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.


Summer 2017 Programs

6 LaurenCrew_2Empowerment + Portrait Photography
JULY 8 – Saturday, 1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
Cost: $60 Museum Members, $70 non-members

In this workshop, students learn how photographic techniques can tell a story and create different dynamics between the photographer, subject, and viewer. Students work with each other and community members to craft unique portraits that empower their subjects. Students bring their own digital camera (smartphone, point-and-shoot, or SLR) and a notepad.

Instructor Mercedes Jelinek is a New York-based photographer who is currently a resident artist at Penland School of Crafts. After earning bachelor and master of fine arts degrees in photography, she built a freelance photography career in architecture, fashion, event, and journalism. Her work has been exhibited both nationally and internationally and can be found in numerous museum and private collections. Her latest book These Americans is about the Women’s March on Washington.

Space is limited; registration deadline July 4. To register online, click here; for more information or to register by phone, call 828.253.3227 x122.

Planned in conjunction with Hear Our Voice.


Teach at the Museum

Click here for more information about how to become a studio instructor at the Museum.