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.


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.

There will be no Wine & Art offered in January




FEBRUARY
Valentine's Gifts with a Japanese Flair
6-8 pm Thursday, February 11
Instructor: Anna Ito
$20/person

Japanese artist Anna Ito will teach you how to create a one-of-a-kind Valentine card and ornament using a brush calligraphy technique. Your creations will be the perfect gifts for that certain someone!!  Enjoy a special evening learning about Japanese art, culture and more.


MARCH
Spring Celebration – Acrylic Painting
Instructor: Emily Majeski
6-8 pm Thursday, March 3
$20/person

In ancient times, the blossoms on fruit and nut trees were considered sacred, holding the promise of life and abundance. For us, the bursts of color are a reminder of the eternal cycle of fresh starts, a recurring miracle of spring and new beginnings, offering the promise of sustenance as the year ripens. Join us for an evening of painting as we celebrate spring inspired by Van Gogh’s magical painting, Branches of an Almond Tree in Bloom.

 

STUDIO CLASSES AND WORKSHOPS


January
 
ACRYLIC PAINTING • CAPTURING NATURE  Beg/Int
Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
12-3 pm Fridays, January 22, 29 & February 5, 12, 19
$95/member; $105/non-member
Supply list

Artist Pam Ohnemus will share techniques artists use to create, texture, pattern, collage and abstract designs in this acrylic painting class. Color theory and use of the art elements and principles of design will also be explored. Students will paint a canvas that captures the color and awesome design of nature.



FEBRUARY

NEW – The Figge is offering a series of 3 digital photography classes, each one featuring a different aspect of photography that will enhance your knowledge of the equipment you’re working with and aid your creative output. Classes can be taken individually or you can register for all three classes and receive a $5 discount/class.  

THIS CLASS IS FULL
Consider enrolling in the February 27 or March Digital Photography classes.

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY • FUNDAMENTALS
Instructor: Clint Balsar
10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday, February 20
$30/member; $40/non-member
Supply list

Whether you have a brand new camera or have been using one for years, this class will have something to offer you in terms of tips and tricks from a “fundamentals” approach. Topics will include: How does the pro get that amazing image? How can I improve my chances of getting that “magic moment” in my shot?  “What are the limitations and considerations in digital photography today?”  This will not be a course just on the gear and settings in photography, but it will include enough information to move you past these stumbling blocks and on to improved images.


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY • SEEING WITH A PHOTOGRAPHER'S EYE
Instructor: Clint Balsar
10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday, February 27
$30/member; $40/non-member
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In this course we will review several photographers who are masters at their craft and then discuss how we can practice these skills. You will discover it is a mix between viewing your surroundings “through the lens” and knowing that there are several design principles that can assist you in choosing a successful composition.  Over the course of a couple hours you will acquire some valuable concepts to help move your images to the next level. 


DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY • EDITING: VIRTUAL MAGIC
Instructor: Clint Balsar
10:30 am-12:30 pm Saturday, March 5
$30/member; $40/non-member
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After the shoot is over, today’s photographers have an arsenal of choices when it comes to editing the image. We will look at the variety of options, have a class discussion on the ethics of image manipulation and the cultural results of some of those changes.  The software products of Photoshop and Photoshop Lightroom by Adobe will be introduced as well as several photography editing plug-ins.


FIGURE DRAWING – CLOTHED MODEL 
Instructor: Bill Gustafson
6-8 pm Wednesdays, February 3, 10, 17 & 24
$75/member; $85/non-member
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Go beyond traditional figure drawing with artist Bill Gustafson in this clothed figure course for beginning to advanced artists.  Students will study form, shape, value and rendering techniques, drawing not only the figure but draped fabric and clothing as well.  Please note this is NOT a punch card registration course.



MARCH

WORKSHOP: MIXED MEDIAL FIBER MOSAICS
Instructor: Lori Miller
10 am-2 pm Saturday, March 5
$40/member; $50/non-member
$5 materials fee payable to instructor includes class kit
Supply list
**Students should bring a sack lunch & beverage

Let your imagination soar using the creative styling and materials offered in this one-of-a-kind mixed media class.  Students will begin by designing a fabric mosaic base and will then embellish the mosaic, choosing from a variety of techniques and ephemera. The finished work will be suitable for framing.


