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.

Wine-ArtW.jpgWINE & ART

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 sessions.

April Wine & Art session is FULL

Memories and Mementos - Vacation Journals
6-8 pm Thursday, May 7
Instructor: Andrew Huot

Vacations and trips with family or friends offer a lifetime of memories and keepsakes. With the help of artist Andrew Huot you can make journals to record your recollections of special trips and journeys as well as store some of the precious mementos you’ve collected

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WATERCOLOR – All levels
Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
12-3 pm Fridays, February 6-March 6 (5 wks)
$105/member; $115/member
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Discover your vision and develop your personal style as a painter in the medium of watercolor with artist Ralph Iaccarino.  Explore color theory and learn how to use art elements and design principles including value, shape, pattern, balance, space and rhythm to create flowing, vibrantly colored watercolor paintings.

Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesdays, February 10-March 10 (5 wks)
$90/member; $100/non-member
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Celebrate the coming of spring in this colorful drawing class.  Draw vibrant floral images and naturescapes using water-soluble oil pastels.  Artist Gloria Burlingame will help students stretch their artistic boundaries and add a painterly touch to their drawn images when water is applied to the oil pastels.  Explore the best of both worlds in this creative, fun class!


This class is FULL
1:30-3:30 pm, Sundays, March 1, 8, 15, 22, 29
Free with membership
Registration limited to 20 participants
Location: Board Room
"But Is It Art?" is an adventure in art perceptions, biases, theories, and definitions. This class will focus on our preconceived ideas about what makes a work of art, how a work of a art can/should function, and the role of the artist in classifying an object as ART. Class discussions will include: changing historical definitions of art, public opinions on art, good and bad art, artworks that straddle the lines between art and artifact, artists who deliberately create "non-art," and controversial works of art that bend the boundaries of art-making. Participants will share their ideas and engage in lively discussion as the class works toward its own definition of art.
Alycia F. Reed is a PhD candidate and Presidential Graduate Research Fellow at the University of Iowa's School of Art and Art History. She specializes in Modern and Contemporary Art, with special interest in American Pop Art, commercialism, authenticity, appropriation, and spectacle. She is currently writing her doctoral dissertation on Andy Warhol's Exploding Plastic Inevitable, a series of multimedia art and music shows executed with the Velvet Underground in the 1960s.

Instructor: Michi Shearer
6-7:30 pm Tuesdays, March 24, 31 and April 7, 14
$55/member; $65/non-member
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$60.00 materials fee payable to instructor at first class includes flowers for all 4 classes
Ikebana, the art of Japanese flower arranging, encompasses several distinctive styles which have developed over its 500 year history.  In this class you’ll learn several of the styles and practice creating graceful floral arrangements with simple, elegant lines using fresh flowers, branches, and foliage of the season.  Nurture your appreciation of nature’s beauty and infinite design possibilities while you experience the relaxing, calming qualities of Ikebana.

Instructor: Mary Stringer
10 am-2 pm Saturday, March 14
$40/member; $50/non-member
Materials fee: $20 payable to instructor at first class
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Express yourself and the love you have for your garden and flowers in this fun, practical workshop.  Artist Mary Stringer will show you how to make colorful garden stakes for plant identification and a decorative garden stone using cement, ceramic and glass pieces.  Celebrate spring in this creative class!

Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8 pm Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22 & 29
$90/member; $100/non-member
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Well-known Quad City artist Allen Holloway will take this painting class from the basics of color theory, brush types and painting surfaces to the application of different mediums and glazing techniques.  Beginning and intermediate painters alike will learn special tips to aid them in creating a beautiful finished landscape painting ready for hanging.  **Students should bring one 4”x6” (minimum size) color photo of the landscape they plan to paint.

Instructor: Emily Christenson
6-8 pm Tuesdays, April 7, 14, 21 & 28
$70/member; $80/non-member
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This class will be taught by artist Emily Christenson. There will be drawing  from unclothed models, and students at all levels of figure drawing experience are welcome.  From beginner to advanced, students will benefit from Emily’s vast figure drawing background. Please note this is NOT a punch card registration course.                   

Instructor: Don Heggen
10 am-3 pm  Saturday, April 18, 2015
$50 members; $60 non-members
Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage
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Wake up your watercolor skills in this lively painting workshop.  QC artist Don Heggen will share his tips and techniques for glazing, textural effects, layering, washes and more that will bring watercolor students up to the next level!

Instructor: Kat Anderson
6-8 pm Wednesdays, April 1, 8, 15, 22
$80/members; $90/non-members
Materials Fee: $20 payable to instructor at first class
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An exploration of several basic stitched structures from the rich history of book arts
around the globe. Structures such as the Palm Leaf and Coptic Stitch from Egypt, the
Stab Binding structure from Japan, and a few other modern adaptations of classic book
bindings will be crafted. Made with high-quality papers, these multi-page books will
make great sketchbooks or journals to document all of your creative ideas.



Instructor: Cindy Bergthold
12-4 pm Saturday, May 9
$40/member; $50/non-member
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Artist Cindy Bergthold will share tips and techniques for taking great digital photographs: composition, expression, and use of camera options such as shutter mode ( how and when to use), aperture mode with control of depth of field, and manual mode when one desires to control all.  They will need to bring cameras and preferably a clear data card. Students will photograph in a two-block radius of the Figge, and we will follow with a brief critique of a selected dozen of their best shots of the day.
Instructor: Andrew Huot
6-8:30 pm Tuesdays, May 19-June 9
$85/members; $95/non-members
Materials fee: $36 payable to instructor (includes 2 wood carving blocks, paste, printing paper)
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This workshop will present the technique of Mokuhanga Japanese woodblock printing. Using simple hand tools, we will carve multiple blocks to create composite images and print on thin papers with a "baren" hand tool. Mokuhanga is the technique used to create traditional Japanese prints, and is a process that doesn't require a press. This technique, once learned, is easy to recreate at home.

Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
10:30 am-2:30 pm Saturday, May 23
$40/member; $50/non-member
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Students should bring a sack lunch/beverage

Experience the power of art on a small scale with artist Ralph Iaccarino in this relaxed, fun workshop. Focusing on images, forms, shapes, color and a variety of watercolor painting techniques, students will create 6”x6” paintings that reflect their inner mystic.