Adult Education Overview

The Masur Museum of Art offers an assortment of art workshops and classes for adults throughout the year. Teachers for these classes are visiting or local professional artists or professors at area universities. Each class provides an intimate setting of up to twelve students, allowing participants the benefit of plenty of personal instruction. Classes are scheduled thought the year. Please consult the Current and Upcoming Classes tab for information on classes we are now offering.

Classes we routinely offer include Bookmaking, Digital Photography, Drawing, Painting, and Stained Glass. Other classes such as Collage, Multi-Media, and Printmaking are scheduled as instructors become available. A detailed description of our regular classes can be found below.

Bookmaking:

In this workshop, participants will make two books. The first book will be a simple hardbound, pamphlet stitch book. The second will be a more complex Coptic bound book.

All the essential bookmaking materials and tools will be provided. No previous experience is necessary. Students will have a good foundation in bookmaking after completing this workshop.

Instructor Frank Hamrick’s work mixes photography, storytelling, handmade books and found objects. His books are in several institutional collections including the Georgia Museum of Art and the Ogden Museum of Southern Art. Hamrick is an associate professor at Louisiana Tech University. Frank received his BFA from The University of Georgia and his MFA from New Mexico State University.

Digital Photography:

This popular class has been offered at the Masur since 2008! It will cover the basic camera settings such as aperture and shutter speed, exposure control, depth of field, composition, digital camera menus, histograms, and very basic image editing. Classes will be small and relaxed with plenty of time for discussion and  hands-on experience. The only requirement is a either a digital SLR (such as a Canon Rebel or Nikon D40) or an advanced point and shoot with manual settings.

Instructor Jenny Ellerbe is a Louisiana native and a self-taught photographer who has received national acclaim for her work. She has been featured in the publications Lenswork, Louisiana Conservationist, Arkansas Review, and Louisiana Life. Her work is represented by the Afterimage Gallery in Dallas, Texas. She has previously taught workshops for the Ansel Adams Gallery. In 2008 a monograph of her work, Here is Home, was published by the Canadian firm of Scotia Waterous. Her work was also selected for inclusion in A Unique Slant of Light, The Bicentennial History of Art in Louisiana, published by the Louisiana Endowment for the Humanities and Poverty Point: Revealing the Forgotten City, published by LSU Press.

Drawing:

Learning to draw is essentially about learning a way of seeing. This workshop focuses on building drawing skills through observation and is suitable for students at any level of experience. Through various exercises, students develop hand-eye coordination and improve their ability to translate three- dimensional space into a two- dimensional format. Topics covered will include gesture drawing, sighting techniques and measurement, capturing a sense of volume through the use of light and shadow, and using the elements of composition to create a dynamic drawing. The only thing you will need is an enthusiasm to learn! No experience is necessary. Supplies are included.

Instructor Nicole Duet is an artist originally from New Orleans, currently living in Ruston, LA, where she is Assistant Professor of Drawing and Painting at Louisiana Tech University. Nicole has taught drawing, painting, and color and composition at various universities including Otis College of Art and Design in Los Angeles, and the American Animation Institute of Burbank, CA. Previous exhibitions of Ms. Duet’s work include the Bossier Gallery Fine Arts Center, Southern Arkansas University in Magnolia, and Livaudais studio in Monroe. Her work is in private and public collections nationwide, including California State University Long Beach and Los Angeles City College.

Painting:

Painting classes at the Masur Museum vary from a fun beginner’s class called Bottles and Brushes to beginning still life painting, taught by professional artists. These classes are scheduled according to instructor availability and are open to beginning students of any level.

Stained Glass:

This workshop teaches students how to build a small stained glass panel using the Louis Comfort Tiffany method. Students learn a brief history of stained glass, pick out a pattern, learn to cut glass, put together a panel using copper foil, and solder their panel. No prior experience is necessary!

Instructor Mark Bleakley has worked in stained glass for nearly 15 years in three professional studios in Houston, TX, and Pittsburgh, PA. In 2010, he opened Bleakley Stained Glass in Vicksburg, MS, with commissions throughout the United States. Mark has been teaching stained glass classes since 2009. In 2013, he moved to Monroe, LA, where he serves as vicar of All Saints Anglican Church.