Programs for Adults
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Visit the Virtual Museum page to explore the museum from home.
Sustained Observation and Mindfulness Workshop
June 4, 3:00-5:30 PM (Canceled)
Join artist Jonathan VanDyke for a rare opportunity to closely observe collection objects not on exhibit. VanDyke brings his unique eye on material culture and art to the museum's vast holdings, choosing objects made by historically marginalized and sometimes undetermined creators. In an intimate experience of sustained observation, each participant will view and honor one of these objects, utilizing techniques that build mindfulness. The program offers participants a one-of-a-kind chance to meditate upon a collection object in great depth, and to share their findings with the group.
Cost: $25 (non-member), $20 (UAMN members)
Over the last two decades New York City-based artist Jonathan VanDyke has built a practice contemplating the unfolding of works of art, objects, and human connection in dynamic relationship to the passing of time. He has exhibited his work internationally. Through workshops he leads audiences to sustain creativity and thoughtfulness in an increasingly distracted world.
In addition to the museum workshop, VanDyke will lead the class Reciprocal Art Practice in June, as part of UAF Interdisciplinary Programs.
VanDyke's visit is coordinated by the UAF Office of Undergraduate Interdisciplinary Studies.
Image of J.VanDyke by Carolina Sandretto
Adult Bug Camp
July 14 - 16, Friday 6 PM - 8 PM, Saturday and Sunday, 1 PM - 6:15 PM
Learn collection and processing methods needed to build an insect collection. Skills necessary to identify most groups to Order will be taught. Students will create a collection which will be broken into three groups: specimens the student can take home, specimens for the University of Alaska Museum Insect Collection, and specimens for the Teaching Collection.
Taught by Derek Sikes, UAMN Curator of Insects.
Register through UAF Summer Sessions.
(for adults 50+)
The museum partners with OLLI to offer a variety of courses, including Museum Graduate
Student Research Sampler, The Science of Museum Collections, Introduction to Genetic
Engineering, and Building a Bowhead Whale. Check back soon for more offerings!
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.