Huntsville Museum of Art
Help   
High School & Adult Classes

Classes are held in the Museum Academy classrooms located downstairs in the Museum. Enter on the North Patio - pond side at Big Spring Park. Look for the Museum Academy entrance! 

Fee covers the dates listed with each class.

If the class you want is SOLD OUT, please email your name and phone number to Laura E. Smith, Director of Education/Museum Academy at lsmith@hsvmuseum.org to be added to the waiting list.

Visit hsvmuseum.org for more information on FAQ's regarding class cancellation policies and other related Common Questions.


Inclement Weather Policy for High School/Adult Classes/Workshops:

During inclement weather, the Huntsville Museum of Art’s Museum Academy schedule will follow that of the Huntsville City Schools: If the school system closes, the Museum Academy classes will also be postponedThe classes will then meet at their next regularly scheduled timeWhen camps/classes or workshops are postponed, there will be a recorded message at 256.535.6372. Check the Museum's website and Facebook page. In the event that Museum Academy camps/classes or workshops are postponed due to inclement weather or other factors beyond our control, we will make every effort to reschedule these classes at the end of the session by adding on an additional week to the schedule.


COVID-19 UPDATE: The Huntsville Museum of Art actively follows Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for Businesses and Employers Guidelines, in addition to the guidelines from the Alabama Department of Public Health (ADPH) and City of Huntsville and Madison County with regard to holding workshops, classes and camps at the Museum. We are currently taking registrations for workshops, camps and classes. We have a limited number of participants and in alignment with guidelines outlined by Governor Kay Ivey. 

Huntsville Museum of Art – Museum Academy

Please take a moment to review our Coronavirus (COVID-19) Safety Measures.

  • Entry to the Museum is not permitted if you have a fever or are exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19.
  • In addition to the rules laid out by the State, the Museum will require all visitors to wear a mask or facial covering.
  • All Museum Academy Staff, Instructors and Students (children and adults) are required to wear masks during camps and classes.
  • There will be a limited number of students per classroom to allow for social distancing.
  • Wash hands frequently with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. CDC signage is located in all restrooms and classrooms.
  • Restrooms, high-traffic areas, hands-on exhibits and classrooms are thoroughly cleaned frequently throughout the day.
  • The Museum Academy is equipped with hand sanitizer containing an alcohol-based formula that kills 99.99% of the most common germs that may cause illness.

Signage is posted outside the Museum Academy regarding the Coronavirus Safety Measures.

For more information about what the Museum is doing to help limit the spread of disease, visit hsvmuseum.org.

Photos courtesy of the artists/instructors.

Skill Level: All
Robert Bean

April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (date change) (8 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.

Learn about painting skills with emphasis on the palette – color mixing, composition, value, and perspective. Subject matter includes still life. Space is limited to 8 students.

Click here for Supply List.

 

Price $150 members / $165 non-members

Skill Level: All
Greg Datcher
April 1, 8, 15, 22, 29, May 6, 13, 20 (date change) (8 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.

Explore the use of glazes and slips and sculpting techniques to create expressive and individual works such as mugs and vessel forms. Fee includes clay, glazes and firings. Space is limited to 6 students.

Click here for Supply List.

 

Price $215 members / $230 non-members

Skill Level: All
Linda Ruhl
May 1, 8, 22, 29 (4 Saturdays)
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Explore the expressive potential of the watercolor medium: study color, composition, form, and transparency, and learn techniques such as washes, wet-in-wet, dry brush, and color mixing. The class will emphasize learning the steps and decisions before beginning a painting. Work from still life set-ups. Space is limited to 6 students.

Click Here for Supply List.

Price $125 members / $140 non-members

Skill Level: All
Jessica Nunno
May 22 (Saturday)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)

Discover the art of brush calligraphy. Gain knowledge and become more comfortable with brush lettering following a series of practice sheets and handouts using Tombow brush pens. Students will leave with a packet of resources that equips them to continue lettering after the class. Materials included. Space is limited to 6 students.

Price $70 members/$85 non-members

Skill Level: All
Linda Ruhl
June 5, 12, 19, 26 (4 Saturdays)
10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Discover the wonders of watercolor techniques—such as wet-in-wet and wet-on-dry—and explore new ways to create realistic imagery. Each student works from still life and landscape compositions, as well as photographs. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $130 members/ $145 non-members

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Sara Beth Fair
June 8, 22, 29, July 6 (4 Tuesdays) (updated class dates)
6-8 p.m.

Expand your skills and learn to draw the portrait! Charcoal and conté are fast, expressive and forgiving media, perfect for exploring and learning about the face and head.  The concepts and techniques used for charcoal and conte drawing go hand in hand with painting. Your painting skills will greatly benefit from your practice of drawing the portrait in charcoal? and conté. Reference photographs will be provided. Space is limited to 8 students. 
Click Here for Supply List.

Price $110 members/ $125 non-members

Skill Level: All
Robert Bean
June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 (6 Tuesdays)
6-8 p.m.

