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    Portrait Painting in Oil or Acrylics

    Tuesdays, October 23 - November 20 / 6 – 9 pm

    Students will be introduced to portrait painting techniques while exploring the unique qualities of oil or acrylic paint. Student will be work on composition, facial structure and anatomy while exploring painting techniques in the studio. Student will work on painting techniques in the first two classes. The final three classes will have utilize a live model for reference. *Supply list.

    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels
    Instructor: Daniel Helzer

    $150 General / $135 Museum members

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    The Art of Meditation

    Thursdays, October 25 - November 8 / 5:30 - 6:30 pm

    Meditation is a technique for inner peace and wellness. Meditation can be a cornerstone of a healthy, happy, productive life. Everyone can do it. This class is taught by an expert who has over 30 years of experience helping people just like you. It does not require concentration or any special skill. You will learn different techniques each week that you can take home and use on your own. All are welcome, from first-timers to advanced students.

    Instructor: Stephen Jacobs
    Ages: Adult (15+)

    $45 General / $40 Museum members

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    Autumn Leaves in Watercolor

    Friday, October 26 / 10 am - 2 pm

    Capture the beauty of autumn leaves. Using the techniques of botanical illustration learn to create pictures and cards in watercolor, pencil and ink. This class is open to all levels. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Carroll Charlet
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $45 General / $40 Museum members

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    Color Studies in Watercolor

    Saturday, October 27 / 10 am - 2 pm

    Translucence is at the heart of watercolor painting. Learn to chart and mix your colors to keep the beautiful luminosity of the medium. This class includes color charting both wet and dry, mixing triads for unusual color, and learning to combine warm and cool hues. An excellent class for both the beginner and advanced student. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Iva Neveux
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $45 General / $40 Museum members

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    Quick Studies in Oil

    Monday - Friday, October 29 - November 2 / 9 am - noon

    Students will enjoy learning how to paint small color sketches or studies (“pochades”) using oils. This class will focus on how to capture light in the landscape quickly while working with oil paint. Hands-on instruction will take students from basic setup to finish a quick study in oil. This course is designed to introduce you to plein air landscape painting techniques in a classroom setting. Students should have some experience painting with oils. *Supply list.

    Instructor: David McCamant
    Ages: Adults (15+) / Some experience working in oils

    $155 General / $140 Museum members

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    Life Drawing: Open Studio

    Thursdays, November 1 - 29* / 1 - 4 pm
    NOTE: Class does not meet on Thursday, November 22.

    Improve your life drawing skills and explore a variety of media while working freely from a nude model in this popular open studio class. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer instruction upon request. Both male and female models will be posed and drawn. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adults (18+) / All Levels

    $120 General / $110 Museum members

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    Bar Soap Box Book

    Saturday, November 3 / 10 am - 2 pm

    In this fun introductory class, you will learn how to use patterned paper, book cloth, and waxed thread to turn an ordinary bar-soap box into a thick mini-journal with a hand-stitched spine. Students will leave with a compact journal ideal for taking on the road or giving as a gift. With just over 365 pages, the journal is also an ideal “line-a-day” diary, habit tracker, or dream journal. Also a great place for artists to test pens and paints, or demo rubber stamps. A variety of basic bookbinding techniques will be covered, including proper folding, gluing and stitching practices. Both novice and intermediate book makers welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $45 General / $42 Museum members

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    Autumn Leaves in Watercolor

    Saturday, November 3 / 10 am - 2 pm

    Capture the beauty of autumn leaves. Using the techniques of botanical illustration learn to create pictures and cards in watercolor, pencil and ink. This class is open to all levels. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Iva Neveux
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $45 General / $40 Museum members

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    Portrait Drawing: Open Studio

    Tuesdays, November 6 - 27 / 1 - 4 pm

    Improve your portrait drawing skills and explore a variety of media in this fun and encouraging open studio class. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer individualized instruction upon request. Weekly brief demonstrations will encourage individuals to work through drawing challenges and explore media of choice in this open studio format class. Both male and female clothed models will be posed and drawn in this five-week portrait series. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adults (15+) / All Levels

    $120 General / $110 Museum members

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    Hand-carved Block with Watercolor: Night Sky with Watercolor Resist

    Wednesdays, November 7 / 9:30 am - 2:30 pm
    and Wednesday, November 14 / 9:30 am - 12:30 pm

    Hand-colored linocut prints combine the dramatic presence of a linocut with the versatility and vibrant hues of watercolor painting. During the first session of class students will learn will the basics of carving and printing a linocut print by hand. Students will carve into traditional battleship gray linoleum as well as the newer Gomuban carving substrate. An oil-based relief printing ink will be used to create the perfect resist week two, when watercolor and colored pencil techniques will be utilized to brighten up the black and white prints. Students will leave with a set of varied and vibrantly-colored prints. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Katherine Case
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $95 General / $85 Museum members

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    Life Drawing: Open Studio

    Wednesdays, November 7 - 28* / 6 - 9 pm
    NOTE: Class does not meet on Wednesday, November 21. This is a three-week class.

