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!

*Please note that registration works best on a desktop computer rather than a mobile device. If you are having issues signing up, please call the front desk to register at 406-256-6804. 


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: $60.00

Date: February 24, 2018

Available Spaces: 4


this class is sold out! 

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

Revealing Form: Drawing on a Graphite-Toned Ground

this class is sold out!

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: $60.00

Date: May 19, 2018

*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.