(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.

Docent Candidate Class
9 am-Noon Saturdays, August 20-October 1
$125 plus a Figge membership

Share your knowledge and love of the visual arts with others by becoming a Figge docent. Docent candidates are taught to look at, analyze and discuss works of art in order to engage visitors to the museum in conversations about selected works in the galleries. Candidates should have a strong interest in the visual arts, enjoy public speaking and have a genuine appreciation for all visitors. To learn more, contact Melissa Mohr at or 563.326.7804 x7895.

2016 Summer Workshops for Kids

This summer, the museum once again offers our popular all-day workshops for kids! Download a flyer for Fridays at the Figge (current K-5th graders) or Art in the Middle (current middle school students). Each workshop is taught by a different instructor with theme-related projects. Cost includes all supplies. Kids should bring a sack lunch, beverage and snack to class. Sign up for a single session or for the whole series.

Contact Heather for more information at or 563.345.6630. 

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.

Download a flyer with upcoming classes. 

JUNE Delicious Dessert!
Meghan Purcell
6-8 pm  Thursday, June 2
Who doesn’t love dessert? With artist Meghan Purcell, students will take a look at the fabulously colorful dessert paintings of Wayne Thiebaud. Inspired by his love of all things sweet, we’ll mix it up in the studios, using oil pastels combined with watercolors and prepare our own sweet treat pictures!

JULY Prairie Painting
Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
6-8 pm  Thursday, July 7

AUGUST Prince of the Prairie
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8 pm  Thursday, August 4



WATERCOLOR PENCIL WORKSHOP (offsite at Vander Veer Park)
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame 10 am-2 pm, Saturday, June 25
$35 member; $45 non member
Supply list
Students should bring beverage/sack lunch
Draw and paint the delicate flower shapes that surround you in the gardens of Davenport’s Vander Veer Park.  Artist Gloria Burlingame will share tips and techniques that will help you achieve beautiful color accented with bright highlights and deep shadows, hallmarks of the summer sun.


Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
10 am-3 pm Saturday, July 9
$45 member; $55 non-member
Supply list
Students should bring beverage/sack lunch
Explore both the literal and imaginative possibilities doorways can represent in this relaxed painting workshop. From doors and windows to ironwork gates and stone archways, portals, both new and ancient, offer new, sometimes mysterious experiences to those who dare to walk through. Watercolors will be used to capture subtle values, startling highlights, shifts in color, tone and depth – the qualities that intrigue each of us as we consider whether to walk through the door or look into the window, wondering what possibilities await.

1-3 pm Sundays, August 7-28
John Deere Auditorium
Free with Membership or paid admission
Each class will feature photography from a different angle as the instructors explore everything from the stunning photographs by David Plowden (on display until September 11) to the role of photojournalism in society today.


Instructor: Allen Holloway
10 am-2 pm Saturday, August 20
$35 member; $45 non-member
Supply list
Students should bring beverage/sack lunch
Enjoy a flippin’ fun afternoon in this delightful acrylic painting workshop.  Students will combine a pair of flip flops with a day-at-the-beach painted background.  This multi-media art work will have you smiling all summer long.  Keep it handy when the cold weather rolls around as a reminder that summer is never far off!

Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesday, August 30-September 27
$90 member; $100 non-member
Supply list
This class will help beginning drawing students get started by teaching how to select a subject to draw and a variety of techniques to render the image in pencil. Starting with line drawings of basic forms, students will learn how value, form, shape, pattern and more give dimension to 2D studies. Observational drawing will be used.


Offsite: Nahant Marsh*
Facilitator: Lynn Gingras-Taylor
Saturday, September 3
9-10 am Guided marsh walk
10 am-1 pm Plein aire art
$30 member of Figge or Nahant Marsh; $40 non-member of Figge or Nahant Marsh
Supply List
In celebration of the special exhibition, Tall Grass Prairie: Picturing Biodiversity, the Figge is partnering with Nahant Marsh to offer a fabulous marsh trail walk/open air art making afternoon. Wear your walking shoes for the guided marsh trail walk followed by open air art making. Let the lush scenery and abundant wildlife inspire and inform your creative efforts.

Supplies: Students should bring their own art supplies for their personal medium preference: drawing, water color, collage, pastels, etc.
Portable stool (there are benches scattered throughout the area)
Water dishes (if needed for your medium of choice; water is available onsite)
Appropriate outdoor clothing, including a hat and sunscreen
(Art making will move inside to the Nahant education class rooms in inclement weather)
* To get to Nahant Marsh: travel west on Second St./Rockingham Rd. Just past I-280, turn LEFT on Wapello Road, drive approximately  ¾ mile to destination

Instructor: Bill Gustafson
6-8 pm  Wednesdays, September 7-28
$80 member; $90 non-member
Supply List
Enjoy relaxed painting evenings with artist Bill Gustafson.  He’ll shares tips and techniques on water color painting with students that will enhance your painting skills.  Bill will teach a variety of painting methods, such as dry brush, wet-on-wet, scratching into paintings to add texture and highlights, etc., starting you on the path to creating beautiful paintings!

Instructor: Allen Holloway
10 am-2 pm  Saturday, September 17
$40 member; $50 non-member
Supply List TBA
Students should bring a sack lunch
Artist Allen Holloway will lead students on a pastel journey focusing on the majestic Grand Canyon and mystic mountains of Sedona, Arizona.  Allen will share pastel techniques including layering, color mixing, blending, highlights, value and more that students can use to create fabulous drawings of the breathtaking canyons, mountains and big sky in our western states. The instructor will supply images.