(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.

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 sessions. All materials provided.

Contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or to register.

Receive a free 3-month extension on a Figge membership when you sign up during your Wine & Art class. (Applies to any membership level.)

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Acrylic Painting – Dreamscapes
6-8 pm Thursday, September 6
Instructor: Allen Holloway

Primitive Art - Expressions in Color
6-8:30 pm Thursday, October 4
Instructor: Lori Miller

Creative Sessions: Beautiful Writing with Calligraphy 

Living Proof Exhibit special program
No alcoholic beverages will be served at this event

6-8 pm Thursday, October 25
Instructor: Dana Keeton
From France with Love
6-8 pm Thursday, November 1
Instructor: Amy Nielsen


Become a Figge Docent!
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!

Open for registration:
• Class C: 1-4 p.m. on Tuesdays from August 14-September 25

Studio Classes and Workshops
Make time for your creative side! Try a class or workshop in the museum studios. A variety of mediums can be explored, and all experience levels are welcome. Registration options: complete a form online; mail the form to the museum; drop it off in the Museum Store; or call us. 
Download a registration form. 
Form will not submit unless it is completed and submitted after opening on your desktop.

For more details, contact Heather Aaronson at 563.345.6630 or or Lynn Gingras-Taylor at 563.345.6635 or

Platter Up! Kiln-fired Clay
Instructor: Karen Brinson
10 am–2 pm Saturday, August 18
$40 member; $50 non-member
Materials fee of $25 payable to instructor; includes all materials and clay firing
**Students should bring a sack lunch and beverage

Hand-decorated kiln-fired clay platters add warmth and a personal touch to your table as serving dishes. In this satisfyingly creative workshop, artist Karen Brinson will teach students how to hand-build a platter step-by-step. Students will learn how to roll out raw clay, slump it over a mold to create the form, and how to shape and securely attach handles. All clay used in this first part of class will be returned to the artist. During the second half of class, students will paint slip (water-thinned clay with added colorants) onto 10” platters pre-made by the artist instructor, who will teach students the art of decorative sgrafitto (scratching and drawing into the decorative slip). The artist instructor will take the completed platters and fire them in her studio kiln, making them microwave- and dishwasher-safe. The fired platters will be returned to the Figge the following week, and students can pick them up at that time. Students could get clay on their clothes, so please dress appropriately!

Figure Drawing*
Instructor: Paul Lange
5:30-8 pm Tuesdays, September 4, 11, 18 & 25
$90/member; $105/non-member
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Artist Paul Lange will teach students how to draw the human form in this special figure drawing opportunity. Class will start with a study of the human figure and figural proportions, followed by discussion of composition, value, balance, line, shadow and light. Students will learn how to draw successful figure studies with charcoal on paper using additive and reductive methods. 
*Please note this is an instructed class, not open drawing.  

Political Cartooning
Instructor: Jason Platt
6-8 pm Wednesdays, September 5–26
$80 member; $95 non-member
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One picture is worth a thousand words, and artist Jason Platt will teach students how to draw that picture with humor! Regardless of which side of the political fence you are on, there are darkly comic (and sometimes outright funny!) situations that are best described visually. Students will learn drawing and inking techniques used by comic artists as well as how to pinpoint an idea to share a specific viewpoint through bold, imaginative imagery and targeted text.

Watercolor Painting – Summer’s Farewell
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6–8:30 pm Wednesdays September 5–October 3
$95 member; $110 non-member
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Catch the final light and warmth of summer in this relaxing watercolor experience. Artist Raphael Iaccarino will teach students the basics of color and color mixing, watercolor techniques like wet-on-wet, wet-on-dry, dry brush, salt texture and more. Enjoy the easy atmosphere in this informative, fun class. All painting levels are welcome.

Oil Pastels – Tuesdays with Renoir
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesdays, October 2, 9, 16, 23
$80/member; $95/non-member
Materials fee of $1.00 payable to instructor for oil pastel blend-er stick.
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Pierre-Auguste Renoir created artworks in pastel and in oil paint. Inspired by the art of Renoir, students will explore the modern combination of the two mediums: oil pastel! Artist Gloria Burlingame will share oil pastel techniques with students as they create artwork in the “soft-focus” Impressionist style. Students will begin with small studies of selected Renoir images to get a feel for his style then work directly from observation to create original Impressionistic works of art!

