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Fall Workshops

The safety of students and staff is the museum’s priority. All in person workshop sizes are limited, proper social distancing will be in place, and masks are required at all times.

 

Kids

Museum Art Club

Fridays, November 6 – November 20  |  2:30 – 4:30pm  |  Instructor: Anna Wolff  |  $75 ($60 FOM)  Register Here

Explore techniques in painting, printmaking and drawing while developing your own artistic voice. Visit galleries at the Kenosha Public Museum, view art as a group and learn how to critique and assess a work of art as well as create artwork. Students will practice social distancing and wear masks during the workshop.

 

Insect Pinning

Tuesday, December 29  |  10:30 am – 12 pm  |  Ages 10-17  |  Instructor: Nick Wiersum  |  $30 ($25FOM)

Collecting and pinning insects is a long-standing tradition in the scientific world, but it really took off as a popular, educational hobby during the Victorian Era. This childhood hobby of Satoshi Tajiri even led to the idea and creation of Pokemon. Prior to the workshop, visit the special exhibit Small Wonders: Insects In Focus, then learn about simple insect anatomy, how to catch and prepare insects for a collection, and how to pin insects.

 

 

Private Art Classes

$20 per person  |  Minimum of 3 people  |  For adults or kids

Prefer to stay with people in your bubble? Then book a private art class at the museum! Choose from printmaking, still life painting, polymer clay jewelry, or hand-made home decor. Great for birthday parties, bachelorette parties, or a holiday get together.  To book, reach out to Anna Wolff at [email protected] or 262-653-4426.

 

Art

 

Hand-Dyed Silk Scarf

Friday, September 18  | 6 – 7pm  |  Instructor: Anna Wolff  |  $45 ($40 FOM)

Use Sumi inks and marbling techniques to create a one of a kind silk scarf.  All supplies provided.

 

 

Intro to Bookbinding – Virtual Workshop

Saturdays, October 10 and October 17  |  1 – 3pm  |  Instructor: Tiffany Knopow  | $40 ($30 FOM)

During this 2-session workshop, use simple techniques to make 4 different types of blank books using supplies you already likely own. Book binding is a great way to use discarded works (paintings, drawings, etc.) on paper. A Zoom link will be emailed to all participants each week of the workshop.

 

Linocut Stationary

Thursday, October 8  |  5:30 – 7pm  |  Instructor: Anna Wolff  |  $40 ($30 FOM)

For printmakers of all skill levels. Start by carving a soft linoleum block into a custom design or use one of the templates provided. After you are satisfied with your block, print your custom stationary with block printing ink and brayers. Choose from note cards or letter sized paper.

 

Creepy Halloween Decor

Thursday, October 22  |  6 – 7:30pm  |  Instructor: Kelly Drumm-Frederick  |  $35 ($25 FOM)

Prepare for All Hallows Eve with some spectacular spooky new decorations. Transform an adorable porcelain animal into something sinister, transfer cheery vintage holiday designs onto candles, and make a garland out of felt.

 

Iroquois Raised Beadwork: Card or Needle Holder

Wednesday, November 4  |  12 – 4pm  |  Instructor: James Kelly  |  $25 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $10

Learn the history and artistry of Iroquois raised beading as you create a work of art. Join Oneida member James Kelly to create a one-of-a-kind beaded business card or needle holder.

 

Holiday Bell Basket

Tuesday, December 8  |  10 am – 4:30 pm  |  Instructor: Sandy Bulgrin 
$40 ($30 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $18 

Weave together red, green and natural spokes and weavers. Then finish the basket with a red and green bow and gold bell. Basket measures 6″ x 4″ x 4″H.

 

Insect Pinning

Tuesday, December 29  |  1:30 am – 3 pm  |  Adults  |  Instructor: Nick Wiersum  |  $30 ($25FOM)

Collecting and pinning insects is a long-standing tradition in the scientific world, but it really took off as a popular, educational hobby during the Victorian Era. This childhood hobby of Satoshi Tajiri even led to the idea and creation of Pokemon. Prior to the workshop, visit the special exhibit Small Wonders: Insects In Focus, then learn about simple insect anatomy, how to catch and prepare insects for a collection, and how to pin insects.

 

 

Painting

 

Watercolor Techniques

Mondays, November 9 – December 14  |  10:30am – 1:30 pm  |  Instructor: Barbara Farrell  |  $105 ($90 FOM)

Designed for painters of all skill levels, each session begins with a demo showcasing the technique of the day. Learn about color mixing, application and removal, brush strokes, and various papers and mediums. Subjects include landscapes and still life.

