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.


Fall 2018 Programs

EvergladesClass: Pen + Ink: The User-Friendly Medium
SEPTEMBER 13, 20, 27, OCTOBER 4 + 11 — Thursdays, 6 – 8:30pm
Cost: $210 Museum Members, $230 non-members (includes some materials)
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

In this five-part class, overcome your trepidation around the “permanence” of ink drawing and learn to embrace the huge potential of this versatile medium! Become familiar with different types of pens (bamboo, stick, quill, markers), learn to use brush and wash, and explore the complete repertoire of line-making including gesture, contour, hatching, developed or “worked-over” lines, and freestyle or “searching” lines. Study wet-on-wet and wet-on-dry techniques using washes. Broaden your experience of drawing to expand upon realistic rendering, and introduce more expressionistic means of working that carry over into all forms of painting and advanced drawing.

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; click here to register online by September 6. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

Class: Autumn Landscapes
SEPTEMBER 29, OCTOBER 6 + 13 — Saturdays, 1 – 5pm
Cost: $200 Museum Members, $220 non-members
Level: All levels (beginner, intermediate, advanced)

In this three-part class, capture unique photographs of autumn landscapes and foliage in the forests and vistas along the Blue Ridge Parkway and in nearby parks! Explore what makes a photograph of a place compelling, and how to bring a scene to life. Emphasis is placed on observation, experimentation, and learning to evoke the essence of a landscape. Topics include composition, depth-of-field, histograms, filtration, ISO, and equipment choices. Classroom time includes editing, critique, demonstrations, and image enhancement using Lightroom and Photoshop. Students bring their own digital camera (smartphone, point-and-shoot, or SLR) and should have a working knowledge of how to operate it.

Instructor Benjamin Dimmitt graduated from Eckerd College in St. Petersburg, FL, and studied at the International Center of Photography in New York City, Santa Fe Photographic Workshop in New Mexico, and Santa Reparata Graphic Arts Centre in Florence, Italy. He taught for 12 years at the International Center of Photography in New York City and more recently at the Bascom Art Center in Highlands, NC. His work has been exhibited at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, the International Center of Photography and the American Academy of Arts & Letters in New York City, the Griffin Museum in Boston, and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art in New Orleans.

Space is limited; click here to register online by September 24. For more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.


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