Due to construction, Museum parking may be limited at the time of your visit. Look for additional parking in free or metered spaces along nearby streets.

Introduction to Cartooning: the Basics of Illustrating and Cartooning with Procreate

Class canceled due to instructor travel concerns. It will be rescheduled sometime in the coming months.

Join New York based visiting artist Dicus in this exciting design workshop. This class is designed for beginning illustrators and cartoonists. Students will learn some of the basics of cartooning, from thinking of ideas and drawing finished drafts to pitching and selling your work. We will also learn about a handful of the many features of Procreate, a powerful and affordable app for helping you to realize your comedic vision.

Tuesday, March 17
6 – 8 pm

Instructor: Dicus
Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

Supplies: An iPad Pro and Procreate software will be provided for students to use during class time.

Fiber Arts: Natural Dyes of the High Desert

Inspired by the artwork and lifestyle of Georgia O’Keeffe this class explores the color palette of the high desert through the intersection of plants and natural dyes. Working with Brooke Walshaw of Terrior Herbals, students will learn about regional dye plants and how to ethically harvest them. After harvesting the plants, Sarah Lillegard will take students through the natural dye process for silk, linen and wool textiles. By the end of the two-day workshop, students will have a dyed fabric swatches and a primer to working with natural dyes of the Great Basin. Class includes a guided walk through the Living Modern, Georgia O’Keeffe show.

Saturday and Sunday, September 14 – 15 (*September 14 includes an on-site visit to a nearby farm to harvest plant material.)
9 am – 1 pm

Instructor: Sarah Lillegard
Ages:  Adult (15+) / All levels

Supply list:

All supplies supplied by instructor. 

Visiting Artist: Dressing Modern: O’Keeffe inspired Recycled Fashion

In conjunction with the exhibit, Living Modern, this class will explore the ways in which Georgia O’Keeffe self-fashioned herself using the language of Modernism. During this three day workshop, students will create wearable, abstract designs that focus around simplicity, line and geometry using a variety of recycled materials and fabrics. The final pieces will be activated with a live performance, where students will walk through the Living Modern exhibit wearing their creations. The course will end with an O’Keeffe inspired photo shoot, were the students will pose for black and white portraits photographed by the instructor. Each student will receive an 8″x10″ print of their portrait after the workshop has ended.

“It’s Living Modern but also Dressing Modern. I think people won’t quite get that until they see the exhibition and then realize that she’s a walking abstraction in black and white much of the time.” 
– Wanda M. Corn, BRIC TV Interview, March 2017

Wednesday – Friday, August 7 – 9
1 – 4 pm

Instructor: Laura DeAngelis
Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

Supply list: Supplies to be provided by instructor. Acquiring additional supplies will be discussed during the first day of class.

Finding Your Inner Georgia O’Keeffe

This class, based on O’Keeffe’s dictum to “fill a space in a beautiful way,” opens up the making of art with a view toward O’Keeffe’s own perspective and practices. Get started or get guidance from visiting artist Anna Koster, who worked with O’Keeffe in 1976 and has gone on to have a long career as an artist. Students will begin with an exercise that O’Keeffe often assigned and another from the teacher who encouraged her to express herself, which ultimately led to her fame. This class focuses on color, composition, and personal expression and is ideal for beginners, amateurs, and those looking for a fresh approach for their work

Monday– Wednesday, August 12 – 14
10 am – 4 pm

Instructor: Anna Koster
Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

Supply list:

If you already own art materials that you like to use (paint, colored pencils, etc.), bring those. Otherwise, purchase materials for this class. I suggest:

-Pad of 9×12-inch watercolor paper, hot-press, 140 lb.
-Kneaded eraser
-Watercolor pencils, also called water soluble colored pencils (Cretacolor Aqua Monolith Woodless Watercolor Pencils recommended. Other types are OK.)
-Watercolor brushes, round (medium) and flat (1/2 to 1-1/2 inches)
-Jar for water
-Scissors (optional)
-Glue stick (optional)

Additional supplies provided by the instructor.

