Within 1 week of registering for a class online, you should receive a personalized confirmation letter with information about where to meet for the class and what to bring. If you DO NOT receive this email, please contact our office at (520) 883-3024 or email arts@desertmuseum.org.

 
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Flower Portraits
Mondays 9am - 12pm
May 14, 21, 28, June 4, 11
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Let flowers bring out the creative artist in you as you develop their luscious color with the power and control of the colored pencil. Work from live flowers: sketch and draw, take reference photos, and concentrate on color, light, and shadow. Color formulas will be provided to get you started. Detailed and individual instruction will guide you in color application and development of the dramatic light and shadow effects that will make your work unique.

 
Thumbnail Sketching with Mixed Media
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm
May 15, 22, 29, June 5, 12
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Just a very small sketchbook—with very small pages—not intimidating at all! Experiment with different kinds of color (watercolor, colored pencil, marker, ink, etc.), creative effects, try some quick sketches, experiment, draw what you see—and even what you don’t see! Most of all, just have fun! This is your very personal chronicle-- yours to treasure—or to share. It’s your choice!
**This class has been cancelled. Call the Art Institute for further information
 
Miniatures in Colored Pencil
Wednesdays 9am - 12pm
May 16, 23, 30, June 6, 12
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
It seems that there’s never enough time to complete a sizeable composition with colored pencil. Miniatures are fun, easy, and fast—and this time, you’ll have time to create a whole gallery of work before the class ends. Complete tiny works of art in a fraction of the time it takes to make those big ones. Get tips on how to mat and frame your small masterpieces to present them with the importance they deserve!
 
Painting with Hot Colors of the Sonoran Desert
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday 9am - 3pm
May 29, 30, 31
Instructor: Susan Morris 
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers 
Ready for something really wild and a little bit outside of the box? Work with the HOT COLORS of this beautiful desert and create a feeling . . . not a true representation of what color things really are Choose your favorite medium as you stay somewhat representational, and yet cut loose with color, creating something that is a little bit crazy, yet doesn’t make you feel like you have lost all control of the painting! Choose from, acrylic, watercolor, pastel, colored pencil, etc.
  
Make Money with Stock Photography
Saturday 9am - 3pm
May 19
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/$110 nonmembers
Are your photos or videos making you money? Did you know artists, bloggers and publications will pay you money to use your images? And you can sell them over and over again! You don’t have to have a fancy camera to shoot pictures for stock photos. You can even use a smartphone!
 
Silk Painting: Yes You Can!
Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm
May 19, 20 
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee: $150 members/$200 nonmembers
Discover the art of silk painting in this 2-day workshop. Explore professional silk dyes, how to mix, apply and set the dye using two traditional techniques: The Arashi Shibori technique (wrap fabric on a pole to create a design), and the Serti method (paint directly on stretched fabric for intricate paintings.) With tons of personalized instruction, this class is perfect for the non-artist or experienced artist looking for something new! All supplies included in the fee for 2 silk scarves.
 
Scratchboard as Mixed Media
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 10am - 4pm
June 1, 2, 3
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Explore a brand new way to use Scratchboard! In this course Rick Wheeler leads students through his approach to scratchboard as a mixed media. Learn to combine a scratchboard created with inks or watercolor with traditional oil painting techniques. Mix it up!
 
Photo Ops: More Behind the Scenes
Saturday 7am - 11:30am, Sunday 7:30am - 12pm
June 9, 10
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $155 museum members/$205 nonmembers
Join Photographer Jay Pierstorff and ADSM Curator Shawnee Riplog-Peterson for this two-day Summer photo event. Start early in the morning when many of the Museum’s animals are active as Jay and Shawnee set up photo ops for great animal photos outdoors. Go behind the scenes and see how the animals live at the Desert Museum. As the morning heats up, we move inside to photograph live animals on plain backgrounds in a studio setting including rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Learn about tethered shooting directly to your computer. Continuous lights, and depth of field for close ups.
 
Scratchboard as Mixed Media- 5 Week Course  
Mondays 9am - 12pm
June 18, 25, July 2, 9, 16
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee: $160 members/ $210 nonmembers
Explore a brand new way to use Scratchboard! In this 5 week course Rick Wheeler leads students through his approach to scratchboard as a mixed media. Learn to combine a scratchboard created with inks or watercolor with traditional oil painting techniques. Mix it up!
 
