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.
 
Weekend Workshops Summer 2018
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Silk Shibori Studio for All    ​CANCELED
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​  CANCELED
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/$115 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.
 
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!
 
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.
 
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 Lightroom Classic   
Saturday 9am - 3pm
August 11
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Lightroom. We will start from the basics and learn Lightroom’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Lightroom one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC/ Elements 
Sunday 9am - 3pm
August 12
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $65 members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Photoshop. We will start from the basics and learn Photoshop’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Photoshop one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC & Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons
Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm
August 11, 12
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$120 members/$170 nonmembers
This two-day 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.  Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Nature Journaling: All Things Spiny
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
August 18, 19
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.
 
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.
 
Sonoran Desert Birds
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm 
September 14, 15, 16
Instructor: Linda Feltner
Fee: $170 members/$220 nonmembers 
Successful nature illustration begins with a good foundation, so this class will begin with anatomy basics of Sonoran Desert bird species. Physical characteristics show you not only form but also indicate the function of many distinguishing forms and gestures. You’ll compare types of birds, their color and physical adaptations that allow them to survive and flourish in their habitat. Enjoy studying from the Desert Museum collection and get close and personal with live birds from the Desert Museum that will visit the classroom. Sketches, drawings and paintings combine to provide evidence of your journey to a deeper understanding of these poetic creatures.

 
Marbling Magic Surface Design
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
October 6, 7
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.
 
Photo Ops: More Behind the Scenes
Saturday 7am - 11:30am, Sunday 7:30am – 11:30am
October 13, 14
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.
For Photo Enthusiasts of All Skill Levels! Bring your DSLR, Point and Shoot camera, or Camera Phone!

Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! You may walk up to a mile or more each day. Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of fun!
 
Lines into Shapes: The Art of the Scratchboard
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
October 19, 20, 21
Instructor: Cathy Sheeter
Fee:
 $210 members /$260 nonmembers
Learn to create amazing, dramatic artwork in this versatile medium from a master scratchboard artist. This workshop will cover basics and then progress to more advanced techniques, exploring a variety of textures, values, and tools. Learn how to incorporate color into scratchboard work. This class will use animal subjects but provide skills to tackle other subjects. This workshop has limited availability and will fill up fast. Mailed registrations cannot be guaranteed for this class.
 
Behind the Scenes Photowalk
Saturday 7:30 am – 11:30 am
October 20
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
Join us for this very special edition of the Art Institute’s Behind the Scenes Photowalk.  In this early morning class, you will have the opportunity to photograph many of our Museum animals as they react to enrichment activities! You will also get to see and tour “Behind the Scenes” areas of the Museum that the public never gets to see!
Come ready to take pictures! No classroom time for this special event! We will maximize the experience by taking photos and visiting locations right away! Note: we may walk a mile or more during this class!

Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water!
 
Creating a Marbled Silk Scarf
Friday 9am – 3pm
October 26
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee:
$75 museum 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.
 
Creating Depth & Atmosphere in Landscape and Wildlife Oil Paintings
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
October 26, 27, 28
Instructor: Guy Combes
Fee:
$200 museum members /$250 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Experience with Oil Painting
Guy Combes returns to the ASDM to guide participants through the process of creating atmospheric perspective and diffused light in oils using glazing and softening techniques. The classes will start with demonstrations of basic landscape and skyscape painting and follow on to finessing and creating background depth to emphasize foreground subjects with both wet and dry glazes.
 
Andrew Denman Artist Workshop
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
October 26, 27, 28
Instructor: Andrew Denman
Fee:
$200 museum members /$250 nonmembers
Andrew Denman’s work should be familiar to frequent visitors to the Ironwood Gallery. Between the Sea of Cortez show in 2013, his national touring show, The Modern Wild in 2015, and his participation in Puma: Past & Present, and Colors of Cabo Pulmo in 2017 and 2018, the Desert Museum’s permanent collection now includes six original Denmans. This October, Andrew will be offering three days of hands-on instruction in painting wildlife in acrylics. Workshop participants will be guided through the process of creating a painting from reference gathering, to creating a composition, underpainting, building up detail, glazing, and final highlighting. Denman will focus on the pre-work necessary to ensure a successful painting and effectively approaching challenging textures such as feathers, fur, grass, and water. Students should bring their own reference photos and are encouraged to bring previous artwork for critique.
 
Color Mixing - Desert Greens in Watercolor
Saturday 10am – 4pm
October 27
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Yellow + Blue = Green. Right? Would you like to clinch the color mixing of our wonderful, but challenging greens of agave, brittle bush, globe mallow, saguaros and prickly pear? This is an indoor, one day workshop designed to help you jump that very hurdle. As we observe actual plant samples, we will learn the best ways to mix the Sonoran Desert greens unique to our beautiful landscape. There is more than one solution to achieve a similar result! Instruction will be given using watercolor, but you are welcome to use acrylics if that is your favorite painting media.
 
