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Take it to the Finish Line
Tuesdays 9am – 12pm
October 9, 16, 23, 30 November 6, 13 December 4, 11, 18
*This class skips November 20
Instructor: Rachel Ivanyi
Fee:
$300 museum members/$350 nonmembers
Work alongside Rachel Ivanyi as you create (and FINISH!) your own art project. 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.
Bonus: Periodic animal and botanical visitors will offer inspiration!
 
Journaling: Creative Touches
Mondays 9am – 12pm
November 12, 26 December 3, 10, 17
*This class skips November 19
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Get out your journal or sketchbook. Freshen up your drawing skills; choose your own theme or subject. If nature is your passion, explore and capture the wonder and beauty of the Southwest. But it’s not just about nature! You can concentrate on any subject—or subjects—that interest you. The real fun is in experimenting with a variety of materials, techniques, and approaches to add color, interest, and excitement to your sketchbook or journal pages.
 
Color Mixing with Colored Pencil
Tuesdays 9am – 12pm
November 13, 27 December 4, 11, 18
*This class skips November 20
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Colored Pencil I or equivalent
Is choosing the right color the most challenging aspect of colored pencil for you? Deciding what colors to layer together to build the color you want? Finding the combination that creates a color match? Unlock the secrets in this class as you work with limited palettes. Learn how color works to develop rich, glorious, and vibrant mixes. Principles apply to any color medium. Predict your color mixes with confidence and never be intimidated again!
 
Colored Pencil on Black
Tuesdays 1pm – 4pm
November 13, 27 December 4, 11, 18
*This class skips November 20
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Colored Pencil I or equivalent
Discover the richness and power of the colored pencil on black as you explore the dark side of color and work on a black surface. First evaluate your color palette and experiment with how color reacts on black paper. It won’t be anything like colored pencil on white paper! Then learn how to predict color in the lower values and apply your knowledge to create compelling compositions that glow with elegant color.
 
Color Mixing: Agave Inspired!
Tuesdays 9am – 12pm
November 13, 27 December 4, 11, 18
*This class skips November 20
Instructor: Susan Morris
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Agaves are such an interesting plant and have so many wonderful characteristics and uses that are special just to them . . . and they have their own individual coloring too! In fact many of our desert colors hardly resemble “green.” In this class, we’ll be getting some specialized recipes and learning key principles of how to make your greens match this beautiful desert.  Instructor demonstrations will be in watercolor, but you may use your medium of choice.
 
Outside the Box: Adventures in Abstract and Nonobjective Painting
Wednesdays 9am – 12pm
November 14, 28 December 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
This class provides an opportunity to explore an intuitive approach to painting. Part of the technique requires a willingness to follow one's instincts with regards to combining color and shape, while pushing your work towards abstraction. The instructor will provide several examples of how to start such a project. Acrylic is our medium. Take a chance, and look for the happy accidents.
 
Scratchboard as Mixed Media
Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm
November 14, 28 December 5, 12, 19
Instructor: Rick Wheeler
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
By definition when one medium is used in combination with another medium it’s termed “mixed media.” Many scratchboard users combine colored inks, watercolor, pastels, or watercolor pencils with scratchboard, forming a mixed media. This class will introduce you to adding traditional oil paint with either watercolor or inks, thereby creating a triangular mixed media. This is a technique that is rarely seen, and one the instructor has perfected in his own search for more originality in his use of scratchboard. Discover the variable looks and techniques that can be achieved by combining transparent and opaque mediums in a mixed media format. The instructor will provide his own photographs to work from, but also encourages students to bring a photo of their own choosing, preferably a photo of their own or one they’ve been given permission to use.
 
Love Stinks: Sonoran Desert Skunks
Thursdays 9am – 12pm
November 15, 29, December 6, 13, 20
*This class skips November 22
Instructor:  Rachel Ivanyi
Fee: $170 museum members/$220 nonmembers
Meet the Desert Museum’s Fab Four! Arizona is the only state with four species of skunk and you will get to know all of them in person during this class. Celebrate the biodiversity of the Sonoran Desert while you discover and express your individual art making processes while taking time to study these loveable mammals. You will be exposed to a variety of seeing and art making that you may not have experienced in the past. The instructor will offer both natural history and expressionistic viewpoints. Bring your medium of choice and be open-minded to trying something new. Don’t worry, the skunks won’t spray you, but they will inspire you!
 