THE HISTORY OF ART: ARCHITECTURE
Instructor: Wynne Schafer
1:30-4:30 pm Sundays, March 13, and 20  
John Deere Auditorium
Free with Membership or paid admission

This survey traces the development of design and architecture in the 20th century. Art, design and architecture align to create an interactive expression of Modernism. Students will look at the effects of popular culture and historical events on style development.


ACRYLIC PAINTING – SECRET TECHNIQUES OF THE RENAISSANCE MASTERS
Instructor: Emily Majeski
6-8 pm Tuesday, March 8, 15, 22, 29 & April 5  
$100/member; $110/non-member
Supply list

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!


DRAWING WITH COLOR PENCIL
Instructor: Denise Mohr
6-8:30 pm Tuesdays, March 29 and April 5, 12 & 19
$95/member; $105/non-member
Supply list

Capture the brilliant color, translucent light and glorious texture of spring’s flowers and foliage in this fabulous class. Students will learn multiple techniques, from layering, burnishing and blending to drawing a dew drop on a leaf! Explore ways to add interest and excitement in a composition using highlights and shadow to create depth in your pictures. Artist Denise Mohr will lead students on an exploration of value, shape, color and form, sharing tips and techniques that will bring out the artist in you!


ACRYLIC PAINTING: BIRDS – SPRING'S AMBASSADORS!
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8:30 pm Wednesdays, March 30 and April 6, 13, 20 & 27
$105/member; $115/non-member
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Artist Allen Holloway will guide students in an exploration of color, texture, shape and form to guide you in  painting your favorite birds of spring. You’ll learn basic bird anatomy that will lend lifelike qualities to your paintings. By using information shared in class on composition, value and techniques for rendering realistic textures and colors, the birds featured in your pictures will look ready to take flight!  Bring a 4”x6” (minimum) photo of the bird(s) you’d like to paint and learn how to translate the stillness of a photographic pose to a painting that captures the bright, lively look of spring’s ambassadors.



APRIL

WATERCOLOR: RENEWING YOUR SPIRIT • ALL LEVELS
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30 pm Wednesdays, April 6, 13, 20, 27 & May 4
$95/member; $105/non-member
Supply list

Renew your spirit with this springtime painting experience.  Artist Ralph Iaccarino will guide students in an exploration of color theory, harmony, value, hue, shape and form using the expressive medium of watercolor.  Create paintings that will help you discover your personal style, refresh your walls and welcome spring with vibrant color! Students should bring photos (min. 4”x6”) of flowers, landscapes, sunsets/sunrises, etc., they plan to paint.


WORKSHOP: MOSAICS - SPRING GARDEN DELIGHTS 
Instructor: Mary Stringer
12-3 pm Fridays, April 8 & 15
$35/members; $45/non-members
Materials fee of $25 payable to instructor at class
Supply list
**Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage

Entice your feathered friends to visit your yard with the fun and colorful terra cotta pot mosaic bird baths you’ll make in class. Artist and crafter Mary Stringer will help students create a water oasis for thirsty birds that will be the highlight of your garden!


DICHROIC FUSED GLASS JEWELRY •  BEGINNER WORKSHOP 
(Limited enrollment)
Instructor: Lu Ann Steffen  
10 am-4 pm Saturday, April 16
$60/member; $70/non-member
Supply list
$45 materials fee payable to instructor (covers materials/tools)
**Students should bring a sack lunch

Students will learn the basics for combining and layering firey, multi-colored dichroic glass shapes to achieve beautiful and dramatic one-of-a-kind pendants, earrings, bracelets, pins and more. Learn the art of  glass cutting and cold working glass pieces after fusing, experiment with color combinations and finish off pieces by gluing bails for hanging on a chain. Students will complete 10 or so pieces of jewelry during the workshop. Finished pieces will be available for pick-up the week following class.  No previous experience necessary. All tools provided by instructor for use during class only.