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, October 2
Special Session: Cancer Patients, Survivors & Caretakers with Emily Christenson
$20/student; all supplies provided

Enjoy light hors d’oeuvres, wine and sweet treats while painting with artist Emily Christenson in a relaxed, social studio setting. This special evening is a collaborative effort between Living Proof Exhibit and the Figge Art Museum to celebrate the strength and resilience of cancer survivors and the caretakers who offer them comfort and aid.

6-8 pm Thursday, October 9
Day of the Dead with Gloria Burlingame
$20/student; all supplies provided

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.

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Japanese Brush Calligraphy Art with Anna Ito • November 6
Artist Anna Ito , executive director of  Japan Brush Writing 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.



Facilitated – Meghan Hollister
6-8 pm Tuesdays, September 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
12–3 pm 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.