna Ito will teach basic brush calligraphy strokes which we will use to form beautiful Japanese calligraphic KANJI symbols and write your names in the Katakana alphabet.  You'll create one-of-a-kind art works using brush calligraphy, kimono fabric and Zen stone.
Special Wine & Art
Instructor: Vanessa Brown
6-8 pm Thursday, March 23
Abstract Exstencilism – Design & Painting
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8 pm Thursday, April 13
Art & Poetry – LiterARTure!
Instructor: Laura Winton
6-8 pm Thursday, May 4


Water-Soluble Oil Paints
Instructor:  Allen Holloway
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, February 1, 8, 15, 22
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Create vibrant, texturally rich landscape pictures with the versatile medium of water-soluble oil paints. Artist Allen Holloway will teach students how to create paintings using the layering technique of 'fat over lean' to achieve luminescent landscape images. Color theory, glazing, composition, brush stroke styles and more will be covered. Water-soluble oil paints use a soap and water clean-up so harsh solvents are unnecessary.

Basic Drawing
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays
February 7, 14, 21, 28, March 7
$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 as well as a variety of techniques for rendering images in pencil. Starting with line drawings of basic forms, students will learn how value, form, shape, pattern and more give dimension to 2D studies. Students will draw from observation using still life set-ups.

Flatweaving and Tapestry Art Techniques
Instructor: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4
$80/member; $90/non-member
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$20 materials fee

Working on a (borrowed) frame loom, make a sampler to learn tapestry weaving and flatwoven methods used in the Turkish rugs on display in the Figge. We will also visit the Turkish exhibition on display and discuss the prayer rugs, saddle bags, and other weavings so essential to the now disappearing nomadic traditions in Turkey.

Watercolor – Zen in Painting
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Express yourself in this relaxing painting experience with artist Ralph Iaccarino.  Explore the shapes, forms and patterns found in nature as your colors flow from brilliant to subdued, bright light to shadow. Ralph will share techniques in texturizing, blending, color mixing and more that will help you paint visually rich works of art.

Coiled Basketry
Instructor: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays, April 1, 8
$60/member; $70/non-member
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$8 materials fee

Basket making is one of the oldest art forms known to humankind. Many, many different culture groups have made and continue to make coiled baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket using raffia and/or non-traditional materials.

Kiln-fired Clay: Handbuilding Kitchenware
Instructor: Sally Gierke
5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays , April 11, 18, 25
$90/member; $100/non-member
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$25 materials fee payable to instructor (This fee includes clay and glazes)

This beginning level class will focus on learning hand building skills which we’ll use to create fun serving dishes for the kitchen. This class will also offer students a chance to throw clay on the potter’s wheel. Clay art is messy so please wear clothes that can get ‘muddy’!

Calligraphy – Write Beautifully 
Instructor: Amy Neilsen
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25
$60/member; $70/non-member
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Take your writing from ordinary to extraordinary in this engaging introductory calligraphy workshop! QC artist and calligrapher Amy Nielsen will lead students in a creative study of the FORMAL ALPHABET, which is one of the most important basic alphabets in western calligraphy. Using steel and felt-tipped pens, you’ll develop an understanding of all the basics to be able to write a formal alphabet.

Rustic Watercolor Painting for Beginners
Instructor: Curtis Parce
5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3
$90/member; $100/non-member
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Painter Curtis Parce will use simple step-by-step demonstrations that teach students how to achieve great visual effects in their paintings. Students will complete three paintings over the five-week class. Each art work will increase in size and content, building on the information students learned from their previous painting. The final painting, which will be completed during the last two classes, will feature a rural landscape with an old barn as the main subject. Images will be supplied by the instructor.

Sweet Treats Saturday
Instructor: Onnica Marquez
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, May 6
Child + Adult: $30/pair
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Kids and their special adult will spend a yummy morning decorating delicious spring-themed cupcakes and a special BIG cookie. Everyone will start with three pre-baked cupcakes and a BIG cookie prepared by food artist Onnica Marquez. Under Onnica’s creative direction, kids and their pals will use frosting and selected sweet decorations to transform their cupcakes and cookie into delectable bunnies, butterflies, flowers and more!  Fun to look at but more fun to eat!

Landscape Photography Workshop 
Instructor: Trent Foltz
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 6, 20
Advanced beginner
$95/member; $105/non-member
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This workshop is for those seeking to take their photographic skills further, using the landscape as the subject. This two day workshop is a perfect blend of photography and exploring personal style and vision, ending with a class critique. The goal is to further understand your vision, using the camera to achieve it. The first session, May 6, will begin at the Figge for an introduction/discussion hour followed by a drive (in your cars) to Black Hawk State Park for an outdoor photographic experience (1510 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201; 309.788.0177). The May 20 class will be held at the Figge for the whole of class time. Please note: A basic understanding of ‘f’ stops, shutter speeds and ISO’s is required.