(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.

Art History Class: Photography
1-3 pm Sundays, August 7-28
John Deere Auditorium

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. 

August 7 - Josh Ford
August 14 - Mike Godsil 
August 21 - Randy Richmond
August 28 - Todd Mizener

image: David Plowden, Steve, Davy, West Virginia, 1974, inkjet print, Gift of David and Sandra Plowden, 2014.9.121

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. 


Instructor: Amy Nielsen
6-8 p.m. Thursday, September 1

Artist Amy Nielsen will share basic calligraphy techniques and creative applications in watercolor painting. Students will combine this winning duo of art materials with the natural textures and shapes of leaf printing to design beautiful wall art they’ll be proud to display. 

OCTOBER Functional Art – Decorative Charger Plate
Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8 p.m. Thursday, October 6

Enrich your collection of decorative fall accents with a beautifully painted charger plate you create during this fun Wine & Art class. It’s all about painting a beautiful countryside scene with the rich reds and golds of autumn complete with pumpkins and haystacks of a bygone era.

El Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead)
Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 p.m. Thursday, November 3

Explore the background and lore of the Mexican Day of the Dead, a special day for the celebration of loved ones who have passed from this life, and create an art project inspired by this holiday of compassion and remembrance.



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.


This class is cancelled

Instructor: Allen Holloway
10 am-2 pm Saturday, August 20


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
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.