2015 Summer Drawing Program 

Sessions: 9 am-12 pm
July 13–17 & July 20–24
$50 per student

Students supply newsprint pad and portfolio; all other supplies provided

2015 application deadline: Monday, June 1

The Summer Drawing Program gives talented high school art students a college-level experience while helping them prepare their portfolios for college admission and scholarships. This two-week course is the only program of its kind in the Quad Cities for aspiring young artists who plan to major in art. Instructors for this year's program are Rhonda Lydeard and Bruce Walters. Learn more about the program and fill out application on this pdf, or fill out the application or letter of support online.

For questions, contact Heather Aaronson, education programs coordinator, at or 563.326.7804 x2045.

Funded in part by the Brand Boeshaar Foundation Fund.
Sponsored by Western Illinois University.

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

Register by March 31 to receive $5 off per class!

Fridays at the Figge
(for elementary students)
Cost per class:
$45 members/$55 non-members
Download a flyer

June 12 - Drawing 
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
Explore painting techniques and applications for acrylic, tempera and watercolor to create painted showpieces.
June 26 - Mixed Media 
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 
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
Download a flyer

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.

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.

Apply online or download an application. Your application will be sent directly to the education assistant at the museum. It is your responsibility to determine if the application has been received, along with the letter of support, by calling 563.326.7804 x2045.

Application and portfolio deadline for 2015 is March 6-7. 
Download a list of eligible school districts. Homeschooled students within these districts are also eligible.
Complete letter of support online or print letter of support.
Questions? Contact Heather at or 563.326.7804 x2045.

Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Recipients

The Brand Boeshaar Scholarship Program awards four scholarships annually to students who wish to earn a degree in fine art, graphic design or art education at a college or university. This year’s scholarships were presented to the following individuals:

2014 Scholarship Recipients

Lillian L. Brand  Avery Gott (Moline High School)
Isabelle M. Brand  Emma DeMarr (Davenport West High School)
Lucille Brand Boeshaar  Jasmine Mendez (Moline High School)
William Brand Boeshaar  Maxwell McInnis (Bettendorf High School)
Honorable Mentions  Malcom Kresse (Davenport Central High School)
and Sydney Griffin (Moline High School)

Family Gallery

This gallery is designed to encourage looking and creating for visitors of all ages.  
It is located on Level 2, next to the Family Activity Center.

77-7W.jpgSculpture: The Magic of Form
Through February 1, 2015

Sulptural forms take viewers beyond the visual pleasure found in 2 dimensional paintings, drawing and prints. As 3D objects, or objects in the round, sculptures can be viewed from all angles and sides, allowing for a unique art experience. In this exhibition, learn more about sculptures in a variety of mediums by artists Barbara Lekberg, John Bloom, Hiroshi Yamano and Aurora Robson

Barbara Lekberg, Lazarus, 1975, cast bronze, 1977.7. 


Visit Studio 1 to explore installations that are designed to complement selected special exhibitions with hands-on activities that will challenge your imagination and encourage broad thought.

Driskell-Pine-Tree-W.jpgTelling Stories with Pictures
Through January 18, 2015

Why did the artist make a collage instead of a painting? Does this picture have a message? Can art make a difference? Explore these questions and work out answers in this Studio 1 installation that complements African-American Art Since 1950: Perspectives from the David C. Driskell Center. Use your artistic voice to create art at the activity tables that tells a story or sends a message.

David C. Driskell, Pine Trees #5, 1965, oil on canvas, purchased with funds from the C. Sylvia and Eddie Brown Arts Acquisition Fund

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.