Programs for Adults

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Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

(for adults 50+)

Spring 2019

OLLI students examine DNA.The Science of Museum Collections
Session II: March 19-April 16, 2019 (5 weeks)
Tuesdays 1-2:30pm

Enjoy a museum sampler! Discover collections and the science behind them. Explore a new subject each week. Staff will share interesting facts about specimens they are charged with collecting, cataloging, conserving, researching, and exhibiting. Learn about mammals, insects, archaeology, birds, and exhibits. Tour the UA Museum of the North collections, laboratory and shop spaces, and take part in hands-on activities presented by museum education staff. Enrollment limited to 16.

Instructors: Aren Gunderson, Adam Haberski, Scott Shirar, Jack Withrow, Jonah Wright, Jennifer Arseneau

Registration required. Register via OLLI. 

Explore the theme of your choice and experiment with color, texture and materials. Create your own works of art with professional instruction. No experience necessary!   

Please check back soon for information on future workshops!

Past Art Workshops

Painting from Observation: Still Life Panels
(April 2019)Several colorful leaves, next to a painting of the same leaves.

Instructor: Gail Priday, local artist and educator

Discover the value of observational painting. We will cover the basics of color, composition, light, and more. No experience is needed for this hands-on workshop. Painters of all levels are welcome. Instructions and materials will be provided.

Image courtesy of Gail Priday.

Mixed-Media Panels
(April 2018)Two colorful mixed-media artworks.

Instructor: Madara Mason, local artist 

No experience is needed for this hands-on workshop. Learn to layer paint, paper, wood, found objects, and a careful selection of colors to create dynamic mixed media pieces. Instructions and materials will be provided.

Image courtesy of Madara Mason.

Fused Glass
(December 2016)Six fused glass plates with various designs.

No experience is needed for this hands-on glass fusing workshop. You will learn the basics of creating glass objects in a kiln, and create a fused glass plate and a small pendant or ornament.

Instructor: Margaret Donat, local artist and art educator

Image courtesy of Margaret Donat.

Encaustic Painting

(September 2016)

This hands-on encaustics workshop will examine approaches to using photographs, drawings, papers, and other objects that can be embedded into wax. We will address heating, fusing, and manipulating wax, as well as discuss colors, brushes, and where to find materials. Be inspired by museum objects as you experiment and create.

Instructor: Katlian Stark, Artist and Gallery Assistant at Well Street  

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