For additional information on Anna Koster and her work with O’Keeffe see:

Homepage:  http://www.annakoster.com 

Bio: http://www.annakoster.com/resume 


Visiting Artist Seminar: Introduction to Dye on Fabric with Ann Johnston

Artist, Ann Johnston, will present a fast-paced lecture/demonstration of both low-water immersion dyeing and painting and printing with Procion MX dyes, introducing the unlimited potential of creating color and pattern on cotton, linen, rayon, and silk. The dyes are versatile, economical and safe to use. Their advantage over paint is that they are light and wash fast–without changing the hand of the fabric. Johnston will show how various tools are used and how changing the consistency of the dyes creates different effects. The goal of the seminar is to offer students a chance to see possibilities for their own work and encourage them to be able to make their own marks and colors on their textile projects. Handouts will provide the basic recipes for future use.  For added fun, volunteers may be recruited during the demonstrations to sample techniques.  For further reference see Ann’s book, Color By Design: Paint and Print with Dye and her DVD Color by Accident: Exploring Low-Water Immersion Dyeing. To learn more about her work, visit site www.annjohnston.net During this workshop, Ann will lead the class through her exhibition “Quilts of the Sierra Nevada” to explain the techniques used for the pieces they will see.

NOTE: This is not a hands-on seminar. This program is lecture and demonstration based. Participants will be watching as artist Ann Johnston demonstrates her techniques.

Friday, April 12
10 am – 4 pm

Instructor: Visiting Artist, Ann Johnson
Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

Visiting Artist Workshop – Mimi Robinson: Local Color: Seeing Place through Watercolor

Tuesday and Wednesday, October 11 and 12 / 10 am – 4 pm

Visiting artist, Mimi Robinson, author of Local Color: Seeing Place Though Watercolor, invites you to join her for a two-day workshop. This intensive workshop will guide students through the process of seeing, recording and creating the art of the color palette. Local Color, Seeing Place through Watercolor, will provide a framework for being sensitive to colors around us through various exercises inspired by local and urban settings, the grass beneath out feet, to the sky above to the places of our memories.  This is a class designed for students who want to learn the art of watercolor painting. Basic artistic concepts pertaining to the medium will be covered, such as color theory, transparency, value and composition. A fundamental, hands-on working knowledge of the medium and equipment will be addressed. This class is a guide for beginners, trained artists and designers alike. A copy of Robinson’s book, Local Color: Seeing Place Though Watercolor is included with registration.

NOTE: Class will meet inside the E.L. Cord Museum School on Day 1. Day 2 will include offsite fieldwork at a nearby location, to be announced during the first class.

Instructor: Mimi Robinson
Adult: (15+) Some watercolor experience reccomended

Required Supplies: 

Suggested Watercolors: Recommended Tubes 5ml (Brands are Winsor Newton, Daniel Smith, Holbein, Sennelier)  

  • *Lemon Yellow or Winsor Yellow
  • Cadmium Light
  • Prussian Blue
  • *Ultramarine blue
  • Permanent Rose
  • *Alizarin Crimson
  • *essential for class, please make sure you have at least 1 triad of primary colors (yellow, red and blue) 2 triads give you more options

Folding plastic palette, instructor prefers larger palettes, room to mix paint- ideally 10” x 10”

Brushes (½” flat and ¾ “) – Recommended: Princeton synthetic “Snap” are very moderately priced

Watercolor Paper: Arches 140 lb, cold press – 2 sheets of  18 x 24, or watercolor block minimum size 12’ x 15”


Roll of paper towels

2 water container (plastic jars with wide mouth are great)

White artist tape (not blue painters tape, throws off your color!)

Pencils, erasers, and sharpener (recommended: H or HB for drawing under watercolors)

Portable stool for working outside (optional)

Sketchbook small enough to carry easily for notes and sketches in field

If you have materials that you like to work with please bring them along!


Visiting Artist Workshop: Lordy Rodriguez

Saturday, October 24 / 9 am – noon

Join visiting artist, Lordy Rodriguez, in a workshop exploring contemporary drawing and collage techniques using pen, marker and patterned papers. Lordy Rodriguez’s work is featured in the exhibition Tahoe: A Visual History and is part of the Museum’s permanent collection.

Instructor: Lordy Rodriguez
Ages: 15 and up / All levels

Supplies provided