Still Life Photography Crash Course: Composition + Lighting
Saturday 10am – 4pm
October 27
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
For photographers, painters and small business owners: still life photography is fun, rewarding and can be done no matter what the weather is like outside. Learn to use a simple “kitchen table” set up to photograph small objects and still life arrangements without expensive equipment. Artists will become more proficient at taking reference photos or give your photos a professional look. You will also see demos of how to process photos using Photoshop Elements. Bring whatever camera you have!
Create great looking table top photos on a shoe string budget!
 
Mt Lemmon Chronicles: Artful Exploration, Discovery and Reflection
Saturday 9am – 4pm
October 27
Instructor: Sharon Schafer
Fee:
$60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Create a Visual Chronicle during a full-day trip artful journey on the mountain. This class will guide you through a journey of discovery with simple activities designed to increase your powers of observation of the external world while exploring and reflecting upon your personal inner responses to it. Plenty of time is set aside for watercolor and graphite plein air sketching and writing to bring you closer to the natural world of Mt Lemmon.
 
ABRACADABRA!
Saturday 10am – 4pm
October 27
Instructor: Gale Sherman
Fee: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
People have been using watercolor to change the background of papers for generations. However, there are lots of other interesting, simple, and FUN ways to work “behind the scenes.” Joins us for a day of hands-on exploration- including several ways of staining, printing, marbling, etc. No experience necessary!
 
Make Money with Stock Photography
Sunday 9am - 3pm
October 28
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Artists, bloggers and publications will pay you money to use your images! And you can sell the same photos over and over! You don’t need a fancy camera to shoot pictures for stock photos. You can even use a smartphone! Find out more about the world of stock photos, the tools you need, tracking software, which agencies to represent you, model releases, getting paid and more!
 
Matting & Framing Your Art without Depleting Your Wallet
Friday 9am – 3pm - November 2
Instructor: Janie Gildow - Fee: $125 museum members/$175 nonmembers
Learn how to painlessly mat and frame your own work in this hands-on workshop. You’ll be amazed at how easy and affordable it is to professionally finish your own work. Use the professional mat cutters provided to cut your own mats. Receive essential information on options, techniques and supplies. Acquire great tips in this popular workshop taught by an instructor who will set you up for success and share her matting and framing secrets with you.
 
Paint it Big
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 2, 3, 4
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
This acrylic class uses a step-by-step approach to give you the best results when working large. Learn about blocking in, loose or ‘painterly’ painting, large brushes, expressive brush strokes and the art of layering. You can use photos, work from life using the museum collection, or your imagination. Minimum canvas size 2x3 ft. and maximum size suggested 4x6 ft., or anything in between.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC with Take Home Lessons
Saturday 9am – 3pm
November 3
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Lightroom. We will start from the basics and learn Lightroom’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Lightroom one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons
Sunday 9am - 3pm
November 4
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Photoshop. We will start from the basics and learn Photoshop’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Photoshop one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC & Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons
Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm
November 3, 4
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$120 members/$170 nonmembers
This two-day 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.  Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Macro Live!
Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 4
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Bringing macrophotography to the screen. This workshops explain how macro lenses "SEE" the subject vs non macro lenses. It will demonstrate the advantages and disadvantages. It will show how to set up a shot and discuss the difficulties you may encounter. We will also have time to photograph on grounds and choose to participate in a critique and feedback session.
 
Mounting Watercolor Paper
Sunday 10am – 4pm
November 4
Instructor: Rachel Ivanyi
Fee:
$60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Are you tired of your watercolor paper buckling when wet? Would you like to have the option of framing your watercolor paintings without glass, or not framing them at all? Take this one day workshop to learn how to creatively and professionally mount your watercolor paper on Clayboard. Skip the trendy Youtube and Pinterest videos for this smart technique and go straight to one of our pro artists and instructors who will share her tips and help you succeed with this technique the first time
 
Silk Shibori Studio For All
Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 4
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee:
$75 museum 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.
 
Watercolor Painting: Composing with Negative Shapes
Friday, Saturday 10am – 4pm
November 9, 10
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee:
$125 museum members/$175 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Pencil I or equivalent
The use of negative space is a key element of artistic composition…and it can be a totally freeing springboard from which to develop a painting. The Japanese word "ma" is sometimes used for this concept, for example in garden design: the space between elements that reveal the subject. Isaac Stern described music as "that little bit between each note - silences which give the form”. In an amazingly fun way, we will try our hand at some easy techniques that have us working from the background forward to create gorgeous paintings. No watercolor experience necessary, but experienced painters welcome to come experiment - guaranteed fun for all!
 
