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.

Pre-registration required • Call 563.326.7804 x2045 or email

6-8 pm Thursday, September 4
Introduction to Bookmaking with Andrew Huot
$20/student; all supplies provided

This month, work with paper, thread and glue to create several unique books and pamphlets. From cover to cover, you’ll enjoy the story of bookmaking.

Download a flyer with more information.


Day of the Dead wth Gloria Burlingame • October 9
La Calavera Catrina is a defining image of the Day of the Dead celebration. Learn the history of the Catrina and Day of the Dead traditions as you fashion your own 3D mixed-media Catrina figure.

Japanese Brush Calligraphy Art with Anna Ito • November 6
Association, USA Division, will teach the Japanese Hiragana/
Katakana alphabets, basic Japanese calligraphic brush strokes and Japanese Kanji characters. Create a colorful holiday wreath and one-of-a-kind holiday cards in this relaxed, fun class.

Special Wine & Art in October
Cancer Survivors & Caretakers Art Night with Emily Christenson • October 2
Spend a creative evening painting with artist Emily Christenson.  Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, a glass of wine and a sweet treat while you express yourself artfully in a relaxed, social studio setting. This special evening is a collaborative effort between Living Proof, a Quad Cities' cancer survivors program, and the Figge Art Museum to help celebrate the strength and resilience of cancer survivors and the caretakers who offered them comfort and aid.



PASTEL PAINTING – Beginners/Intermediate
Instructor: Pat Halverson  
6-8 pm Tuesdays, August 19, 26 & September 2, 9
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Bring your favorite landscape photo to life in this fun, informative class. Students will learn how to see beyond just grass, trees, sky, buildings or water as they recreate a still photograph into a colorful pastel panorama.  Focusing on shape, value, temperature, and color harmony, the goal is to produce more than a copy of the photo. We want to produce a painting!  

Instructor: Lu Ann Steffen   
10 am-4 pm Saturday, August 23
$60/member; $70/non-member
$45 materials fee payable to instructor (covers materials/tools)
**Students should bring a sack lunch
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Students will learn the basics for combining and layering firey, multi-colored dichroic glass shapes to achieve beautiful and dramatic one-of-a-kind pendants.  Learn the art of  glass cutting and cold working glass pieces after fusing, experiment with color combinations and finish off pieces by gluing bails for hanging on a chain. Students will be able to make several pieces of jewelry. No previous experience necessary. All tools provided.

Instructor: Rowen Schussheim-Anderson 
9 am-4 pm Saturday, August 30
$70/member $80/non-member
$20 materials fee payable to instructor
**Students should bring a sack lunch
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Explore textile methods from around the world in this lively workshop.  The class will begin with an artistically-inspiring docent-guided tour of the Innovators and Legends: Generations in Fiber and Textiles exhibition. The tour will be followed by hands-on studio time, where students will  net a small African musical instrument, learn the Peruvian off-loom method of wrapping, bead weave on a bead loom as in the Americas and Africa, and explore Oriental rug methods. Each student will also have a chance to weave on a harness loom during the class.


Therapy program for cancer patients, survivors and cartakers

In conjunction with the Full Circle Project, Living Proof Exhibit is offering a FREE three-part art therapy program for cancer patients, survivors and caretakers. Registration for the program includes all three sessions:

10 am-2 pm Saturday, September 6

10 am-1 pm Saturday, September 13

1-3 pm Saturday, September 13

To register, contact Pamela Crouch at 309.781.6227 or Limited registration (24).
All supplies provided.
**Bring a sack lunch and beverage.

Instructor: Cindy Bergthold
10 am-2 pm  Saturday, September 13
$35/member; $45 non-member
**Class will meet at 10am in the conservatory at Vander Veer Park.
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Create vibrant, flowing floral paintings as you paint outdoors in the beautiful VanderVeer gardens.  Artist Cindy Bergthold will share plein-air painting tips and techniques and lead students in a study of light, form, texture and color that will add richness and depth to the paintings. 

Facilitated – Alexx Heald-Alejo
6-8 pm Tuesdays, September 16, 23, 30 & October 7, 14, 21
Punchcards: $20/3 classes/student; $30/3 classes/adult; $12/single session
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Students will draw from an unclothed model in a professional studio environment.  This facilitated experience will include multiple poses from warm-up gesture sketches to longer poses for finished drawings.