Painting – Watercolor Basics and Beyond
Instructor: David Zahn
12-2 pm Fridays, October 5, 12, 19 & 26
$80/member; $95/non-member
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In this informative class, students will focus on basic watercolor techniques. Artist David Zahn will share ways these techniques can be applied when painting objects in a still life, landscapes, or in other situations. Basic drawing skills helpful but not required for students to make the most of this watercolor experience.

Oil painting – French Modern style
Instructor: Emily Majeski
6-8 pm Tuesdays, October 9,16, 23 & 30
$80/members; $95/non-members
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The focus of our French Modern class will be on the styles of artists Degas, Monet, Matisse, and Vuillard. Students will create pieces inspired by the gure drawings and landscapes painted by these masters. Themes will include topics from dance to drama and interior spaces. Get ready for fun, creativity, and some surprises along the way!

Drawing – Sketch Book Workshop 
Instructor: Cara Burns
10 am-12 pm Saturday, October 20
$20/member; $35/non-member
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If drawing is your passion but you have trouble finding artistic inspiration, this class will kick-start your art! Gain confidence and find your creative groove as artist Cara Burns shares a series of drawing prompts and activities that will help you put pencil to paper in the privacy of your own sketchbook. Discuss tips for feeling more confident in your artistic skills and get your creative juices flowing in this beginner-friendly class.

Figure Drawing for High School Students – Build Your Portfolio
Instructor: Kristen Quinn
10 am-1 pm; Saturday, October 20, 27 and November 3
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Students can register for one or more sessions
Clothed and nude models; students should submit parent
permission slips at time of registration

These workshop events are for high school students who want to sharpen their gure drawing skills and add observational drawings to their portfolios. Artist Kristin Quinn will teach students how to deal with proportion, form, shape, value and line as they learn to draw that most difficult of subjects, the human body.
Note: This is not meant to be a 3-week class; however, students are encouraged to keep drawing skills sharp by attending as many sessions as possible.
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Acrylic Painting – French Landscapes
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8 pm Wednesdays, October 24 & 31 & November 7 & 14
$80/member; $95/non-member
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Take a breath of French air in this special painting experience! Go back in time to the Left Bank in Paris with artist Allen Holloway, who will take students on a journey into French landscape painting in the style of modernists like Claude Monet, Paul Cezanne, Henri Matisse, Berthe Morisot and Edgar Degas. Students will explore the pure-color painting method of the Pointillists, the thick, tasty brush strokes of the impasto technique and discover how to capture the exquisite light characteristic of French landscape painting. On the first night of class enjoy a docent-guided tour of the special exhibition, French Moderns from 1850-1950, that will inspire the art you create in this not-to-be-missed studio class.

Batik - Beg/Int.
Instructor: Mary Stringer
10 am-1 pm Saturday, December 1
$40/member; $55/non-member
$20 materials fee payable to instructor at workshop
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 **Students should bring a sack lunch

Combining age-old wax-resist techniques and fabric dyes, students will design a beautiful batik fabric piece. Experience the unique and flowing nature of batik designs 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. Just in time for holiday gifting!! Please note: students should wear older clothing appropriate for studio art activities using permanent dyes and melted wax.

Art 271 Ceramics
Instructor: Tami Schmidt
5:30-8:14 p.m. Monday and Wednesdays at Black Hawk College QC Campus (6600 34th Avenue, Moline), Building 3, Room 102
January 14-March 6, 2019  (registration opens November 6)
$225 member; $240 non-member
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The Figge is pleased to offer ceramics classes through a collaboration with Black Hawk College in Moline. This ceramics class will be a ‘blended’ experience that combines Black Hawk students with adults (16 and older) who take the class (non-credit) through the Figge. Ceramicist Tami Schmidt will teach students techniques in hand building, wheel work, glaze mixing, firing and more.  Come back to clay in the Black Hawk ceramics studio!  Students must complete 16 weeks of ART 271 (two 8-week sessions) before going on to ART 272.  Entry into the Clay Guild is open to students who have completed 16 weeks of both Art 271 and Art 272.
Register through Black Hawk College at, fax 309.796.8282, call 309.796.8223, mail or in person. Download a flyer.