Flight School: Photographing Birds in Flight
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 9, 10, 11
Instructor: Sharon Schafer
Fee:
$175 museum members /$225 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Previous photography experience and working knowledge of your DSLR camera
This more advanced photography workshop will teach you about the habits and adaptations of the magnificent raptors that grace our skies. The class also provides clear instruction in the challenging art of photographing birds in flight. Emphasis will be on capturing images of birds in flight with a large portion of the class dedicated to an on-site field experience. Time is also set aside to learn the basics of properly processing images and reviewing and critiquing the final results. Participants are required to have a DSLR and at least a 300mm telephoto lens along with a good understanding of the manual control of it
 
Silk Serti Method Studio
Friday 9am – 3pm
November 9
Instructor: Holly Swangstu
Fee:
$75 museum 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.
 
One Day to Your Own Website (with Take Home Video Lessons)
Saturday 9am - 3pm
November 10
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee: $80 museum 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!
 
Creative Travel Photography
Saturday 10am – 4pm
November 10
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Gear up for your holiday vacation season with this valuable class! View enlightening examples of photos that will teach you how to compose images that reflect your unique travel experiences. Learn simple techniques that will make your travel photographs a delight to share with your friends when you get home.

Build photo essays like an editor and organize around a theme. Effective lighting, the rule of thirds, the decisive moment and what makes an engaging photo will all be presented. We will discuss equipment and the pros and cons of different cameras - if you are thinking of buying a new camera, take this class first! We will go over options for storing files and sending images over the internet or uploading to the Cloud. Come back from your next trip with a creative “body of work” instead of a pile of snap shots!
 
Zentangle® on Desert Gourds
Saturday 10am – 4pm
November 10
Instructor: Gale Sherman
Fee:
$75 museum members/ $125 nonmembers
Prequisite: Experience drawing Zentangle® patterns on paper.
Explore drawing Zentangle® patterns on locally grown gourds using black, brown, red, white and other inks. Learn about selecting and preparing gourds as well as techniques for working on their surface. The gourds and some supplies are included in the class fee.

 
Behind the Scenes Photowalk
Friday 9am – 3pm, Saturday 7:30 am – 11:30am
November 16, 17
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $155 museum members/$205 nonmembers
A professional photographer and staff animal keeper join forces to create two days of exciting picture taking opportunities. This class is for photography enthusiasts of all skill levels no matter what kind of camera you have. Lots of opportunities to learn, take pictures, ask questions and experience the Desert Museum from the inside out!

Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! You may walk a mile or more each day! Join us for a unique experience that has students returning again and again! Learn about animal photography coupled with an up-close experience of how things work behind the scenes. Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of fun!
 
Focus on Agaves: Nature Journaling
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 12pm
November 17, 18
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Celebrate the Desert Museum’s agave garden fine art style. In this workshop you will focus on the families of agaves: learning as you draw and analyze the patterns of growth, varied colors, leaf structures and details of each species. Discover the interdependence of human and animal life around these unique desert plants as you listen to an ASDM docent lecture and practice drawing/painting living specimens on the museum grounds within the agave garden.
 
Interchangeable Lens Camera Crash Course
Saturday, Sunday 9am – 12pm
November 17, 18
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
If you have a camera that you can take the lens off of, then you have an interchangeable lens camera! These types of cameras have unique settings not found on most “point and shoot” type cameras but they can be confusing to understand. This class will explain which primary settings and controls are the most important to know about and how to use them. What is “depth of field” and how is it controlled? How do f-stops, shutter speeds and ISO all work together? The importance of resolution and sensor size, lenses and lot’s more will be discussed in beginner friendly terms. Get the most out of your interchangeable lens camera by taking full advantage of its many robust features, after all, you paid for them!
 
Critter Close Ups: Macro Animal Portraits
Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 18
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
This is not, "HONEY I SHRUNK YOUR PICTURE"! In this workshop participants will explore and learn techniques of taking "Portraits" of small Critters, Plants, Feathers, Minerals, etc... Everyone will have time to do some images and may choose to participate in an image critique session.
 
Breaking Watercolor “Rules”
Saturday 10am – 4pm
December 1
Instructor: Rachel Ivanyi
Fee:
$60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Spend the day breaking many of the “rules” we think we need to follow with watercolor. Watercolor can seem either too free, or too controlled, depending on your experience with it. Mix mediums, use that black paint, mix those unmixable colors, etc. –push those boundaries in this class! We will explore together some of the cool effects and happy “mistakes” you will want to create again in your own work. Materials provided. All levels welcome.
 
