Programs for Adults
Check the calendar for a list of all upcoming events.
Visit the Virtual Museum page to explore the museum from home.
Osher Lifelong Learning Institute Courses
(for adults 50+)
Building a Bowhead Whale
Session I: February 7-March 4
Thursdays 12:15 - 1:30 pm
Join UA Museum of the North (UAMN) staff to hear about the process of articulating, creating, and suspending the recently installed bowhead whale skeleton. Discover the biology of bowheads, the scientific and exhibit considerations, plus engineering and artistic skills necessary for this behemoth project. Learn behind-the-scenes secrets from those who worked on it. Explore the role bowheads and whaling cultures have played in history and science.
Feb. 10, 17, & 24 meet via Zoom; March 3 meets in person at UA Museum of the North.
Note: Enrollment is limited to 20 students.
Registration required. Register via the OLLI website.
UAF photo by JR Ancheta.
ART WORKSHOPS at UAMN
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!
Check back for information on upcoming workshops!
Past Art Workshops
Sustained Observation and Mindfulness (September 2021)
Instructor: Jonathan VanDyke
Join artist Jonathan VanDyke for a series of dynamic guided reflections on collection
objects that span centuries and cultures. Each participant will meditate upon a work
of art or specimen from the natural world, sparking curiosity and wonder as they utilize
techniques that build mindfulness and foster self-realization. The program offers
a one-of-a-kind opportunity to get to know a collection object with great depth.
Image courtesy of Lauren Fleming.
Botanical Illustration (October 2019)
Instructor: Karen Stomberg, local artist and educator
All skill levels are invited to draw from freshly dried local plant specimens. Participants
will use professional materials to create a richly colored and detailed botanical
This workshop will take place over two sessions.
Image courtesy of Karen Stomberg.
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)
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)
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)
Instructor: Margaret Donat, local artist and art educator
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.
Image courtesy of Margaret Donat.
Encaustic Painting (September 2016)
Instructor: Katlian Stark, Artist and Gallery Assistant at Well Street
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.