2018 Summer Art Workshops for Kids

Mark your schedules now! The museum will once again offer popular all-day workshops for kids this summer—Fridays at the Figge classes for children completing grades K–5, and Art in the Middle classes for middle school students. All workshops are held 9 am–4 pm. Sign up for a single session or for the whole series. Each workshop is taught by a different instructor with new theme-related projects each year. Cost includes all supplies.
Kids should bring a sack lunch, beverage and snack to class. 

Download a registration form or contact Heather Aaronson at or 563.345.6630, or Lynn Gingras-Taylor at or 563.345-6635 to register.

Space is limited - register today!

Fridays at the Figge
(elementary students completing K-5th)
Fridays 9 am-4 pm 
Cost per class: $45/member; $55/non-member
Drawing June 8
Painting June 15  
Mixed Media June 22
Printmaking June 29
Sculpture July 6
Download a class flyer

Art in the Middle
(middle school students)
9 am-4 pm selected Wednesdays
Cost per class: $50/member; $60/non-member
Drawing June 6
Painting June 13
Cartooning June 20
Printmaking June 27
Sculpture July 11
Download a class flyer


Big Picture: In the House!

Suitable for ages 5-12.
Parents are welcome to join in or are free to explore the museum during each session. Meet in the museum lobby.

Wednesdays, July 11–August 8 
Morning Session 10:30–11:30 a.m. 
Afternoon Session 1:30–2:30 p.m.

Join the Figge Big Picture Outreach Program for this special IN-HOUSE series!

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, these one-hour drop-in sessions will highlight a variety of art connections using Figge outreach lessons here 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! 

No reservations needed; just choose either the morning or the afternoon session. For more information, contact Laura Wriedt at 563.345.6641 or Brian Allen at 563.345.6654.

Summer Drawing Program

10 am-4 pm, July 16-20
Cost: $50
Instruction provided by Western Illinois University
Supplies: Students supply their own newsprint pad and portfolio; all other supplies are provided

This fun and intensive drawing course will offer high school students a college-level art experience for one week in July. The SDP boosts students’ portfolios, allows individual time with top-notch professors from Western Illinois University and enables interaction with art students from area schools.

Application deadline was Friday, June 15

2018 Brand Boeshaar 
Scholarship Program

The results are in for the recipients of this year's prestigious $12,000 scholarships
for students majoring in art or in art education. 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. 

2018 Recipients
Lillian L. Brand Scholarship - Gabriella Schadt, Homeschool
Isabelle M. Brand Scholarship - Emily Menke, Moline High School
Lucille Brand Boeshaar Scholarship - Lindsey Abell, Rock Island High School
William Brand Boeshaar Scholarship - Isabelle Kern, Davenport Central
High School

Honorable mentions, and recipients of $500 scholarships:
Don Heggen Memorial Scholarship Fund - Rachel Hunt, Pleasant Valley High School and Katie Melville, Davenport West High School

Image by Gabriella Schadt

Scouts at the Figge

Boy Scout Programs
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 is included in each workshop.  Badge workshops are 3-hour events and include completion of all requirements for the particular badge the boys are working towards.
We also offer non-badge workshops through our Partner Program.  Scout packs can schedule one of these 2-hour events that includes a guided museum tour and a studio art experience.  Activities accomplished in a Partner Program can be often be applied toward one of the art badges in the Boy Scout manual. 
To Register: Please call 563.345-6655. Registration is required a minimum of 2 weeks before the
scheduled event.  A minimum of 10 Scouts/workshop is required.
Contact Information: Call 563.345-6655 or to schedule a workshop.

For more information about programs for Girl Scouts, visit the Girl Scout website or contact Kelsey at 563.345-6655 or


Birthday Fun at the Figge!

Have a fun, creative birthday party! The Figge is equiped to make any birthday celebration a memorable one for your child. Multiple options are available and are geared towards specific age groups. Complete the registration form.

Download a flyer with more information. 



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.