(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. 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
$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.

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Abstract Exstencilism – Design & Painting
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8 pm Thursday, April 13
Explore the diversity and elegance of symmetry with abstract exstencilism. Using stencils, rulers and compasses, amaze yourself with the beautifully ingenious kaleidoscopic designs you’ll achieve with this unique style of art.

Art & Poetry – LiterARTure!
Instructor: Laura Winton
6-8 pm Thursday, May 4

Fiber Collage Creations
Instructor: Lori Miller
6-8 pm Thursday, June 8



Flatweaving and Tapestry Art Techniques
Instructor: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, March 14, 21, 28, April 4
$80/member; $90/non-member
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$20 materials fee

Working on a (borrowed) frame loom, make a sampler to learn tapestry weaving and flatwoven methods used in the Turkish rugs on display in the Figge. We will also visit the Turkish exhibition on display and discuss the prayer rugs, saddle bags, and other weavings so essential to the now disappearing nomadic traditions in Turkey.

Watercolor – Zen in Painting
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
6-8:30 p.m. Wednesdays
March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Express yourself in this relaxing painting experience with artist Ralph Iaccarino.  Explore the shapes, forms and patterns found in nature as your colors flow from brilliant to subdued, bright light to shadow. Ralph will share techniques in texturizing, blending, color mixing and more that will help you paint visually rich works of art.

Coiled Basketry
Instructor: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson
9 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturdays, April 1, 8
$60/member; $70/non-member
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$8 materials fee

Basket making is one of the oldest art forms known to humankind. Many, many different culture groups have made and continue to make coiled baskets! Learn to make a coiled basket using raffia and/or non-traditional materials.

Kiln-fired Clay: Handbuilding Kitchenware
Instructor: Sally Gierke
5:30-8:30 p.m. Tuesdays , April 11, 18, 25
$90/member; $100/non-member
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$25 materials fee payable to instructor (This fee includes clay and glazes)

This beginning level class will focus on learning hand building skills which we’ll use to create fun serving dishes for the kitchen. This class will also offer students a chance to throw clay on the potter’s wheel. Clay art is messy so please wear clothes that can get ‘muddy’!

Calligraphy – Write Beautifully 
Instructor: Amy Neilsen
6-8 p.m. Tuesdays, April 11, 18, 25
$60/member; $70/non-member
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Take your writing from ordinary to extraordinary in this engaging introductory calligraphy workshop! QC 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.

Rustic Watercolor Painting for Beginners
Instructor: Curtis Parce
5:30-8:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 5
6-8 p.m. Wednesdays, April 12, 19, 26, May 3
$90/member; $100/non-member
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Painter Curtis Parce will use simple step-by-step demonstrations that teach students how to achieve great visual effects in their paintings. Students will complete three paintings over the five-week class. Each art work will increase in size and content, building on the information students learned from their previous painting. The final painting, which will be completed during the last two classes, will feature a rural landscape with an old barn as the main subject. Images will be supplied by the instructor.

Sweet Treats Saturday
Instructor: Onnica Marquez
10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Saturday, May 6
Child + Adult: $30/pair
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Kids and their special adult will spend a yummy morning decorating delicious spring-themed cupcakes and a special BIG cookie. Everyone will start with three pre-baked cupcakes and a BIG cookie prepared by food artist Onnica Marquez. Under Onnica’s creative direction, kids and their pals will use frosting and selected sweet decorations to transform their cupcakes and cookie into delectable bunnies, butterflies, flowers and more!  Fun to look at but more fun to eat!

Landscape Photography Workshop 
Instructor: Trent Foltz
10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, May 6, 20
Advanced beginner
$95/member; $105/non-member
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This workshop is for those seeking to take their photographic skills further, using the landscape as the subject. This two day workshop is a perfect blend of photography and exploring personal style and vision, ending with a class critique. The goal is to further understand your vision, using the camera to achieve it. The first session, May 6, will begin at the Figge for an introduction/discussion hour followed by a drive (in your cars) to Black Hawk State Park for an outdoor photographic experience (1510 46th Ave, Rock Island, IL 61201; 309.788.0177). The May 20 class will be held at the Figge for the whole of class time. Please note: A basic understanding of ‘f’ stops, shutter speeds and ISO’s is required.