    Improve your life drawing skills and explore a variety of media while working freely from a nude model in this popular open studio class. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer instruction upon request. Both male and female models will be posed and drawn. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adults (18+) / All Levels

    $90 General / $80 Museum members

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    Photoshop: Retouching and Color Corrections

    Wednesday and Thursday, November 7 and 8 / 6 - 9 pm

    On day one, students will gain an understanding of retouching techniques to enhance both portraits and landscape photographs. Students will retouch by improving textures, fixing “problem areas,” and will gain a better understanding of the Photoshop toolbox. On day two, students will learn the secrets to color correcting, including color calibration, color profiles and color modes to create more dynamic images. Learn how to avoid common mistakes in taking your images from the camera to the computer to the printer. *Supply list.

    Instructor: MD Welch
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Basic knowledge with Photoshop is required for this course.

    $65 General / $55 Museum members

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    Painting Techniques: The Still Life in Oil

    Thursday - Saturday, November 9 - 11 / 9 am – 4 pm

    Imploring the techniques and style of the Dutch Masters, both beginning and more advanced oil painting students will enjoy learning how to set up a still life, develop a concept and composition and will learn how to take a still life painting from start to finish. Students will explore oil painting techniques, including brushwork, value and color. Referencing the work of Vermeer and Rembrandt students will work to develop skilled painting of textures and surfaces while exploring use of light, shape and form. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Dee Kirkham
    Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

    $210 General / $190 Museum members

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    Photography: Composition and Techniques

    Saturdays, November 10 and 17 / 10 am - 2 pm

    Take your photographs to the next level by learning proper composition and photography techniques. Students will learn the different ways to compose landscapes, still lifes and people, while also learning different techniques such as High Dynamic Range (HDR), panoramic stitching, long exposures, proper posing for people, working with photo filters and lighting terminology. *Supply list

    Instructor: MD Welch
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Prerequisite is our DSLR Camera Basics class or a good working knowledge of camera functions.

    $85 General / $75 Museum members

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    Portrait Photography: Posing and Composition Techniques

    Tuesday - Thursday, November 13 - 15 / 6 - 9 pm

    Students will learn tips for posing subjects and will work on composition techniques for both individual portraits and group photography. Students will enjoy classroom demonstrations, will address best techniques and use of natural versus artificial light and will learn shooting techniques. The second half of the class will allow students work with subjects and apply the techniques learned to their own creative vision. *Supply list.

    Instructor: M.D. Welch
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Prerequisite is our DSLR Camera Basics class or a good working knowledge of camera functions.

    $90 General / $80 Museum members

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    Mailable Book from a Shipping Box

    Wednesday and Thursday, November 14 and 15 / 10 am - 3 pm

    In this class, students will make a totally unique mailable book whose cover is a shipping box that can – and will-- be sent through the mail. Two books will be made over the course of two days: one the students will address to themselves – which will be mailed by the instructor after the class is over-- and one addressed to a friend for students to mail when they choose. Upon arrival in the mail, the flaps of the boxes are opened and trimmed to create the finished book. Class activities will include assembling and embellishing the page sections of the books; sewing the sections into the boxes; embellishing and addressing the covers of the books and creating a button closure. If you love postage stamps, mail art collage, or upcycled crafts, this is the class for you. All experience levels welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor:Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $115 General / $105 Museum members

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    Bristlecone Pine in Ink and Watercolor

    Sunday, November 18 / 9 am - 2 pm

    NOTE: This class is now sold out. Please email claire.munoz@nevadaart.org to be placed on the wait list.

    Bristlecones are a wonderful subject for both realistic and impressionistic watercolors. Using paint and ink, students will learn to capture the essence of these wonders of the natural world. Some watercolor experience is recommended. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Carroll Charlet
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $55 General / $50 Museum members

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    Painting Clinic: Shapes and Design for Painters

    Sunday, November 18 / 10 am - 12:30 pm

    Painting clinics are designed to offer specific instruction on a variety of techniques and painting challenges. This series is ideal for Painting: Open Studio students looking for additional instruction and help with specific topics. Join us this month as we learn to use simple and interlocking shapes and basic design motifs to improve your paintings. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Daniel Helzer
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $25 General / $22 Museum members

