Programs for Adults

Be sure to check our Happenings Page to see upcoming events at the museum!  

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Adult Bug Camp

July 12-14, 2019. Friday, 6-8pm; Saturday & Sunday, 1-6:15pm

An entomology field and lab course taught by Derek Sikes, UAMN Curator of Insects and Professor of Entomology.

Register in advance via UAF Summer Sessions

Read about the experience of a 2018 Bug Camp attendee: Adult Bug Camp, for the kid in us all (Fairbanks Daily News-Miner, June 2018)

Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

(for adults 50+)

Next Offering: Spring 2020OLLI students examine DNA.

The Science of Museum Collections

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.

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Explore the theme of your choice and experiment with color, texture and materials. Enjoy dessert and hot drinks, and create your own works of art with professional instruction. No previous experience necessary!    

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Past Art Workshops

Artwork: Lightness of Being 7 by Jennifer Moss

Look Closer: Using a Microscope to Inspire Art
(May 2019)

Instructor: Jennifer Moss, local artist

Use the elements and principles of art to inform contemporary compositions. Get inspired by looking at nature through the microscope and create your own work of art on wood panels.

Image: Lightness of Being 7, courtesy of Jennifer Moss.

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.

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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