Adult Education

The Yellowstone Art Museum invites art enthusiasts and accomplished artists to participate in art classes led by regional artists. Please check back frequently for updates and class information.

2017-2018 schedule of adult education classes now available!


Temari Balls


Temari, Japanese thread balls, are a new world of adventure for fiber artists. Temari brings with it the thrill of discovery and the joy of accomplishment because everyone can do it. The crafting of Temari incorporates the ancient traditions of Japan with modern day materials.

Pamela Gustafson is enthusiastic about writing, photography, Madeiran embroidery, the smell of pine trees and pick up baseball games in the backyard. She attended Colorado Women’s College and studied Temari in San Francisco.

$ 15.00  supply fee paid direct to instructor on class day

Price: $67.00

Date: November 18, 2017

Available Spaces: 0


Celebrate the magic and whimsy of Mardi Gras by creating a mask in honor of the mother of all carnivals.

Glenda Brauneis has been a costumer for over 20 years, designing and creating both costumes and masks for private commissions and theaters nationwide.

$10.00 supply fee paid directly to the instructor

Price: $67.00

Date: January 20, 2018

Available Spaces: 12

Painting with Chalk Pastels

Students will learn pastel basics. Use of color, laying in basic image, creating standard sizes, and how to plan for matting and framing. Plenty of class time for questions with instructor Mike Caskey.

“My work is a reflection of more common scenes that one would experience just about anywhere in the Northwest. Most of my work is local in nature and it allows me to share my passion for this area with the viewer. I chose pastels because they are quick and force me to remain loose.”

Students should bring 1 sheet of Canson pastel paper and a box set of assorted colors of chalk pastels.

Price: $67.00

Date: February 24, 2018

Available Spaces: 17


Learn how to create an adorable small doll (Amigurumi) using crochet techniques. Each student will choose from many features to create a unique creature of their own. Previous crochet experience is helpful, but not required.

Wendy Jam has been knitting and crocheting for over 20 years and has been creating Amigurumi since she first learned about them 11 years ago. Wendy has taught knitting and crochet to adults and children since 2005.

Students should bring one skein of worsted weight yarn in a light color of their choice and a crochet hook US size E (4). These can be purchased at Jo Ann’s, Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Off the Needle or Yarn Bar. Please avoid black or dark colored yarns. The instructor will provide all other supplies.

Price: $67.00

Date: March 17, 2018

Available Spaces: 8


Students will explore free, easy approaches to watercolor. Students will paint several studies before completing a 16”x20” painting.

Instructor Carol Welch’s background includes teaching, gallery and frame shop owner, and former  Art Educator at the YAM. She paints with watercolor, acrylic and encaustic.

$15.00 supply fee paid directly to the instructor

Price: $67.00

Date: April 28, 2018

Available Spaces: 1

Revealing Form: Drawing on a Graphite-Toned Ground

Working with a full range of graphite pencils and other implements, participants will work up a mid-tone ground, create an observed image or invented shape, and develop a full range of darks and lights by erasing for lights and adding more graphite for darks. Beginners are welcome as are accomplished artists who have not tried this approach.

Lynn Thorpe earned her MFA in Painting and Printmaking in 1983 at University of Wyoming.  Her work is generally large scale oil paintings but drawing,  particularly on toned ground, is a prevailing interest with a life of its own.



Supply List:
All supplies can be purchased locally at any art supply store.

-range of graphite pencils 2H,H, 1B, 2B, 3B, 4B, 5B, 6B, 7B, 8B (Koh-I-Noor or Staedtler Mars)
and an ebony pencil
-1 totally out of ink, otherwise useless, ballpoint pen or similarly shaped dull but pointed
-range of erasers including art gum, white plastic eraser (any brand), kneaded rubber eraser
-pencil sharpener
-X-acto knife to shape erasers
-masking tape to tape drawing to board
-soft cloth (chamois) to wipe down the drawing
-soft brush to brush off debris

Instructor will provide drawing paper (Rives BFK)

Price: $67.00

Date: May 19, 2018

Available Spaces: 9

*Classes will be cancelled two weeks prior to scheduled date if insufficient enrollment. Your enrollment cost will be refunded fully.  Please enroll before then to avoid cancellations. After registering, if you cannot attend a class, you must cancel a full TWO WEEKS before the class, or your money cannot be refunded.