Colors of the Desert in Colored Pencil
Thursdays 9am – 12pm
November 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20
*This class skips November 22
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Colored Pencil I or equivalent
Mauve, sage, slate blue, ochre, terra cotta, periwinkle, henna, burnt carmine...you’ll find all these colors—and more—in the desert of the Southwest. In this class the main emphasis is on COLOR. Color combinations and formulas will be provided to get you started. Then concentrate on an area that fascinates you—desert plants, animals, landscape elements—observe, record, and ultimately capture your subject in the glowing colors of the desert.
 
Developing Textures with Colored Pencil
Thursdays 1pm – 4pm
November 15, 29 December 6, 13, 20
*This class skips November 22
Instructor: Janie Gildow
Fee:
$160 museum members/$210 nonmembers
Texture—the way things feel: rocks, tree bark, leaves, flower petals, yarn, string, fabric, stuffed animals, leather, bricks, rusty metal, weathered wood… the list goes on and on. An understanding of texture and pattern is essential for creating realistic surfaces. Plan to observe textures, identify the light source, evaluate shadows, build color and recreate values. Keep a record of your observations as you explore the rich textures around you and develop them with colored pencil.
 
Color Drawing with Nu-Pastels
Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm
November 28, December 5, 12
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee:
$90 museum members/$140 nonmembers
Prerequisite: Pencil I & II
Have you ever experienced the richness of drawing in color on toned paper? Color vibrantly pops! Our emphasis will be on exploring the act of drawing - from realistic color assessment into expressive and playful color…wherever you are most comfortable. We will begin with learning to see the subtleties of reflective color and color interaction all the while using nu-pastels on paper. Landscape, desert flowers, desert wildlife will be our subjects…Accurately translating what you actually see to paper - proportion, perspective and value - will be our focus all the while drawing with exciting, vibrant color!
 
Mixed Media Plein Air
Thursdays 1pm – 4pm
November 29, December 6, 13
Instructor: Catherine Nash
Fee:
$90 museum members/$140 nonmembers
Loosen up and draw nature with a no-fear approach in a class that honors expression. Try new ways to create art using a variety of media with guidance from an expert. Learn how to put together a versatile and transportable art kit to carry for working outdoors or when you travel. It’s easy and fun to layer watercolors with wax-based colored pencils, conté crayons and more. Experiment as you draw on the extraordinary desert landscape.
 
Compact Camera Crash Course
Wednesdays 1pm – 4pm
December 5, 12
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
Want to get the most out of your digital "point & shoot" compact camera? This informative class will help you understand these pocket-sized but capable cameras. Learn to lock focus for asymmetrical balance, overcome backlighting using exposure compensation, set white balance, fill flash and creative techniques using the programed shooting modes. Learn about camera Raw vs jpeg and selecting the proper resolution. We will decipher the user’s manual and have time to practice with our cameras.
 
Photoshop Elements Quickstart
Thursdays 1pm – 4pm - December 6, 13
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
This simplified, beginner friendly class is designed to get you off to a solid start with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We will concentrate on the most important Photoshop tools you need to know about in order to quickly improve your photographs. Learn just eight simple steps for making fundamental image corrections and properly prepare your photographs for emailing or printing. You will find out how to “rescue” a bad shot, set the resolution of an image, remove color tints and red eye, fix blemishes, improve photos that are too dark or too light and find out how to make your photos really “pop.” Bring your laptop and follow along. Photoshop Elements version 12 or newer must be installed.

 
Photoshop Elements Quickstart
Thursdays 1pm – 4pm - December 6, 13
Instructor: Robert Renfrow
Fee
: $60 museum members/$110 nonmembers
This simplified, beginner friendly class is designed to get you off to a solid start with Adobe Photoshop Elements. We will concentrate on the most important Photoshop tools you need to know about in order to quickly improve your photographs. Learn just eight simple steps for making fundamental image corrections and properly prepare your photographs for emailing or printing. You will find out how to “rescue” a bad shot, set the resolution of an image, remove color tints and red eye, fix blemishes, improve photos that are too dark or too light and find out how to make your photos really “pop.” Bring your laptop and follow along. Photoshop Elements version 12 or newer must be installed.

 
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 24)
Monday 7:30 am – 11am
December 24
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!
Holiday Behind The Scenes Photowalk (Dec 25)
Tuesday 7:30 am – 11am
December 25
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!