Mini-book Making

Mini-book Making, Instructor: Hana Velde

Thurs, Dec 5, 4:00-4:50pm
Ages 10-14

Cost: $10 Members, $15 Guests
Materials included

Have you ever dreamed of making your own picture book, graphic novel, or comic book? Inspired by the works of picture book artist Arthur Geisert, we will create blank mini-books that can be filled with your own stories, poems, drawings, and dreams.

Call Margaret Buhr at 563-557-1851 M-F, or email for more information or to enroll a student.

Pumpkin Prints

Pumpkin Prints, Instructor: Hana Velde

Thurs, Nov 21, 4:00 -4:50pm

Ages 10-14

Cost: $10 Members and $15 Guests

Materials included

After a tour of Arthur Geisert’s Pumpkin Island etchings, we will head down to the classroom to create our own unique pumpkin prints using monotype and glue line printing processes.

Community/Family Day

This free event will also feature live performances by two Dubuque arts and cultural organizations, along with guided tours of the exhibition, refreshments, and hands-on art activities. The lineup and schedule includes:

-Performance by Dubuque’s Dreaming Allegiance: 1 p.m.

Junior Famous Dead Artist Matinee: Renee Tyler performing as artist Elizabeth Catlett, 2:15 p.m. A glimpse into the life of African American artist Elizabeth Catlett who explored themes relating to race and social activism in her sculpture, paintings, and prints. Catlett was a student of Grant Wood and among the first MFA graduates from the University of Iowa, which recently named a dormitory hall in her honor.

-Performance by the Dubuque Dream Center Gospel Choir & Dance Troupe: 3 pm

The exhibition and Free Community Day are sponsored by American Trust & Savings Bank and their Junior Banker program. Additional support was provided by Runde Auto Group, which is sponsoring free admission to the DuMA on Saturday mornings during the Dubuque Winter Farmers’ Market.

African American Art in the 20th Century continues at DuMA through April 21, 2019.

Loïs Mailou Jones, Moon Masque, 1971, oil and collage on canvas. Smithsonian American Art Museum, bequest of the artist.

DuMA Spring Break Art Camps

DuMA Spring Break Art Camps:

Monday-Friday, March 25-29th

Section I: Grades K-2, M-F, 9-11 am (optional sack lunch add-on 11 am-Noon)
Section II: Grades 3-5, M-F, 1-4 pm

Tuition: $65 Members | $75 Guests (materials included);
$10 sack lunch (optional)
Instructors: Rachel Spurling and Caitlin Donald

Looking for a creative way to fill Spring Break Week? Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries for inspiration, then head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of age-appropriate mediums.

Register Here Online

Neighborhood Portraits Workshop

Online Registration Form

Inspired by the colors and artworks in the current exhibition African American Art of the 20th Century, students will create personal expressions of their neighborhood environments and learn brush techniques using acrylic paint.

Ages: This workshop is geared to children 9 and older, but all ages are welcome.
Instructor: Hana Velde
Tuition: $20 Members, $25 Guest (materials included)
Members save 20% on all classes.

Scholarships are available. Contact Margaret Buhr, director of education, at 563.557.1851 or at for details.

Enjoy complimentary coffee and Wi-Fi in our lobby during class.

Youth Drawing Classes

Winter/Spring 2019 Youth Art Classes

Online Registration Form

Back to Basics: Drawing Class
Saturdays, January 19 & 26, February 2 & 9 (4-week session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 9-10:30 am
Section II: Ages 13-16: 10:30 am-Noon
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will practice the act of observing through continuous line drawing, drawing upside down, and drawing negative spaces, then begin a still life project to discover how shading and perspective add depth to their drawings. Museum exhibits will be visited each class as we discover connections and gain creative inspiration from the art on display. The second half of the class series will focus on the study of facial proportions and portrait drawing.

Gallery Inspiration: Texture Painting Workshop
February 17, 1:30-3:30 p.m.
Ages 8-12
Fee: $20 Members | $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Rachel Spurling

Taking inspiration from the exhibition African American Art in the 20th Century and Abstract Expressionist artist Sam Gilliam, students will create an abstract painting from loose canvas. Students will use non-traditional utensils to spread paint and add texture.

Neighborhood Portraits Workshop
Saturday, February 23, 9:30-11:30 am
Ages: 11 and up
Tuition: $20 Members, $25 Guests (materials included)
Instructor: Hana Velde

Students will visit African American Art in the 20th Century to observe the colors, images, and messages in the artworks on display. We will discuss the importance of neighborhoods in everyday life, how basic needs are met through housing and the food supply, and how interpersonal interactions build a feeling of community. After preparing a canvas board and acrylic paint palette and learning brush techniques, students will create personal expressions of their neighborhood environments.

Back to Basics: Painting Class
Sundays, April 7-28 (4-Week Session)
Section I: Ages 8-12: 1-2:30 pm
Section II: Ages 13-16: 2:30-4 pm
Tuition: $60 Members | $75 Guests (materials included)
Instructors: Hana Velde and Kelsey Hammons

Students will visit museum exhibits, including African American Art in the 20th Century, to explore color, theme, and mood and to gain creative inspiration. We will begin by learning about color theory and brush techniques using watercolors. The second week’s class will explore shading and perspective using tempera paints. The second half of the class series will focus on composition and acrylic painting techniques as students prepare a canvas and work on a landscape painting.

St Mark ArtSMARTS Annual Art Show

Join the St Mark ArtSMARTS program for an art opening to show off all the great work they have done with amazing artists in the Dubuque Area. These great kids met with some of the best Dubuque has to offer.

smART Saturdays: Mini-Boats

Occurring once a month in the newly remodeled Glab Family Art Studio, smART Saturdays offer a fun opportunity to connect with your child through flexible open-ended art projects designed to encourage creativity and thinking outside the box. Instruction and project guidelines will be provided, but individual expression is encouraged. Instructors Amethyst Barron & Caitlin Donald

July 14 – Mini-boats 
Celebrate Summer weather by creating mini-boats that actually float! A variety of techniques will be demonstrated on how to make fun, water-resistant creations that participants can test-run in a small tub of water. How well can you make your boat float?

Activities offered on a drop-in basis, however you must register by calling the Museum at 557-1851 the Thursday before the Saturday class.

For more information and to register online, click here.

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Summer Art Camp

Young artists will explore the Museum’s galleries for inspiration and head to the studio to create their own works of art in a variety of mediums.

The Museum’s educational philosophy focuses on experimentation, problem solving and “thinking outside the box.” Students create art in a safe and positive environment, finding inspiration in the Museum’s exhibitions and collections. Originality and self-expression is encouraged.

Monday-Friday, June 18-22, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 6-8

Monday-Friday, June 24-29, 10-11:30 a.m. Ages 9-12

Monday-Friday, July 9-13, 10-11:30 a.m.  Ages 13-16

Instructor: Caitlin Donald

Cost: Museum members: $45 Guests: $50. All supplies furnished.

Register here

If you are unable to use the above form, call DuMA at (563) 557-1851)