(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. Contact Heather Aaronson at 563.326.7804 x2045 or to register.

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When the Circus Came to Town
6-8 p.m. Thursday, August 2 
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame


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!

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.