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Upcoming classes and workshops at the Anchorage Museum


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Classes and workshops for Adults, Teens and FAMILIES


Build skills, play and experiment through classes offered for all ages and abilities. Find one or more that match your interests.


Adult Art Classes


Drawing with Charcoal

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4
This class is for students at all levels seeking to develop their skills in charcoal. Students will develop the fundamental techniques of this medium through studies and exercises and complete a finished drawing from observation using the museum collections. Through guided explorations, participants will examine work of artists past and present and how they work with charcoal. Taught by artist Karl Koett. $100, members receive a 10 percent discount. Register

Intermediate Watercolor

10:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, April 1
Develop techniques learned from the Introduction to Watercolor class in this intermediate course. This class will revisit some of the basic techniques of watercolor and discuss color theory and various color palettes in depth. Students will bring home a finished still-life watercolor painting. Open to those who have completed Introduction to Watercolor or are comfortable in the medium. Students are responsible for supplies. $100, members receive a 10 percent discount. Register

Teen Art Classes


Intro to Comics

1 to 4 p.m. Saturday, March 4
Learn the basics of drawing while creating a comic with artist Jimmy Riordan. Learn about line, perspective and developing characters. Perfect for those looking to begin writing and illustrating comics or for those wanting to push their practice further. All materials provided. $15, members receive a 10 percent discount. Register

Portfolios for the Art School Applicant

1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, April 22
Thinking about going to art school? Join artists, Karl Koett and David Pettibone as they share their experiences in applying for art school, both for undergraduate and graduate studies. They will discuss how to photograph work and provide guidelines for deciding what work should be included in a school application. Bring your portfolio for a casual one-on-one review. $15, members receive a 10 percent discount. Register

For Kids


Spring Break Workshops

10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., March 14 through 17
From robotics to chain reactions to designing comics, the museum’s Spring Break Workshops keep kids age 7-12 engaged and learning this March. Members receive a 10 percent discount.

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Family Art Class: Pet Portraits

2 to 4 p.m. Saturday, Mar. 25
Inspired by the beloved animals in the exhibition Polar Bear Garden, learn basic drawing techniques for your favorite four-legged friends. Bring a photo of a pet and create a pet portrait to go over the fire place or hang on the fridge. Appropriate for all skill levels, ages 5 and up. All supplies are provided. $10, members receive a 10 percent discount. Register

Members-Only Planetarium Workshops


Ice Worlds

10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Sunday, March 12
Uncover how important ice is to Earth, and discover how to use it for art. This hands-on workshop includes screening the planetarium show "Ice Worlds" and working with ice to create beautiful works of art. $20 per person, pre-registration encouraged. Register

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Into the Deep

1:30 to 3 p.m. Saturday, March 18
Dive into learning about marine biology. This hands-on workshop includes screening the planetarium show "Into the Deep" and an up-close, guided tour of the Discovery Center’s marine tank. Learn what it takes to live in harsh tide-pool environments, and what is special about Alaska marine habitats. Attendees will look at, touch and create ocean art from the museum’s living collection. All ages. $20 per person, pre-registration encouraged. Register

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Urban Homestead 101


Urban Homestead 101

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesdays, April 4 through May 2
Learn traditional skills, along with their historical and modern context, in this series of five classes for the urban homesteader. $20 per class or $90 for all five classes; members receive a 10 percent discount. Register for the full series

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Urban Homestead 101: Preserving Fish, Foraging and Growing Greens

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday, April 4
Take stock and prepare for fishing and foraging in this homesteading 101 course. Explore how to plan a garden with tips on local foraging this summer. Resources provided for how to manage excess fish in the freezer through smoking and preserving. Register



Urban Homestead 101: Handwork, Fabrics and Leather

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 11
Needle and thread are essential tools for the Urban Homesteader, whether mending or enhancing your cabin fashion. Learn contemporary applications of traditional techniques and materials, including dyeing techniques and textiles with artist Elissa Meyers. Mikey Huff of The Mercantile shares hands-on leatherworking techniques. Participants will gain practical handworking skills and take home samples and resources for learning more. Register

Urban Homestead 101: Butchering and Backyard Farms

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 18
Understanding food and how to prepare it is an essential skill on the urban homestead. Through demonstrations and presentations, participants will learn how to get the best cut of meat and hear about raising animals as a food source. They will also learn techniques for maintaining and sharpening knives. Students should bring one blade to practice with during class. Attendees will each receive a whetstone to take home, along with resources for learning more about backyard farms and butchering. Register



Urban Homestead 101: Essential Tools for Fishing

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday April 25
As fishing season approaches, make sure to know the ins and outs of what’s in your tackle box and on your reel. Learn about the appropriate gear, upkeep and usage of popular lures, flies and nets. Practice how to mend your equipment if your fish wins the fight. Register

Urban Homestead 101: Wilderness Traveler

5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Tuesday May 2
This workshop explores travel hacks and essentials for the homesteader on the go. Learn about the best wilderness shelter options and how to plan an Alaska outdoors adventure. Register
Credits: Banner photo by the Akela Collective; drawing with charcoal photo by Oscar Avellaneda-Cruz; intermediate watercolor image by David Pettibone; intro to comics image by Jimmy Riordan; portfolios for the art school applicant photo by the Anchorage Museum; spring break workshops photo by Chris Arend; pet portraits photo of Leonhard Seppala and Togo by George Rinhart courtesy of Corbis via Getty Images; Ice Worlds image by Evans & Sutherland; Into the Deep photo courtesy of iStockphoto.com; Urban Homestead and preserving fish image by the Anchorage Museum; handiwork fabrics and leather photo of Mikey Huff by Bex Ferleigh; butchering and backyard farms photo by Joe Redington Sr. Family Collection, Anchorage Museum, B2006.023; essential tools for fishing image by Eugene Tetinek Album; Anchorage Museum, B2012.016.165; wilderness traveler photo by the Anchorage Museum.

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