Watercolor sketching refers to any watercolor work that's completed quickly, with a loose, informal style. It's often used as a "warm up" for a bigger, more detailed painting, but it's also a great practice for any on-the-go artist. This small-scale, loose sketching approach is all about quick observation and capturing what you see on paper. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $135 members/$150 non-members

Skill Level: All
David Edwards
June 8, 15, 22, 29, July 6, 13 (6 Tuesdays)
6-8 p.m.

Explore basic handbuilding and wheel throwing techniques. You will also gain experience with various decorating and glazing techniques. If you have always wanted to try clay and don’t mind getting your hands dirty, this is the class for you! Instructor demonstrations included. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $160 members / $175 non-members

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Robert Bean
June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 (7 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.
The face is a link of communication, containing the essence of mood, personality, and identity. Expand your visual acumen through study of the face's proportions. Work in oil directly from photographs. Learn to render the contours, volumes, and details of the head, creating a realistic likeness and dimensional form. Space is limited to 8 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $155 members / $170 non-members

Skill Level: All
Greg Datcher
June 10, 17, 24, July 1, 8, 15, 22 (7 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.

Explore the use of glazes, slips and sculpting techniques to create expressive and individual works, such as mugs and vessel forms. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $210 members / $225 non-members

Skill Level: All
Jessica Nunno
June 12, 26, July 10, 17, 31 (5 Saturdays)
10 a.m.-12 p.m.

Learn the basics and some advanced techniques to multiple works of art. Quilling is an art form that involves the use of strips of paper that are rolled, shaped, and glued together to create decorative designs. Students will use colorful paper to express your creativity. Materials included. Space is limited to 6 students. 

Price $130 members/ $145 non-members

Skill Level: All
Melinda Ortner
July 10 (Saturday)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)

Learn about glass-cutting, pattern-making, copper-foiling, soldering, and construction. Create an artful sun catcher using a technique of varied shapes of glass. Materials included. Space is limited to 6 students. 

Price $85 members / $100 non-members

Skill Level: All
Susie Garrett
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24 (6 Tuesdays)

6-8 p.m.

Explore the world of colored pencil! Colored pencil drawing provides students the opportunity to practice color mixing and blending without the mess of paint. In this class, students will learn a variety of techniques using colored pencils to render a finished drawing and build a foundation for future drawing and painting classes. Returning students are welcome to join the class. Unique opportunity to continue practicing colored pencil under the guidance of an instructor.  Students may bring photographs of still-life items from home to use as reference. Space is limited to 8 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $135 members/$150 non-members

Skill Level: All
David Edwards
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (7 Tuesdays)
6-8 p.m.

This is a beginning class for students that are interested in learning the basic fundamentals of wheel throwing. We’ll glaze our pieces, too! Instructor demonstrations included. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $200 members / $215 non-members

Skill Level: All
Robert Bean
July 20, 27, August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 (7 Tuesdays)

6-8 p.m.

Learn the fundamentals of drawing; looking closely, drawing what you see, and learning to use the appropriate tools. This class provides exposure to a variety of drawing media, such as pencil and conté crayon. Space is limited to 6 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $155 members / $170 non-members

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Robert Bean

July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9 (7 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.

An introduction to the basic materials and methods of oil painting. You will learn about the tools and principles of representational painting from simple still-life objects, with an emphasis on seeing and using color. Space is limited to 8 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $155 members / $170 non-members

Skill Level: All
Greg Datcher
July 29, August 5, 12, 19, 26, September 2, 9 (7 Thursdays)
6-8:30 p.m.

Students will learn to use the potter’s wheel to make beautiful and useful clay pots. Simple forms, such as bowls and cups will be explored, as well as more complex forms, such as lidded jars and pouring vessels. Space is limited to 8 students. 
Click Here for Supply List.

Price $210 members / $225 non-members

Skill Level: All
Linda Ruhl
July 31, August 7, 14, 21 (4 Saturdays)

10 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Explore a thematic assortment of pastel techniques as well as color theory. Learn the underlying properties of soft and oil pastels as you work with the instructor to develop your skills. Subject matter includes still life and landscape. Space is limited to 8 students. Click Here for Supply List.

Price $130 members/ $145 non-members

Skill Level: All
Melinda Ortner
August 7 (Saturday)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)

Learn about glass-cutting, pattern-making, copper-foiling, soldering, and construction. Create a mini lamp shade using a technique of varied shapes of glass. Lamp base provided. Materials included. Space is limited to 6 students.

Stained Glass Lamp Shade by Melinda Ortner

Price $110 members / $125 non-members

Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Lucy Thomas
August 13 & 14 (Friday & Saturday)
10 a.m.-4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)

Learn various techniques of acrylic painting to create floral and still life as a foundation for your personal style and form of expression. Ways to achieve a more loose and less detailed style, color theory and composition also included. Students work from still-life set-ups and from imagination. Space is limited to 8 students. Click here for supply list.

Price $140 members / $155 non-members

Skill Level: All
Jessica Nunno
August 21 (Saturday)

10 a.m.-4 p.m. (one-hour lunch break)
Discover the art of brush calligraphy. Gain knowledge and become more comfortable with brush lettering following a series of practice sheets and handouts using Tombow brush pens. Students will leave with a packet of resources that equips them to continue lettering after the class. Materials included. Space is limited to 6 students.

Price $75 members / $90 non-members