2015 Summer Art Workshops for Kids


This summer, the museum will offer all-day workshops for kids—Fridays at the Figge classes for children completing K-5th grades, and Art in the Middle classes for middle school students.

These all-day classes introduce children to drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture. 

Grade levels indicate the grade completed during the 2014-15 academic year. Participants should dress for art activities and bring a sack lunch, snack and beverages. Classes run from 9 am-4 pm; check-in begins at 8:45 a.m. in the Figge lobby.

Sign up for a single session or for a series. Cost includes all supplies and a guided museum tour. Pre-registration is required, with payment due at the time of registration. Enrollment is on a first-come, first-served basis. To sign up, contact Heather at 563.326.7804 x2045 or

Fridays at the Figge
(for elementary students)
Cost per class: $45 members/$55 non-members
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June 12 - Drawing  This class is FULL
Be inspired by art in the Figge galleries before using wet and dry art techniques and a variety of materials to create masterful drawings of your own.
June 19 - Painting  This class is FULL
Explore painting techniques and applications for acrylic, tempera and watercolor to create painted showpieces.
June 26 - Mixed Media  This class is FULL 
Let your imagination run wild, experiment with a variety of art materials and create colorful, textural drawings, paintings and collages.
July 10 - Printmaking 
Learn about printmaking methods and materials, then put your new knowledge to the test to create one-of-a-kind monoprints and colorful images in multiples.
July 31 - Sculpture  This class is FULL 
Have some fun with your hands to create fanciful sculptures in a wide array of materials—from clay and foil to paper and fiber.

Art in the Middle
Grades 6-8 students are encouraged to bring a sketchbook and samples of work done outside of class.
(for middle school students)
Cost per class: $50 members/$60 non-members
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June 10 - Drawing 
Use pencils, pens, markers, pastels, ink and everything in between to create exciting and expressive drawings.
June 17 - Painting
Discover new possibilities in painting! Learn techniques in acrylic, tempera and watercolor and experiment with adding selected mediums and textural surfaces.
June 24 - Cartooning
Aspiring cartoonists will learn about character creation, drawing and inking styles, how to develop a story and more during this comic experience.
July 8 - Printmaking
Explore printing techniques—including silk screen, relief block, etching and monoprinting—and enjoy the personal artistic expression and bold imagery that printmaking allows.
July 29 - Sculpture
Imaginations will soar in this fun class that uses clay, wood, wire, cardboard, foam and more to create 2-D relief and 3-D sculptural masterpieces.

Big Picture-In the House! Summer Series
Wednesdays: 10 a.m.-11 a.m. July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26

Join the Figge Big Picture Outreach Program for this special in-house series designed for all young art enthusiasts!

The Big Picture is normally designed for K-12 school classrooms to connect curriculum with art; teaching “big picture” ideas from a visual perspective. This summer, come to an hour drop-in session at the museum where we will highlight a variety of art connections using Big Picture outreach lessons in the museum studios. Each week the program is offered, participants will learn a new art concept, share in art discussion, explore museum outreach objects and complete a fun activity to reinforce the theme of the day’s lesson.

This is an excellent way for multiple ages to engage in learning while having tons of fun! Suitable for ages 5 through 12—parents are welcome to join in, or explore the museum during each session.

No reservations needed. For more information, contact Laura Dunn, outreach coordinator, at 563.326.7804 x2047 or Brian Allen, outreach educator, at 563.326.7804 x2005.

2015 Brand Boeshaar Scholarship

Since 2000, the Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program has awarded $576,000 to graduating seniors in eastern Iowa and western Illinois who wish to study fine arts, design or art education in college. To be considered for this prestigious $12,000 scholarship, applicants must submit a completed application, high school transcript, two letters of support, and a portfolio of 12 works. The program is funded by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund, managed by the Figge Education Department, and administered by the Community Foundation of the Great River Bend.

2015 Scholarship Recipients

Lillian L. Brand • Chloe Thompson, Davenport Central High School
Isabelle M. Brand • Ann Peters, Pleasant Valley High School
Lucille Brand Boeshaar • Taylor Chandler, Davenport Central High School
William Brand Boeshaar • Lily Caste, Davenport Central High School
Honorable Mention • Elizabeth Masterson, Homeschool and Bruce Patrick, Davenport Central High School

Deadline application has passed for 2015; please consider applying in 2016!

Scouts at the Figge

Boy Scouts of all ages can have fun learning experiences while earning arts and crafts badges/patches at the Figge Art Museum. A guided tour of the Figge's permanent galleries and traveling exhibitions begins each workshop. See photos of scouts at the Figge.

Learn more about Boy Scout programs

For more information about programs for Girl Scouts, visit the Girl Scout website or contact Emily Droessler at or 309.788.0833 x308.

Celebrate your birthday at the Figge!

Have a fun, creative birthday party! The Figge is equipeed to make any birthday celebration a memorable one for your child. Multiple options are available and are geared towards specific age groups. Learn more. 


Supported by Brand Boeshaar Foundation and Hubbell Waterman Foundation.

The Education Department is committed to helping visitors of all ages and diverse learning styles gain a greater understanding and appreciation of the Figge’s unique collections and changing exhibitions. Programs and services are designed to promote life-long learning in the visual arts, stimulate independent and critical thinking skills, and encourage visitors to see the world around them differently.