 

Fused Glass

 

Fused Glass Round Dish or Two Night Lights

Thursday, October 15  |  6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25

 

 

 

Fused Glass Draped Candle Holder

Thursday, November 5  |  6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25

 

 

 

Fused Glass Christmas Tree In Clay Stand

Tuesday, December 8  |  6 – 8:30pm  |  Instructor: Jayne Herring  |  $30 ($20 FOM)  |  Supply Fee: $25

 

 

 

 

Civil War

Victorian Monsters & Ghosts – Virtual Workshop

Friday, October 16  |  7 – 8pm  |  Instructor: Jenn Edginton  |  $5 (Free for FOM Members)

Get into the Halloween spirit and learn about witches, vampires, ghosts and more that have haunted since Victorian times. Learn about their dark histories, why they became so popular, and how they have stayed with us today. A Zoom link will be emailed the week of the workshop.

 

Top Ten Myths of Shiloh – Virtual Workshop

Tuesday, October 20  |  6:30 – 8pm  |  Instructor: Dr. Timothy Smith  |  $15 ($10 FOM)

There are a lot of misconceptions about Shiloh. Ulysses S. Grant himself remarked that it was the most misunderstood battle of the war. Examine the top ten myth of Shiloh, placing them in context of when they came about and why they are faulty. Only once we have dug out the myths can we then concentrate on the real story.

 

Ambrose Bierce: One of America’s Greatest Horror Writers – Virtual Workshop

Thursday, October 22  |  6:30 – 8pm  |  Instructor: Steve Acker  |  $15 ($10 FOM)

The writings of Ohio native Ambrose Bierce combine the graphic descriptions of the Civil War that only a veteran can provide plus the narrative skills of one of America’s great writers. Known as Bitter Bierce, his stories are often sharp satires of human folly, intense journeys into the Civil War, or horror stories sure to keep Stephen King up at night. Examine this little known but highly influential author, his feelings about humanity, and some of his best short stories in both the Civil War and horror genres. A Zoom link and materials will be emailed before the workshop.

 

The Strange and Supernatural of the Civil War

Tuesday, October 27  |  6:30 – 8pm  | Instructors: Doug Dammann and Jenn Edginton  |  $15 ($10 FOM)

Explore spooky stories and artifacts during a tour of the Fiery Trial gallery. Lights will be dimmed to show off some of the strange and macabre aspects of the gallery. Did the bodies of deceased soldiers glow on the battlefield? Did Mary Lincoln host seances in the White House and why? Did soldiers have premonitions of their own death before battle? The tour will explore these strange stories and more.

 

Civil War Media Club: The Three Cornered War by Megan Kate Nelson

Monday, November 30  |  6:30 pm  |  Instructor: Doug Dammann  |  $10 ($5 FOM)  |  Virtual

In The Three Cornered War Megan Kate Nelson reveals the fascinating history of the Civil War in the American West. Exploring the connections among the Civil War, the Indian wars, and western expansion, Nelson reframes the era as one of national conflict involving not just the North and South, but also the West. Please read the book before the meeting and be prepared to discuss and ask questions. A Zoom link will be sent the day of the program.

 

From Enslaver to Civil Rights Advocate: The Political Evolution of Ulysses S. Grant

Thursday, December 3  |  7 pm – 8 pm  |  Instructor: Nick Sacco  |  $15 ($10 FOM)  |  Virtual

Ulysses S. Grant was a slaveholding farmer who voted for Democrat James Buchanan for the presidency in 1856. Twelve years later Grant himself was elected to the presidency as a Republican committed to securing the right to vote for African Americans. Park Ranger Nick Sacco will examine Ulysses S. Grant’s political evolution, how the War shaped his views towards race and slavery, and why he came to believve the Republican Party was the only party that could successfully promote sectional reconciliation during the Reconstruction Era.  Mr. Sacco will also provide additional resources for teachers who want to teach their students about Grant and the Civil War era.

 

Civil War Museum Christmas Tour

Thursday, December 10  |  3 pm  | Instructors: Doug Dammann and Jenn Edginton  |  $15 ($10 FOM)

Get in the holiday spirit with a special tour of the Fiery Trial. Learn how the Lincolns spent Christmas and New Years. Hear how soldiers at the front, and their families back home, celebrated while being apart. Learn more about how Christmas Trees and other Victorian Holiday traditions began.