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    Painting: Open Studio

    Sundays, November 18 - December 9 / 1 - 4 pm

    Students will enjoy developing their painting techniques and skills in this observational open studio class. Weekly subject matter will rotate between nude and clothed models and still-lifes. Each class will begin with brief instruction followed by an open studio format painting class. Students may use acrylic or oil paint. Dry media is also welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Daniel Helzer
    Ages: Adult (18+) / All levels

    $120 General / $110 Museum members

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    Drawing Fundamentals

    Monday - Friday, November 26 - 30 / 9 am - 12 pm

    Students will enjoy this week-long intensive course designed to introduce basic drawing techniques including line, tonal value, contrast, form and texture. The course is designed to provide a foundation for drawing, teaching students how to realistically draw objects and the human figure. Each class will focus on different drawing techniques, beginning with rendering and shading objects in perspective to drawing a live model. *Supply list. 

    Instructor: Zoe Bray
    Ages: Adult (15+) All levels

    $155 General / $140 Museum members

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    Oil Painting: The Figure in the Landscape

    Tuesdays, November 27 - December 18 / 6 - 9 pm

    Working in oil paint, students will explore value divisions in landscapes and the basics of brush sketching and massing. With these skills students will learn how to relate color to value and will gain a better understanding of identifying spatial cues in a landscape. Using foundational skills students can then explore under-painting, glazing and dry-brushing techniques. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Daniel Helzer
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Some experience working in oils

    $120 General / $108 Museum members

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    Marbling: Open Studio Session

    Wednesday, November 28 / 10 am - 5 pm

    Paper Marbling Lab is designed to give students more time to perfect the techniques learned in Introduction to Paper or Fabric Marbling and to explore advanced patterns. Professional marbler Pietro Accardi will be on hand to coach students as they create personalized batches of decorative paper to take home. Students will be able to practice each step of marbling from prepping the water to creating patterns and applying them to papers, and will also have a chance to learn more advanced marbling patterns. This workshop is ideal for students looking to enhance their skills and also students without the space for a marbling set up at home.

    All materials including: marbling trays; drying racks; papers and textiles from standard white to black, brown, and other colors; carrageenan; combs; and a wide array of pigments will be provided.

    Instructor: Pietro Accardi
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Must have some marbling experience (i.e. Intro to Paper or Textile Marbling class)

    $95 General / $90 Museum members

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    Kids’ Corner: After-School Animation

    Wednesdays, November 28 - December 19 / 3:30 - 5:30 pm

    Kids ages 8 – 12 will have fun playing on the Museum’s iPad Pros as they work on story-boarding, character design and animation in this after school series. Students will also have an opportunity to explore and sketch using the iPads in the Museum’s galleries while looking for inspiration for their own work. A snack and all materials are included with registration.

    Instructor: Joseph Morales
    Ages: 8 - 12 / All levels

    $89 General / $79 Museum members

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    Nightscape in Watercolor

    Friday, November 30 / 10 am - 3 pm

    This one-day workshop will present techniques in watercolor to express the beauty of sunsets, starry nights and early dawns. Both impressionistic and realistic approaches will be explored. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Carroll Charlet
    Ages: Adult (15+) / Some watercolor experience

    $55 General / $50 Museum members

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    Hand Painted Ornaments

    Saturday, December 1 / 9 am - 12 pm

    Inspired by her Czechoslovakian heritage, instructor Iva Neveux will introduce student to basic painting techniques to create beautiful holiday ornaments. Each student will create two hand-painted ornaments using combinations of dots, lines, dashes and curves. All materials included with registration.

    Instructor: Iva Neveux
    Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

    $40 General / $35 Museum members

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    Miniature Pine Needle Baskets

    Saturday, December 1 / 10 am - 2 pm

    Create a miniature pine needle basket using natural materials. Learn from the basket making tradition of Audrey Frank's native Nevadan Washoe/Paiute culture. Explore weaving methods by combining pine needles, sinew and raffia in this one-day workshop. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Audrey Frank
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $55 General / $48 Museum members

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    Holiday Cards: Wood Type Printing on the Press

    Saturday, December 1 / 10 am - 4 pm

    Letterpress print your holiday cards using antique wood and metal type on Katherine's Vandercook letterpress. During this fun day at Katherine's studio, Meridian Press, you will learn the basics of letterpress printing: setting type, locking it up in the press, mixing ink and completing an edition of up to 25 two-color greeting cards. Envelopes will also be included. Please bring an apron and some ideas for holiday cards. We will also look at at plenty of samples for ideas during class.

