Classes & Workshops for Adults

The Museum offers behind-the-scenes classes and hands-on workshops for adults. Classes, designed for anyone interested in learning more about specific topics, explore art and the art world. Local and visiting artists help students of all levels and abilities develop skills in media that reflect techniques and themes featured in special exhibitions and the Museum’s collection.


Winter-Spring 2018 Programs

Jardin des PlantesClass: Mixing It Up: Drawing & Mixed Media
FEBRUARY 1, 8, 15, 22, MARCH 1 + 8 — Thursdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $220 Museum Members, $240 non-members (includes some materials)

Ignite or expand your drawing skills by combining layers of mark-making with acrylic paint, collage, ink, transfer, and transparency, and by drawing on a painted three-dimensional object. Explore combinations of wet and dry media, practice unusual background treatments, and learn to edit your work using reductive techniques. Weekly classes include slide talks examining contemporary drawing as well as masters from art history, many from the Museum’s Collection; work sessions; and individual discussions with the instructor.

Instructor Pamela Lanza has an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, she taught at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and San Francisco Art Institute for 20 years. Her artwork has been exhibited at the Graduate Theological Union (Berkeley), UNC Asheville, Florida State University, California Institute of Integral Studies, and Stanford University.

Space is limited; register by January 25. To register online, click here; for more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

 

Japanese MagnoliasWorkshop: Zelda’s Flowers: Painting & Drawing
MARCH 10 — Saturday, 10:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Cost: $75 Museum Members, $85 non-members (includes all materials)

Springtime means flowers, but flowers are not always as they seem: to the artist, they may suggest globes of color, gashes of light, or tentative gestures of changing shape. Using Zelda Fitzgerald’s painting Japanese Magnolias as inspiration, explore what it means to make abstract images from nature – giving them power as essential forms – and study them as iconography. In this workshop, draw, paint, or mix the two to produce works that capture the dance-like gesture and elegance of plants as they bloom. Look at works by Jim Dine, Vincent van Gogh, Robert Motherwell, Alex Katz, Edouard Manet, Emil Nolde, Georgia O’Keeffe, and others, and compare their approaches to Zelda’s magnolias.

Before relocating to Asheville, co-instructors Pamela Lanza and Glenn Hirsch taught for over 20 years at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program and the San Francisco Art Institute. Both have exhibited widely at public and private galleries in the US.

Space is limited; register by March 5. Bring a snack/lunch; the Museum will provide drinks. To register online, click here; for more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

 

Class: The Craft of Abstraction and the Abstract Power of Realism
MARCH 20, 27, APRIL 3, 10, 17 + 24 — Tuesdays, 6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Cost: $220 Museum Members, $240 non-members (includes some materials)

This painting and mixed-media class explores the “craft” of painting as it applies to abstract (non-objective or non-representational) imagery, as well as to the abstract qualities that also enhance the power of representational approaches. Students explore color and composition on canvas, paper, assemblage, and found-object formats. Weekly classes include slide talks examining the merging of fine-art and craft; visits to the Craft and Abstraction exhibition in the Gallery On the Slope; work sessions; and individual discussions with the instructor.

Instructor Glenn Hirsch holds an MFA from the San Francisco Art Institute. Before relocating to Asheville, he taught for 23 years at UC Berkeley Extension’s Post-Baccalaureate Art Studio program, John F. Kennedy University’s Arts and Consciousness program, and the San Francisco Art Institute’s Public Education program. He has exhibited widely at public and private galleries in the US.

Space is limited; register by March 13. To register online, click here; for more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.


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