Oil Painting for the Ultimate Beginner
Friday, Saturday, Sunday 9am – 3pm
November 30, December 1, 2
Instructor: Ada Koch
Fee:
$175 museum members /$225 nonmembers
Back by popular demand, this workshop is perfect for the absolute beginner or for a painter trying oils for the first time. This introduction to oil painting class covers everything you need to know to get started. In three days, Ada Koch will cover basic terminology, essential techniques, color strategies, composition and perspective. You will complete several paintings with confidence (Desert Museum themed still life and landscape) and leave with successful first oil paintings and an enthusiasm to continue painting on your own. Returning Ada Koch participants are also welcome to join and will be given time to work on more advanced projects.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC with Take Home Lessons (Dec)
Saturday 9am – 3pm
December 1
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Lightroom. We will start from the basics and learn Lightroom’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Lightroom one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons (Dec)
Sunday 9am - 3pm
December 2
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee:
$65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
Join Pro Photographer/Educator Jay Pierstorff for this one day, lecture style class on Adobe Photoshop. We will start from the basics and learn Photoshop’s most useful photo editing tools. You don’t need to bring a laptop. Take notes, ask questions, and learn what makes Photoshop one of the most powerful photographers’ tools! Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
Intro to Adobe Lightroom 6/CC & Photoshop CC/ Elements with Take Home Lessons
Saturday, Sunday 9am - 3pm -  December 1, 2
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff - Fee: $120 members/$170 nonmembers
This two-day 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. Students receive a USB flash drive with video lessons to view on your home computer.
 
ABRACADABRA!
Saturday 10am – 4pm
December 1
Instructor: Gale Sherman
Fee: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
People have been using watercolor to change the background of papers for generations. However, there are lots of other interesting, simple, and FUN ways to work “behind the scenes.” Joins us for a day of hands-on exploration- including several ways of staining, printing, marbling, etc. No experience necessary!
 
Creative “Grown Up” Printmaking
Friday, Saturday 9am – 3pm
December 7, 8
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$125 museum members/$175 nonmembers
Remember those potato and linoleum prints from elementary school? Well, these multiple prints are a lot better and much more fun! Learn how it all works by practicing with Styrofoam. Then “graduate” to high density printing foam (easy as cutting cheese). Try your hand at monoprints, relief printing, collagraph, and reduction prints. Be inspired by the desert subjects around you, or develop your own images. Even design your own logo, chop, or monogram. Class supplies included.
 
Photo Ops: More Behind the Scenes (Dec)
Saturday 7am - 11:30am, Sunday 7:30am – 11:30am
December 8, 9
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.
 
Lighting a Small Subject
Sunday 9am – 3pm
December 9
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee:
$65 museum members/ $115 nonmembers
Photography is all about "painting with light". How a subject is lit determines if the image is flat and boring or exceptional and interesting. Lighting a small subject can be a challenge. This class will demonstrate some techniques to achieve lighting that will create interesting images. There will be time for participants to practice either on grounds or in the classroom with direction from the instructor who is well versed in taking photos on the museum grounds!
 
To HDR or Not?
Sunday 9am – 3pm
December 16
Instructor: Kenny Don
Fee: $65 museum members/$115 nonmembers
This class will discuss 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 disadvantages? Participants will have time to practice their photography either on grounds and/or in the classroom.
 
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 23)
Sunday 7:30 am – 11am
December 23
Instructor: Jay Pierstorff
Fee
: $75 museum members/$125 nonmembers
A Photographer and Museum Curator team up to give you a memorable holiday experience! Did you get a new camera, lens, or camera phone for the Holidays? Do you have friends or family visiting this season? What a perfect holiday experience for a photo enthusiast, animal lover and fan of the Desert Museum! This class is for of all skill levels, no matter what camera you own! Join us for this very special Holiday edition of the Art Institute’s Behind the Scenes Photowalk. Only three walks will be held. In these early morning classes, you will have the opportunity to photograph many of our Museum animals as they react to enrichment activities! You will also get to see and tour “Behind the Scenes” areas of the Museum that the public never gets to see! Come ready to take pictures! No classroom time for this special event! We will maximize the experience by taking photos and visiting locations right away! Note: we may walk a mile or more during this class! Bring your camera, extra memory cards, charged batteries, desert walking shoes, wide brimmed hat, sunscreen and water! Take some great pictures, make some new friends, and have a lot of holiday fun! Because of the limited "behind the scenes" areas this class only has room for 10 people and fills up quickly!