Instructor: Ralph Iaccarino
12-3 pm Fridays, September 19, 26 & October 3, 10, 17
$95/member; $105/non-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: Beth Anne Smiley
6-8 pm Tuesdays, October 7, 14, 28, November 4
$65/members; $75/non-members
$35 materials fee payable to instructor
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Enjoy a casual and creative communal atmosphere in this fun class.  Learn the art of rug hooking with instructor Beth Anne Smiley.  Students will hook a 10”x10” handmade art work showing a pumpkin surrounded by traditional fall colors. The October 7, 14 & 28 classes will meet in the Figge studios. The November 4  class will meet at the instructor’s Davenport studio; instructor will provide directions.

Instructor: Andrew Huot
6-8 pm Thursdays, October 23, 30 & Nov. 6, 13, 20
$80/member; $90/non-member
$16 materials fee payable to instructor
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The book form can be sculptural as well as a container for information. Concentrating on three accordion-folded book variations, students will make books that pop up and open, revealing images and text. These structures are ideal for artist and children’s books and unique, personalized presentation books. Turn a page in your artistic endeavors in this fun class!


Instructor: Allen Holloway
6-8:30 pm Tuesdays, November 4, 11, 18, 25
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Beginning to intermediate painters alike will enjoy painting landscape scenes with well-known Quad City artist Allen Holloway. Through Holloway’s demonstrations and interactive discussions you’ll explore paint mixing techniques and learn tips to help you create beautiful, realistic landscapes and natural scenes. Students should bring a reference photo of the landscape image they plan to paint.

Instructor: Andi Naab
6-8 pm Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19 & December 3, 10
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Through instructor demonstrations and class discussion students will explore color, shape, form and texture as they create vibrant, realistic floral watercolor paintings.  Artist Andi Naab will share tips and techniques that will take your paintings to the next level in this fun class.

Instructor: Gloria Burlingame
6-8 pm Tuesdays, November 11, 18, 25 & December 2, 9
$80/member; $90/non-member
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Drawing – a desire to learn but how to begin? This course will get you started!  Beginning with line drawings of basic forms, students will learn value and shading techniques that add depth and dimension to their pictures. Observational drawing from still life set-ups will be used in class.

Instructor: Joseph Lappie
5:30-8:30 pm Wednesdays, November 5, 12, 19
$75/member; $85/non-member
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Who needs a press when you have a spoon and a kitchen table? Over the course of the workshop the class will explore various print techniques that can be done in the comfort of your own home, including, but not limited to, relief printmaking, monotypes, cyanotype and alternative transfer techniques. Each week, students will learn a process, implement it and leave with a new piece of art.


Instructor: Mary Stringer
Saturday, December 6, 10 am-2 pm   
$40/member; $50/non-member
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**Students should bring a sack lunch

Combining age-old wax-resist techniques and fabric dyes, students will design a beautiful batik fabric piece and a lovely painted silk scarf. Experience the unique and flowing nature of batik designs and silk painting as you experiment with a variety of wax and dye applications using brushes, tjanting wax pens, pattern overlays and more in this fabulous, fun class. Please note: students should wear older clothing appropriate for studio art activities using permanent dyes and melted wax.

Instructor: Amy Nielsen
Saturday, January 17, 10 am-2 pm   
$40/member; $50/non0member
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**Students should bring a sack lunch

Learn techniques that will take your handwriting from ordinary to extraordinary in this fun and informative calligraphy workshop! QC artist and calligrapher Amy Nielsen will lead students in a creative study of the FORMAL ALPHABET, which is one of the most important basic alphabets in western calligraphy. Using steel and felt-tipped pens, you’ll develop an understanding of all the basics to be able to write a formal alphabet with a flourish!



Instructor: Pam Ohnemus
12–3pm Fridays, January 23 – February 20
$95/member; $105/non-member
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Learn techniques artists use to create feelings of nearness and distance on a flat canvas in this acrylic painting class. Acrylic painting techniques, color theory and the use of the art elements and principles of design will be explored. Students will create colorful close-ups with panoramic backgrounds of field and floral scenes in nature.