(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 to your computer desktop, fill out and submit electronicallyIf you experience any problems downloading the registration form, send us an email.

Classes supported in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund.

Gifts for Any Artists on Your List
Make your holiday gifts last far beyond the holidays by giving gift certificates to Figge classes or workshops. Experiences for all skill levels are available. Purchase gift certificates in the Museum Store or by contacting Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630. 

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.


Oil Pastels
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Thursday, March 8

Printmaking - Ink, Print & Repeat!
Instructor: Meghan Purcell
6-8 pm Thursday, April 5

Artnado - Collaborative Art Experience
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8:30 pm Thursday, May 3


Join the next class of candidate docents! Candidate docents must have a strong interest in visual arts, enjoy public speaking and have a genuine appreciation for museum education. Knowledge of art history and studio art is helpful, but not required. To learn more or to signup, contact Melissa Mohr at

Candidate Program Requirements
• Figge membership (educator level available, $40)
• Text (Patrick Frank, Prebles’ Artforms, 11th ed.)
• Training course completion (20 hours)
• Docent mentorship program completion (10 hours)

Active Docent Requirements
• Maintain active membership status
• Attend monthly trainings 
• Give a minimum of five tours per year (July 1-June 30)
• Undergo annual evaluations
• Have fun!

Three classes are open for registration:
• Class A: 1-3 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 6-April 10
• Class B: 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesdays from February 6-April 10
• Class C: 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays from August 14-September 25

1:30-3 pm Sundays, March 4, 11, 18, 25
Free to members; registration required

This series of talks will provide a contextual overview of the history of garden design and the architectural achievements of England. To register, contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630.

Download a registration form. Print form and mail to the Figge OR download to your computer desktop. Form will not submit unless it is completed and submitted after opening on your desktop. 

Drawing – Flower Power with Color Pencils
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, February 6-27 
$80/member; $90/non-member
$10 materials fee payable to instructor covers all class materials; only instructor-supplied materials will be used in class.
April showers bring May flowers, and flowers are always in season when you know how to use colored pencils! Artist Gloria Burlingame will help you explore blending and layering techniques, using artist-grade pencils. Each class will develop drawing and coloring skills in small-scale compositions. We’ll work from floral models and photographs. You may keep the pencil set you used in class!

Color Portraiture – Beginner/Intermediate 
Instructor: Nick DiGioia
5:30-7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, March 6-27
$80/member; $90/non-member
Supply list 

Shadows, highlights, value and tone define physical shapes, and artist Nick DiGioia will teach you how to render portraits with these basic principles. You can use color pencils, pastel pencils, soft pastels or a combination of these mediums to achieve lifelike, richly hued portraits.

Watercolor with Raphael – Be Your Monumental Best
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays, March 28-April 25
$95/member; $105/non-member
Supply list 

Enjoy a relaxed painting experience with artist Ralph Iaccarino. Sessions will cover color theory and various painting techniques, including wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, blending, sharp edges, soft edges and more. You will learn how to define foreground and background shapes using value, tone, highlights and shadow to add volume and depth to your paintings.

Mixed Media Calligraphy
Instructor: Amy Nielsen
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 3-17 
$60/member; $70/non-member
Supply list 

Through example and practice, artist Amy Nielsen will show you how to incorporate calligraphic script with traditional media, such as painting, drawing and collage, to make art that mixes design concepts with the written word. Expand your favorite poem or quotation with a visual element in this engaging art experience.

Instructor: Mary Stringer
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Saturdays, April 7 & 14
$50/member; $60/non-member
$20 materials fee payable to instructor at class
Supply list  (optional)

Form and function come together in this fun, creative class. Instructor Mary Stringer will share tips on how to arrange broken ceramic pieces, small tiles and glass bits into flowing, colorful designs on a variety of shaped bases, including trays, frames, bowls, terra cotta pieces and crosses. You are encouraged to bring old plates, jewelry or found objects that are special to you to add a personal touch to your mosaic creations.

Weaving Workshop
Instructor: QC Basketry Guild
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturday, April 28
$50/member; $60/non-member
$40 materials fee payable to instructor at class

Make a market basket just in time for your trips to the farmers’ market! Craftspeople from the QC Basketry Guild will provide the materials and know-how to help you make the perfect carryall for your fruits, vegetables and flowers! The baskets will be rectangular (15”L x 8”W x 12”H) with a flat bottom and curved handle (9”H). You will have a choice of walnut or tea color stains to enhance your natural-cane baskets as well as color accents to add a bright note to your creation.

Drawing – “Land Lines”
(water-soluble oil pastels)
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, May 1-22 
$80/member; $90/non-member
Supply list 

Take a look at the great outdoors and put your visions on paper, using water-soluble crayons. This versatile medium can be used dry, wet or by combining these applications. Learning various techniques, we'll work from instructor-supplied photos taken in several regions of the United States.

Paper Art – Scherenschnitte
Instructor: Keith Bonstetter
10 a.m.-noon Saturday, May 5
$30/member; $40/non-member
Registration fee covers all materials including scissors; students may keep their scissors. 

Paper artist Keith Bonstetter will share his paper-cutting techniques in this fun class. Make a bright, two-color 3D daffodil with just scissors and paper—no glue! You also will make a paper artwork in a 2D format.