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.

6-8 pm Thursday, February 5
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame

Artist Gloria Burlingame will share historical lore that has inspired the sculpture, paintings, drawings and prints of generations of artists. Enjoy an evening of wine, light hors d’oeuvres and an art project created for the love of art!

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Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8:30 pm Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Beginning to intermediate painters alike will enjoy painting landscape scenes with well-known Quad City artist Allen Holloway. Through Holloway’s demonstrations and interactive discussions you’ll explore paint mixing techniques and learn tips to help you create beautiful, realistic landscapes and natural scenes. Students should bring a reference photo of the landscape image they plan to paint.

Instructor: Andi Naab
6-8 pm Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 & December 3, 10
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Through instructor demonstrations and class discussion students will explore color, shape, form and texture as they create vibrant, realistic floral watercolor paintings.  Artist Andi Naab will share tips and techniques that will take your paintings to the next level in this fun class.

Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25 & December 2, 9
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Have you ever wanted to learn to draw, but don’t know how to begin? This course will get you started! Beginning with line drawings of basic forms, students will learn value and shading techniques that add depth and dimension to their pictures. Observational drawing from still life set-ups will be used in class.

Instructor: Joseph Lappie
5:30-8:30 pm Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19
$75/member; $85/non-member
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Who needs a press when you have a spoon and a kitchen table? Over the course of the workshop the class will explore various print techniques that can be done in the comfort of your own home, including; relief printmaking, monotypes, cyanotype and alternative transfer techniques. Each week, students will learn a process, implement it and leave with a new piece of art.


Instructor: Mary Stringer
Saturday, December 6, 10 am-2 pm   
$40/member; $50/non-member
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$20 materials fee payable to instructor at workshop
**Students should bring a sack lunch

Combining age-old wax-resist techniques and fabric dyes, students will design a beautiful batik fabric piece and a lovely painted silk scarf. Experience the unique and flowing nature of batik designs and silk painting as you experiment with a variety of wax and dye applications using brushes, tjanting wax pens, pattern overlays and more in this fabulous, fun class. Please note: students should wear older clothing appropriate for studio art activities using permanent dyes and melted wax.

Instructor: Amy Nielsen
Saturday, January 17, 10 am-2 pm   
$40/member; $50/non0member
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**Students should bring a sack lunch

Take your handwriting from ordinary to extraordinary! Quad City 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 with a flourish!



Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
12-3 pm Fridays, January 23 – February 20
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Learn techniques artists use to create feelings of nearness and distance on a flat canvas in this acrylic painting class. Acrylic painting techniques, color theory and the use of the art elements and principles of design will be explored. Students will create colorful close-ups with panoramic backgrounds of field and floral scenes in nature.


1:30-3:30 pm, Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Free with membership
Registration limited to 20 participants
Location: Board Room
"But Is It Art?" is an adventure in art perceptions, biases, theories, and definitions. This class will focus on our preconceived ideas about what makes a work of art, how a work of a art can/should function, and the role of the artist in classifying an object as ART. Class discussions will include: changing historical definitions of art, public opinions on art, good and bad art, artworks that straddle the lines between art and artifact, artists who deliberately create "non-art," and controversial works of art that bend the boundaries of art-making. Participants will share their ideas and engage in lively discussion as the class works toward its own definition of art.
Alycia F. Reed is a PhD candidate and Presidential Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art, with special interest in American Pop Art, commercialism, authenticity, appropriation, and spectacle. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a series of multimedia art and music shows executed with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s.