    Instructor: Katherine Case
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $95 General / $85 Museum members

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    Hand Painted Ornaments

    Sunday, December 2 / 1 - 4 pm

    Inspired by her Czechoslovakian heritage, instructor Iva Neveux will introduce student to basic painting techniques to create beautiful holiday ornaments. Each student will create two hand-painted ornaments using combinations of dots, lines, dashes and curves. All materials included with registration.

    Instructor: Iva Neveux
    Ages: Adults (15+) / All levels

    $40 General / $35 Museum members

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    Landscapes in Oil: Dramatic Skies

    Monday - Friday, December 3 - 7 / 9 am - noon

    Beginning and advanced students will enjoy this five-day technique-based class focused on creating dramatic landscapes with special attention paid to the sky. Working from photo reference, students will explore the use of sensitive and effective strokes to manipulate paint with a brush and pallet knife. Students will explore texture and depth while creating dramatic landscape paintings. *Supply list.

    Ages: Adult (15+) / Some oil painting experience reccomended
    Instructor: David McCamant

    $155 General / $140 Museum members

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    Drawing: Open Studio – The Costumed Figure

    Tuesdays, December 4 - 18 / 1 - 4 pm

    Using media of choice, students will explore costume, texture, and style in this open studio class. Drawing from a live model, students will explore textural costumes, lighting and form in this dynamic class for all skill levels. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer instruction upon request. Both male and female costumed models will be posed and drawn. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All Levels

    $90 General / $80 Museum members

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    Life Drawing: Open Studio

    Wednesdays, December 5 - 19* / 6 - 9 pm
    NOTE: This is a three-week class.

    Improve your life drawing skills and explore a variety of media while working freely from a nude model in this popular open studio class. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer instruction upon request. Both male and female models will be posed and drawn. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adults (18+) / All Levels

    $90 General / $80 Museum members

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    Botanical Illustration: Winter Gourds

    Thursday, December 6 / 10 am - 3 pm

    Learn the techniques of botanical illustration to capture the bounty of winter gourds in watercolor. Students with watercolor experience and those new to watercolor are welcome. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Carroll Charlet
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $45 General / $40 Museum members

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    Life Drawing: Open Studio

    Thursdays, December 6 - 20* / 1 - 4 pm
    NOTE: This is a three-week class.

    Improve your life drawing skills and explore a variety of media while working freely from a nude model in this popular open studio class. The instructor will be present to coordinate class and offer instruction upon request. Both male and female models will be posed and drawn. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Jerry Stinson
    Ages: Adults (18+) / All Levels

    $90 General / $80 Museum members

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    Drawing the Female Form: Inspired by the Photography of Anne Brigman

    Monday - Friday, December 10 - 14 / 9 am - 12 pm

    This week-long intensive drawing class will focus on the foundational drawing techniques for rendering the female figure, inspired by the photographs in the exhibition “Anne Brigman: A Visionary in Modern Photography”. Students will draw the model in a variety of poses exploring the influences of Brigman’s art, such as the PreRaphaelites and the Arts and Craft philosophy. Attention will be given to the importance of line, tonal value, contrast and texture to express life and atmosphere. The class will start with short poses and get longer towards the end of the week so as to enable students to work in more depth on a final project. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Zoe Bray
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $155 General / $140 Museum members

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    Book Arts: 2019 Planner/Organizer

    Wednesday, December 12 / 10 am - 4 pm

    In this engaging class, students will use Kraft envelopes to make a functional, flexible 2019 planner. Three different binding styles will be covered over the course of the day- accordion, pamphlet stitch, and elastic – with each style adding a layer of functionality to this remarkable book. The finished structure will feature 6 large storage compartments, 4 page sections for lists and plans, and 2 flexible bindings to allow pages to be added or removed throughout the year. Both beginner and intermediate book makers will find plenty to take away from this class. *Supply list.

    Instructor: Bel Mills
    Ages: Adult (15+) / All levels

    $56 General / $52 Museum members

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    Gingerbread Workshop (4 pm)

    Friday, December 14 / 4 pm

    Decorate a festive gingerbread house to take home and enjoy for the holidays. Kids will have fun frosting their houses and embellishing them with an assortment of candies to create that perfect winter scene. Dress for a mess!

    Ages: 1 - 12 with adult (registration is for 1 child/1 gingerbread house)

    $35 General / $30 Museum members

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    Gingerbread Workshop (6 pm)

    Friday, December 14 / 6 pm

    Decorate a festive gingerbread house to take home and enjoy for the holidays. Kids will have fun frosting their houses and embellishing them with an assortment of candies to create that perfect winter scene. Dress for a mess!

    Ages: 1 - 12 with adult (registration is for 1 child/1 gingerbread house)

    $35 General / $30 Museum members

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    Winter Break Camp: Fun with Clay

    $185 General / $165 Museum members