Scratching the Surface: Beginning Scratchboard
Wednesdays 9am - 12pm
June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25  
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee $160 members/$210 nonmembers
This introductory course to the art of scratchboard, this class will cover a variety of tools and a step-by-step approach for starting a scratchboard with beginners in mind in a welcoming atmosphere. If you like to draw, particularly detailed subjects, this is the class for you. With emphasis on contour drawing, the instructor will demonstrate the strokes one uses to create fur, feathers, landscapes and more. Some drawing experience is helpful, but not essential.  
*This class skips July 4th
 
Getting Your Feet Wet: Beginning Watercolor
Wednesdays 1pm - 4pm
June 20, 27, July 11, 18, 25
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Learn the basics in a supportive, easy-going classroom environment. The class will cover such fundamentals as color mixing, brush and paper choices, and how to stretch watercolor paper. Various painting techniques such as blending, glazing, wet-into-wet and dry-brush will be taught. 
*This class skips July 4th 
 
One Day to Your Own Website (with Take Home Video Lessons)
Saturday 9am - 3pm
June 23
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $80 members/$130 nonmembers
This one-day class will give you the tools and knowledge to get started on your very own website. Join instructor Jay Pierstorff in this lecture style class with printed notes and a USB flash drive with video lessons. Start with a little background, define some important terms, help you define your goals and then cut right to the fastest, easiest and most powerful way to create your own website, tailored to your exact needs and specifications. Follow the examples as Jay creates a website in less than an hour. Then later at home, view your videos for step-by-step instructions!
 
Nature Journaling: All Things Spiny
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
June 23, 24
Instructor: Sharon Schafer
Fee: $125 members/$175 nonmembers
This laid back class is created for the beginner. Led by an expert nature artist, you will explore the many extraordinary forms of cactus in the desert southwest and gain a greater appreciation for their iconic beauty. You will become more familiar with the amazing diversity, adaptations, and life history of cactus while putting together an informal botanical scrapbook to illustrate your discoveries using a variety of techniques, including sketching, watercolor paintings, and the written word. A portion of the time will be spent on the museum grounds visually and verbally recording what you see and learn.
 
Silk Shibori Studio for All
Saturday 9am – 3pm
June 30
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee: $75 members/$125 nonmembers
Try out a fabulous surface design technique using professional dyes taught by a professional textile artist. Or, if you are a returning participant use this workshop to perfect your shibori and color theory skills and take advantage of the studio set up. This popular silk design technique promises success for everyone. All materials for 2 scarves provided. If time allows, additional scarves are available for purchase. No art experience necessary.
 
MACRO Live
Saturday 10am - 4pm
June 30
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee: $65 members/$110 nonmembers
Bringing macro photography to the screen! This workshop will demonstrate how macro lenses "SEE" the subject vs non macro lenses. The instructor will demonstrate advantages and disadvantages, show participants how to set up a shot and discuss the difficulties that may occur. You will also have time to use your camera on the museum grounds followed by a feedback session.
 
Silk Serti Method Studio  
Sunday 9am – 3pm
July 8
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee: $75 members/$125 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Experience in one of Holly’s silk workshops or proven experience outside of ASDM. Hand painting with professional dyes can be an exciting way to create wearable art or art for the wall using a popular fiber technique. All supplies are included to create one silk scarf or multiple small pieces depending on your individual pace. This one-day workshop is designed for the participant who already understands and has work with steam set silk dyes. Advanced serti method techniques will be covered in this workshop.
 
Make Money with Stock Photography
Sunday 9am - 3pm
July 8 
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/$110 nonmembers
Are your photos or videos making you money? Did you know artists, bloggers and publications will pay you money to use your images? And you can sell them over and over again! You don’t have to have a fancy camera to shoot pictures for stock photos. You can even use a smartphone!
 
Creating a Marbled Silk Scarf
Sunday 9am – 3pm
July 15
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee: $75 members/ $125 nonmembers
All supplies and instruction provided in this colorful workshop where you take home your own one of a kind silk scarf. This workshop focuses on how to use the marbling surface design technique to create your own abstract scarf. Workshop includes time for practice and one scarf is included in the supply fee. If time allows extra scarves are available for purchase. No art experience necessary.
 
Photography for the Nervous Novice
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
July 14,15
Instructor: Sharon Schafer
Fee: $125 members/ $175 nonmembers
Nature and wildlife photography requires the right gear, techniques and approach. In this beginning class we will learn the tools and techniques required to capture a successful image. Sharon will gently introduce you to the absolute basics of exposure and composition so you can get busy exploring your world and pursuing your artistic vision.
 
HDR or Not?
Sunday 10am - 4pm
July 15
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee: $65 members/$110 nonmembers
This workshop addresses the technique of High Dynamic Range Photography at the Macrophotography Level. When should you use it or not use it? What are the challenges? What are the advantages and dis-advantages? Participants will have photography time on the museum grounds or/and in the classroom.
 
Oil & Water: When Acrylics & Oil Paint Work Together    
Friday, Saturday, Sunday
July 20, 21, 22
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Learn how to mix oil & water in this brand new class! Learn how fast-drying acrylic can be used to create an underpainting, allowing a quick overpainting of traditional oil paint. Block in, tone and layer with acrylic and finish with oil glazing, a fun new way to paint!
 
Drawing the Desert on Stone Tile
Thursday, Friday
July 26, 27
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:  $115 members/ $165 nonmembers
Try something new! With the desert of the Southwest as your inspiration, choose your subject and capture it in full color on tile. Using this special process, you can prepare the surface of any stone or tile to accept colored pencil. Detail and color building are easy and fun and your completed images will be unique and outstanding. Prepared 6” x 6” stone tiles will be available for purchase on the first day of the workshop.
 
Photo Ops: More Behind the Scenes
Saturday 7am - 11:30am, Sunday 7:30am - 12pm
July 21, 22
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $155 museum members/ $205 nonmembers
Join Photographer Jay Pierstorff and ADSM Curator Shawnee Riplog-Peterson for this two-day Summer photo event. Start early in the morning when many of the Museum’s animals are active as Jay and Shawnee set up photo ops for great animal photos outdoors. Go behind the scenes and see how the animals live at the Desert Museum. As the morning heats up, we move inside to photograph live animals on plain backgrounds in a studio setting including rattlesnakes and Gila monsters. Learn about tethered shooting directly to your computer. Continuous lights, and depth of field for close ups.
 
Intro to Lightroom Classic   
Saturday 9am - 3pm
August 11
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/ $110 nonmembers
*Call the Art Institute to register for this and Intro to Adobe Photoshop Elements Photoshop Elements/ CC at a reduced rate!
This two-part class introduces you to both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. These two programs are now distributed by Adobe under one subscription. These programs have evolved into a “Lightroom first” and “Photoshop second” workflow. Learn how to use both programs by watching Photo Instructor Jay Pierstorff demonstrate each program’s most useful features.
 
Exploring Watercolor Materials   
Saturday 10am - 4pm
August 11
Instructor: Rachel Ivanyi
Fee $65 members/$115 nonmembers
Immerse yourself in a one-day workshop on exploring and being introduced to a variety of watercolor tools, materials and methods in a low stress atmosphere. Participants will be introduced to methods and playful ways to work with the medium. From learning about the different paintbrushes to experimenting with the tools during studio time, this workshop is appropriate for all levels.
 
Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC/ Elements 
Sunday 9am - 3pm
August 12
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/$110 nonmembers
*Call the Art Institute to register for this and Intro to Adobe Light Room Classic at a reduced rate!
This two-part class introduces you to both Adobe Lightroom and Adobe Photoshop. These two programs are now distributed by Adobe under one subscription. These programs have evolved into a “Lightroom first” and “Photoshop second” workflow. Learn how to use both programs by watching Photo Instructor Jay Pierstorff demonstrate each program’s most useful features.
 
Colored Pencil & Marker Just for Fun
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm
August 21, 28, Sept 4, 11, 18
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
It’s all about having fun while you relax and let yourself go. Learn some basic marker techniques and strokes, choose your own subjects, make designs or pictures. Experiment with color. Learn the basic techniques of colored pencil: layering, blending, burnishing, and then just let yourself go—experience the magic!
 
Mini Landscapes in Colored Pencil & Watercolor
Wednesdays 9am - 12pm
August 22, 29, September 4, 11, 19 
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/ $210 nonmembers
Colored pencil and watercolor partner to create a unique appearance unlike either medium alone. The alliance is perfect for vibrant—and controllable—color. Tint the paper with watercolor, then enhance and add details with colored pencil. Learn to evaluate and match color, then relax and work loosely to create a series of small landscapes, each glowing with color and rich with detail.
 
Colored Pencil on Toned Paper
Thursdays 9am - 12pm
August 23, 30, September 6, 13, 20
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
Take advantage of the complete range of values you can create when you apply colored pencil to tan or grey paper. Now you can use white and light-colored pencils to create bright highlights—then create vibrant mixes with all the other colors in your pencil set. The toned paper enhances every color! Work in a medium-sized sketchbook and concentrate on a series of small compositions or studies inspired by the desert subjects around you.
 
Marbling Magic Surface Design
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
August 25, 26
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee: $145 members/$195 nonmembers
This workshop is full of colorful swirly abstract experiments. Instructor will show participants how to create varied marbled effects on a variety of mixed media materials (including fabric samples, papers and more).  From using materials you have at home to professional materials meant for fine fabrics, this workshop is perfect for the mixed media artist or for someone wanting to try out a new craft. All materials included.
 
One Day to Your Own Website (with Take Home Video Lessons)
Sunday 9am - 3pm
August 26 
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $80 members/ $130 nonmembers
This one-day class will give you the tools and knowledge to get started on your very own website. Join instructor Jay Pierstorff in this lecture style class with printed notes and a USB flash drive with video lessons. Start with a little background, define some important terms, help you define your goals and then cut right to the fastest, easiest and most powerful way to create your own website, tailored to your exact needs and specifications. Follow the examples as Jay creates a website in less than an hour. Then later at home, view your videos for step-by-step instructions!
 
What's ZENTANGLE? Art for Everyone!
Saturday 10am - 4pm
September 15
Instructor: Gale Sherman
Fee: $75 members/ $125 nonmembers
Discover this addictive, easy-to-learn way of creating beautiful abstract images by drawing patterns with simple pen stokes. If you can make these 5 elemental strokes  •  I  ( S O you can draw any  pattern on lovely small papers! No experience is necessary for this FUN introductory adventure with a Certified Zentangle® Teacher. All the supplies are included in the class fee.
 
Give & Take: Lifting & Layering in Watercolor
Mondays 9am - 3pm
September 10, 17, 24
Instructor: Susan Morris
Fee: $160 members/ $210 nonmembers
It can be overwhelming to do a painting that includes many watercolor techniques, but this class will be concentrating on just two of them. We will be working with pigments that lift easily, are granulating, and create wonderful neutrals that give the richness of carved stone. We will loosely layer on color in some areas, and in other areas we will carefully remove the pigment, leaving soft edges, creating a rich illusion of depth.
 
Take it to the Finish   
Tuesdays 9am - 12pm
September 11, 18, 25
Instructor: Rachel Ivanyi
Fee: $95 members/$145 nonmembers 
Work alongside Rachel Ivanyi as you create (and FINISH!) your own art project in 3 weeks. Come with a few ideas in mind, or let Rachel help you pick a project in the media of your choice. Rachel will be showing her personal art process as well as providing guidance and support. Join us for an inspiring studio space, professional mentorship, and the company of other artists, to complete that art you’ve been thinking about.
 
Collage! Mixed Media Nature Journaling   
Friday, Saturday 10am - 4pm
September 21, 22
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee: $125 members/$175 nonmembers
AC Indoor class! In this fun two-day workshop, we’ll be inspired by a beautiful view of the Tucson Mountains and hillsides of saguaros while keeping cool inside the Art Institute - panoramic windows for a panoramic landscape collage! Potted desert wildflowers and live birds!  In playful and expressive improvisation, interpret our unique desert landscape, fauna and flora (your choices) with experimental combinations of a wide variety of both wet and dry color media on a variety of papers. Explore how the painterly layering of gossamer papers can show realistic depth and detail or colorful expressive results in this specialized collage course. Having twice travelled to Japan early in her art career to study paper arts, Catherine is recognized as a specialist and has taught Japanese papermaking nationally and abroad. Previous collage and plein air participants as well as new students are all welcome! 
 
Camera Composition Crash Course
Saturday 10am - 4pm
September 22
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee: $65 members/ $115 nonmembers
This stimulating one day indoor lecture class will demystify the art of composing a great photograph. What is the difference between “making” a photograph and “taking” a snapshot?  See straightforward examples of simple but powerful techniques such as: framing devices, using the “Z” axis, asymmetrical balance, push/pull, point of view, line/shape, the “rule of thirds” and much more. A great class for anyone with any type of camera, both beginners and more experienced photographers, who want to make photographs that look well crafted. SPECIAL BONUS: All students are invited to bring in a few of their own photos for some friendly feedback from Robert.
 
Miniature Memories: Travel- Sized Sketching
Tuesday 10am - 4pm
September 25
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee: $65 members/ $115 nonmembers
Learn how wonderful the experience of working from nature can be as we learn to capture quick dynamic studies of nature with fresh and brilliant results. Because it will be hot, we will find large picture windows to view the landscape through!  Develop drawing and watercolor skills by learning techniques that enable us to capture and translate the beauty of nature onto paper - with line, shape, value and color. Find inspiration in the dramatic light and hues of our verdant desert landscape!
 
Mixed Media Marathon: Putting it all Together
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday 9am - 3pm
September 26, 27, 28
Instructor: Susan Morris
Fee: $160 members/$210 nonmembers
In mixed media work these days, anything goes! ‘Far beyond putting traditional art materials together like pen & ink and watercolor. Now days you can use anything, and the more creative, the better.  Wire, paper, paint, plastic, fabric, foam & found objects. There are a lot of new products available that open the door wide to let you really express your creativity. Come learn about some of those products, procedures, and design elements, and share your vision with others in an open fun environment.